Cherokee Hiking Club
Cherokee Hiking Club Calendar
Hike Difficulty Rating Scale (per Chattanooga Hiking Club)
CHC Hike Calendar for 2020 - good for printing
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Benton MacKaye Trail Assn Hike Schedule
WEDNESDAY WALKS ON THE CLEVELAND GREENWAY Every Wednesday Jack Callahan leads a 3.75 mile walk on the Cleveland Greenway, meeting at the lower end of the parking lot across from Perkits and the Gondolier restaurant adjacent to Keith Street. Meet time is currently 4:30 pm. A note is sent out the beginning of each week on the walk on Messenger. Contact Jack Callahan at 423-284-7885 if you want to be included in the messages.
THURSDAY THIRD WEEK OF THE MONTH Join us for conversation over breakfast at 8:30 am beginning with Old Fort Restaurant on 25th Street in Cleveland, starting in February. For more information, contact Jack Callahan at 423-284-7885.
JANUARY 1, 2020 WEDNESDAY 10 AM TO 12 NOON FIRST DAY HIKE OCOEE HIWASSEE STATE PARK Meet at the Gee Creek Ranger Station and the hike will involve a walk at Taylor's Island, then on to the Fisherman's Trail and Lowery Falls. Go to http://www.facebook.com/events/2524532661164192/ for information.
JANUARY 4, 2020 SATURDAY 1 PM CHIEF VANN NATURE TRAIL Meet at the Vann House, 82 Highway 225 N, Chatsworth, GA, and enjoy a guided tour of the nature trail. Included in the admission of the park $5.50-$6.50. The walk is about one mile.
JANUARY 12, 2020 SUNDAY 2 PM - CALENDAR PLANNING MEETING at the Etowah Methodist Church - Had a nice turnout and developed a good agenda for 2020. Lots of variety with non-hiking events; short, easy and long, difficult hikes; as well as several backpacking trips from one to six nights, with the six-night trip scheduled for Ansel Adams Wilderness area on the Inyo Forest in California. See calendar below.
JANUARY 15, 2020 WEDNESDAY 830 AM TO 3 PM CANEY CREEK SETTLEMENT WORK TRIP Rick Harris is planning a work trip on FS trail #74, the access to Caney Creek Settlement. Meet at Thunder Rock trailhead parking area just below Powerhouse #3 on the Ocoee River to carpool to the beginning of the trail. Plans are to use watercraft to ferry workers and equipment back across river to Caney Put-in. See http://www.facebook.com/events/662380380964532/ for more information. Work will include tree removal, brushing, and blaze painting. Drivers will be needed to return vehicles to the trailhead at Thunder Rock after dropping off work crew. The trail is approximately 3 miles, and the crews will be allowed to drive in to the end of the closed road to beginning of trail to save time. If interested, contact Rick Harris at email@example.com or text 513-260-1184. RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 2 DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
JANUARY 16-19, 2020 LOOKOUT WILD FILM FESTIVAL TIVOLI THEATER CHATTANOOGA
Several members have attended this event over the past couple of years and it is well worth the trip. Cost is $15 per performance or $45 for the entire production. Go to www.lookoutfilmfestival.org for more information. Last year several of us got together for supper in downtown Chattanooga afterwards, and will plan on doing so again this year for the Saturday afternoon performance. Trip Report:Nine club members and friends made different showings at the Tivoli Theater in downtown Chattanooga, including the Friday evening, Saturday matinee and Saturday evening shows. Shows included mountain climbing in Patagonia (19 days on the side of mountain), endangered pangolins in Africa, burro racing in Colorado, Tennessee Land Trust, Little River in North Alabama, base jumping, life in a remote town in Alaska, and many more. Some excellent photography and highly entertaining subjects. After the Saturday matinee, several folks had supper at the Crust pizza in south Chattanooga, a great way to close out the evening. Club members included Lettie and Jim Whisman, Judy Price, Jennifer and Mitchel Schroll, Margaret Callahan and Jack Callahan, Event Leader.
JANUARY 20-24, 2020 Monday-Friday, Winter Hike Week in the Smokies on Meetup. Multiple hikes each day, with several hikes led by club members. For more information, or contact Richard Harris at 513-260-1184. Trip Report: This event was a huge success with over a 100 in attendance and about 20 hikes carried out. Each night folks gathered for social hour and out to dinner at local restaurants.
JANUARY 21, 2020 Tuesday McMinn County Living Heritage Museum, 522 West Madison Ave, Athens, TN. Join us to tour the museum, with or guide Mary Alton, club member and volunteer at the museum. Currently there is a Smithsonian display on Changes in Rural America, among other interesting items highlighting McMinn County history. Meet at the museum at 10 am, and after the tour we will eat lunch in Athens. Event Leader, Jack Callahan, 423-284-7885, firstname.lastname@example.org. To carpool from Cleveland, meet at the Home Depot parking lot on Paul Huff in Cleveland near the gardening center at 9:20 AM. Trip Report: Six club members enjoyed the museum, with club member Mary Alton, museum volunteer, giving us a great walk through. The museum is a very well-organized and interesting place, with many items from McMinn County that have been donated through the years by residents and others. Special attention is given to veterans and all individuals for the past 300 plus years. The museum has special speakers who give presentations so keep an eye on their website. If you enjoy history, and like to see how tools and equipment have advanced over time, this is a great place. After our visit several of us enjoyed lunch at Angela's, a really good Cuban restaurant just across the street from the museum. In attendance were Judy Norton, Judy Price, Mary Alton, Teresa Pannell, Margaret Callahan and Jack Callahan, Event Leader.
JANUARY 24, 2020, Friday Hike the Eureka Trail in Athens, TN. Easy Rails to Trails pathway, flat and wide with good surface, marked every 1/4 mile and continues 4 miles to Englewood. Trail begins at large parking lot just past Mayfield Dairy plant off CR 307, or from Tellico Ave, turn right onto CR 307. Walk as far as you want and return (we do not have to stay together). This is a mixed use trail with walking, biking and some horses. Meet in the parking lot at 10 am. Hike leader Ruth Pannell , 423-506-9623 or 423-263-9730. Hike Report: Three club members, a guest and a canine hiked the rails-to-trails Eureka Trail in Athens, TN. The forecast called for rain, but we decided to take our chances. A couple of cyclists braved the weather, too. About two miles in, the sky opened and so did our umbrellas. The inclement weather made the trail mysterious and also made the four-mile hike one we will remember. In attendance were Hike Leaders Ruth and Clayton Pannell, Judy Price, and Howard Watson.
JANUARY 29-FEBRUARY 7, 2020 TELLICO TRAIL OF TEARS REMEDIATION PROJECT - Please consider joining us one or more days between Jan 29 and Feb 7, including the weekend days to fix issues with the Unicoi Turnpike where it travels through the 400 acre parcel of land recently acquired by the USFS near Coker Creek which includes the site of Fort Armistead. The Unicoi Turnpike was used by settlers to travel between NC, SC and TN through the low gap in the mountains, Unicoi Gap. The BMT runs right through this gap. Fort Armistead was a waypoint for the Cherokee and Creek to move them from the mountains to Oklahoma around 1838 on the Trail of Tears. Fort Armistead was also the site of a Civil War encampment. Eventually it is hoped that this stretch of the Unicoi Turnpike will be linked to the Unicoi Turnpike Historical Trail, which comes off the BMT near Unicoi Gap. Also, in the future a visitor center or placards may be built at the site of Fort Armistead. As indicated in the flyer, there is a need for about 10 volunteers each of the 10 days of this project. Personnel with the USFS will be using machinery to repair the tread of the Unicoi Turnpike. Volunteers will be smoothing and compacting the soil and will be involved in building wooden zig-zag fences and other activities. If you are available any of these days, sign up by contacting Melissa Twaroski as noted in the flyer. This
is a great opportunity to support the activities of the USFS, the Cherokee Indian Nation, and the Trail of Tears Association. Representatives from the BMTA, the Thursday Tellico Trail Crew, the Southern Appalachian Back Country Horsemen, and the Cherokee Hiking Club are meeting with Melissa in early January to work out the details for the remediation project. So, keep an eye on the BMTA and Cherokee Hiking Club Facebook pages for further information, as well as the Tellico/Ocoee Volunteer Trail Crew Facebook page. Richard Harris Event Report: Each day about 12 folks were signed up to complete this project, which ran ahead of schedule due to the excellent participation in this event. Great work, everyone. This massive project was completed in half the time expected, 6 days instead of the planned 10 days, including volunteers f rom the Benton MacKaye Trail Association and the Cherokee Hiking Club. Numerous folks volunteered their time to right a wrong done about 5 years ago. A little history is in order. It has been known f rom long ago that the Trail of Tears for many of the Cherokee and Creek Indians in the mountains of TN and NC followed the Unicoi Turnpike route across the mountains through Unicoi Gap, then through Tellico, Charleston, and Blythe Ferry down to Ross's Landing (Chattanooga). Probably 3-4000 Cherokee and Creek started their journey to Oklahoma on this TOT route in 1838 and 1839. The Cherokee National Forest purchased 400+ acres adjacent to the Doc Rogers Fields area through which the Unicoi Turnpike ran about 5 years ago. It was f irst purchased by the Conservation Fund, then turned over to the USFS. While it was under ownership of the Conservation Fund, the CNF put in numerous tank traps (50 or so) to stop motorcycle and ATV use on the old trail, not requiring NEPA since the property was not owned by the CNF at the time. They did this without notifying the Cherokee, the TN Heritage folks, TOT Assn, or any other groups. It was only discovered by the Cherokee and the CNF archeologist Quinton Bass by accident when they went on a walk on the old route and out to Fort Armistead (also owned by the CNF). Through numerous meetings in Tellico Plains with all the involved parties, a plan was created to remove the tank traps and to develop a hiking trail on the old route as well as to develop plans for interpretative signs, and possible a visitor center. So now over the past 4 years the CNF has been trying to right the wrong done. This several-day project was to f ill in all the tank traps, put in netting, straw bales, and wattles and plant grass in the repaired areas. Also, numerous wildf lowers were planted along Peels Branch and a cedar split rail fence in the area where the TVA high tension lines cross the trail. On this project were representatives f rom the Cherokee, USFS, Benton MacKaye Trail Assn, Southern Appalachian Back Country Horsemen, SAWS, Tellico/Ocoee Volunteer Trail Crew, the Coker Creek Ruritan Club, and just others who heard about the project and volunteered f rom as far away as Atlanta and Johnson City. It was supposed to take 10 days, but we got the project done in 5 days with all the volunteers we had and the hard work they put in on the project. The area will sit fallow for 2-3 years until it has recovered, then the Unicoi Turnpike Trail will be extended f rom its current terminus along Joe Brown Hwy through Doc Rogers Fields, this newly rehabbed area, and on to the Fort Armistead site. There may even be a museum/visitor center built along with interpretive signs. That is down the road a few years. The route of the Unicoi Turnpike through Unicoi Gap, to Tellico and to Charleston is being added to the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail and will receive signage similar to what is currently in the Charleston area. And this route will be added to the TOT brochures, website, etc. It will be administered by the National Park Service as part of the National Historic Trails program. by Richard Harris
FEBRUARY 3, 2020 Monday Tour of Tunnel Hill Heritage Center at 215 Clisby Austin Drive, Tunnel Hill, Georgia. Tour the museum, take a guided ride through the 1477 foot long tunnel, and tour the Clisby Austin House. The tunnel was constructed for the final connection of the railroad between Chattanooga and Atlanta in the 1850s. The home was constructed in the 1840s and was used by Gen Sherman in his planning of the Atlanta campaign. Cost per person is $12 for the complete tour. Meet at the museum at 10 am, or if you wish to carpool from Cleveland, meet at the Home Depot parking lot near the garden center at 9 am. We can eat lunch in Dalton if the group wants after the tour. Event Leader Jack Callahan 423-284-7885 if you plan to attend. Trip Report: Seven hikers made the trip to Tunnel Hill, and after arriving around 10 am, began the tour in the center museum. Exhibits in the museum are centered on the Civil War and railroad implements of the era. From there we rode the park shuttle to the historic dry goods store which was furnished with typical items you would find in an 1860's store. Then we walked a short distance to the Clisby Austin home, which was constructed in the 1840's. The home contained several pieces of original furniture, and was furnished to represent the Civil War period, including the portion that was used as a field hospital. The home is in very good condition and is well-maintained. We then rode the shuttle through the 1477-foot long tunnel, which was constructed in the 1850's. This was the final section of railroad which provided through traffic from Atlanta to Chattanooga. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable of the history of the area and of the Civil War in general. After the complete tour, which took about 2.5 hours, we drove to Dalton for lunch at the Oakwood Café. Before leaving town, we spent a few minutes at the historic Dalton Freight Depot and viewed the quilt exhibits. Members making the trip were Debbie and David Flower, Ruth and Clayton Pannell, Judy Price, Yvonne Rittenhouse, and Event Leader, Jack Callahan.
FEBRUARY 13, 2020 Thursday Monthly Club Meeting. Pot Luck tentatively planned at the Etowah Senior Center, 435 Cooper Street, Etowah ,TN at 6 pm. A note will be sent to all club members and posted on Facebook when confirmed. Mtg Report: We had a great turnout of 23 members and one guest for our potluck meeting--delicious dishes provided by the club members, with wonderful desserts--more than we could eat! This is a nice facility and we really appreciate the Etowah Senior Center allowing us to use it. After supper we had a business meeting and discussed last month's hikes and upcoming events. Thanks again to all who made the drive in the rain and for the great food.
FEBRUARY 17, 2020 East Lakeshore Trail, Canal Branch and Baker Hollow sections,4.7 miles, easy, dog friendly. Wear good hiking shoes and bring a lunch. Meet at Sloans in Vonore, TN, at the intersection of Hwy 411 and Hwy 360 at 10 am to drive to trailhead. Hike leaders, Rick and Brenda Harris. Contact Rick at 513-260-1184. Hike Report: Hike Leaders Rick and Brenda Harris along with Jake (their golden retriever) led this 4.7-mile joint BMTA and Cherokee Hiking Club hike on the East Lakeshore Trail along the edge of Tellico Lake. This was the first of several section hikes on this trail planned for the next few months. All will occur on Mondays and these hikes are dog friendly on leash. Twenty-three hikers and seven dogs showed up at Sloans in Vonore. We left some cars at Pizzeria Venti across the highway, then carpooled to the trailhead near Fort Loudon Dam and the canal which joins Tellico and Fort Loudon Lakes. We left some cars at the finishing point. We hiked this easy and very well-constructed and maintained trail along the edge of the lake, eating lunch along the way. The weather could not have been better, sunny and warm. The dogs got to play in the lake while we ate lunch sitting on driftwood. What a great hike. Afterwards several of us ate pizza or calzones at Pizzeria Venti. The next two hikes on the East Lakeshore Trail are scheduled for Monday March 30 and April 13.
FEBRUARY 21, 2020 Friday Benton MacKaye trail section from Big Bend Picnic area to Towee Creek Launch Site. A short wintertime hike, only about 1.2 miles one way, rated easy to moderate. Can walk both ways for a total of 2.4 miles is group desires. Meet at Quinn Springs Picnic Shelter parking on Hwy 30 at 10 am to car pool to the trailhead. Hike Leaders Ruth and Clayton Pannell , 423-506-9623 or 423-263-9730. Folks may also meet at the Big Bend picnic area around 10:30 AM. Those who want a longer hike may add on either the section from Big Bend to Childers Creek (+3 miles) or Towee Creek north to intersection with old BMT then back to powerhouse (+3.8 miles). CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
FEBRUARY 26-27, 2020 Wednesday-Thursday Join members from the BMTA and the Cherokee Hiking Club to the Len Foote Hike Inn in north Georgia. Each Person is responsible for their own reservations. See the Len Foote Hike Inn web page for additional information about the facilities. Contact Rick Harris for more information on meeting times, etc if you plan to attend. Rick can be reached at 513-260-1184, or HarrisRI@aol.com. Hike Report: Members of the Cherokee Hiking Club joined the Benton MacKaye Trail Association as they stayed at Len Foote Hike Inn and hiked in north Georgia.
MARCH 2, 2020 WEDNESDAY 830 AM TO 3 PM CANEY CREEK SETTLEMENT WORK TRIP Rick Harris is planning a work trip on FS trail #74, the access to Caney Creek Settlement. Meet at Thunder Rock trailhead parking area just below Powerhouse #3 on the Ocoee River to carpool to the beginning of the trail. Plans are to use watercraft to ferry workers and equipment back across river to Caney Put-in. See http://www.facebook.com/events/662380380964532/ for more information. Work will include tree removal, brushing, and blaze painting. Drivers will be needed to return vehicles to the trailhead at Thunder Rock after dropping off work crew. The trail is approximately 3 miles, and the crews will be allowed to drive in to the end of the closed road to beginning of trail to save time. If interested, contact Rick Harris at email@example.com or text 513-260-1184. CANCELLED, WILL BE RESCHEULED
MARCH 5, 2020 Thursday Brush Creek and Brush Creek Spur Hike portions of these trails to make a loop hike of approximately 2.5 miles. This is a well-graded and moderately easy trail. The hike begins at Boyd Gap Overlook on US 64, approximately 3.5 miles east of the Ocoee Whitewater Center. To carpool meet at the Ocoee Hardee's on Hwy 411, just north of the Hwy 64/Hwy 411 intersection at 9 am. Park behind Hardee's in the large parking lot. Hike Leaders, Ruth and Clayton Pannell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 423-506-9623.Hike Report: Four hikers and a canine met at Hardee's in Ocoee to carpool to Boyd Gap and hike on Brush Creek Trail. With cloudy skies and a forecast for rain, we started our hike in the drizzle. The rain stopped and we had an overcast sky with a good view of the Ocoee No. 3 Lake. We made the loop and returned to Boyd Gap. Hikers wanted to continue to hike, so we carpooled to the parking lot at Ocoee No. 3 Powerhouse at Thunder Rock. Our next hike was on the Rhododendron Trail. We hiked from trailhead parking to the bridge that goes around the cliff over the water. Good hike with questionable weather. Hikers were Bob Dornfeld and Smoke, Yvonne Rittenhouse and Hike Leaders Ruth and Clayton Pannell.
MARCH 6, 2020 Saturday (and possibly Saturday and Sunday if you would like to camp) Hiking at Falls Creek Falls State Park. Fall Creek falls, at 256 feet is one of the highest falls in the Eastern US. Other waterfalls within the park include Piney Falls, Cane Creek Falls, and Cane Creek Cascade. The park is 57 miles (about 1.5 hours) from Cleveland via Dayton and Pikeville. Meet at the Nature Center at 10 am and carpool to Fall Creek Falls overlook and hike down to the base of falls, approximately one mile round trip rated moderate. Return to overlook and go by Cane Creek Cascade and view via the cable suspension bridge. returning to the Nature Center, take a short hike to the base of the cascade. Propose eating a late lunch in Pikeville on the return trip. For more information contact Larry Van Dyke, Larry.VanDykeTN@gmail.com you plan to attend. Trip Report: Hike Leader Larry Van Dyke was joined by a BMTA member for hikes in Fall Creek Falls State Park.
MARCH 12, 2020 Thursday Monthly club meeting Potluck planned at the Etowah Senior Center, 435 Cooper Street, Etowah, TN. Mtg Report: Club members and three guests enjoyed a delicious potluck dinner as we discussed past and upcoming hikes and events, including this year's Christmas party, and other business. Thanks to all for attending and bringing such scrumptious dishes!
MARCH 14-15, 2020 Saturday, Sunday. Big Frog Backpacking Trip, 12 miles round trip, strenuous with approximately 2300 foot elevation gain to top. Expect cold weather and be prepared for temps in the upper teens over night. Each person is responsible for all their gear and food. Meet at the Thunder Rock Campground trailhead parking just below TVA Powerhouse #3 on US Highway 64 at 9 am Saturday morning to carpool to the trailhead. Return Sunday afternoon. Persons interested must call James Anderson, Hike Leader, at 423-715-8824 or text to same. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
MARCH 19, 2020 Thursday Bushwhacking for waterfalls above Rainbow Falls. Off trail bushwhacking to find unmarked falls; hike will be strenuous, and require fording streams and climbing steep side hill sections. Bring lunch, water shoes, and first aid supplies. Wear sturdy boots and work gloves. Meet at 9:30 am at the trailhead parking on the left just after you turn off Hwy 64 onto Hwy 30. From Cleveland, you will pass Mac Point Rec Area on your right, and Hwy 30 is the next paved road to your left, approximately 0.30 miles past Mac Point. Hike leaders Jack Callahan 423-284-7885, and Clare Sullivan, 404-849-0872.Trip Report: Eight hearty hikers, including Hike Leaders Clare Sullivan and Jack Callahan, and a canine made the trek to Rainbow Falls, with two stream crossings which were knee-deep in places due to the recent rainfall. Following the walk down Scenic Spur Trail to Rainbow Falls, the group began a difficult climb around the falls upstream to the next set of falls, Rattlesnake Falls. This is a spectacular waterfall, with an estimated height of over thirty feet and a stair-stepping effect. The high volume of water made the falls that much more impressive. The climb to access the falls is difficult and care should be taken. Also, as the temperature warms, it is a great location for copperheads. Returning to the intersection with the Clemmer Spur Trail, several of the group began the hike up Clemmer Trail towards Benton Falls to see if access was possible to the falls between Benton and Rattlesnake Falls. After about a mile it became obvious that the round trip to that location would require more time than was available, and the group returned to Clemmer Trailhead. It was a great day with all sorts of wildflowers and fungi beginning to emerge. Thanks to Clare Sullivan for her suggestion to make this hike.
MARCH 21, 2020 Saturday Rock Creek Gorge Section of the Cumberland Trail. 5.4 mile hike, strenuous, bring water shoes and lunch, and wear sturdy hiking boots. To carpool from Cleveland, meet at the Park and Ride at I-75 exit 25, on Hwy 60 next to the Mapco gas station at 8 am. We will need two vehicles minimum as we will have to shuttle at the trailhead. The hike will begin at Upper Leggett Trailhead (N35 24.606, W85 07.856) and end at Retro Hughes Trailhead (N35 24.173, W85 11.021). For those hikers who wish to meet at the Upper Leggett trailhead, you must contact hike leader. Hike Leader, Judy Price at email@example.com. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
MARCH 23, 2020 Ijams (the j is silent) Nature Center, located at 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN, approximately 1.5 hour drive from Cleveland. The center has numerous wildflower trails with a great variety of plants. There is no admission, and it is dog friendly. We will make a leisurely walk of about two miles on the well graded trails. Bring a lunch and we will eat in their picnic area. To carpool from Cleveland, meet at the Home Depot parking lot near the garden center on Paul Huff Parkway at 8:30 am. If you plan to meet us at the center we will meet in their parking lot at the visitor center at 10 am. Look for the orange baseball caps. Event leader, Jack Callahan, 423-284-7885, Jackn1945@bellsouth.net. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
MARCH 24, 2020 Tuesday Hiwassee River Heritage Center - We will meet at the Heritage Center at 11 am to begin the event which consists of three guided tours. First will be the Heritage Center and Civil War walk, next the Calhoun Historic Walk, followed by the Charleston Trail of Tears Walk. Each will be about one hour, with a tour guide. The cost of the tour is $5 per person.
Bring a lunch and we will eat at the city park pavilion. Event leader Yvonne Rittenhouse and Jack Callahan. Call Jack at 423-284-7885 for more information. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
MARCH 28, 2020 Shake Rag Hollow, adjacent to the University of the South, in Sewanee, TN. The trail was constructed in the 1930s by the CCC, and passes through cove hardwoods with limestone bedrock. It has an amazing natural garden of wildflowers. The trailhead is 1.5 hours from Cleveland. Bring a lunch and water, and wear sturdy hiking shoes. We will walk approximately 5 miles total, with lunch at about the halfway point. To carpool from Cleveland, meet at the Home Depot parking lot near the garden center, on Paul Huff Parkway at 8 am. Coordinates for the trailhead are N35deg12min36 sec, W85deg53min53sec. If you plan to meet at the trailhead you must contact the hike leader, and look for the hikers wearing orange baseball caps at the trailhead. Hike Leader, Jack Callahan, 423-284-7885, firstname.lastname@example.org. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
APRIL 2-5, 2020 Thursday-Sunday Red River Gorge Geological Area, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky, 37.78403N, 83.63263 W. We will camp in the semi primitive campground, Koomer Ridge. (Natural Bridge State Resort is nearby, with a lodge.) There are 54 tent sites, and 14 camper sites, with accessible toilets and showers. Sites are first come first serve basis, with no reservations. There is no power. Red River Gorge has been designated a National Natural Area, and among its many geological features, has over 100 stone arches. There will be daily hikes in and around the area. Everyone is on their own for all gear, food, campsite fees, etc. Drive time from Cleveland is approximately 4.5 hours. Please contact Hike Leader, Jerry Schneider, email@example.com if you plan to attend. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
APRIL 4, 2020 Saturday John Muir Work Trip on the section the club has responsibilities for, from Childers Creek to Big Bend, 3.0 miles. We will brush and pick up trash along the trail. Bring gloves, lunch water, and wear sturdy boots. We will drop a vehicle at big Bend and work up river from Childers Creek. Meet at the Childers Creek trailhead parking lot on the Hiwassee River about 0.5 miles upstream from Reliance at 9 am. The trail will be checked prior to the work day to determine necessary tools to bring. Work leader, Clayton Pannell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 423-263-9730. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
APRIL 7- 8, 2020 Tuesday-Wednesday Camp over at Al Johnsons home near Cosby, TN. Limit to six campers, in tents or hammocks only. Everyone responsible for their own food and gear. Campfire and views of the super moon on the 7th, and a day hike in the Smokies on Wednesday am. If you plan to attend, you must contact Al to get your name on the list, as well as directions. Event Leader, Al Johnson AJ13HHI@gmail.com, or 845-283-2666. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
APRIL 9, 2020 Thursday Club Meeting.. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
APRIL 10, 2020 Friday Black Mountain 9 miles strenuous, wear good hiking boots, bring a lunch. Meet at the McDonalds in Spring City (Hwy 27) at 8:30 am. Hike will have significant elevation gain, cave, rock formations, old building foundations including a spring house, and great views. Hike Leader, Sue Robinson, 423-519-9751 or email@example.com. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
APRIL 18, 2020 Saturday Oswald Dome Hike 8 miles round trip, 2400 foot elevation gain, possible pink ladies slippers near the top. Views of the glider port on Hwy 411. Pack a lunch, water and wear good hiking shoes. Meet at Quinn Springs Picnic Area parking lot on Hwy 30 at 9:30 am. Hike leaders Megan Callahan and Jack Callahan, 423-284-7885 or firstname.lastname@example.org. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
APRIL 20, 2020 WEDNESDAY 830 AM TO 3 PM CANEY CREEK SETTLEMENT WORK TRIP Rick Harris is planning a work trip on FS trail #74, the access to Caney Creek Settlement. Meet at Thunder Rock trailhead parking area just below Powerhouse #3 on the Ocoee River to carpool to the beginning of the trail. Plans are to use watercraft to ferry workers and equipment back across river to Caney Put-in. See http://www.facebook.com/events/662380380964532/ for more information. Work will include tree removal, brushing, and blaze painting. Drivers will be needed to return vehicles to the trailhead at Thunder Rock after dropping off work crew. The trail is approximately 3 miles, and the crews will be allowed to drive in to the end of the closed road to beginning of trail to save time. If interested, contact Rick Harris at email@example.com or text 513-260-1184. MAY NEED TO BE RESCHEDULED
APRIL 22-25, 2020 Wednesday-Saturday Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountains NP. See the park website for additional information. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
APRIL 23, 2020 Thursday Stinging Fork Falls section of the Cumberland Trail, from Stinging Fork Falls Trailhead to Piney River Trailhead, on Shut In Gap Road. Approximately 9 miles, bring water shoes, wear sturdy boots, and bring a lunch. Hike is rated strenuous, with some long steep sections. We will meet at Piney River Trailhead (N35 42.841 W84 52.837) and do a shuttle to the Stinging Fork Falls Trailhead. To carpool from Cleveland, meet at the Park and Ride at I-75 exit 25 on Hwy 60 adjacent to the Mapco gas station at 8:30 am. For more information if you plan to meet at the trailhead, contact the hike leader, Judy Price, firstname.lastname@example.org. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
APRIL 25, 2020 Saturday Ocoee Days, presented by the Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park to be held at Sugar Loaf park on the Ocoee River. See the park webpage for additional information. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
APRIL 28, 2020 Tuesday Big Soddy Creek Gulf Park in the Jim Adams Wilderness. 4 miles, moderate, wear good shoes and bring water. After the hike we will have a late lunch at Homes Folks Buffett in Soddy Daisy. To carpool from Cleveland, meet at the Home Depot on Paul Huff at 8:30 am. Park on the garden center side of lot. Contact Hike leaders Jim and Lettie Whisman, Lettiejk@gmail.com for additional information if you plan to meet at the trailhead. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
APRIL 30, 2020 Thursday Little River Trail, GSMNP, From Elkmont Campground. Easy 4.8 mile on wide flat trail paralleling Little River. Drive time from Cleveland, approximately 2.5 hours. For carpooling from Etowah, meet at the Food City parking lot, located at the intersection of Hwy 411 and Hwy 30 at 9 am. For information about meeting at the trailhead, contact the hike leaders, Ruth and Clayton Pannell, email@example.com or 423-506-9623. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
MAY 2, 2020 Saturday SATURDAY BALD RIVER AND COW CAMP TRAILS Because of COVID-19, the parking lot at Bald River Falls is closed and barricaded off. So, we are changing our original plans. We will meet at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center at 10 AM, then drive in our own cars (no carpooling) to the Cow Camp Trailhead. From there, we will hike up the Cow Camp Trail to its intersection with the Bald River Trail, then will go up the river a-ways, then will go down the Bald River Trail to the Tellico River Road, passing many incredible waterfalls. When we hit the road, we will walk up the road past Baby Falls on the Tellico River and several other lesser falls back to our cars. Total length of the hike will be about 5 or 6 miles. This is a gorgeous hike, not to be missed by waterfall or wildflower enthusiasts. We can only have 10 folks on this hike, so you MUST PREREGISTER with me, Rick Harris, by contacting me by email HarrisRi@aol.com or phone 423-253-6358. Once we register 10 folks, that will be it. You will be out of luck. This hike is dog friendly, but dogs must be on leash. Rated moderate. No major stream crossings, however we may go above Pawpaw Creek. Crossing this creek may be hairy, so bring water shoes and a small towel, just in case the water is up. Trip Report: We had 13 folks (and a couple of dogs) on this hike, so we split up into two separate groups to abide by the COVID-19 and Wilderness rules. Brenda led the first group and Rick led the second group. We parked at Cow Camp parking (since Bald River Falls parking was closed), hiked up the Cow Camp Trail to its intersection with the Bald River Trail, then upstream for another mile or so. Then we hiked down the Bald River Trail to the road and up River Road back to our cars. Total distance was about six miles. It was a beautiful day and the wildflowers, especially the trilliums, were out in full force. Those attending included Hike Leaders Rick and Brenda Harris, Judy Norton, Will Dostie, Dee Schondelmayer, Sandra Gilbert, Mary Alton, Thierry Urbain, Marianne Urbain, Wendy Von Frank, Steve Norton, Sandra Fenton, and Michael Friedman. Doug Lynch was scheduled to join us but he called us to tell us he hit a deer on the way and totaled his car, though he was fine.
MAY 4, 2020 Monday East Lakeshore Trail, Glendale Branch and Coytee Section,We are going back and rescheduling the hikes we missed last month due to COVID-19. But we must follow new rules. The max will be 10 hikers. No carpooling, every family unit drives to the trailhead in their own vehicle. No shuttles unless among a family unit which brings two vehicles. Thus, out and back for a total of 10.4 miles, or if a family brings two vehicles, you can do your own shuttle and just hike 5.2 miles. Or hikers may choose to just hike part way and return to their car on their own.
East Lakeshore Trail, Glendale Branch and Coytee Section, 5.2 miles, easy, dog friendly. Wear good hiking shoes and bring a lunch. Meet at Pizzeria Venti at the right side of the fence away from the restaurant in Vonore, TN, at the intersection of Hwy 411 and Hwy 360 at 10 am to drive to trailhead.
Hike leaders, Rick and Brenda Harris. Contact Rick at 513-260-1184 or HarrisRi@aol.com. You must pre-register due to only 10 hikers allowed on this hike. Hike Report: There were several folks signed up for this hike, but all backed out for one reason or another, so it was just Hike Leaders Brenda and Rick Harris who hiked this beautiful section of the East Lakeshore Trail. The weather was great. We hiked from the Coytee Trailhead along the edge of the lake to the Glendale Trailhead, then back to our car, a total of 8.2 miles. We also hiked the two loops of the trail. This was an easy trail and a beautiful wildflower-burdened hike.
MAY 7, 2020 Thursday Falls Branch Falls and Jeffery Hell trails, 3 miles with an option to do 7 miles. Hike to the falls is difficult with a steep section. Trekking poles suggested. Wear good hiking shoes and bring water and lunch. There is a water crossing that most times can be rock hopped across. Meet at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in Tellico Plains at 10 am to carpool to the trailhead. Hike Leader Sue Robinson, text 423-519-9751 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAY 9, 2020 Saturday Fiery Gizzard/Grundy Forest 4 mile moderate hike with a side trip to Fiery Gizzard falls/cascades. Bring lunch, water and wear good hiking boots. We will pass through a former CCC camp with the possibility of seeing many many pink ladies slippers in bloom. The trail through the camp is well signed with photos of the former active camp. Trailhead originates at the Grundy Forest State Natural Area picnic shelter in Tracy City. After the hike we will stop by the historic Dutch Bakery. Drive time from Cleveland is 1.5 hours. To carpool from Cleveland meet at the Park and Ride at I 75 exit 25 next to the Mapco gas station on Hwy 60 at 8:30 am. Hike Leader Jack Callahan 423-284-7885 or email@example.com. Trip Report: The group began the hike at the Grundy Forest State Natural Area picnic shelter, and hiked the Grundy Forest Day Loop, with a side trip on the CCC Camp interpretative trail for a total of a little over 2.5 miles. The bridge that provides access to the falls downstream from the loop trail was damaged by a recent flood and has been removed, so we were unable to include that portion of the hike. This is a moderately easy hike, with some rocky and root-exposed sections and nice stream overlooks. There are numerous huge hemlocks, which have been treated against the woolly adelgid and are spectacular. The pink lady's slippers along the trail and in the CCC camp area are numerous and there were large numbers in bloom. The camp interpretative trail is very well-done and gives a great indication of the camp life. After we left the trailhead, we made a stop at the Dutch-Maid Bakery, which is always a must if you are in the area. We then attempted to find a new trail to an overlook into Fiery Gizzard drainage, but were turned back by posted property (we lost one vehicle of hikers in this pursuit). We then attempted to hike out to Foster Falls, but the crowds were large and no parking was available, so we headed home. Hikers included Jennifer Schroll, Doug Lynch, Judy Price, Margaret Callahan, Carroll Guhne, Rick and Brenda Harris, Clare Sullivan, Marrie Lasater, and Hike Leader Jack Callahan.
MAY 14, 2020 Thursday Club Meeting cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions
MAY 12-13-14, 2020 AT section hike from Carvers Gap to Hwy 19-E, Approximately 16 miles with numerous steep sections, rated difficult. About 75 percent of the hike is at around 5000-foot elevation. Plans are to spend first night on Grassy Ridge, and second night at Bradley Gap. We will meet at Mountain Harbor B&B Friday afternoon at 1:00 pm to shuttle to the trailhead. Cost for parking at B&B is $2/night, and the shuttle is $10 per person. This hike is limited to 14 backpackers (two groups of seven backpackers each to stay within the maximum number of ten person grouping guidelines), and is currently full. If you would like to be on the alternate list, contact Jack Callahan at 423-284-7885 or Jackn1945@bellsouth.net. Trip Report: This trip was moved up several days to try to avoid forecasted thunderstorms. As it turned out, rain was unavoidable. Hike Leader Jack Callahan and hikers Megan Callahan, Sue Robinson, Al Johnson, Jennifer Schroll, and James Anderson met at Mountain Harbor B&B and took the shuttle to Carvers Gap to start the hike. We enjoyed beautiful clear weather as we crossed Round and Jane Balds on our way to Grassy Ridge. However, winter was still on the mountain, as we had temps in the 40s, and snow lingered on the ground. After collecting water at a spring about two miles in on the AT, we made the final push to the top of Grassy Ridge with an elevation of around 6200 feet. After every one scattered out and set up camp, several of us walked further out the ridge and located a really nice clear flat campsite (a great location for future hikes). Around 5 pm we were joined by Rick Harris, who had to make a late start. We had beautiful clear skies and wonderful views of Mount Mitchell, and even Mount Guyot in the Smokies some 72 miles away. The temperature had moderated and it was a very enjoyable evening. Around 1 am, the winds picked up and the rain started. With gusts of over 30 mph, we hunkered down till 10 am, but the forecast for the next 24 hours showed no relief. A group decision was made to head back down the mountain and begin our trip home. On the way back we intercepted Buddy Arnold and Bruce Lee, who had made an early start that morning and had planned to catch up with us. After some discussion, they decided to join us and head home. Several stopped in Roan Mountain for a late lunch pizza and discussed plans for another trip to this section of the AT.
MAY 18, 2020 Monday East Lakeshore Trail, Jackson Bend Section, 5.1 miles, easy, dog friendly. We are going back and rescheduling the hikes we missed over the last couple months due to COVID-19. But we must follow new rules. The max will be 10 hikers. No carpooling, every family unit drives to the trailhead in their own vehicle. No shuttles unless among a family unit which brings two vehicles. Thus, out and back for a total of 10.2 miles, or if a family brings two vehicles, you can do your own shuttle and just hike 5.1 miles. Or hikers may choose to just hike part way and return to their car on their own. We will start at the Jackson Bend Trailhead and hike 5.1 miles to the Peterson Rd Trailhead, then back to our starting point, total 10.2 miles. Meet at Pizzeria Venti in Vonore at 10 AM for carpooling (intersection of US411 and TN360). Park on the right by the fence. We will probably eat an early supper at Pizzeria Venti. Easy 10.2 miles. Hike leaders, Rick and Brenda Harris. Contact Rick at 513-260-1184 or HarrisRi@aol.com. You must pre-register due to only 10 hikers allowed on this hike. Trip Report: Six hikers showed up for this very, very wet hike, in spite of the weather. Ten were scheduled, but some backed out due to the weather or other considerations. This hike was an in-and-out hike from the Peterson Road Trailhead to avoid a shuttle, a total of 10.3 miles in length. This is a deceptively difficult hike as well with several significant ups and downs, even though it basically follows the edge of Tellico Lake. The hike is almost entirely in deep woods or along the lake edge with numerous wildflowers. Four of us went all the way and returned totally soaked and very tired. Two returned early for reasons other than the rain. We also had Cody (Larry's dog) with us. Those hiking included Hike Leaders Rick and Brenda Harris, Larry Van Dyke and Cody, Lyn Irving, CH Wilson, and Arnita Gray.
MAY 30, 2020 Saturday Gee Creek Falls Approximately 2.5 miles, moderate. Trailhead is the parking area for Gee Creek (191) and Starr Mountain (190) trails. Follows old road bed past early mining activities to the falls. Trail is rocky and has steep pitches in sections. Wear good hiking boots; bring water and snacks. Meet at Hardee's in Etowah at 9 am to carpool to the trailhead, or at the trailhead at 9:45 am. Hike Leader Clayton Pannell, firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-506-9623. Trip Report: On a beautiful, sunny, and warm Saturday, eight club members, one guest, and one canine met at the Gee Creek Trail parking lot for our hike. The trail follows an old road to a very nice footbridge over Gee Creek. The trail then enters the Gee Creek Wilderness and becomes more like a wilderness trail. In the wilderness, the creek goes through an old concrete flume for a short distance. There are some very rocky sections. The waterfalls were beautiful with a good water flow. Hikers were Jack Callahan, Margaret Callahan, Bob Dornfeld and Smokey, Yvonne Rittenhouse, Clare Sullivan, Ed Sullivan, Rod Price (guest), and Hike Leaders Ruth Pannell and Clayton Pannell. Thanks to all the hikers.
JUNE 8, 2020 Monday East Lakeshore Trail – Davis Ferry Section - We are going back and rescheduling the hikes we missed over the last couple months due to COVID-19. But we must follow new rules. The max will be 10 hikers. No carpooling, every family unit drives to the trailhead in their own vehicle. No shuttles unless among a family unit which brings two vehicles. Thus, out and back for a total of 6.6 miles, or if a family brings two vehicles, you can do your own shuttle and just hike 3.3 miles. Or hikers may choose to just hike part way and return to their car on their own.
We will start where we ended on Feb 17 at the Antioch Trailhead and hike 3.3 miles to the Glendale Trailhead, then back to our starting point, total 6.6 miles. Meet at Pizzeria Venti in Vonore at 10 AM for carpooling (intersection of US411 and TN360). Park on the right by the fence. We will probably eat an early supper at Pizzeria Venti. Easy 6.6 miles.
Hike leaders, Rick and Brenda Harris. Contact Rick at 513-260-1184 or HarrisRi@aol.com. You must pre-register due to only 10 hikers allowed on this hike. Trip Report: Eleven folks took this 10-mile hike which is a part of the series of hikes to cover the entire 30+ miles of the East Lakeshore Trail. We did an out and back due to restrictions on shuttling. The weather cooperated: there was no rain but it was quite hot and sweltery. This is a great trail. It is well-constructed and well-maintained. One of the maintainers, who lives in Tellico Village, joined us on the hike--Terry Nyenhuis. He maintains the section closer to the canal between Tellico and Fort Loudon Lakes. It was great having him along, giving us a perspective on the origin and construction of the trail. The first half of the hike was in dense woods along the edge of the lake. The second half was through a golf course. No golfers were to be seen, probably because of the high temps. We all returned tired and hot. But overall, it was a great hike. Attending were Hike Leaders Rick and Brenda Harris, Will Dostie, Sandra Fenton, Connie Janes, Steve Kidd, Ruth Matias, Judy Norton, Terry Nyenhuis, CH Wilson, and Mark Youmans.
JUNE 8,9,10, 2020 Monday-Thursday spend 4 days/three nights at Isle Royale National Park, an island in Lake Superior. There are cabins and a lodge, and several ferries provide access to the island. You are responsible for making all your transportation and lodging arrangements. If you want more details contact Jack Callahan at 423-284-7885.
JUNE 11, 2020 Club Meeting We had a nice turnout for our June club meeting at Charleston City Park pavilion. To help with social distancing, we all brought an individual sack supper in lieu of potluck. It was great to begin to get together with friends and discuss past and upcoming events. Thanks to everyone who participated.
JUNE 13, 2020 Saturday Hooper Bald and Huckleberry Knob total of approximately 6 miles. Moderate, wear sturdy boots, bring water and lunches. We will eat lunch on the trail. To car pool, meet at the Food City in Etowah at 9:00 am, or Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center at 9:30 am in Tellico Plains. Call or text James Anderson, Hike leader if you plan to attend..423-715-8824. Trip Report: Ten of us (and a canine) participated in the two out-and-back hikes off the Cherohala Skyway on the edge of North Carolina. It was a perfect day in regard to the weather as the highs were in the lower 60s with a partly cloudy sky. We first hiked to Hooper Bald. The Bald was once a part of a private hunting camp from early in the 20th century. There we saw some "Tennessee Orange" azaleas blooming and a variety of other plants as well. We saw a gravesite of an infant who is buried on the bald. There were quite a number of blueberry bushes on the bald so, in a month or so, there should be a lot of small blueberries for picking. Next, we drove the mile or so to the Huckleberry Knob parking area and hiked in from there. The fields leading up to the top of the knob were covered with yellow buttercup flowers. At the top, we had an awesome 360-degree view and it is there we found a flat spot for our lunch. We very much enjoyed the scenery as we had lunch and enjoyed the conversation. While eating we noticed a medical helicopter circling the area. It finally landed near where we had parked our vehicles. It was still there when we made it back down and we learned that it was there to pick up an injured motorcyclist who had crashed a mile or so up the road. We had to wait for it to take off before we could return to our cars. All said, we had a great day and enjoyed our walk in the woods. (Group photo above from left to right--Judy Price, Ruth Pannell, Clayton Pannell, Hike Leader James Anderson, Phyllis Anderson, Polly Heidel, Marc Bernatti, Cathy Smith, Bob Dornfeld and Smokey, and Jack Callahan.)
JUNE 15, 2020 Monday East Lakeshore Trail, Sinking Creek and Lotterdale Section, easy, dog friendly. We are going back and rescheduling the hikes we missed over the last couple months due to COVID-19. But we must follow new rules. The max will be 10 hikers. No carpooling, every family unit drives to the trailhead in their own vehicle. No shuttles unless among a family unit which brings two vehicles. Thus, out and back for a total of 9.0 miles, or if a family brings two vehicles, you can do your own shuttle and just hike 4.5 miles. Or hikers may choose to just hike part way and return to their car on their own.
We will start at the Coytee Trailhead and hike 4.5 miles to the Sinking Creek Trailhead, then back to our starting point, total 9.0 miles. Meet at Pizzeria Venti in Vonore at 10 AM for carpooling (intersection of US411 and TN360). Park on the right by the fence. We will probably eat an early supper at Pizzeria Venti. Easy 9.0 miles.
Hike leaders, Rick and Brenda Harris. Contact Rick at 513-260-1184 or HarrisRi@aol.com. You must pre-register due to only 10 hikers allowed on this hike. Trip Report: Ten folks and two dogs hiked this section, one of the series of hikes to cover the entire East Lakeshore Trail. This is a very pretty 4.6-mile section along the edge of Tellico Lake. The weather was good--in the 70s with rumbles of thunder. We did not get rained upon, happily. We did this as a shuttle due to the impending storms due to arrive in the afternoon. We utilized the back of trucks and cars with all the windows open to avoid COVID-19 exposure. The two dogs took a few dips in the lake to keep cool. We also came upon a large family swimming in the lake. Summer has arrived. Those hiking included Hike Leaders Rick and Brenda Harris, Marc Bernatti and dog Cleveland, Will Dostie, Sandra Fenton, Lyn Irving, Ruth Matias, Terry Nyenhuis, Larry Van Dyke and dog Cody, and CH Wilson.
JUNE 22, 2020 Monday East Lakeshore Trail, Morganton Branch and Wildcat Point Sections, easy, dog friendly. We are going back and rescheduling the hikes we missed over the last couple months due to COVID-19. But we must follow new rules. The max will be 10 hikers. No carpooling, every family unit drives to the trailhead in their own vehicle. No shuttles unless among a family unit which brings two vehicles. Thus, out and back for a total of 6.0 miles, or if a family brings two vehicles, you can do your own shuttle and just hike 3.0 miles. Or hikers may choose to just hike part way and return to their car on their own. We will start at the Peterson Rd Trailhead and hike 3.0 miles to the Sinking Creek Trailhead, then back to our starting point, total 6.0 miles. Meet at Pizzeria Venti in Vonore at 10 AM for carpooling (intersection of US411 and TN360). Park on the right by the fence. We will probably eat an early supper at Pizzeria Venti. Easy 6.0 miles. Hike leaders, Rick and Brenda Harris. Contact Rick at 513-260-1184 or HarrisRi@aol.com. You must pre-register due to only 10 hikers allowed on this hike. Trip Report: Five hikers joined in on this hike of another section of the East Lakeshore Trail on this hot and stormy day. We hiked from the Peterson Road Trailhead to the Wildcat Point Trailhead, including a side hike on a new segment, then returned to our starting point, a total of 8 miles. We came across a stray plott hound which followed us back to the trailhead. After much coaxing, we got her in our car and took her to the local animal shelter. On our way back to our cars we got dumped upon by a strong summer storm. Those hiking included Hike Leader Rick Harris, Brenda Harris, Terry Nyenhuis, Sandra Fenton, and Will Dostie.
JUNE 25,26, 2020 Andrews Bald hike in the GSMNP. 3.6 mile round trip with a steady 900 foot elevation gain on the return trip. Moderately strenuous, were good hiking boots, bring water and lunch and a ground cloth to sit or stretch out on and enjoy the views as we eat lunch. Hopefully we will hit the peak of the wild azaleas which are present on the bald. Plan to meet at the upper end of the Clingmans Dome parking lot at 10 am on the 26th. Look for the orange baseball cap(s). Hike leader plans to camp at Smokemont campground the night of the 25th to avoid the early drive. Hike Leader Jack Callahan, 423-284-7885 for more information if you want to camp out. Trip Report: Seven members camped at Smokemont and were treated to a great display of elk in the meadows near the southern entrance to the park along Hwy 441. Then we enjoyed a nice campfire and cooked supper and some dove into the s'mores. The weather was beautiful, and temps soon required a light jacket. Camping were Hike Leader Jack Callahan, Margaret Callahan, Al Johnson, Doug Lynch, Judy Price, Jennifer Schroll, and long-distance traveler Jerry Schneider, who drove 6 hours to participate in the event. He definitely won first prize for greatest distance traveled and we greatly enjoyed his company. After breakfast the next morning, we headed to Clingmans Dome, enjoyed a bear sighting along the way, and took the walk up to the tower to delight in a clear view of the horizon. At 10 am, we were joined by Ruth and Clayton Pannell and began the hike to Andrews Bald, 1.8 miles almost all downhill. Arriving at the bald we scattered to photograph and observe the rhododendron and wild azaleas in bloom, as well as the great views to the south with Shuckstack, Gregory Bald, and Thunderhead Mountains and Fontana Lake all in clear sight. After lunch and lounging in the lush grass for a while, we began the climb back to the parking lot. The trail has many steps and is quite rocky most of the way, and is a good workout. We arrived back at the vehicles just in time for light showers. All in all, it was a nice trip and very enjoyable with great friends.
JUNE 29, 2020 East Lakeshore Trail, Lotterdale Branch Section, We are going back and rescheduling the hikes we missed over the last couple months due to COVID-19. But we must follow new rules. The max will be 10 hikers. No carpooling, every family unit drives to the trailhead in their own vehicle. No shuttles unless among a family unit which brings two vehicles. Thus, out and back for a total of 7.6 miles, or if a family brings two vehicles, you can do your own shuttle and just hike 3.8 miles. Or hikers may choose to just hike part way and return to their car on their own. We will start at the Sinking Creek Trailhead and hike 3.8 miles to the Lotterdale Campground Trailhead, then back to our starting point, total 7.6 miles. Meet at Pizzeria Venti in Vonore at 10 AM for carpooling (intersection of US411 and TN360). Park on the right by the fence. We will probably eat an early supper at Pizzeria Venti. Easy 7.6 miles. Hike leaders, Rick and Brenda Harris. Contact Rick at 513-260-1184 or HarrisRi@aol.com. You must pre-register due to only 10 hikers allowed on this hike. Trip Report: Eight hikers hiked the last remaining section today of the East Lakeshore Trail from the Sinking Creek Trailhead to the Lotterdale Campground Trailhead, a total of 4.2 miles, including our side hike to the fishing pier for lunch. It threatened rain all day with big billowy clouds and rumbles of thunder on this hot sweltery day, but we did not get caught in a storm this time. Yippee. The 8 hikers were Hike Leader Rick Harris, grandkids Simon and Mila, Terry Nyenhuis, Sandra Fenton, Will Dostie, and Steve and Dottie Kidd. Brenda was not on this hike, since she was trading in her Toyota Sienna for a new green Subaru Forester.
JULY 6, 2020 Monday Gahuti Trail at Fort Mountain State Park, Georgia, approximately 1.25 hour drive south of Cleveland.. There will possibly be two separate hikes, one of 8 miles led by Rick and Brenda Harris (513-260-1184), strenuous, and the shorter hike led by Ruth and Clayton Pannell (Clayton Pannell, email@example.com or 423-506-9623). Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring plenty of water and lunch. Meet at the parking lot on the right just past the entrance station (N34deg45min37sec, W84deg41min43sec) at 9 am to begin either hike. To carpool from Etowah with the Pannells, meet at Hardees in Ocoee at the intersection of Hwy 411 and hwy 64.at 8 am. 513-260-1184. Trip Report: Rick and Brenda led this hike on a hot steamy day. It was a long difficult hike, but enjoyed by those who attended. Rick & Brenda camped out at the campground at Fort Mtn for several days prior to the hike. They hiked essentially all hiking trails in the park.
JULY 9, 2020 Thursday Club Meeting Due to current COVID-19 precautions, we will not have a potluck dinner. Bring your own meal to the Charleston (TN) City Pavilion in Hoyt Berry Municipal Park. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
JULY 17, 2020 Friday Section hike on the BMTA, from Reliance to Lost Creek Campground, 8 miles round trip, with two stream crossings which will have to be waded, bring water shoes. Trail has several short steep pitches, moderate. Wear good hiking boots and bring lunch and water. We will eat lunch at the Lost Creek campground. The hike follows Lost Creek through a scenic limestone canyon, with numerous cascades, if the water is high. After the hike we will enjoy ice cream in an air conditioned store in Reliance. Meet at the Hiwassee River State Park parking lot approximately 0.25 miles upriver from the Webb store in Reliance at 9:00 am. Hike Leader, Clare Sullivan 404-849-0872, firstname.lastname@example.org. Trip Report: Five vivacious women (and two rat terriers) had a great day on the hike from Reliance to Lost Creek Campground on the Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT). The 93 degrees forecast couldn't scare us! We enjoyed a gorgeous hike with stunning views of the limestone gorge, its boulders, cascades and waterfalls. Mary Alton, an avid fisherwoman, showed us tadpoles, a stonefly nymph, crayfish, baby rainbow trout and a giant leach playing in the water. Judy Norton, the most experienced raft guide on the Ocoee, showed us how jewelweed leaves reflect light and look like shiny silver when put in water. We cooled our feet hiking through Ellis Creek, Little Lost Creek and Big Lost Creek. After 9 miles, we rewarded ourselves with ice cream from the historical Webb Brothers Store. Hikers were Marrie Scroggs, Judy Price, Mary Alton, Judy Norton and Hike Leader Clare Sullivan.
JULY 21, 2020 TUESDAY STONE TOWER LOOP AT FORT MOUNTAIN STATE PARK Near Chatsworth, Georgia. Approximately 1.25-hour drive south of Cleveland. A short hike to overlook, CCC Tower and stone wall. Meet at the parking lot on the right just past the entrance station (N34deg45min37sec, W84deg41min43sec) at 9 am. To carpool, meet at Hardee's in Ocoee at the intersection of Hwy 411 and Hwy 64 at 8 am. Hike Leaders Ruth and Clayton Pannell, email@example.com or 423-506-9623. Hike Report: Three members made the hike: Judy Norton and Hike Leaders Ruth and Clayton Pannell. We met at Ocoee Hardee's at 10 am to carpool to Fort Mountain State Park. About 2/3 of the way up the mountain, we saw a large black bear. In the park, we first hiked up the steps to the rock piles and then on to the fire tower. Next, we hiked down a lot of steps to a great overlook. Next stop was at the Cool Springs Overlook, and then on to the trail around the lake. We ate lunch at a shelter along the lake. The trail around the lake is very good and may be one mile.
JULY 23-AUG 1, 2020 Backpacking trip on the John Muir Trail and Pacific Crest Trail near Yosemite National Park. We now have a 6 day/5 night permit for backpacking in the Ansel Adams Wilderness near Yosemite. More on this later. Event Leader, Jack Callahan, 423-284-7885, firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Jack if you are interested or want more information. Hike Report: Seven folks went on this backpack trip which was wonderful. Full report to follow. Trip Report: On July 18, the advance party of Rick Harris and Jerry Schneider flew to Reno and made their way to Mammoth Lakes (ML). They spent time in Yosemite, a ghost town, Mono Lake, and many other sites of interest in the area. On July 22, the remaining party of Al Johnson, Bruce Lee, Jennifer Schroll, Megan Callahan and Hike Leader Jack Callahan joined up in Las Vegas and made the drive to ML. The trip took the group through Death Valley, where the temp after 9 pm was still 110 degrees F. On the west side of the Valley, Jennifer pulled off into an overlook and we were treated to a view of the comet Neowise with the naked eye. During our acclimation period in ML we toured Devils Post Pile, Rainbow Falls, Mono Lake, Obsidian Mountain and other local sites. On July 25, we began our hike, taking the High Trail (PCT) out of Agnew Meadows and hiking to our first night's campsite at Badger Lakes. We were treated with a thirty-minute hailstorm a few minutes after arrival, but most hikers kept their tents dry. Day two, we hiked by Thousand Island Lake, Ruby and Emerald Lakes and climbed through a pass on the John Muir Trail (JMT) to our second campsite on Garnet Lake (elev. 9678). A couple of brave souls took a very short dip in the lake to cool off. Day three, we continued on the JMT over a 10200-ft pass and down to Shadow Creek Trail where we hiked upstream to Ediza Lake for nights three and four. Ediza Lake campsite was our zero day. After a good rainstorm, we had a great location for meal prep and enjoyed the scenery of Mt. Ritter and the Minarets across the lake. Every night Al got up just after the moon set to take some great pics of the night sky. Day four, we did a day hike up to Iceberg Lake, and Jerry, Megan, Jennifer and Al made the next climb up to Cecile Lake (elev. 10239). Returning to camp, all but one took a short swim in Ediza Lake. Very little video footage of this event remains. Day five, we hiked back down along Shadow Creek, and had lunch at Shadow Lake. From there, we continued down a steep 800-foot descent, crossed the San Joaquin River and arrived at our proposed campsite at Olaine Lake around 1:30 pm. This location was a poor campsite and the group voted to hike out and stay at a motel in Lee Vining. After breakfast on July 30, Rick and Jerry headed back to Reno via Lake Tahoe and Donner State Park to return to Cincinnati. The rest of the group drove to Yosemite NP and toured the valley as well as took a side trip to Glacier Point. We spent the night in Curry Village in the valley; and on July 31, we headed back to Vegas, where a few toured part of the strip and had a nice supper in an Italian restaurant. August 1, we flew out to our respective locations. It was a great trip and the scenery was some of the best you can imagine. The hike was not difficult, and, where we camped, we had great campsites on level ground with water always nearby. Insects were a non-issue and other than the two short rain/hail events, we had beautiful weather. Check out the September 2020 Newsletter for pictures from this trip.
AUGUST 7, 2020 Friday Hike to Benton Falls followed by a picnic in the park on the shores of MaCamey Lake in the Chilhowee Recreation Area. Members who decline to hike may hold tables in the picnic area, or enjoy an easy short walk around the lake. Hike to the falls is approximately 3 miles, easy with the exception of the last 100 yards down to the base of the falls. Meet at Ocoee Hardees in the back parking lot to carpool to Chilhowee Recreation Area. The Hardees is on Hwy 411 just north of the intersection with Hwy 64.. If you wish to meet at the recreation area, please let Clayton know. The hike will begin at 10 am, and we will meet in the large parking lot in the day use area. This is a fee area, with a fee for each vehicle. Hike Leaders, Ruth and Clayton Pannell, email@example.com, 423-263-9730. Trip Report: Eight club members met at Chilhowee Recreation Area to begin a hike to Benton Falls. Hike Leaders Clayton and Ruth Pannell led the group past McKamey Lake to Benton Falls Trail. There, Jack and Margaret Callahan split off to hike around the lake, where they found a Carolina lily. The Pannells, James and Phyllis Anderson, Leon Bates, and Judy Price headed to the falls. We were fortunate to have Leon on the hike as he shared his expertise on flora and fungi! We made our way carefully to the base of the falls. The falls were full and roaring that day and many people were out enjoying them. We then hiked back to the picnic area and had our box lunches before taking a short walk around part of the lake. As we were getting ready to head home, club member Yvonne Rittenhouse met up with us after her hike. It was a perfectly enjoyable day!
THERE WILL BE NO CLUB MEETING IN AUGUST
SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 Thursday Monthly Club Meeting Due to current COVID-19 precautions, we will not have a potluck dinner. Bring your own meal to the Charleston (TN) City Pavilion in Hoyt Berry Municipal Park.
Event Report - We met at the Charleston City park pavilion at a few minutes to six. The benefits of having a reservation paid off as there were several couples who had occupied some tables. They graciously moved after we explained the situation. We had 23 attendees, including two prospective new members--Keith Passmore and Kristin Coates. This was a brown bag affair with each providing their own meal. After eating, we had our business meeting and went over several months of past hikes. Jennifer Schroll committed to being the club VP next year and her participation is much appreciated. There are still vacancies for secretary and publicist. Please help out by volunteering for one of these positions. The next club meeting will be held at the Whisman's home; again, it's a bring your individual meal affair, not potluck. And thanks to Jim and Lettie for opening up their home to us, and for the great sampling of figs Jim brought. See everyone in October.
SEPTEMBER 22, 2020 Tuesday Turtletown Falls Hike, Approximately 5-mile hike to the upper and lower falls just west of Farner, TN. Meet at 9 am at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in Tellico Plains, TN to carpool to the site. Wear good hiking shoes and pack a lunch and water. There is one ford in the access road which is best crossed with a high clearance vehicle. Hike Leader, Sue Robinson, text 423-519-9751, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Trip Report: There was a great turnout for our approximately five-mile hike. We started out up over the ridge, taking a slight detour to look at Jasper Stewart's grave site. We continued along the ridge before descending down to the first waterfall to eat our lunch. A large blowdown at the lunch area provided a few more seating areas. Then we continued to the next waterfall. Water was flowing nicely in both. Hiking with new and old friends always makes for a nice hike.
SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 TUESDAY 6-8 PM PICKIN' IN THE PARK HIWASSEE/OCOEE SCENIC RIVER STATE PARK Meet at Gee Creek Amphitheater. Bring your instrument and a lawn chair. Enjoy a nice crackling fire and make a s'more. Learn about the history of Appalachian music. They ask for a $2 donation per person for this program. They ask that you please maintain social distancing. If you cannot, please wear a mask.
SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 1, 2020 BACKPACKING TRIP FROM CARVERS GAP TO HWY 19-E Twelve hardy backpackers met at Mountain Harbor B&B on the afternoon of September 29 and took the shuttle to Carvers Gap. Weather radar showed a clearing in the rain by late afternoon, but this never happened. The group hiked up to Round and Jane Balds, where the winds were over 15 mph with a wind chill of 31 degrees, and with fog and horizontal rain. At the intersection of the side trail to Grassy Ridge, the Hike Leader made an incorrect turn and after about 200 yards realized the mistake. At that point, after a brief discussion with the group, it was agreed to continue on the AT and spend the night at the Stan Murray Shelter. This was the correct decision, as the wind howled all night and the rain finally stopped around 5 am. Two brave hikers stayed in the shelter while the rest set up tents. Wednesday morning brought beautiful blue skies, great hiking temperatures and a lively breakfast around the picnic table. Setting off at 9 am, the group continued north on the AT, with a brief stop at the intersection of the Overmountain Trail. A few went down to the Barn Shelter to replenish water and see the Barn. Then the serious climbing began as the group labored up to Little Hump Mountain. Along the way there were great views of Grassy Ridge and the Barn in the valley below. Reaching the top of Little Hump, the wind chill dictated lunch on the east side of the crest, in a nice sunny spot. After lunch, the group continued on to a nice campsite just south of Bradley Gap. At this point, the decision was made to continue on another three miles to Doll Flats, as it was only around 2 pm. The climb up Big Hump Mountain was next, and it is a test for folks with heavy packs. Reaching the top, everyone enjoyed the 360 panoramic views with Peakfinder helping out on mountain identification. After a brief rest, the group began the descent off Big Hump to Doll Flats, which is a very nice primitive campsite. Most set up camp under the large trees at the edge of a great clearing, where moonrises and sunrises are easily viewed with no obstruction. Several folks gathered firewood and we enjoyed a great campfire. Morning broke to another great clear cool day, and the group headed down the last leg of the hike, returning to Mountain Harbor. Arriving at our vehicles around noon, most stopped at a local pizza place in Roan Mountain and enjoyed a filling lunch before heading our separate ways home. Hikers included Sandra Fenton, Michelle Ritter, Megan Callahan, Sue Robinson, Al and Brandon Johnson, James Anderson, Otis Pannell, Darrell Morgan, Rick Harris, Jerry Schneider, and Hike Leader Jack Callahan. This is a great hike and a must-do again, possibly a 3-night, 4-day trip with some lazy mornings and a night on Yellow Mountain.
OCTOBER 3, 2020 Saturday - HIKE TO BOB BALD - With Benton MacKaye Trail Association. Tennessee/North Carolina state line on the Cherohala Skyway. Approximately 8 miles round trip, with one long steady climb of about one mile, rated moderately strenuous. Wear good hiking boots, bring lunch and sufficient water. Meet at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in Tellico Plains at 9:00 am to carpool to the trailhead. Hike Leaders, Rick and Brenda Harris, 513-260-1184. This is a dog-friendly hike. Hike Report: Seven hikers took their sights on Bob Bald with a 7.6 mile round trip hike from Beech Gap at the state line on the Cherohala Skyway to the top of Bob Bald, led by Brenda and Rick Harris. Upon reaching the top, we enjoyed the great views off to the south and ate lunch. It was a beautiful cool fall day with the leaves starting to turn a variety of colors. Hikers included Rick & Brenda Harris, Clare Sullivan, Doug Lynch, Mary Alton, Will Dostie, and Sandra Fenton.
OCTOBER 8, 2020 Thursday Monthly Club Meeting Lettie and Jim Whisman's home. 2620 Springplace Road SE, Cleveland, TN. Park at Church of God of Prophecy. (Park where parking spaces face fence/driveway then cross over to house/driveway.) Due to current COVID-19 precautions, we will not have a potluck dinner. Bring your own meal. Mtg Report: The club met at the property of Lettie and Jim Whisman and began with a tour of their new historic home. Beautiful wood is used extensively in the very nice home. Afterwards, we joined at the pavilion near the lake to the rear of their home and enjoyed a sack supper, to avoid unnecessary contact due to the virus. There was a nice turnout, and the weather was perfect for an outdoor meeting. A special thanks to Lettie and Jim for their hospitality.
OCTOBER 10, 2020 John Muir/BMTA cleanup day, from Childers Creek parking lot to Big Bend parking lot along the Hiwassee River, 3 miles. Wear sturdy boots, bring water ,lunch, and work gloves. Meet at the Childers Creek parking lot at 9:00 am to organize car shuttle to drop a vehicle at Big Bend. The trail will be inspected prior to the work day to determine tool needs. Event Leader, Clayton Pannell, email@example.com, 423-263-9730.CANELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
OCTOBER 17, 2020 Saturday Hike to the Hangover, by way of Wolf Laurel trail, approximately 8 miles, difficult, with a lot of ups and downs. Bring lunch, water and wear good hiking boots. Great unobstructed views from the Hangover into the south end of the GSMNP, and the Little Tennessee River valley. Meet at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in Tellico Plains at 9:00 am to carpool the trailhead. This is a dog friendly hike. Hike Leaders Rick and Brenda Harris, 423-253-6358 or HarrisRi@aol.com. Hike Report: Ten hikers and one dog hiked from the Wolf Laurel Trailhead to the Hangover in the Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness along the BMT on this beautiful fall day. The parking lot was overflowing when we arrived there around 10 AM. The day started out cool at a little above freezing but warmed up to the mid-fifties by day's end with sunny clear skies all day. This difficult 7-mile hike with over 2000 feet of elevation gain started with a steady climb from the trailhead up to the BMT on the Stratton Ridge Trail. We then turned north on the BMT steeply downhill to Naked Ground, then steeply uphill to Haoe, then down to the Hangover itself. With many leaves off the trees, the views were impressive. At the Hangover, we met a group of Boy Scouts from Knoxville who were training for their 10-day trek scheduled next summer at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. They were encamped at Bob Bald on the BMT and were dayhiking to the Hangover from there. We also met a group of hikers with the Tennessee Trails Assn. taking the same route as us. We also came across numerous other solo and couple backpackers and day hikers. The trail was very busy. We ate lunch at the Hangover with 360-degree views of the Smokies and the surrounding mountains. We then hiked back to the Wolf Laurel Trailhead and returned home. We had quite a job exiting the trailhead with us almost being pinned in. It seems everyone was enjoying "Our Big Backyard" out of Tellico Plains. Hikers included Rick and Brenda Harris, their son David and grandsons Benton and Alex, Sue Robinson, Mary Alton, Judy Price and Sandra Fenton. Zoe, Sue's dog, was also well-behaved and did great on the hike. David Harris had backpacked solo from the Tellico River up to Whigg Meadow where he spent Friday night to temps in the teens and high winds. On early Saturday morning he met us along the road to the trailhead.
OCTOBER 25-30, 2020 Annual Club campout at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. NOTE: Each family will be responsible for their own meals. There will not be potluck/group meals. Located a few miles east of Oneida, TN, approximately a three-hour drive from Cleveland. We will again be camping at Bandy Creek campground, in group site E-1. There are 18 campsites available, on a first come basis, and there is a covered screened shelter with electricity, tables, cooking space and a large stone fireplace. There is also a restroom with hot showers and flush toilets which is reserved for out group. The individual campsites are paved, with a picnic table but do not have power. At the September club meeting a sign-up sheet will be passed around to get an idea of who is planning to attend. Typically, there are always campsites available, and the cost runs about $8 per person per night. The facility is already paid for and funds will be collected by the club the day you arrive to cover your cost. For more information contact Jack Callahan 423-284-7885 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Coordinates for the shelter are N36deg29min13sec, W84deg41min43sec. Trip Report: Over the course of the week some 25 club members made the trip to Big South Fork to enjoy the nice facilities at Bandy Creek Campground and join in numerous day hikes and other events. Sunday began with unloading a half cord of firewood that Otis Pannell had already picked up near Oneida. Once the fire was started, it never went out the whole time we were there. Monday, there were three hikes with Rick Harris, Larry Van Dyke and Jack Callahan as Hike Leaders. These included Honey Creek Loop, Devil's Cave, and a hike along the river. We enjoyed nice weather. Tuesday, there were more day hikes, including another hike to Maude's Crack and an old home place as a side trip. Wednesday, the weather was non-cooperative, so there were trips to Pall Mall to visit Sgt. York's homeplace and the old town of Rugby. An addition to the York homeplace is a reproduction of a World War I trench to give visitors a feel of how trench life may have been during the war. The town of Rugby had a home fire before the visitors there made it and witnessed the smoldering ruins of one of the old homes. Thursday, several folks made the trip to Stearns, Kentucky, and rode the excursion train down into the Big South Fork river gorge and toured a coal mine. The mine was inactive, but gave a great idea of how difficult the work was, with miners having to lay on their stomachs and dig the two-foot-thick seam of coal. The total height of the shaft was three feet. A typical miner could load 12-15 tons a day, and made about $0.10 a ton. Friday, the remaining campers did their best to burn the rest of the firewood, and headed home. It was a great trip, and the turnout was very good. James Anderson has reserved the same site again for next year.
NOVEMBER 8, 2020 Sunday Pot Point Nature Trail, 4.1 miles, moderately strenuous. Park at the Richie Hollow/Pot Point trailhead at 17805 River Canyon Road, Chattanooga TN. Portion of trail along river for about one mile may be wet. Bring a lunch and wear good hiking shoes and we will plan to eat lunch at the Butterfly Waystation. Hike Leader Judy Price email@example.com. Trip Report: Eight hikers and a canine headed to Chattanooga on a beautiful autumnal day to take in the sights around Pot Point. We began at the Pot Point/Ritchie Hollow trailhead, and headed up up up 1000 feet, all the while keeping an eye out for bald eagles. Along the way, we followed the interpretive guide, picking out now-forested areas that were once farmland, remnants of stone walls, or the site of a moonshine still. Passing Azalea Point, we reached the highest part of the trail and saw boulders and rock bluffs. With nowhere to go but down, we descended on a former logging road to the street we drove in on. Crossing it, we were soon walking beside the Tennessee River. We went across a boardwalk and eventually arrived at the campsite, where we ate lunch and watched boats and a barge heading downriver. After a short road walk, we reached a monarch butterfly waystation meadow. The trail soon led to the historic Pot Point Cabin, and we were back at the trailhead after a four-plus-mile loop. It was a fun hike with a great group! Hikers included Jack Callahan, Jane Chastain, Kristin and Tommy Coates, Bob Dornfeld and Smoky, Karen Kocher, Jennifer Schroll and Hike Leader Judy Price.
NOVEMBER 12, 2020 Thursday Monthly Club Meeting Meet at the pavilion at Charleston (TN) City Park. Please bring individual brown bag meals in place of potluck due to Covid-19 concerns. Mtg Report: The club met and brown-bagged it again to reduce the chance of virus spread. The business meeting concluded, current president Jack Callahan recognized the past officers with small gifts for the great job they did throughout the year. Jack then introduced the new club officers for 2021: James Anderson, President; Jennifer Schroll, Vice President; Margaret Callahan, Publicist; Ruth Pannell, Acting Secretary. Randy Morris, Treasurer; Rick Harris, Webmaster; and Judy Price, Newsletter, continued their roles the same as 2020. The club appreciates members volunteering to hold offices and/or continue in their current positions. Jack used the Candy Routine to induct the officers and it was said he followed the script exactly. Keith Passmore brought four blowup photos of the Honey Creek hike that several members did at Big South Fork. We appreciate Keith sharing his excellent work with the club. The next club meeting will be the planning meeting in January. Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring proposals for hikes and events to fill the 2021 calendar. Please bring the write-ups with details of the event, time and place to meet, and other necessary data, each on a separate sheet of paper to aid in the assembling of the calendar. Jack gave his final comments as president and thanked all the members for their support through the year.
NOVEMBER 13-15, 2020 Friday-Sunday BMTA Annual meeting
NOVEMBER 15, 2020 OSWALD DOME: Trip Report: Five hearty hikers met at Quinn Springs Recreation Area parking lot and three headed out at a fast pace in training for the upcoming Grand Canyon backpacking trip. Two others took a more leisurely pace and hiked up to the nice overlook about 1.5 miles up the trail. The three others pushed to a point about three miles up the trail, then bushwhacked another mile to Lowry Top. Lowry Top is a prominent point which overlooks the Hiwassee River and provides a great view of Reliance and the area around the restaurant Flip-Flops. This overlook is a nice diversion to hiking to the communication towers on top of Oswald Dome. A GPS helps find the location and for the view it must be done during leaf off. The hike started in rain and fog and gusty winds, but by noon the skies began to clear, which made the hike back down to the parking lot much more enjoyable. Hikers included Letha Kelly, Mary Alton, Jennifer Schroll, Darrell Morgan, and Hike Leader Jack Callahan.
NOVEMBER 16, 2020 Monday Raccoon Mountain Pump storage facility, tour the visitor Center and group will chose a trail to hike out of the 28 miles of trail. Several are along the rim which should have great views of the Tennessee River gorge. Wear good hiking shoes and bring a lunch. The facility is approximately one hour drive from Cleveland. From Cleveland, take I-24 to Browns Ferry road to Elder Mountain Road to the TVA access road. To carpool from Cleveland, meet at the Park and Ride at I-75 exit 25 next to the Mapco gas station on Hwy 60 at 9:00 am. Event Leader Jack Callahan 423-284-7885, firstname.lastname@example.org. Trip Report: Seven club members and a canine made the one-hour drive from Cleveland to Raccoon Mountain and first stopped at the East Overlook, which gives a great view of downtown Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain. The weather was great and visibility allowed us to pick out Gregory Bald in the Smokies, some 90 miles away. We then drove to the intake/outlet structure, a 250-foot high concrete drain where the water enters and exits the 350-acre lake. The Visitor Center was closed, but there is a great overlook on the backside with breathtaking views of the Tennessee River Gorge some 1000 feet below. We then hiked the 1.5-mile trail somewhat along the river and some made the loop back to the vehicles for a 2.5-mile hike. Afterwards, all but one hiker enjoyed a late lunch at Clyde's on Main in downtown Chattanooga. There are thirty miles of trail, and this site will be visited again in the future. Hike Leader, Jack Callahan.
NOVEMBER 21, 2020 CANEY CREEK SETTLEMENT TRAIL REHAB EAGLE SERVICE PROJECT A year ago, the Cherokee Hiking Club attempted to hike the trail to the Caney Creek Settlement along the Ocoee River. We made it all the way but the trail was in horrible condition and poorly marked and we got temporarily discombobulated (off-track) twice. It is an amazing place. The village housed the families of Tennessee Power Company employees who built and maintained the flume and powerhouse. It was a little town with no vehicles, but with a water system, electricity, a hotel, school and church house, tennis courts, flower gardens and fish ponds, and a train track in their front yards. The only way out was across a swinging bridge or by boat. Eventually the Tennessee Power Company, which provided the first electric power to Cleveland and Chattanooga, was bought out by TVA and the village was abandoned. Move forward several months. I was approached by Kevin Fryar, a Boy Scout in Troop 44 in Cleveland, asking about possibilities for an Eagle Scout Project in the national forest. Kevin is a member of the Scout Troop in which club member Jennifer Schroll volunteers as an adult leader. Kevin and I thought of several possibilities but settled on rehabbing the Caney Creek Trail #74. After obtaining the necessary approvals from the USFS and the Cherokee BSA Council, we made definitive plans. To begin with, I and Debbie Moore (club member, president of the TN Trail of Tears Assn. and local historian on the village) attended a troop meeting in early November. I showed the various tools we would use clear the trail and discussed the project and Debbie gave a slide presentation on the history of the village. The work trip came to fruition on a beautiful somewhat warm Saturday in November. Six members of our Thursday Tellico/Ocoee Trail Crew (myself, Brenda Harris, Bobby Mitchell, Barb Childress, Will Dostie, and Tom Smith) joined with 19 Scouts and Leaders from Troop 44 and 444 to make it happen. The Wednesday before, Clare Sullivan and I reblazed the trail to assure none of the trail crew and future hikers would get lost while working on or hiking the trail. On the day of the work trip, we first had a tailgate safety meeting, then broke into three crews. One crew used chainsaws (Tom Smith and myself) and hand saws (led by Brenda Harris and Bobby Mitchell) to clear about 70 trees off the trail. The second crew (led by Bard Childress) used loppers and swingblades to clear all the vegetation from the trail corridor. The third crew (led by Will Dostie and Jennifer Schroll and other adult leaders from the Scout Troop) used digging tools to repair several hundred feet of tread. We finished the work by 2 PM. We all then crossed Big Creek and explored the remnants of the old Caney Creek Village. We then recrossed the creek and returned to our vehicles by about 5 pm. It was a great work trip and Eagle Scout Project. The work done by the Scouts was exemplary. Everyone worked hard and had a lot of fun doing it. I hope to attend Kevin's Eagle Ceremony, whenever it is held. Marci Spencer, club member and author of books on local national forests, may include a chapter on this project in her book she is writing on the Cherokee National Forest. The trail is now open for hiking with a clear well-marked corridor, though hikers and hiking groups need to be aware of the dates of closure of the Pace Gap gate. The gate is CLOSED June 1 to August 30 and January 1 to March 14.for protection of the wildlife. During hunting season in the fall, be sure to wear orange and nothing white. You don't want to be mistaken for a deer.
NOVEMBER 22, 2020 BAY POINT LOOP AT HARRISON BAY STATE PARK: Trip Report: Five hikers and one canine met at the Bay Point Loop trailhead at Harrison Bay State Park on an overcast day for a 4.5-mile shoreline trail hike. Before we'd reached the trailhead, however, we were treated to the sight of several deer eating by the banks of the marina. Soon after starting the trail, the bay came into view and we had water views for most of our hike. Herons were flying and standing on the shore and kingfishers were calling. We shared the trail with other hikers, cyclists, trail runners, and every breed of dog! Lunch was eaten by a cove with a fishing boat. We stopped often to take in the stunning scenery. As we left, a few of us stopped at the Interpretive Center to see the birds of prey. Such a relaxing day! Hikers were Jack Callahan, Jane Chastain, Bob Dornfeld and Smoky, Yvonne Rittenhouse, and Hike Leader Judy Price.
NOVEMBER 28, 2020 Linda Davis Memorial Walk on the Cleveland Greenway. Meet at 9:00 am at the pavilion parking lot on Raider Drive. Typically we walk about 6 miles but can accommodate other options. Easy walk on flat paved walkway. Join us to enjoy great conversation and walk off some pumpkin pie. Hike Leader Randy Morris 423-650-0485, email@example.com. Trip Report: Three club members met for a nice stroll along the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This annual hike, named for the late club member Linda Davis who started the after-holiday walks on the Chattanooga Greenway, has been an annual tradition for several years. The walkers enjoyed a mild November morning which led to many more folks on the greenway than is normally the case. We had good conversation, including the Hike Leader reminiscing about the history of the hike and Linda's contributions to our club, while maintaining social distancing in line with COVID protocols. We walked from the Greenway Pavilion at Raider Drive to the northern terminus of the greenway and back again. Enjoying the morning were James Anderson, Judy Price and Hike Leader Randy Morris.
DECEMBER 3, 2020 Thursday JOHNSTON WOODS Five hikers and a canine braved below freezing temperatures to hike the bike trails at Johnston Woods in McDonald, TN. The trail was lined by frosty flora, but the sun was shining brightly so we didn't stay cold long. We had the trails mostly to ourselves! We kept a good pace, but did stop to look at frost flowers, mushrooms past their prime, pawpaw trees, puffballs, and mosses and lichens. We hiked the two current loop trails: one approximately three miles and the other approximately 1.5 miles. Another longer trail is currently being finished. It was a beautiful and enjoyable day! Hikers were: Jack Callahan, Bob Dornfeld and Smoky, Karen Kocher, Kathy Seymour, and Hike Leader Judy Price.
DECEMBER 6, 2020 Sunday THUNDER ROCK "LOOP" We met at Thunder Rock trailhead parking in Cherokee National Forest on a sunny but frosty morning. Ten hikers and a canine (Margaret and Jack Callahan, Jane Chastain, Bob Dornfeld and Smoky, Karen and Fritz Kocher, Sue Robinson, Clare Sullivan, David Thomforde, and Hike Leader Judy Price) headed up the forest service road to Thunder Rock Express. The uphill hike soon warmed us. (Sue brought hard boiled eggs as hand warmers!) At just over a mile, we reached the junction to Chestnut Mountain Trail. On that trail, Margaret spotted the famous "Rock in the Tree" tree. The rock is no longer there, but the tree has developed a face so it's now the "Face on the Tree" tree! We arrived at Poplar Hollow Trail, where we also picked up the Benton MacKaye Trail, and stopped for a quick lunch. After hiking downhill awhile, we came upon a blowdown that the group moved off the trail. (Clare and Ed Sullivan maintain this section for the BMTA, so they can check that off the list!) A short uphill took us to the road and Thunder Rock Trail. A beautiful mountain view soon opened up to us. Switchbacks took us down to the Ocoee River. We walked through Thunder Rock Campground back to our cars, ending a fun five-mile hike!
DECEMBER 10, 2020 Thursday OUTER LOOP AT BOOKER T. WASHINGTON STATE PARK Four hikers and a canine met at the Parking Area with Kiosk #1 at Booker T. Washington State Park in Harrison, TN, and began our five-mile hike. (The kiosks explain different timelines in Washington's life.) We started on the Nature Trail, which soon took us to the Outer Loop and we were on our way. Cleanup of tree damage from spring storms was evident along the trail. We had beautiful views from the shoreline of Chickamauga Lake/Tennessee River and the Wilkes T. Thrasher Bridge across Chickamauga Dam. We kept our eyes open for herons and were finally rewarded when one flew from the beach to a tree. It was a sunny and warm day, a perfect day spent with hiking friends! Hikers were: Bob Dornfeld and Smoky, Ginger Pippenger, Yvonne Rittenhouse, and Hike Leader Judy Price.
DECEMBER 12, 2020 Saturday Annual Christmas Party Cancelled due to COVID-19
DECEMBER 19, 2020 Satureday MCGILL CREEK SECTION OF THE CUMBERLAND TRAIL Four hikers and a canine convened at Roaring Creek Trailhead in Graysville, TN, for a hike on the McGill Creek Section of the Cumberland Trail. We set off on a sunny day with a slight chill in the air. A short road walk across Roaring Creek soon led us to the leaf-covered trail. The trail meandered through beautiful drainage waterfalls and ascended past rocky bluffs. We paralleled Brayton Mountain Road, which we crossed as it turned and headed up the mountain, and took in magnificent mountain views. Then we headed down a former logging road and took a left turn toward McGill Creek. After walking alongside the picturesque creek a short way, we came upon the bridge over cascading water. The trail currently ends here. We ate lunch at this serene place before retracing our steps to the trailhead, ending a wonderful five-mile hike. Hikers were: Bob Dornfeld and Smoky, Karen and Fritz Kocher, and Hike Leader Judy Price.
JANUARY 2, 2021 SATURDAY 9 AM BRADY MOUNTAIN SECTION OF THE CUMBERLAND TRAIL Approximately five miles round trip, out and back to a scenic view (with the option to hike an additional approximate half mile to arch if the trail is clear), moderately strenuous with steep rocky areas. Bring lunch and water and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Meet at Brady Mountain trailhead on Highway 68 in Grassy Cove (Black Mountain/Brady Mountain Trailhead Crossville, TN 38555 – from Spring City the parking pull-off is on the left) at 9 am. The kiosk is off the parking lot. If you plan to attend, you must contact Hike Leader Judy Price firstname.lastname@example.org for a spot on the roster and to arrange a caravan if applicable. Hike sizes are limited due to COVID-19. Social distancing is observed. More information: Brady Mountain Section – Cumberland Trails Conference
JANUARY 5, 2021 TUESDAY 9 AM BRUSH CREEK TRAIL IN CHEROKEE NATIONAL FOREST The trail is approximately seven miles one way, but we will meet at the Brush Creek Trailhead (Brush Creek Trailhead US-74, Turtletown, TN 37391 https://goo.gl/maps/X6bdKtUA99JMVaLN7 NOT Boyd Gap) at 9 am and hike in as many miles as we decide to (maybe three miles or so?) then hike back out (since we cannot currently shuttle). The kiosk is in the parking lot. Moderate bike trail with good tread. Bridges may be slippery. Bring lunch and water and wear sturdy hiking shoes. If you plan to attend, you must contact Hike Leader Judy Price email@example.com for a spot on the roster and to arrange a caravan if applicable. Hike sizes are limited due to COVID-19. Social distancing is observed.
JANUARY 9-17, 2021 GRAND CANYON BACKPACKING TRIP Six club members will strike out for Arizona on January 9, 2021, meeting up in Flagstaff, and drive to the South Rim. We'll overnight in a motel and get up the next morning to catch the shuttle to the South Kaibab trail. We'll hike down to Bright Angel campground for the first night on the trail. Day two, the group will hike to Cottonwood Campground, for two nights. The "off day" will consist of a day hike from Cottonwood to the North Rim and back, about 13 miles and 4000-foot elevation gain. Snow (and stamina) may slow us down on this interesting day hike.
After the second night at Cottonwood, we'll hike back down to Bright Angel for night number four. A supper and breakfast at the Phantom Ranch the next morning will begin our hike back up to Indian Garden campground. If there is sufficient time an afternoon hike out to an overlook is a possibility. Day six, we break camp at Indian Garden and hike the rest of the way back to the South Rim. Total elevation gain for the trip will be slightly more than 10,000 feet. Reaching the top, we'll drive back to Flagstaff for two nights, with the in-between day possibly visiting Wupatki, NM; Sunset Crater, NM; and Walnut Canyon, NM, near Flagstaff. On Sunday January 17, we'll fly back to our respective hometowns. Hikers include Michelle Ritter, Jennifer Schroll, Megan Callahan, Al Johnson, Darrell Morgan, and Hike Leader Jack Callahan.
JANUARY 24, 2021 SUNDAY TIME TBD CLUB MEETING AND PLANNING FOR THE 2021 CALENDAR YEAR, WESLEY MEMORIAL CHURCH, ETOWAH, TN Details to come. Please see Note from the President at the top of this newsletter.
WEDNESDAY WALKS ON THE CLEVELAND GREENWAY Every Wednesday Jack Callahan leads a 3.75-mile walk on the Cleveland Greenway while social distancing, meeting at the lower end of the parking lot across from Perkits and the Gondolier restaurant adjacent to Keith Street. Meet time is currently 4:30 pm. A note on the walk is sent out the beginning of each week on Messenger. Contact Jack Callahan at 423-284-7885 if you want to be included in the messages.
THIRD THURSDAY OF THE MONTH BREAKFAST Canceled until further notice.