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Hike - Mt. LeConte (Alum Cave Trail) - Wed., July 20, 2011

Tellico Village Hiking Club

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

*** Depart at 7:00 am from the Cooper Visitors Center

Mt. LeConte (Alum Cave Trail)
Distance: Approximately 11 miles
Rating: Strenuous with 2600 feet of elevation gain
Driving Time: 1.75 Hours
Leader: Hamish deWilde 860-716-4016 signal530@gmail.com

Hike - Turtletown Creek & Falls - Friday, July 8, 2011

Tellico Village Hiking Club
Friday, July 8, 2011
Depart at 8:00 am from the Cooper Visitors Center

Turtletown Creek and Falls (1 hour 15 minute drive)
Distance: 4 miles
Elevation Gain: Approximately 500 ft.
Rating: Easy
Leader: Gail Eades 599-6785 g3evolution@gmail.com

Hike - Bald River Trail - Friday, June 24, 2011

Tellico Village Hiking Club
Friday, June 24, 2011
Depart at 8:00 AM from the Cooper Visitor Center

Bald River Trail (40 minute drive)
Distance: 10 miles (depending on when you turn around)
Elevation Gain: Gradual with some steep portions
Rating: Moderate
Leader: Gary Glesser (657-9677) gglesser@me.com

Marjorie Byron's big adventure

Marjorie Delong, 73, of Daytona Beach, Fl has completed the Appalachian Trail. She wanted to keep her weight at 100 pounds, but it dipped to 93 during the hiking.

She says,

"If you really want to do it, do it," she said. "If somebody my age and condition can do it, anybody can."

"And what's next for Byron?

She hopes to hike the Pacific Coast Trail."

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/local/west-volusia/2011/06/06/wom...

Hike - Lead Cove/Bote Mt./Finley Cane Trails - Wed., June 8, 2011

Tellico Village Hiking Club
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Depart at 8:00 am from the Cooper Visitors Center

Note: hike is changed from annual schedule

Lead Cove / Bote Mountain / Finley Cane Trails (1 hour 15 minute drive)
Distance: 7.1 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,250 feet
Rating: Easy
Leader: Ed Dorosz (408-7171) dorosz@fastmail.us

Hike - Albright Grove Loop/Maddron Bald Trail - Wed., May 25, 2011

Tellico Village Hiking Club

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Depart at 8:00 am from the Cooper Visitors Center

Albright Grove Loop Trail/Maddron Bald Trail
Distance: Approximately 7 miles
Rating: Moderate with 1500 feet of elevation gain
Driving Time: 2 Hours
Leader: Tom Ringenbach 458-0915

Hike - Cumberland Trail on Signal Mt. - May 11, 2011

Tellico Village Hiking Club

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Depart at 8:00 am from the Cooper Visitors Center

Cumberland Trail on Signal Mountain (Chattanooga)
Distance: Approximately 6 miles (4 hours)
Rating: Moderate Plus – appoximately 800 feet of elevation gain
Driving Time: 2 Hours
Leader: Curt Sheldon 458-8510

Forest Service Dynamites old growth hemlocks in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Yesterday, April 5, Bob Wegener alerted me that the Forest Service had dynamited many hemlocks dying from woolly aldegid infestations in an effort to keep the trail safe for visitors.  But their efforts also ruined the trail.

Here's one comment: "Last week I visited Joyce Kilmer for the first time. I was shocked by the devastation. I greatly looked forward to wandering in the old growth, but the downed trees are so predominant, it was all we noticed. "  

You can see some pictures here: http://www.ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?f=106&t=1775  

So if you were thinking of hiking this trail or bringing out of town visitors to see it, it's probably not a good idea.  The great big hemlock that required about 8 people to circle is no more.

There's more information here.

 

Hike - Cancelled due to fore casted bad weather- Porter's Creek - April 27, 2011

Tellico Village Hiking Club
 
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Depart at 8:00 am from the Cooper Visitors Center
 
Porters Creek Trail
Distance: Approximately 7.4 miles
Rating: Moderate with 1400 feet of elevation gain
Driving Time: 2 Hours
Leader: Gary Glesser   657-9677
 

Hike - Cumberland Mountain State Park - April 8, 2011

Tellico Village Hiking Club
 
Friday, April 8, 2011
Depart at 8:00 am from the Cooper Visitors Center
 
Cumberland Mountain State Park, 24 Office Dr. Crossville, TN 38555
Distance: Approximately 7 miles
Rating: Easy
Driving Time: 1.5 Hours
Leader: Tom Dietrich   657-9190
 

Hike - Flats Mountain Trail - Wed., March 23, 2011

Tellico Village Hiking Club
NOTE CHANGE IN HIKE DESTINATION FROM ANNUAL SCHEDULE  Wed., March 23, 2011 
Depart at 8:00 am from the Cooper Visitors Center 
 
Flats Mountain Trail (1.25 hour drive)
Distance: 6 miles
Elevation Change: Approximately 900 feet
Rating: Moderate
Leader: Phil Baker     408-2410     philbaker@charter.net
 

Hike - Grapeyard Ridge Trail - March 12, 2011

Tellico Village Hiking Club
NOTE SPECIAL DAY    Saturday,March 12, 2011
Depart at 8:00 am from the Cooper Visitors Center
 
Grapeyard Ridge Trail (1.75 hour drive)
Distance: 7.6 miles
Elevation Gain: Approximately 1700 feet East to West, 1000 feet West to East
Rating: Moderate
Leader: Bob Stewart   458-3727     rlsmks@gmail.com
 

House Mountain Hikers Jan.28, 2011

House Mountain Hikers Jan.28, 2011

Front: Bev Hawkins, Corky Freeman, Alyce Anthony, Perry Anthony, Jan Brandt, Jim Marotta, Diane Marotta, Don DiTullio, Suzanne Webb
Rear: Bill Long, Don Freeman, Larry Decker, Barry Brandt, John Winn, Terry Nyenhuis

Hike - Cancelled Due To Bad Weather - Trillium Gap/Baskins Creek - Feb.25, 2011

Tellico Village Hiking Club
Friday, February 25, 2011
Depart at 8:00 am from the Cooper Visitors Center
 
Sugarland Mountain Trail (1.75 hour drive)
Distance: 6.7 miles
Elevation Gain: Approximately 900 ft.
Rating: Moderate
Leader: Ken Holland   657-9271   ken751@aol.com
 

Hike - East Lakeshore Trail, Jackson Bend Branch - Feb.9, 2011

Tellico Village Hiking Club
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Depart at 8:00 am from the Cooper Visitors Center
 
East Lakeshore Trail – Jackson Bend Branch (30 minute drive)
Distance: Approximately 7 miles
Elevation Gain: Approximately 600 ft.
Rating: Easy with steep sections
Leader: Curt Sheldon   458-8510   curt_sheldon@bellsouth.net
 
 

Snow storm - Wilderness Week - Old Sugarlands Hike

From Bob Kutschera:

Because of the weather, it has been decided to cancel the Wednesday Old Sugarlands Trail hike. Hopefully we will be able to reschedule it sometime later in the year.

 

We called Pigeon Forge this morning and was told that Rt. 321 into Pigeon Forge from Townsend was impassable. They had about 5" of snow and expecting more.

 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to give me a call - 408-3092.

 

Hike - House Mountain - Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Cooper Visitor Center

House Mountain (1 hour 10 minute drive)
Distance: Approximately 4 miles
Elevation Gain: Approximately 1000 ft.
Rating: Easy to moderate
Leader: Terry Nyenhuis 865-206-9476 terrynyenhuis@gmail.com

Hike - Old Sugarlands Trail - Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Depart at 7:45 a.m. from the Cooper Visitor Center
Hike begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Sugarlands Visitor Center, Gatlinburg

Old Sugarlands Trail / Twin Creeks Trail / lunch in Gatlinburg / Gatlinburg Trail
Driving Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Distance: 10 miles
Elevation Gain: Approximately 1100 feet
Rating: Moderate
Leader: Bob Kutschera 408-3092 bkkutch@yahoo.com and Curt Sheldon 458-8510 curt_sheldon@bellsouth.net

White Nose Syndrome is Killing Thousands of Bats

Some of you may know that the caves in White Oak Sinks have been closed due to white nose syndrome.

It's pretty bad. You can read about it here.