Below is submitted maintenance activities for the last 6 weeks. Please note that trail conditions can change quickly. Or view maintenance by section.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 01/12/2017
Purpose: Rehab trail
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Dean Baird, Paul Benfield, Carl Fritz, Greg Kramer, Ted Mowery, Kim Peters, Kevin Sedgwick, George Thorpe
Summary: We continued and essentially completed the trail rehab from Laurel Fork Shelter trail north to river. We added about 160 feet of rock cribbing and sidelogs. Than we back filled with crush and run topped with good mineral soil. We dropped a hazard tree. Greg and Kevin cut out a 32" oak blowdown along river closer to the falls. The immediate section of AT on both sides of shelter is in very good shape.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 01/12/2017
Purpose: Rehab trail
Section: 9b: Pond Flats to Hampton trailhead
People: John Beaudet, Jim Chambers, Grant Dienes, Joe Morris, Bob Peoples, Tim Stewart
Summary: Crew added more rock cribbing and steps especially as the trail leaves railroad grade. With the help of rope pulley system, they moved some large rocks in hopes that this repair will last thirty years. Trail is in good shape from switchbacks installed by Hard Core to trail junction at blue blaze trail towards Hampton.

Reporting: Lynn DiFiore
Date: 12/25/2016
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Lynn DiFiore
Lyndsey Smith
Eilidh (canine)
Summary: Fifth Annual Christmas Day work hike ! Removed a large amount of trash from Bradley Gap & the barn. Removed numerous small blow downs from the recent winds. Removed recurring fire ring at Little Hump. We saw no one except a person on a dirt bike who passed us going down the tractor access from Little Hump. He then returned & went out the trail to Yellow Mt Estates. We saw tracks where he had driven all over Little Hump (including on the large rocks) but he did not use the trail beyond that point. Something may need to be done regarding that access as that seems to be where most of the ATV & horse traffic originates from. All water sources were running well. Beautiful day to be out above the clouds!

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 01/04/2017
Purpose: Sharpening Saws
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Paul Benfield
Summary: Sharpened 2 crosscut saws for Carl

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 01/04/2017
Purpose:
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Paul Benfield, Ken Buchanan, Richard Carter, Dan Firth, Carl Fritz, Greg Kramer, Ted Mowery, Bill Murdoch, Kim Peters, George Thorpe
Summary: We continued to rehab trail north of Laurel Fork Shelter by installing side logs to cover roots, cut some steps into rock, and remove some rocks from path. More work is needed to stabilize the trail.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 01/04/2017
Purpose:
Section: 9b: Pond Flats to Hampton trailhead
People: John Beaudet, Joe Morris, Bob Peoples, Tim Stewart
Summary: Crew continued to add rock steps and cribbing. They have basically worked down to railroad grade.

Reporting: Jim Chambers
Date: 12/31/2016
Purpose: Blow Downs
Section: 12d: Campbell Hollow Road to US19E
People: Connie Squires
Jim Chambers
Summary: Removed complex tangle of blow downs south of Bishop Hollow.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 12/28/2016
Purpose: Rehab trail
Section: 9b: Pond Flats to Hampton trailhead
People: Jim Chambers, Joe Morris, Bob Peoples, Tim Stewart, Jon Rogers, Grant Dienes
Summary: On this last major work day of 2016, part of the crew continued the trail rehab on the south side of Pond Mountain by adding many rock steps and rock cribbing. And we were happy to have two first timers, Jon Rogers and Grant Dienes, make a special effort to help.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 12/28/2016
Purpose: Rehab trail
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Paul Benfield, Richard Carter, Ben Firth, Dan Firth, Carl Fritz, Greg Kramer, Ted Mowery, Bill Murdoch, Kim Peters, Kevin Sedgwick, George Thorpe
Summary: On this last large workday of the year, we continued the trail rehab down the northern hill from the shelter. It is slow going here with many required steps that have to be separately backfilled. And the materials have to be carried fairly long distances. Many hikers were out enjoying the gorge on this sunny day and were appreciative of the improvements to get over roots..

Reporting: Dean Baird
Date: 12/26/2016
Purpose: Routine trail maintenance
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Adam Baird, Dean Baird, Jennifer Baird
Summary: Examined trail for damage and removed trash. Really nice day and there were 18 vehicles at the parking lot.

Reporting: Jim Chambers
Date: 12/26/2016
Purpose: Blow Downs
Section: 8: Wilbur Dam Road to US321
People: Bob Peoples
Jim Chambers
Summary: Removed all recently reported blow downs from around Watauga Lake.

Reporting: Jim Chambers
Date: 12/23/2016
Purpose: Blow Downs
Section: 13: US19E to Doll Flats
People: Connie Squires
Jim Chambers
Summary: Removed blow downs north of Doll Flats.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 12/21/2016
Purpose: Build trail relocation
Section: 11a: Dennis Cove Road to Canute Place
People: John Beaudet, Paul Benfield, Richard Carter, Jim Chambers, Ben Firth, Dan Firth, Carl Fritz, Ted Mowery, Bob Peoples, Kim Peters, Tim Stewart and Reuben Potter
Summary: We helped Reuben finish a trail relocation of Coon Den Falls Trail. This will allow a much nicer access to a large parking lot.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 12/20/2016
Purpose: Trail Relocation
Section: 9a: US321 to Pond Flats
People: Jim Chambers, Carl Fritz, Bob Peoples
Summary: We scouted several possible trail routes from Pond Mountain Wilderness boundary to US 321. Hoar frost on the mountains was beautiful as long as we were not in it.

Reporting: Ken Murray
Date: 12/17/2016
Purpose: Routine Winter Maintenance
Section: 20b: Temple Hill Gap to Spivey Gap
People: Ken Murray
Lotta Murray
Summary: Cleared numerous small blowdowns, clipper rhododendrons, raked leaves from steps and water bars. Saw 2 day hikers.

Reporting: Bill Hodge
Date: 12/17/2016
Purpose: Clear downed trees in corridor
Section: 7: Vandeventer Shelter to Wilbur Dam Rd
People: Bill Hodge
Lauren D'Amato
Summary: Had planned to hike to the spring and remove a couple reported trees across the trail. Found several places with trees across the trail in and before the switchbacks (some new, some from July 8th storm that had now settled to a position to be cut) and dealt with those instead. We cut out 6 trees with cross-cut saw, hand saw and an axe.

Reporting: Jim Chambers
Date: 12/17/2016
Purpose: Work Prep
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Jim Chambers
Summary: Harvested and prepped Locust logs for upcoming trail maintenance.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 12/14/2016
Purpose: Rehab trail
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Paul Benfield, Ron Boynton, Richard Carter, Ben Firth, Dan Firth, Carl Fritz, Bill Murdoch, Kim Peters, Kevin Sedgwick, Tim Stewart, George Thorpe
Summary: We log cribbed and back filled a very rooty and steep area below Laurel Fork Shelter on north side. We made significant progress but another day will be required.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 12/14/2016
Purpose: Rehab trail
Section: 9b: Pond Flats to Hampton trailhead
People: John Beaudet, Jim Chambers, Joe Morris, Bob Peoples
Summary: Some of switchbacks on south side of Pond Mtn. required new rock cribbing and steps. Most of the trail is in pretty good shape.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 12/13/2016
Purpose: Bridge Design & Materials
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Ken Buchanan, Carl Fritz, Ed Oliver
Summary: Ken and Carl picked up some bridge materials especially deck boards from contractor in Erwin and delivered them to Watauga Work Center in a drizzle and some times a downpour. The previous two months Ed and Carl have determined the materials necessary to build the Shook Branch and Wildermine bridges.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 12/07/2016
Purpose: Trail and Bridge Rehab
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Paul Benfield, Ken Buchanan, Richard Carter, Jim Chambers,
Dan Firth, Carl Fritz, Joe Morris, Ted Mowery, Bob
Peoples, George Thorpe, Tim Stewart, Randy Madigan "Solo"
Summary: We finished replacing decaying timbers on northern most bridge. We also finished the trail rehab below Laurel Fork shelter with addition of more rock and log cribbing plus rock and log steps. Beautiful day to be out. We had two local hikers express interest in maintenance. Also, we removed an abandoned tent on blue blaze trail.