Sunday, April 10, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Meet for the hike at the Randolph Trailhead at 8:00 AM. Arrangements have been made to have vehicles spotted at the ending point.
The hike begins by following trail 202 - Randolph all the way to where it meets the Sipsey. We cross the river and continue east on trail 209 - Sipsey River to its terminus at Borden Creek. We will not cross Borden however but rather hike up the West Borden Creek Trail (the western parallel of trail 200), finishing at the Borden Trailhead.
This is about an eight mile hike. Trail 202 starts wide and flat and ends with a somewhat steep downhill to the river. Once across, 209 is also more or less level but with a few small feeder streams (and their possibly muddy banks) to negotiate. The west side of 200 is similar but there may be more fallen trees to get around.
The only serious difficulty may be crossing the river. The depth will of course depend on the amount and timing of rainfall. So be prepared to take off your shoes and roll up your pants or whatever strategy you favor to ford streams that are too deep to just splash through.
Note that if conditions are such that it is simply too dangerous to cross the Sipsey, we will not attempt it. In such case, we have some other options besides just retracing our steps. So not to worry.
Bring your lunch, plenty of water, and maybe a small towel to dry your feet after crossing the river. A walking stick is generally helpful along these trails.
Friday, December 10, 2010
The Sipsey Wilderness Hiking Club received a certificate of appreciation from the U. S. Department of Agriculture on December 10th, at the U. S. Forest Service Christmas Dinner.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Heartwood or Duramen is the older, nonliving central wood of a tree, usually darker and harder than the younger sapwood, clearly shown in this photo.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
|Gary White with Woodall Mountain monument.|
The Daily Corinthian newspaper published an article about the monument dedication and the Highpointers Club.
A video about the dedication of the monument is at this link on the Highpointers Club website.
The monument was made possible in part by the Highpointers Foundation. This foundation works with landowners to obtain access to state highpoints and to fund necessary improvements such as signage and monuments.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
The club began its eleventh season (October to April) of trail maintenance on the Mitchell Ridge Trail on Saturday, October 9.
The day began with breakfast at Chef Troy’s Talk of the Town Restaurant in
Starting from the northern end, we managed to cover maybe a third of the trail, at least two miles anyway, before the heat did us in.
The trail appears to be in very good shape. We had to saw half a dozen small trees and push some others out of the way but cutting back the numerous oak saplings sprouting out everywhere required more time and effort. Since we did not have the crosscut saw with us, we had to leave one larger Chestnut Oak until another occasion.