Recent AT Maintenance

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

Reporting: Vic Hasler
Date: 07/02/2020
Purpose: Brushing
Section: 9a: US321 to Pond Flats
People: Clark Hasler, Vic Hasler
Summary: Older son home, so we decided to get some exercise by brushing along an A.T. section. South of US321 was selected as last trip report was in October 2019. Drove to the cemetery to enjoy a sunny view of Watauga Lake and then hiked up to the temporary campsite to begin brushing uphill side of the path. We traded turns on the loppers and swing blade heading south on the A.T. until our agreed turnaround time was reached. At most, we covered a mile removing rhododendron, briars, and deadwood from two-foot space. Only one backpacker was seen. The campsite does not appear to have had any recent use. New artwork observed in the USFS bulletin board at the wilderness boundary. Blazes appear to be in good condition.

Reporting: Dean Baird
Date: 06/29/2020
Purpose: Inspect and maintain trail
Section: 9b: Pond Flats to Hampton trailhead
People: Dean Baird
Jennifer Baird
Summary: We finished weed-eating under the power lines (Thank you, Carl) then proceeded to the area of non-power tool vegetation removal and cut back heavy growth of (in particular) dog hobble and weeds of various ilks.
We removed 2 large bags of trash.
We also noted that the trail is, again, mostly washed out in the low area near the creek that (at least recently) frequently floods. We are pondering how long a significant amount of big rock will maintain the trail until the next megaflood (s) or whether something else should be done (i.e., a heavy boardwalk or something like that.

Reporting: Tim Stewart
Date: 06/25/2020
Purpose: inspect bridge timbers
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Tim Stewart
Bob Peoples
Summary: Bob and I went to inspect the landscape timbers of the two bridges via the Hampton blue blazer. Most were in good condition. A detailed list has been sent to Carl.

We also did some lopping of rhodos. The trail looked good otherwise.

The trail was quite busy for a Thursday morning. Parking lot was full upon return.

Reporting: Richard Ramsey
Date: 06/27/2020
Purpose: Weedeat Doll Flats
Section: 14a: Doll Flats to Bradley Gap
People: Richard Ramsey
Cheryl Ramsey
Summary: Cut back grass and weed through the field along the trail at Doll Flats. Cleaned up trash in campsites.

Reporting: Michael Watts
Date: 06/26/2020
Purpose: Weeding
Section: 13: US19E to Doll Flats
People: Michael Watts
Summary: Cut weeds and removed trash from trail head

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 06/25/2020
Purpose: Cut Weeds
Section: 14c: Stan Murray Shelter to Carvers Gap
People: Carl Fritz, Tony Messina, Joe Morris, Bill Murdoch
Summary: We cut weeds from Stan Murray Shelter to Grassy Ridge. We also cut back the blueberries on beginning of Grassy Ridge trail. Tony had to exit at Carver's Gap because he did a key swap with Renee. So he did some cutting all the way to Carver's Gap. Day with 20% chance of rain sure deluged us from Elizabethton on. to Overmountain Shelter. Rain finally stopped by noon. So we had a chance to see water running in trail. There were a lot of hikers and over nighters on a wet day.

Reporting: Tony Messina
Date: 06/22/2020
Purpose: Blowdowns
Section: 12b: Walnut Mountain Road to Sugar Hollow Creek
People: Tony & Renee Messina
Summary: We cleared a couple of large blowdowns near Mountaineer Falls Shelter , the largest was about 20inch diameter. We also removed several smaller blowdowns and encroachments between the shelter and Walnut Mtn Road. It was an absolutely gorgeous day to be in the woods, high temp up there was in the 70's with a nice breeze. We covered as far as Mountaineer Falls and saw four individual section hikers and five pairs of other backpackers.

Reporting: Saylor Fox
Date: 06/22/2020
Purpose: Removed Blowdowns
Section: 15a: Carvers Gap - Cloudland Hotel
People: Saylor Fox
Carl Fritz
Summary: Removed 6 blowdowns. Carl was the Sawyer; Saylor assisted with appropriate social distancing and a mask.

Reporting: Kayla Carter
Date: 06/20/2020
Purpose: Reconnaissance
Section: 12c: Sugar Hollow Creek to Campbell Hollow Road
People: Kayla and Ed Carter
Summary: This was my first time out since the quarantine. For our Fathers Day camping trip, we mixed some work (trail maintenance) and play (camping and fishing). We hiked in from Elk River Falls on the improved fisherman's trail. WOW! Good work. Thank you!! Our goal for the outing was to clear blowdowns and cut back vegetation along the whole section, but we weren't able to make it all the way to Campbell Hollow Road. I will return another weekend to finish the lopping as well as cut the larger blowdowns by saw or axe with help. We were only able to clear one small blowdown the with the tools we brought this time. We were able to get all the vegetation cut back from Sugar Hollow Creek to Jones Falls. We also picked up trash (Elk River Falls trash issue is getting worse), checked the water sources and made sure that no one has stolen the Jones Falls sign. It would seem to me that the Jones Falls waterfall is getting quite a bit more visitation. Staying the night on my section was quite eye opening. We met 8 thru hikers and 17 day hikers. Five (one group of three and two solo hikers) of those day hikers were lost looking for Jones Falls. I would suggest, if able, painting one blue blaze on the tree at the fisherman's trail and AT junction. It's quite confusing there. There are white blazes visible, but I think having a blue blaze at the rocks may help folks find their way back from the waterfall as well as avoid a wrong turn on the AT a bit better. I witnessed both while out there. A few folks went off toward Elk River Falls instead of making the right turn there at the rock outcropping to continue northbound on AT. Then a lady wandered up to our camp at Sugar Hollow Creek asking how to get back to Elk River Falls. Next trip will be for weedeating, clearing blowdowns and cutting vegetation from Jones Falls to Campbell Hollow Road.

Reporting: Vic Hasler
Date: 06/20/2020
Purpose: Hang A.T. sign, paint blue blazes, clean waterbar to fill hole in trail, and cut back dog-hobble
Section: 19b: Curley Maple Gap Shelter - Nolichucky River
People: Vic Hasler
Summary: First task of the morning was to hang the sign “Appalachian National Scenic Trail…FOOT TRAVEL WELCOME” (with more information displayed) NOBO from the Chestoa parking lot. (Steve Perri and I have more of these signs for other sections as two bundles were found in the Bldg. 310 Hiking Club room.) There were five vehicles in the parking lot. USA Raft campground was again packed with more visitors for the float trips arriving. Second job was to freshen up the blue blazes from the campground trail head to the main A.T. (White blazes are in good condition, thus can skip for this year.) Third objective was to follow-up on my June 6th trip report by digging out the filled waterbar between the first and second bridges to haul the gravel 150 feet to the south to pack around larger rocks filling a gouged hole in the trail path. A dozen trips hauling a loaded 2.5-gallon bucket adequately cleared the waterbar and provided sufficient fill for the hole. Fourth maintenance item was to continue trimming back the dog-hobble growth from the first bridge. Gave up for the day upon reaching the third bridge. Jones Branch has running water, but the rivulets feeding the stream are dry. Saw one very slow NOBO hiker, a couple from the Nantahala Hiking Club, and a SOBO hiker.

Reporting: Vic Hasler
Date: 06/20/2020
Purpose: Install Beauty Spot Gap sign
Section: 19a: Indian Grave Gap - Curley Maple Gap Shelter
People: Vic Hasler
Summary: Now that maintainers are allowed in the field after the Covid-19 lockdown and I have my truck back from the shop with a rebuilt engine, I installed the new information sign: “APPALACHIAN TRAIL, BEAUTY SPOT GAP 4,100 FT., (formerly referenced as DEEP Gap), CHERRY GAP SHELTER 4.9 MI. N, CURLEY MAPLE SHELTER 8.0 MI S”.

Also took some time to pick up trash from the campsite (mostly broken glass bottles) and used a swing blade (in the wilderness area) to brush along the blue blaze path towards the spring to keep it clearly visible.

Observed two vehicles parked at Indian Grave Gap but did not see anyone since just after sunrise.

Reporting: Jim Foster
Date: 06/19/2020
Purpose: Cut blowdowns
Section: 16a: Hughes Gap to Greasy Creek Gap
People: Bruce Darby, John Beaudet, Jim Foster
Summary: We mainly went to cut 5 blowdowns but also ended up cutting 2 hazard trees behind the shelter above tenting sites. It was a good day and thanks to John for being my Sawyer. We ran into quite a few hikers, and the trail is now free of all obstructions.

Reporting: Scotty Bowman
Date: 06/17/2020
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Section: 6: Iron Mountain Shelter to Vandeventer Shelter
People: Scotty Bowman
Summary: I hiked in for an overnight to scout section for the SAWS crew and cut out any blowdowns. Day 1 was filled with rain and blowdowns removal. In total, I cut a total of 10 blowdowns between Turkey Pen Gap and Vandeventer Shelter with my trusty Silky Katana Boy. The trail is clear of blowdowns. With all the rain, water is plentiful. The spring between the shelter is flowing as are both of the springs at Iron Mountain and Vandeventer Shelter.

Reporting: Lori Mirrer
Date: 06/15/2020
Purpose: Clear weeds
Section: 15b: Cloudland Hotel - Hughes Gap
People: Lori Mirrer
Kim Peters
Phyllis Cairnes
Summary: We delivered a well-needed weed whacking to the trail from Hughes Gap to Beartown Mountain. As is typical for this section, parts of it looked fine while other parts had plenty to cut.
We kept an eye out for the rare plants reported in this section but didn't see any of 'em.
Blazes looked good; so did the water source.
Didn't see any toppled trees or other blockages.
Saw about a half-dozen hikers on Sunday afternoon, all going Southbound; a few more than that on Monday (mostly Northbound).
I hope to get back and do the rest of the segment (Beartown Mtn to Cloudland) in July.

Reporting: Steve Perri
Date: 06/13/2020
Purpose: Annual Maintenance and Weeding
Section: 3b: Spring to US421
People: Carl Belcher, Steve Perri, Steve Wilson
Summary: Conducted Spring and weeding on the A.T. from 421 to the spring. Cut lots of briars and other growth since no trip was carried out in March. I cut the weeds with a scythe moving way ahead of Steve W. and Carl B who were working separately. Carl did heavy lopping and Steve W cleaned out water bars and coweta dips with a heavy duty hoe. One blowdown with entangled vines dragged off the trail just past the old fence posts about 0.5 mi in. Two easy step over blowdowns of dead trees just past the rock wall remain from previous years. The Spring was running slowly and Steve cleaned this out too. Need to paint blue blaze for spring even though it is hard to miss. Saw 3 thru-hikers and maybe 4 section hikers all going north.

Reporting: Gayle Riddervold
Date: 06/13/2020
Purpose: To clear blow downs
Section: 8: Wilbur Dam Road to US321
People: Gayle Riddervold and Becky Kinder
Summary: We went back to cut 2 blowdowns that were leaning on the trail. The bigger tree was cut in 2 places in order to clear it off the path. The upper part that remained tangled in the vines was moved with a rope. We had many interruptions due to large groups of day hikers. We had to wear face masks because no one was following social distancing guidelines.. Some weeding and trimming was also done North of the Iron gate.

Reporting: Tony Messina
Date: 06/12/2020
Purpose: Section Maintenance
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Tony & Renee Messina
Summary: Renee and I weed whacked the remainder of our maintenance section today, which involved the last mile north of Stan Murray Shelter. Carl joined us for a while nearer Yellow Mountain Gap to tutor us on identification of the Bent Avens endangered plant. We ended up finding at least 30 individual specimens during the day, giving them a wide berth. (Carl is reporting separately.)

We also encountered perhaps 40 hikers, mostly weekenders heading to the barn. Weather was AWESOME, high was only in the 60's up there and there was also pleasant breeze throughout the day.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 06/12/2020
Purpose: Cut Grass
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Carl Fritz
Hiker Ken
Summary: I ventured with Tony and Renee from Barn towards Stan Murray shelter to identify some plants. Then I cut the remaining grass at the barn. Harder part was raking all that wet hay. A group of hikers were sun bathing for about three hours. Many other hikers came in afternoon to camp. One jumped in to help with the raking and hauling!

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 06/12/2020
Purpose: Cut Weeds
Section: 9b: Pond Flats to Hampton trailhead
People: Carl Fritz
Summary: I did some whacking of growth under the power line.

Reporting: Gayle Riddervold
Date: 06/11/2020
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Section: 8: Wilbur Dam Road to US321
People: Gayle Riddervold and Becky Kinder
Summary: We went back to the weedy section , South of the Iron gate to finish cutting back vegetation up to the small wooden bridge. Due to the massive poison ivy, we brought a lawn mower and cut down the poison and widened the trail on each side. There are 2 small leaning blowdowns. We started sawing one of the trees and have it 3 quarters of the way cut. Tomorrow we hope to finish the job if weather permits.

Reporting: Michael Watts
Date: 06/11/2020
Purpose: Section maintenance
Section: 13: US19E to Doll Flats
People: Michael Watts
Summary: Repainted blazes in both directions, dug out water bars, did some additional trimming, and hauled out trash.

Reporting: Scotty Bowman
Date: 06/10/2020
Purpose: Scouting with SAWS crew leaders
Section: 6: Iron Mountain Shelter to Vandeventer Shelter
People: Scotty Bowman
Grayson Bullock
Gabe Nelson
Summary: I hiked in with the SAWS crew leaders to show them where they are to base camp for their hitch next week. They will be addressing tread issues between Vandeventer and the Turkey Pen Gap relo., some brushing, and blowdown removal during their hitch.

Reporting: Jake Mitchell
Date: 06/06/2020
Purpose: Weeding and Mowing
Section: 14a: Doll Flats to Bradley Gap
People: Jake Mitchell
Summary: Finished weed eating from Bradley Gap to rocks on Little Hump. Weeds are growing fast in the heat. "Tried" mowing the open area at the barn, but it was too thick and too wet. Just went too long before getting a mower up there. I mowed about 40% of it mostly on the uphill side of the footpath. Need to request the FS to get a bushhog up there. A midweek crew or Saturday crew could be used soon to shear back the limbs in the woods that I couldn't stop and get while weed eating. Wasn't bad, but will need addressed within the next few weeks.

Reporting: Tony Messina
Date: 06/08/2020
Purpose: Clear Hazard Tree
Section: 8: Wilbur Dam Road to US321
People: Tony & Renee Messina
Carl Fritz
Summary: Hazard Tree was removed which was leaning over two sections of the trail near a turn. The tree was partially hung in other trees and would have done significant damage to the trail with its rootball if it fell naturally. We also 'planted' rhododendron cuttings to block cutting of a tight switchback turn about 0.2 miles south of Wilbur Dam Road.

Reporting: Scotty Bowman
Date: 06/06/2020
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Section: 7: Vandeventer Shelter to Wilbur Dam Rd
People: Scotty Bowman
Summary: I spent the day cutting back the new growth of Laurel and blueberry bushes along the switchbacks. Only 4 more miles to go! I put in a temporary fix to a cut at the switchback located a half a mile from Wilbur Dam Rd. Some folks have been cutting the switchback and now the water was starting to wash it out. I used a piece of oak and rocks to fill in the high side of the cut and then brushed in the rest.

There were plenty of folks out I counted 13 people, most of whom were NOBO with one SOBO.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 06/04/2020
Purpose: Blaze, Prune, minor Rehab
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Bob Peoples, Elaine Ma "T-Storm", Eileen Hill, Beth Tryer
Summary: "T-Storm" brought two friends from Asheville to do trail maintenance. She had worked with us last during 2015 Hard Core. They painted some blazes. At top and bottom of stairs to falls the blaze trees have fallen. So they blazed appropriate rocks. They had to set one rock. At Falls they did indicate N or S. They pruned the high water blue blaze trail. It needs some rehab. They were able to set two locust steps on AT near shelter. One step had rotted out and a second was needed.

Reporting: Joe Morris
Date: 06/06/2020
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Section: 16b: Greasy Creek Gap to Iron Mountain Gap
People: Joe Morris
Summary: Weedeating from Iron Mtn Gap to Weedy Gap.

Reporting: Gayle Riddervold
Date: 06/06/2020
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Section: 8: Wilbur Dam Road to US321
People: Gayle Riddervold and Becky Kinder
Summary: Going South from the iron gate, we trimmed back weeds, poison ivy, and cut a small tree hanging over the trail. We cut most of the weedy section and will return to finish the rest on another day.

Reporting: Vic Hasler
Date: 06/06/2020
Purpose: Finish the “hair cut” and check for flood damage
Section: 19b: Curley Maple Gap Shelter - Nolichucky River
People: Vic Hasler
Summary: Returned to this trail section to first check for reported flood damage by the spring rains. Several places in the Jones Branch bottomland did show impact of heavy runoff. The trail was gouged north of the first bridge so used a hand saw to remove some overgrown rhododendron to open up more of the path, and then hauled rocks from a nearby fire ring to fill in the hole. More fine sand and clay soil is needed finish the repair. A shovel and bucket could recover that from a filled waterbar just to the north. Returned to the outfitter (who was full of campers from as far as Florida – appears everyone had a tube, kayak, or raft to put on the Nolichucky River). Headed south to finish the uphill growth trimming to the cut rock steps before lunch. This portion of the path could benefit from removal of sloughed soil – and by the new hammer drill to cut out some rock. Saw six sections hikers, but also roughly two dozen day folks mostly from the campground. After lunch, came back to work on pruning the dog hobble up to the first bridge, but gave up as temperatures exceeded 80F (with the stream and river providing some cooling). Overall Section 19b is in decent shape.

Reporting: Kevin Sedgwick
Date: 06/04/2020
Purpose: Walk Thru
Section: 12d: Campbell Hollow Road to US19E
People: Kevin Sedgwick, Gloria Sedgwick
Summary: Got on trail after ATC lifted restrictions to trail work. Pretty day to be out. Saw several section and thru hikers today. They were very talkative. Fun to be with. Cut back growth, painted blazes as needed, and cut out a few small blowdowns. We have never seen the invasive roses in bloom like they were today. Lots and lots of signs of ATV use.

Reporting: Tony Messina
Date: 06/04/2020
Purpose: Blowdowns
Section: 8: Wilbur Dam Road to US321
People: Tony & Renee Messina
Joe Morris
Summary: A warm day to finally be able to get out and address blowdowns. We cleared two large blowdowns south of the old Watauga Shelter site and two north of Watauga Dam. One hazard tree was left about 0.4 miles north of Wilbur Dam Road because we were afraid it would get hung up in canopy and we did not have adequate rope equipment to address it. Some lopping and rhododendron abatement was also done along the way.

Hours include 3hrs total driving time for each person.

Reporting: Ken Murray
Date: 05/31/2020
Purpose: Routine Blowdown Patrol
Section: 20b: Temple Hill Gap to Spivey Gap
People: Ken Murray
Van Hovey
Carrie Hovey
Summary: Conducted an end to end trail maintenance needs inventory as well as removing numerous small blow downs with Silky saws and loppers.

The trail was in surprisingly good shape. There are no serious blowdowns requiring immediate attention. I did note the Guthook milage location of several step over blowdowns as well asareas that the tread way needs rehab.

Reporting: Tim Stewart
Date: 06/01/2020
Purpose: remove blowdown
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Tim Stewart
Bob Peoples
Joe "Triton" Schmidt (hiker from Kincora)
Summary: Went in from Dennis Cove Rd to remove a blowdown at intersection with blue blazer to the falls. The tree was hollow and was actually easy to cut with a crosscut saw. Once cut, we pushed it off the trail. We also did some lopping and some minor rock step repairs in several places. The short blue blazer to the falls could use some additional step repair. We also checked the narrow ledge. The small hole which has already been reported is still visible but does not appear to be any larger.

Numerous dayhikers from both trailheads were hiking.

Reporting: Tim Stewart
Date: 05/30/2020
Purpose: check section
Section: 11b: Canute Place to Bitter End
People: Tim Stewart
Summary: After this brief trail maintenance hiatus because of Covid-19, I finally had the chance to check a portion of my section. I hiked in from Bitter End for about 2 miles. I lopped rhodos (of course) and removed a few minor blowdowns. Overall the trail was in good condition.

I did encounter a few backpackers.

Reporting: Elzear Lemieux
Date: 06/03/2020
Purpose: AT Maintenance
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Elzear Lemieux
Summary: Walked my section to remove a blowdown and check trail condition.
Blowdown had already been removed.
Cut back some vegetation. Noted some grassy areas that need to be trimmed about 0.3 miles south of the shelter.

Reporting: Dan Firth
Date: 06/02/2020
Purpose: Section Maintenance
Section: 4a: US421 to Double Springs Shelter
People: Dan Firth
Summary: Checked section, cleaned water diversions, and cut back briars and branches. Section is clear. Saw nine hikers.

Reporting: Tony Messina
Date: 06/01/2020
Purpose: Section Maintenance
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Tony & Renee Messina
Summary: Renee and I finally had an opportunity to inspect our section this spring. It was in better shape than expected, no blowdowns. However, LOTS of grass and vegetation to whack. We weed eated about 1.5 miles, including the access trail from the barn road to Yellow Mtn Gap. It appears someone has done a little clearing up near the Overmountain Victory southbound trail already. There were about 8 tents near the barn at the end of the day, fairly well spaced but could have been better. Grass was about 18inches high and that impeded camping a bit. Overall we saw at least 40 hikers thru the day. Most were section or overnighters, at least 4 were thru hikers resuming their trek one way or another.

Reporting: Vic Hasler
Date: 06/02/2020
Purpose: Trim uphill growth
Section: 19b: Curley Maple Gap Shelter - Nolichucky River
People: Vic Hasler
Summary: With CNF now allowing return of section maintainers in small groups, I decided to give the southern 1.3 miles a “good haircut” using a swing blade and loppers. There were clumps of growth pushing the hikers towards the lower lip of the path. Was able to get north to the cut rock steps before lunch but did not finish heading south from the outfitter before my water ran out and temperatures hit the 80s. For safety, called it an afternoon. Two trail runners from OTHC reported Section 19b was clear but observed a blowdown a mile south of Indian Grave Gap. Eight backpackers were all NOBO including the couple who had inquired via the website about trail access.

Reporting: Michael Watts
Date: 06/01/2020
Purpose: Section maintenance
Section: 13: US19E to Doll Flats
People: Michael Watts
Summary: Trimmed brush, cleaned water bars, brushed in short-cut, painted blue blazes, and picked up trash. Also added stepping stones through marshy area to reach water pipe near Doll Flats.

Reporting: Greg Kramer
Date: 06/01/2020
Purpose: Blowdown removal
Section: 5: TN91 to Iron Mountain Shelter
People: Greg Kramer, Carl Fritz, Bill Murdock
Summary: Removed hazard trees in the camping area in section 4 near the water source. Removed one large blowdown near shelter. Removed two trees that tops were down. Bill Murdock repaired the water source near the start of the section.

Reporting: Scotty Bowman
Date: 05/31/2020
Purpose: Trail assessment
Section: 6: Iron Mountain Shelter to Vandeventer Shelter
People: Scotty Bowman
Summary: I spent the morning cutting back vegetation along an open canopy section located at .5 to .75 of a mile north of Vandeventer shelter. I cut out 1 small blowdown along the section. On the hike out I encountered 20 people. All but 5 were sectioning or thru-hiking.

Also, I had a bear come through my camp the night before.

Reporting: Scotty Bowman
Date: 05/30/2020
Purpose: Trail assessment
Section: 7: Vandeventer Shelter to Wilbur Dam Rd
People: Scotty Bowman
Summary: I hiked in for the weekend to check trail conditions and to assess blowdowns near the shelter. I cut back some rhododendron and cut out 2 small blowdowns. I also cleaned out 2 waterbars. I removed 1 fire ring located at one of the overlooks along the ridgeline and cleaned out the fire ring located on the Vandeventer spring trail. Both springs are flowing. I counted 8 folks either sectioning or thru-hiking.

Reporting: Richard Ramsey
Date: 05/31/2020
Purpose: Assessment of condition
Section: 14a: Doll Flats to Bradley Gap
People: Carl Fritz and Richard Ramsey
Summary: Hike in from Little Elk Rd. to search for endanger species as I am the new maintainer for this section. We cut out a few blowdowns above Doll Flats before the first fence. At the first fence Carl headed back and I continued to checkout the rest of the section. I traveled all the way to Yellow Mtn. Gap then returned. Over all this section is in good condition.

Reporting: Pat Loven
Date: 05/31/2020
Purpose: Remove blowdowns
Section: 11a: Dennis Cove Road to Canute Place
People: Patrick Loven
Karen Loven
Pat Loven
Summary: We parked a vehicle in Dennis Cove and Patrick drove us to White Rock and we worked back north.
Trail condition was actually better than we anticipated although there were quite a number of blowdowns. Many were in the 6-8” range with a couple of 14 “ which required numerous cuts. The largest was a dead 24” hemlock blocking the trail about half mile above Dennis Cove. We also trimmed a lot of encroaching vegetation. Looks like another good growing season in the mountains.
Met fourteen hikers and most were traveling north. Weather in the mountains was perfect - a good day!

Reporting: Jake Mitchell
Date: 05/30/2020
Purpose: Scout lack of maintenance from barn to Little Hump
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Jake Mitchell
Rob Bunch
Ethan Bunch
Summary: Hiked up to the barn from the FS gate. Cleared several fire rings between the woods and the barn. Cut back weeds from FS road/blue blaze intersection up to the AT and on AT most of the way up to Little Hump. Picked up about a half bag of trash mostly around the barn. Also removed a couple of minor blowdowns from the FS road.

Way more hikers than I expected. Several section hikers. Several thru hikers. A gaggle of trail runners. Many day hikers. Roaring Creek Road parking area was full.

Need to return to go over the top and mow around the barn when I can get through the gate.

Reporting: Steve Wilson
Date: 05/30/2020
Purpose: Cleaning Water Bars & Cutting Briars
Section: 2b: Abingdon Gap Shelter to McQueen's Gap
People: Carl Belcher & Steve Wilson
Summary: We scouted for blowdowns, cleared water diversions, and lopped briars from McQueen’s Gap to Abingdon Gap Shelter. The trail section is clear and in good shape.

Reporting: Gayle Riddervold
Date: 05/30/2020
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Section: 8: Wilbur Dam Road to US321
People: Gayle Riddervold and Becky Kinder
Summary: We cut weeds, poison ivy, bushes, and dismantled a fire ring from the Shook Branch trailhead to the small wooden bridge.

Reporting: Gayle Riddervold
Date: 05/29/2020
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Section: 8: Wilbur Dam Road to US321
People: Gayle Riddervold and Becky Kinder
Summary: Starting at the Iron Gate and going Northbound, there are about 2 blow downs that will require a chain saw. There was previous flooding where the trail dips. This area is now passable and some of the big logs that were previously cut are lying in the trail. Due to all the debrie and mud, we are unable to roll them off the trail. About 30 feet from that area is the big blow down that was reported by a hiker. We cut and removed 2 smaller trees and some weeds. The trail south of the Iron Gate is still flooded.