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    Default Benton Mackaye Trail camp out and work day - August 16 & 17

    On Saturday August 16 I'll be leading a hike along the Bald River in the Tellico District of the Cherokee National Forest. Afterward, I plan to head on up to Beaverdam Bald and walk down to the Benton MacKaye Trail and camp. A 4 WD vehicle is required to navigate the 6-mile rutted out Forest Service road. I'll have some room to take a couple of folks up there in my Jeep.

    The next day - Sunday August 17 - we'll be doing some trail work along the Brookshire Creek Trail in the Upper Bald River Wilderness Study Area.

    Anyone interested in joining me for an overnight and some trail work? This is a beautiful area. Work will involve lopping, hand sawing, cutting brush, and some light tread work. Power tools are not permitted in this area.

    Send me a PM if you're interested.

    Thanks.

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    Jeff, I have nothing scheduled for that weekend. Sounds like a plan. It should be nice and cool by then. I'm not familiar with those trails so it should be something new for me.

    I have a 4WD Ford Ranger truck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by envirodiver View Post
    Jeff, I have nothing scheduled for that weekend. Sounds like a plan. It should be nice and cool by then. I'm not familiar with those trails so it should be something new for me.

    I have a 4WD Ford Ranger truck.

    Excellent! The area where we'll be camping and working is very remote. It's near the North Carolina line about 25 miles east of Tellico Plains. We'll camp along a creek with a population of wild brook trout. I'm thinking in the AM we'll walk down the trail maybe 3.5 miles, and work our way back up. We'll quit when we have had enough. This isn't all work though. I expect we'll have some fun too.

    This work trip is appropriate for folks with all levels of experience working on trails. Beginners are not only welcome, but encouraged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MOWGLI View Post
    Excellent! The area where we'll be camping and working is very remote. It's near the North Carolina line about 25 miles east of Tellico Plains. We'll camp along a creek with a population of wild brook trout. I'm thinking in the AM we'll walk down the trail maybe 3.5 miles, and work our way back up. We'll quit when we have had enough. This isn't all work though. I expect we'll have some fun too.

    This work trip is appropriate for folks with all levels of experience working on trails. Beginners are not only welcome, but encouraged.
    Is this close to where the BMT enters Citigo?
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    Is this close to where the BMT enters Citigo?
    It's southeasy of there. If you know where the BMT crosses Tellico River Road near the trout hatchery, it's several more miles up the river, and then southeast. We'll be camping near Sledrunner Gap at the headwaters of Brookshire Creek.

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    I'll have to check my call schedule, but I think I can make it. I'm guessing my Element will make it since it managed the road up to Scales in Grayson highlands. I'll PM you when I know for sure. I will also have some room for riders.

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    OK, we've got three volunteers, plus me. Anyone else interested in joining in?
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    I saw your picture in the BMTA newsletter of April-May 2008 and wonder, has not the work on this section of trail already been completed?

    I'd be interested in going up the Bald River trail on a backpacking trip if anyone is interested, and then leaving the wilderness and tieing in with the Brookshire trail up to Sled Runner Gap and the State Line Trail. We could loop it down the Kirkland and back out, etc.

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    I'll be dropping my daughter off at school in Maryville on the 13th. So, since I'll be in the neighborhood, I was considering driving to within a couple of days hike North of where we are to meet for the trail Maint. and hiking in to meet you guys. Anyone else want to do that with me? Tipi, I don't have my maps handy, but is that similar to the idea that you are throwing out there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tipi Walter View Post
    I saw your picture in the BMTA newsletter of April-May 2008 and wonder, has not the work on this section of trail already been completed?

    I'd be interested in going up the Bald River trail on a backpacking trip if anyone is interested, and then leaving the wilderness and tieing in with the Brookshire trail up to Sled Runner Gap and the State Line Trail. We could loop it down the Kirkland and back out, etc.
    We only lopped the top 2 miles of the trail. The lower section hasn't been touched. We may have some brushing out to do, and some tread work. As I recall, there are some areas where the tread needs work.

    I hiked the Bald River Trail yesterday. Nice trail. Had an amazing wildlife encounter that I posted elsewhere.

    My plan is to come up Friday night August 15 and camp. I am leading a day hike on the Bald River Trail on Saturday AM. Then I plan to head up to Beaverdam Bald and walk down to the Brookshire Creek Trail. There are some nice campsites under hemlocks a ways down from Sledrunner Gap. We'll camp there Saturday night, toss back a few cold ones, and spend Sunday doing some trail work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by envirodiver View Post
    I'll be dropping my daughter off at school in Maryville on the 13th. So, since I'll be in the neighborhood, I was considering driving to within a couple of days hike North of where we are to meet for the trail Maint. and hiking in to meet you guys. Anyone else want to do that with me? Tipi, I don't have my maps handy, but is that similar to the idea that you are throwing out there?
    Well, I'd come in at Bald River wilderness and hike thru it and tie into the Kirkland trail and go up it to Sandy Gap and the BMT where I could meet you and we could walk from Sandy to Sled Runner Gap and down the Brookshire, etc.

    OR I could park my car at the Fish Hatchery and climb the BMT over Sugar Mt and go north to Sandy Gap to meet you and then come back to the Fish Hatchery, etc. This way I'd be able to shuttle you back to your car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MOWGLI View Post
    We only lopped the top 2 miles of the trail. The lower section hasn't been touched. We may have some brushing out to do, and some tread work. As I recall, there are some areas where the tread needs work.

    I hiked the Bald River Trail yesterday. Nice trail. Had an amazing wildlife encounter that I posted elsewhere.

    My plan is to come up Friday night August 15 and camp. I am leading a day hike on the Bald River Trail on Saturday AM. Then I plan to head up to Beaverdam Bald and walk down to the Brookshire Creek Trail. There are some nice campsites under hemlocks a ways down from Sledrunner Gap. We'll camp there Saturday night, toss back a few cold ones, and spend Sunday doing some trail work.
    It's funny, I had an amazing wildlife encounter in Bald River, too. I was walking upstream and saw a big deer standing in the middle of the creek. Just as suddenly it moved upstream and then a big coyote came down to the water's edge eyeballing the deer. I barked out a noise and the coyote vanished.

    Another time I saw two copperheads facing each other on the trail and probably trying to mate, etc. Another time my girlfriend almost squatted atop a coiled, resting copperhead. Great fun.

    I know the high campsites you're talking about on the Brookshire. They are tucked in off the trail in shade by the soothing clean water of the Brookshire. One looked to be an old Boy Scout camp. My plan is to possibly meet up with you guys coming in from Bald River and the lower Brookshire trailhead. We shall see.

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    mowgli,
    general and i talked about this and are both interested in helping out. however, neither of us gets our weekend schedules until after the 1st of the month, so i can't firmly commit yet, but keep us in mind. i'll get back to you when i know more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kanga View Post
    mowgli,
    general and i talked about this and are both interested in helping out. however, neither of us gets our weekend schedules until after the 1st of the month, so i can't firmly commit yet, but keep us in mind. i'll get back to you when i know more.
    Sounds like a plan. I hope you two can make it. I'll be gone hiking out west from July 22 - August 11, so if you don't see me posting here or responding to inquiries, that's why.

    As of right now, the plan is to camp at a FS campground a few miles north of Bald River falls on Friday night August 15. I'll be leading a hike on the Bald River Trail on Saturday August 16. After the hike (and some swimming!) on Saturday, we'll head up to Beaverdam Bald, park the 4WD vehicles, and walk down to Brookshire Creek and setup camp. Sunday, we'll work until 2 PM or so, then knock off.

    If you can make some, or all of the activities... great! I'll post a rendezvous location for Friday night when I get back from California on August 12.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MOWGLI View Post
    Sounds like a plan. I hope you two can make it. I'll be gone hiking out west from July 22 - August 11, so if you don't see me posting here or responding to inquiries, that's why.

    As of right now, the plan is to camp at a FS campground a few miles north of Bald River falls on Friday night August 15. I'll be leading a hike on the Bald River Trail on Saturday August 16. After the hike (and some swimming!) on Saturday, we'll head up to Beaverdam Bald, park the 4WD vehicles, and walk down to Brookshire Creek and setup camp. Sunday, we'll work until 2 PM or so, then knock off.

    If you can make some, or all of the activities... great! I'll post a rendezvous location for Friday night when I get back from California on August 12.
    sounds great! we'll do our best to be there!
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    I am join in, but cannot yet confirm. GeneRoll, let me know your schedule. If all works out, I'll just drive to 'Nooga and hitch a ride with you!
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    Wish we could make it but have a granddaughter getting married on the 9th, a grandson getting married on the 21st, a great-granddaughter turning 1 on the the 9th and one turning 6 on the 17th - and these events are in four different states. It is going to be too hectic to add a trail maintenance trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tipi Walter View Post
    Well, I'd come in at Bald River wilderness and hike thru it and tie into the Kirkland trail and go up it to Sandy Gap and the BMT where I could meet you and we could walk from Sandy to Sled Runner Gap and down the Brookshire, etc.

    OR I could park my car at the Fish Hatchery and climb the BMT over Sugar Mt and go north to Sandy Gap to meet you and then come back to the Fish Hatchery, etc. This way I'd be able to shuttle you back to your car.
    Sounds great Walter. Maybe there is something that makes sense to be able to drop our cars at opposite ends, pick pone or the other up then end the weekned at a car and shuttle back. I know what I meant when I wrote that. When I reread it, it seems like a circular reference.

    We'll work something out though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuffs View Post
    I am join in, but cannot yet confirm. GeneRoll, let me know your schedule. If all works out, I'll just drive to 'Nooga and hitch a ride with you!
    Works for me. I'm in.
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