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March hiking schedules

Staff Reports • Feb 25, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Johnson City Hiking Club

March 3 — An 11.6-mile moderate to strenuous ramble with Dave on Iron Mountain — there will be some bushwhacking and 6 miles of road walking. Leave Long John Silver’s at 8 a.m. Leader, Dave McMillin, 913-2345. Combined two club hike with MAH.

March 10 — An in-and-out, strenuous 13-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail from Allen Gap at 2,234 feet to Camp Creek Bale fire tower at 4,844 feet. Leave the Jonesborough Post Office at 8 a.m. Leader, Joel Zabel, 926-3587.

March 17 — Moderate 8-mile hike in and out to historic Lost Cove. The leader will bring written history to share as the group tours what remains of the settlement. The 1,400-foot climb of more than 2 miles leaving Lost Cove is strenuous. Meet at Long John Silver’s at 9 a.m. Leader, Joel Zabel, 926-3587.

March 24 — Lower Higgins to Higgins Pond (aka Birchfield Pond) via Birchfield camp trail. In and out approximately 5 miles. Birchfield Camp trail is unmarked and should be considered steep off trail with the opportunity to get wet in the Birchfield Camp Creek since the group will spend some time crossing it. Meet at Long John Silver’s at 9 a.m. Leader, Melissa Braswell, 329-5148.

March 31 — An 11.5-mile hike in the Smokies; 7.4 miles of the hike will be in and out on the Porters Creek trail that Joy Cook now maintains — so the group will carry a handsaw to help her do the spring clean-up of her trail. The group will also ramble about 4 miles on the Rhododendron Creek trail; it is unmaintained with two creek crossings and some waterfalls. Leave the Jonesborough post office at 8 a.m. Leader, Joy Cook, 631-6587.

Old Timers Hiking Club

March 5 — A moderate 3.7-mile hike on the AT from Low Gap at US 421 to McQueen’s Gap. Leader, Jerry Jones, 282-2199.

March 7 — An 8- to 10-mile hike with Brenda Whitt at Big Bald. Leader, Brenda Whitt, 245-2550 or 676-5096. Leader from the church, Jerry Jones, 282-2199.

March 12 — The group will be hiking in Warrior’s Path State Park near Kingsport on the Devil’s Backbone and Fall Creek Loop Trails. This will be a 4-mile moderate in-and-out hike. Leader, Lamar Adcox, 234-0296 or cell 823-1768.

March 14 — Approximately 10.5- to 11-mile key swap hike to Sand Cave and Whiterocks and on over to the Hensley Settlement on the ridge trail. Rated extreme moderate to strenuous. Leader, Wayne Jones, 928-5398.

March 19 — Work Day — The group will start the spring clean-up of the group’s section of AT. If there are enough people, there will be a walk-through of the entire 11.9 miles. Leader, Mike Hupko, 929-2626.

March 21 — A moderate 9.3- mile hike from Cross Mountain — Bulldog Hollow via Holston Mountain Trail. Leader, Dave McMillin, 913-2345.

March 26 — A 4- to 5-mile moderate hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway on the Mountains to Sea trail from Beacon Heights to Rough Ridge. Leader, Dave McMillin, 913-2345.

March 28 — A 9.2-mile strenuous hike on Pond Mountain: Rough Ridge to Laurel Fork falls and on to Dennis Cove. Leader, Dave McMillin, 913-2345.

The group leaves Covenant Presbyterian Church, 603 Sunset Drive, Johnson City. each Monday and Wednesday promptly at 8 a.m. Participation in club activities carries with it the obligation to hold the club and its representatives free of liability for individual safety. The group carpools and shares the expenses. Bring lunch, water, seasonal dress and gear and a smile. Everyone is welcome, member or not. For more information on the club, call President CB Willis at 282-3325 or email cbwillis@charter.net; or visit the website at http://oldtimershikingclub.org; or call Faye Guinn at 753-4072 or email wegonehiking@embarqmail.com.

Mid Appalachian Highlands Hiking Club

March 3 — Iron Mountain Loop Hike (beginning and ending on FR-4052— joint hike: MAHC & JC Hiking Club); hike, 11.6 miles, drive, 33 miles; depart, Arby’s 8 a.m. (Elizabethton 8:15 a.m.); leader, Dave McMillin, 913-2345, djmcmillin@comcast.net; rating: moderate.

March 8 — MAHC Board Meeting, Winged Deer Board Room, 6 p.m., call 773-8037 or email appyhiker@yahoo.com. Plan spring quarter: hikes, the annual picnic and slate of officers. All members are invited to attend.

March 10 — A.T./Indian Grave Gap to Rattlesnake Ridge to Rock Creek; hike, about 9 miles; drive, 25 miles; depart, Arby’s 8 a.m.; leader, Roy Holcomb, 926-1313, royholcomb@juno.com; rating: moderate.

March 11 — A.T./Indian Grave Gap to Beauty Spot & return; hike, 5.6 miles; drive, 27 miles; depart, Arby’s 1:15 p.m.; leader, Lou Hass, 202-6185 or 330-2122; rating: easy to moderate.

March 17 — Iron Mountain Trail/Shingletown to Damascus; hike, 5.7 miles; drive, 44 miles; depart, Arby’s 8 a.m. (Elizabethton 8:15 a.m.); leader, Ernie Hartford; 543-1276, ilydikh@embarqmail.com; rating: moderate.

March 18 — Bays Mountain Park; hike, 3-5 miles; drive, 25 miles; depart, Arby’s 1:15 p.m.; leaders, Alice and Mitch Link, 743-8003, alliekat309@comcast.net; rating: easy.

March 23-25 — A.T./Fork Ridge Trail to Devils Fork Gap (overnighter); hike, 10.7 miles; drive 36 miles; depart, Arby’s 3 p.m.; leader, Craig Haire, 737-0057, drdrhaire@charter.net; rating: strenuous.

March 25 — A.T./Devils Fork Gap to Flint Mountain Shelter and return; hike, 5.4 miles; drive, 31 miles; depart, Arbys’s 1:15 p.m.; leader Darrell Wright, 975-9942, d01wright@aol.com; rating: easy.

March 31 — Buffalo Mountain; hike, 4-plus miles; drive, 10 miles; depart, Arby’s 9 a.m.; leader, Tim McDowell, appyhiker@yahoo.com; rating: easy to moderate.

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