BMTA ACTIVITY CALENDAR
BMTA normally schedules four or five hikes per month, some “leisure” hikes that are shorter and easier and some 5 to 8 miles and of moderate difficulty. In addition, we have occasional backpacking hikes and more difficult ones that might be called “hardy hikes.” Occasionally we co-sponsor hikes with other organizations. Some, but not all, of our hikes are “dog friendly.” Although more hikes are in Georgia than the other states, you will find hikes in all three BMT states: Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
TN / NC September 26 Work Trip
Where: Section 16c, Sledrunner Gap » Brookshire Creek xing
Section 16d, Brookshire Creek » Sugar Mountain Road
Contact: Steve Cartwright, firstname.lastname@example.org
Time: 8:30 AM till about 4:00 PM
Meeting Location: Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center
Plan: We will meet at the CSVC for remote no-touch sign-ins and for the tailgate safety session. If we have enough folks we will brush out both sections, but if not enough folks, we will concentrate on the Brookshire Creek section 16c. We logged out both sections recently, so we should only have to do brushing out. However, we will take along a couple of those new fancy Silky extra large hand saws. The tools of the day, however, will be swingblades and loppers, and lots of them. If we only do Section 16c, we will leave vehicles at campsite 11 on Bald River Road and carpool to the top of the Brookshire Creek Trail. We will work our way down to the intersection with the Bald River, a distance of about 3.2 miles. Then we will walk the 1.8 miles out to our vehicles at campsite 11. If we also work Section 16d, we will likewise leave vehicles at campsite 11, then carpool to the Sugar Mountain crossing of the BMT and work downhill 2.4 miles to the intersection with the Brookshire Creek Trail and walk out the 1.8 miles to our vehicles at campsite 11. Both sections are in the newly designated Upper Bald River Wilderness, so no power tools are allowed. Both routes are essentially all downhill, so not too hard. But there are 3 or so creek crossings, so wading shoes might be in order.
Extra Need – Shuttles: It would be great if we had folks available to shuttle us to the top then drive vehicles back to campsite 11, saving us the long shuttle to Beaverdam Bald area and the Sugar Mountain crossing. NOTE: Shuttles will be COVID-19 compliant — wearing face masks with the windows open!
After Trip Fun: Afterwards, we may decide to eat supper and drink beer on the lower outdoor deck of the Iron Works Grille on the edge of the Tellico River.
What to Bring and Wear: Long pants, boots, gloves, helmets, eye protection. Consider snake gaiters (We may have a few of these to loan.) Bring a day pack with at least 2 liters of water, lunch, first aid kit and radio, if you have these . We need folks to bring their USFS capable radios so the teams can communicate and coordinate with each other. We have helmets, gloves, eye protection and tools for those who need them. Consider wading shoes or just plan to plow right on through in your boots. Rock hopping is possible if the water is low.
BMTA members and guests must recognize there are risks and responsibilities involved and be willing to assume these risks. In order to participate, members and guests are required to sign a waiver of liability at the beginning of each BMTA event. If the parent does not accompany a minor, the disclaimer for minors must be signed in advance.