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Hiking schedules for September

September 3rd, 2011 2:43 pm by Staff Reports

Johnson City Hiking Club
- Saturday, a 7-mile moderate loop hike starting at the Old Forge Recreation Area. There are lots of creek crossings. Big Jennings Creek Trail to Cow Bell Hollow to Round Knob Picnic Area for lunch and return via Little Jennings Creek Trail. Leader, Melissa Braswell. Meet at Jonesborough post office at 8 a.m.
- Sept. 10, an 11-mile strenuous hike that will follow an old trail that parallels NC 128 in the Mt. Mitchell State Park and ends at Clingman’s Peak. From there, we cross Mt. Gibbs (6,560 feet) and Mt. Hallback (6,320 feet) on the old Mitchell Trail, descend on Commissary Ridge Trail, then follow the Mountains to Sea Trail back to NC 128. We are joining the Mid-Appalachian Highlands club for this hike. Leave Long John Silver’s at 8 a.m. Leader, James Price, 213-0042.
- Sept. 17, a strenuous 12.4-mile hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This hike starts at the Sugarlands visitor center climbing the Cove Mt. Trail and ending on Laurel Falls Trail. Expect some rock hopping and a couple of waterfalls. Leave the Jonesborough post office at 8 a.m. Leader, Marcia Pruner, 276-889-5714.
- Sept. 24, a strenuous in and out hike of 10 to 12 miles on the Big Yellow Mountain Trail. This is a Conservancy preserve with open balds and has some great views. Leave Long John Silver’s at 8 a.m. Leader, Howard Guinn, 753-4072.
Old Timers Hiking Club
- Monday, an easy 9-mile hike from one end of the Kingsport Greenbelt to the other end. Leader, Jerry Jones, 282-2199.
- Sept. 7, a moderate 10-mile hike near Damascus. From Bear Tree Lake we will take a short trail to the AT that will take us to the Creeper Trail and to Taylor’s Valley, where we can have lunch on the porch of the Community Center. Leader, Howard Guinn, 753-4072.
- Sept. 12, a moderate 5-mile hike in and out on the Rock Creek Falls Trail. There are creek crossings on this hike — one that may have to be waded by some. Leader, Jim Robinson, 202-7929.
- Sept. 14, Big Yellow Mountain Trail — a moderate to strenuous in and out hike of 10 to 12 miles depending on where we have to park. This is a Conservancy preserve with open balds and has some great views. Leader, Jim Robinson, 202-7929.
- Sept. 19, an easy to moderate 9.2-mile hike south on the AT from where the trail crosses Tenn. 91 at Cross Mountain to Iron Mountain Shelter and return. Leader, Wayne Jones, 928-5398.
- Sept. 22, a 10-mile strenuous hike at Shelton Laurel on the Jerry Miller trail to the AT to the Jerry Cabin Shelter for lunch and return down the Fork Ridge Trail. Leader, Howard Guinn, 753-4072.
- Sept. 26, a fall work day on the old-timers section of AT. We will do a walk-through with handsaws and pruners to make sure the trail is clear. Leader, Mike Hupko, 929-2626.
- Sept. 28, strenuous 10-mile hike in the Paint Creek area south of Greeenville. We start on the Paint Mountain trail at Lone Pine Gap. We continue on the Chimney Rocks trail, which has a great overlook of a horseshoe bend in the French Broad River. We’ll continue down to the French Broad, following its banks to a rocky spot where we’ll eat lunch. We’ll loop back on the Paint Mountain trail. This hike is made strenuous by the 1,600-foot climb after lunch. Leader, Howard Guinn, 753-4072.
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 club carpools and shares the expenses. Bring lunch, water, seasonal dress and gear, a smile and come join the fun. For more information on the club, call President CB Willis at 282-3325 or email cbwillis@charter.net or; email webmaster Kent Ganshirt at oldtimershikingclub@live.com; or call Faye Guinn at 753-4072 or email wegonehiking@embarqmail.com.

Mid-Appalachian Highlands Hiking Club

- Saturday, Buffalo Mountain Work Trip, moderate, hike, about 3 miles, drive, 2 miles, depart Arby’s 8 a.m., leader, James Price, 213-0042.
This should be a pleasant time of year to work and “spruce up” one of our favorite trails as well as view how it has recovered from fire devastation two years ago. Tools will be provided, but bring a pulaski if you have one. Trail work will end at 3 p.m.
- Sunday, Beech Mountain and Kite Fest, easy, hike, about 2 miles, drive, 39 miles, depart Elizabethton, 11 a.m., leader, Helga Mitchell, 773-8037, appyhiker@yahoo.com. The 7th annual Mile High Kite Festival will be under way for Labor Day Weekend. This is a free event that takes place in the meadows on top of Beech Mountain. We will join the festivities and enjoy the brilliant colors of the kite-filled sky.
- Sept. 10, Mt. Gibbs/ Mt. Hallback (joint hike MAHC & Johnson City Hiking Club), strenuous, hike, 11 miles, drive, 80 miles, depart Arby’s, 8 a.m., leader, James Price, 213-0042.
- Sept. 11, A.T./Devils Fork Gap to Flint Mountain Shelter and return, easy, hike, 5.4 miles, drive, 27.8 miles, depart Arby’s, 1:15 p.m., leader, Marie Graves, 773-9971, GravesM@mail.etsu.edu.
- Sept. 17, Iron Mountain Trail/Shingletown to Damascus, moderate, hike, 5.7 miles, drive, 43.55 miles, depart Arby’s 8 a.m., (Elizabethton 8:15), leader, Craig Haire, 737-0057, drdrhaire@charter.net.
After the climb from Shingletown, we reach the trail that follows the ridge with good views to the right of the valley and surrounding mountains. In the last couple of miles it descends to Damascus and the views are to the left. If anyone would prefer just to hike this day, let the leader know so he can be sure to arrange transportation so you can hike on through and go home without having to wait for the work to be finished.
- Sept. 18, Big Lost Cove Cliffs, easy, hike, 3 miles, drive, 39.5 miles, depart Elizabethton, 1:15 p.m., leader, Darrell Wright, 975-9942, d01wright@aol.com.
- Sept. 24, Steele Creek Park, easy, hike, 4-5 miles, drive, 25 miles, depart Arby’s, 8:30 a.m., or call leaders for directions and go directly to Aiello’s at 9 a.m., leaders, Paul and Jamie Aiello, 538-4443, contactjamiehere@yahoo.com.
- Sept. 25, Buffalo Mountain, Lone Oak Road (Dry Creek) to Tip Top, easy, hike, 4 miles, drive, 4 miles, depart Arby’s, 1:15 p.m., leader, Dina Gyorkei, 342-4272, dg1494@gmail.com.

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