The Unicoi Crest above Tellico Plains

 

Cherokee Hiking Club
198 Crews Drive, Benton, TN 373
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Using a crosscut saw in the Citico Wilderness

Bald River Falls

 

Trail Maintenance
Projects

2008

Jan     Feb    Mar    Apr    May    Jun    Jul    Aug    Sep    Oct    Nov    Dec

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Tellico Ranger District Worktrips
Benton MacKaye Trail Worktrips
Other Worktrips

January 2008

February 2008

Monday, February 25 - Falls Branch Falls Trail, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest. Leader Ken Jones, 423-745-2451, Meet at 8AM at the Tellico Ranger Station, bring workgloves, safety glasses, and hardhat if you have them

Wednesday, February 27 - McNabb Branch Trail, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest. Leader Ken Jones - CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW, TO BE RESCHEDULED

Thursday, February 28 - Big Fodderstack on the BMT Section 18b, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest. Leader Ken Jones, 423-745-2451, Meet at 8AM at the Tellico Ranger Station, bring workgloves, safety glasses, and hardhat if you have them. The plan is to hike up the Mill Creek Trail, then south on the BMT to just before the junction with the Pine Ridge Trail and there to take out a big downfall, then return by the Pine Ridge Trail. This will be a tough hike up and back, with about 2400' of elevation gain and fall.

March 2008

Thursday, March 6 - Big Fodderstack on the Benton MacKaye Trail, BMT Section 18b, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest. Leader Ken Jones, 423-745-2451, Meet at 8AM at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in Tellico Plains. Bring workgloves, safety glasses, and hardhat if you have them. The plan is to hike up the Mill Creek Trail, then south on the BMT to the junction with the Pine Ridge Trail, then return by the Pine Ridge Trail. This will be a tough hike up and back of about 8 miles, with about 2400' of elevation gain and fall. The group will finish clearing out the blowdown just north of Big Fodderstack and also to clear out some other smaller blow downs along this section of trail.Saturday, March 8 - Tellico River Cleanup Project, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest. Leader Ken Jones, 423-745-2451, Meet at 8AM at the Tellico Ranger Station, bring work gloves, safety glasses, and hardhat if you have them.

Tuesday, March 25 - Benton MacKaye Trail from Sandy Gap to Sixmile Gap, BMT Section 15c, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest. Work with Steve Cartwright on his section of the BMT. We will be installing 3 signs and clearing blowdowns. Leader Ken Jones, 423-745-2451

Wednesday, March 26 - McNabb Branch Trail, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest. Leader Ken Jones - This trip is not open to hiking club members, since there will be several youth coming along. All the help needed will already be there.

 
Thursday, March 27 - Benton MacKaye Trail on Big Fodderstack, BMT Section 18b, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest. Work with Tazz Reid and Jim Holland clearing blowdowns. We will be going in at Farr Gap and coming out down Mill Branch Trail. Meet at Cherohala Visitor Center at 8 am. Leader Ken Jones, 423-745-2451

Thursday, March 27 - Benton MacKaye Trail on Upper Bald River Section, BMT Section 16d, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest. Rick Harris and his wife Brenda will recon the trail from Sugar Mountain Road to the Brookshire Creek intersection. Contact Rick Harris at HarrisRi@aol.com or 423-253-6358

April 2008

Wednesday, April 2 - Benton MacKaye Trail Segment 16b - Upper Bald River, BMT Section 16d, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest. Work with Rick Harris on checking what all needs to be done on this section of trail and to clear the trail of small stuff. We will go back at a later date with saws, etc. Contact Rick Harris at 423-253-6358, HarrisRi@aol.com

Thursday, April 3 - Benton MacKaye Trail on Big Fodderstack, BMT Section 18b, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest. Ken Jones, Tazz Reid, Rick Harris and Jim Holland work on clearing blowdowns on the Fodderstack Trail between Mill Branch and Crowder Branch trails. We will be going in at Farr Gap and coming out down Mill Branch Trail. Meet at Cherohala Visitor Center at 9 am. Leader Ken Jones, 423-745-2451

Monday, April 7 - Benton MacKaye Trail on Big Fodderstack, BMT Section 18a, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest. We will continue to work on clearing blowdowns on the Fodderstack Trail south of Fodderstack. We will go up the Pine Ridge Trail to Fodderstack, then south toward Harrison Gap. This is nearly 3000 feet of elevation gain and 5 miles of trail to get to our destination (Warning to the not so healthy). Meet at the Tellico District Ranger Station at 8 am. Leader Ken Jones, 423-745-2451. Call him in advance if interested on going.

Saturday-Sunday, April 12-13 - Big Frog / Fork Ridge  BMT Trail Maintenance. BMT Section 11c. Ocoee Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest

Thursday, April 17, 2008 - Benton MacKaye Trail on Big Fodderstack, BMT Section 18a, Cherokee National Forest. We will continue work on this section going in from Beech Gap. Leader Ken Jones, 423-745-2451. Call him in advance if interested on going.

Monday, April 21, 2008 - Replacing various carsonite signs in the Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - Bald River Trail, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - Little Citico Horse Trails, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest

Tuesday, April 30, 2008 - John Muir Trail Reroute, BMT Section 13d, Ocoee/Hiwassee Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest. The reroute is to get the trail off the road from Towee Creek upstream past the powerhouse, then will hook back up with the present JMT a ways above the powerhouse. Leader Ken Jones, 745-2451 or mkjones@comcast.net.

May 2008

Thursday, May 8, 2008 - Brookshire Creek Trail BMT Section 16c, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - John Muir Trail Reroute. BMT Section 13d Ocoee/Hiwassee Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest

Saturday, May 17, 2008 - BMT Sycamore Creek Section 17a/17b. Pam & Matthews

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - John Muir Trail Reroute. BMT Section 13d Ocoee/Hiwassee Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest

Thursday, May 22, 2008 - Brookshire Creek Trail BMT Section 16c, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - John Muir Trail Reroute. BMT Section 13d  Ocoee/Hiwassee Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest

Thursday, May 29, 2008 - Benton MacKaye Trail - Bald River Section BMT Section 16d, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest

June 2008

Monday, June 2, 2008 - Warriors Passage Trail, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest

Wednesday, June 4, 2008 - John Muir Trail Reroute. BMT Section 13d Ocoee/Hiwassee Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest

Saturday, June 7, 2008 - John Muir Trail Reroute. BMT Section 13d National Trails Day, Ocoee/Hiwassee Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest. The reroute is to get the trail off the road from Towee Creek upstream past the powerhouse, then will hook back up with the present JMT a ways above the powerhouse. Leader Ken Jones, 745-2451 or mkjones@comcast.net.

Monday, June 9, 2008 - Warriors Passage Trail, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest

Wednesday, June 11, 2008 - John Muir Trail Reroute. BMT Section 13d Ocoee/Hiwassee Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest

Thursday, June 12, 2008 - Little Citico Horse Trails, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest

Saturday, June 14, 2008 - John Muir Trail Reroute. BMT Section 13d Ocoee/Hiwassee Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest

Monday, June 16, 2008 - Warriors Passage Trail, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - John Muir Trail Reroute. BMT Section 13d Ocoee/Hiwassee Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451. Plan is to meet at Etowah Hardee's at 8AM or parking lot at US411 and TN30 at 8:15AM.

Thursday, June 19, 2008 - Little Citico Horse Trails, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451. Plan is to meet at Tellico Ranger Station at 8AM

Monday, June 23, 2008 – Warriors Passage Trail, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451. Continue work on clearing blowdowns and brushing out Warriors Passage Trail from Mule Pen Gap toward Waucheesi. Leave the Ranger Station at 8 am and meet Philip Gooch at Mule Pen Gap at 8:30 am. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 – John Muir Trail Reroute. BMT Section 13d Ocoee/Hiwassee Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest. Continue side hill tread construction on the John Muir / BMT Reroute (Ocoee RD). Leave Hardees in Etowah at 8 am. Meet others at US 411 and Highway 30 at 8:15 am. 

Thursday, June 26, 2008 – Brookshire Creek Trail BMT Section 16c, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest. Continue clearing blowdowns from the upper end of Brookshire Creek Trail with the crosscut saw. There is a big tree down about a mile in from Beaverdam Bald. Meet and leave the Ranger Station at 7:30 am. Please note the earlier time due to the long drive to Beaverdam Bald. 

Friday, June 27, 2008 – Little Citico Horse Trails, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451. CCC 75 year anniversary celebration at Tellico Ranger Station starts at 10 am (10 – 3). After lunch at the Beach Drive-in, I am going to Little Citico to flag the proposed new parking area for the botanical survey.

Monday, June 30, 2008 – McNabb Branch Trail, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451. Continue work on brushing out this trail. Meet at the Tellico Ranger Station at 8 am.

July 2008

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 – John Muir Trail Reroute. BMT Section 13d Ocoee/Hiwassee Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451. Continue digging in the dirt on the John Muir NRT. Meet at Hardees in Etowah, leaving at 8 am or meet at US 411 and Highway 30 at 8:15 am or meet at Towee Creek at 8:30 am. 

Thursday, July 3, 2008 – Little Citico Horse Trails, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451. We will be working on flagging a new trail from the horse camp to the proposed new parking area on Citico Creek. Meet at the Cherohala Visitor Center at 8 am.

Monday, July 7, 2008 – I’ll be out at Tellico, but am leaving the work for the day unscheduled. I may need to help Rusty with stream clearing, or if Matt can work trails, then we will work somewhere else. I also need to get with Doug Byerly and show him a proposed Brookshire Creek loop sometime when he is out at Tellico during the week. 

Thursday, July 10, 2008 – If Robert can work trails with us, we will continue saw work on Warriors Passage Trail. Jim and Tazz, please bring your saws just in case. If Robert has other duties, we will go back to the Horse Camp and finish flagging and collecting the GPS data for the new trail. Meet at the Tellico Ranger Station at 8 am. 

Friday, July 11, 2008 – John Muir / BMT Reroute BMT Section 13d in the Ocoee District. We will be working on sawing out and brushing out of the third side hill segment up to the high point on the ridge (and beyond). Meet at Hardees in Etowah at 8 am, US 411 and Highway 30 at 8:15 am, or Towee Creek at 8:30 am. 

Saturday, July 12 - Trail Maintenance, Cleveland State Nature Trail. Leader Diana Ristom, 423-476-2945

Saturday, July 12, 2008 - John Muir Trail Reroute. BMT Section 13d Ocoee/Hiwassee Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest. The reroute is to get the trail off the road from Towee Creek upstream past the powerhouse, then will hook back up with the present JMT a ways above the powerhouse. Meet at Hiwassee Corner Market at the intersection of US 441 and TN 30 at 8:30 AM. Tools provided.  Bring lunch, water and gloves.  Leader Clayton Pannell, 263-9730, cppannell@comcast.net

Monday, July 14, 2008 – Warriors Passage Trail, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451. Continue work on clearing blowdowns and brushing out Warriors Passage Trail from Mule Pen Gap toward Waucheesi. Leave the Ranger Station at 8 am and meet Philip Gooch at Mule Pen Gap at 8:30 am. 

Thursday, July 17, 2008 – Little Citico Horse Trails, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.  Meet at the Cherohala Visitor Center at 8 am.

Friday, July 18, 2008 – John Muir / BMT Reroute BMT Section 13d in the Ocoee District. Meet at Hardees in Etowah at 8 am, US 411 and Highway 30 at 8:15 am, or Towee Creek at 8:30 am. 

Monday, July 21, 2008 – Little Citico Horse Trails, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451. We will be working on reflagging the new horse trails in the Little Citico Creek area. Meet at the Tellico Ranger Station at 8 am.

Thursday, July 24, 2008 – Little Citico Horse Trails, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451. We will be working on reflagging the new horse trails in the Little Citico Creek area. Meet at the Tellico Ranger Station at 8 am.

Friday, July 25, 2008 – John Muir / BMT Reroute BMT Section 13d in the Ocoee District. Meet at Hardees in Etowah at 8 am, US 411 and Highway 30 at 8:15 am, or Towee Creek at 8:30 am. 

Thursday, July 31, 2008 – Little Citico Horse Trails, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451. We will be working on reflagging the new horse trails in the Little Citico Creek area. Meet at the Tellico Ranger Station at 8 am.

August 2008

Friday, August 1, 2008 – John Muir / BMT Reroute BMT Section 13d in the Ocoee District. Meet at US 411 and Highway 30 at 8:15 am, or Towee Creek at 8:30 am. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.

Monday, August 4, 2008 – Little Citico Horse Trails, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, Continue flagging new trail from campground to trailhead. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.  Meet at the Tellico Ranger Station at 8 am.

Thursday, August 7, 2008 – Little Citico Horse Trails, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, Continue to brush out horse trails. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.  Meet at the Cherohala Visitor Center at 8 am.

Friday, August 8, 2008 – John Muir / BMT Reroute BMT Section 13d in the Ocoee District. Meet at US 411 and Highway 30 at 8:15 am, or Towee Creek at 8:30 am. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.

Saturday, August 9, 2008 - John Muir / BMT Reroute BMT Section 13d in the Ocoee District. Meet at US 411 and Highway 30 at 8:15 am, or Towee Creek at 8:30 am. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.

Monday, August 11, 2008 - Little Citico Horse Trails, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, Continue to brush out horse trails. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.  Meet at the Cherohala Visitor Center at 8 am.

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - Little Citico Horse Trails, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, Continue to brush out horse trails. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.  Meet at the Cherohala Visitor Center at 8 am.

Friday, August 15, 2008 – John Muir / BMT Reroute BMT Section 13d in the Ocoee District. Meet at US 411 and Highway 30 at 8:15 am, or Towee Creek at 8:30 am. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.

Monday, August 19, 2008 - Donley Cabin Bridge. Meet Matt Henry at the Tellico Ranger Station at 8 am.

Thursday, August 21, 2008 - Little Citico Horse Trails, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, Continue to brush out horse trails. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.  Meet at the Tellico Ranger Station at 8 am.

Friday, August 22, 2008 – John Muir / BMT Reroute BMT Section 13d in the Ocoee District. Meet at US 411 and Highway 30 at 8:15 am, or Towee Creek at 8:30 am. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.

Saturday, August 23, 2008 - John Muir / BMT Reroute BMT Section 13d in the Ocoee District. Meet at US 411 and Highway 30 at 9 am, or Towee Creek at 9:15 am. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.

Monday, August 25, 2008 - Little Citico Horse Trails, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, Continue to brush out horse trails. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.  Meet at the Tellico Ranger Station at 8 am.

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - Benton MacKaye Trail on Big Fodderstack, section 18a, Cherokee National Forest. We will be going in from Beech Gap to the new section of trail to cut out a downed tree across the trail recently noted by a horse group. Leader Tazz Reid, tazzreid@yahoo.com. Contact him in advance if interested on going.

Friday, August 29, 2008 – John Muir / BMT Reroute BMT Section 13d in the Ocoee District. Meet at US 411 and Highway 30 at 8:15 am, or the powerhouse parking area at 8:30 am. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.

September 2008

Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - General Maintenance - Tellico & Ocoee Ranger Districts, Cherokee National Forest, Ken Jones will be working on some various signage projects Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.  Meet at the Tellico Ranger Station at 8 am.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - John Muir / BMT Reroute BMT Section 13d. Plan is to paint blazes on the reroute. Contact Clayton Pannelll. Meet at US411 and TN30 at 8:15 AM.

Thursday, September 4, 2008 - Little Citico Horse Trails, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, Work on digging in the reroute just across Citico Creek from the Horse Camp on Trail #1. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.  Meet at the Tellico Ranger Station at 8 am.

Friday, September 5, 2008 – John Muir / BMT Reroute BMT Section 13d in the Ocoee District. Plan is to finish up the reroute by painting blazes and maybe putting in some water diversion bars. Meet at US 411 and Highway 30 at 8:15 am, or the powerhouse parking area at 8:30 am. Contact Clayton Pannell (263-9730, 435-1848 (c), crpannell@comcast.net).

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - Little Citico Horse Trails, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.  Meet at the Tellico Ranger Station at 8 am.

Friday, September 12, 2008 – John Muir / BMT Reroute BMT Section 13d in the Ocoee District. Plan is to finish up the reroute by painting blazes and maybe putting in some water diversion bars. Meet at US 411 and Highway 30 at 8:15 am, or the powerhouse parking area at 8:30 am. Contact Clayton Pannell (263-9730, 435-1848 (c), crpannell@comcast.net).

Saturday, September 13, 2008 - Benton MacKaye Trail in the Ocoee District. The plan is to brush out BMT Section 11d, the Rough Creek Trail, listed as "poor" in the Section Mileages part of the BMTA website.  George Owen has kindly accepted to not only lead the trip, but to go over and inspect the area in advance of the trip. The plan is to meet at the Thunder Rock parking area at 9 AM.  For information, contact either Rick Harris, harrisri@aol.com or Eric Eades, dawg1980@hotmail.com or George Owen, gowen2@tds.net

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - Warriors Passage Trail, Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451. Plan is to clear the area of the fire of all the blowdowns.

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - We will be working on the Fodderstack Trail BMT Section 18b/a8z between Pine Ridge and Big Stack Gap removing some trees across the trail and reworking some of the sidehill area. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.

October 2008

Thursday, October 2 - North Fork Citico Creek Trail. The plan is to clear blowdowns from the bottom going upstream. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.

Saturday, October 4 - Trail Maintenance, Cleveland State Nature Trail. Leader Diana Ristom, 423-476-2945

Monday, October 6 - North Fork Citico Creek Trail. The plan is to clear more blowdowns. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.

Friday, October 10 - Rocky Flats Trail. We plan to clear downed trees from the trail. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.

Saturday, October 11, 2008 - BMTA Worktrip on the John Muir Trail BMT Section 13d  We will be clearing trees and brushing out the JMT from the east end of the reroute to Coker Creek.  Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451. We will meet at the US 411 / TN 30 intersection at 8AM. Bring hard hat, gloves and safety glasses if you have them. Call or email Ken if you plan to join us.

Monday, October 13, 2008 - North Fork Citico Creek Trail. The plan is to clear more blowdowns. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.

Saturday, October 18 - John Muir Trail Cleanup Project BMT Section 13b, 3-6 miles,  Contact Debbie Flowers (476-3907, 310-2480 (c), dndflower@bellsouth.net) or Clayton Pannell (263-9730, 435-1848 (c), crpannell@comcast.net). 

Monday, October 27 - Benton MacKaye Trail on both sides of Sugar Mountain BMT Section 16d/16e: We will be driving up the Sugar Mountain Road to the crossing point of the BMT. Some people will go toward the Bald River for about ¾ mile to improve the horse access of the two switchbacks. When we built these switchbacks in 2004, I didn’t know what I was doing to provide for horse use, so they are only currently suited for hiker traffic. Other workers will start toward the Tellico River (2.4 miles) brushing out the trail. After the switchback crew is finished, we will have a saw crew go all the way down to the Tellico River and clear all of the blowdowns. Meet at the Tellico Ranger Station at 8 am for the work trip.

Wednesday, Oct. 29 - Gravelstand Top Motorcycle Trail: We will be walking this 2.5 mile trail to scope out the work to be done. Following that we will pick up chainsaws and saw our way back until we run out of time. Meet at Hardees in Tellico Plains at 7:30 am for breakfast.

November 2008

Saturday, November 1 - Sycamore Creek Trail / Benton MacKaye Trail BMT Section 17a/17b. Meet at 8:30 a.m. behind the Charles Hall Museum in Tellico Plains. Contact Pam Matthews at pmath0804@yahoo.com or 865-567-0657. Pam and Kent Mathews have arranged a large work group of about 16 volunteers to get this 6 miles of trail in great shape again. Most of the work will be brushing out with slingblades and loppers.

Monday, November 3 - Flats Mountain Trail. 10AM at the Beehive Gap end of the Trail. Rick & Brenda Harris. We plan to brush out the trail in preparation for the Cherokee Hiking Club hike this coming Saturday. We will cut out the trees across the trail at a later date.

Wednesday, November 5 - North Fork Citico Creek. We plan to hike 4 miles up the trail and look at the possibility of routing the trail for about 1/2 mile onto the old railroad grade to avoid two creek crossings and a dangerous very steep descent. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.

Friday, Nov. 7th – We will be working on brushing out the Warriors Passage Trail to standards, starting at the trailhead on the Waucheesi Tower Road. We have logged out this 1.5 mile section of the trail, but only brushed out enough to walk through. Meet at Tellico Ranger Station at 8 am. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.

Monday, Nov. 10th – We will be logging out the Crowder Branch Trail with crosscut saws. We could also use extra people to work on brushing out the broken down Rhododendron with loppers and cleaning up small stuff. Meet at Tellico Ranger Station at 8 am. Robert Thomas plans to help us with this trip. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.

Monday, Nov. 17th – We will be continuing the work on Crowder Branch Trail, logging out blowdowns and brushing out the trail as we go. The work trip this week cleared the trail to about the half way point, 1 ¼ miles up. We will hike into that point to hopefully finish the trail to the Fodderstack intersection. We may hike Fodderstack south and come down the Mill Branch Trail if we have time. Meet at the Tellico Ranger Station at 8 am. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.

Wednesday, Nov. 19th – We will be continuing our work to bring the Warrior Passage Trail back to maintenance standards. We will start work from the Waucheesi Tower Road and work back down to our previous cleared spot about ½ way to Mule Pen Gap. Meet at the Tellico Ranger Station at 8 am. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.

Friday, Nov. 21st – Continue our work on Warriors Passage Trail. Meet at the Tellico Ranger Station at 8 am. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.

Monday, Nov 24th - We will start logging out the blowdowns and clearing the Mill Branch Trail. Meet at the Ranger Station at 8 am. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.

Thursday, Nov 27th - We will work on the Flats Mountain Trail from Eagle Gap down as far as we can go toward Beehouse Gap using chain saws and brushcutters in the sections outside of the wilderness. Contact Rick Harris at 423-253-6358 or HarrisRi@aol.com

December 2008

Monday, Dec 1 - We will continue logging out the blowdowns and clearing the Mill Branch Trail. Meet at the Ranger Station at 8 am. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.

Wednesday, Dec 3 - We will continue to work on the Flats Mountain Trail. We will go in from Eagle Gap and go down towards Beehouse Gap and clear the section within the wilderness that we skipped last week, then will continue on down the trail to the 2.9 mile mark and using chain saws and brushcutters we will continue to clear sections outside of the wilderness. Contact Rick Harris at 423-253-6358 or HarrisRi@aol.com

Friday, Dec 5 – Continue our work on Warriors Passage Trail. We need to re-paint the blazes on Warriors Passage Trail and log out 3 remaining trees. Meet at the Tellico Ranger Station at 8 am. Contact Ken Jones at 423-745-2451.

Monday, Dec 8 - We will be beginning work on clearing the blowdowns from another Citico Wilderness trail, the Grassy Branch Trail. Meet at the Tellico Ranger Station at 8 am.

Friday, Dec 12 - Remove old BMT diamonds from the old John Muir Trail Route BMT Section 13d since the reroute is now completed. Contact Rick Harris at 423-253-6358.

Saturday, Dec 13 - BMTA TN/NC Worktrip. Benton MacKaye Trail from Kimsey Highway to FS 23 BMT Section 12c. We will log and brush out this 2.4 mile section of the BMT between the Ocoee and Hiwassee Rivers. Meet at the Hardee's in Copper Hill at 8:30 or the BMT trail crossing on Kimsey Highway at 9 AM. Contact Rick Harris, 423-253-6358, HarrisRi@aol.com.

Monday, Dec. 29th – We will start logging out the South Fork Citico Trail with the crosscut saw. Plans are to start at Warden Fields and work our way up to the Grassy Branch Trail intersection (2.7 miles). We can use an old trail to bypass two of the fords in case the water is too high to cross, as it was this past Wednesday when I hiked this segment. I counted 16 trees to clear from the trail, so one work day will do the trick. There are also some broken down Rhododendrons that need clearing for other workers. Meet at the Ranger Station at 8 am. 

Wednesday, Dec. 31st – We will be working on clearing some brand new blowdowns on the Warriors Passage Trail. The weather forecast currently looks like we can also re-paint blazes on this same trip. Meet at the Ranger Station at 8 am.