Saturday, March 22, 2014

Red River Gorge KY

Red River Gorge is part of the Daniel Boone National Forest. We drove down on Monday morning after the area had received around 2 inches of snow the night before. We bought a 3 day at the Shell gas station and headed in to find a base camp. We drove to the Grey's Arch trail head and headed down the trail. About 3/4 mile in we found a nice secluded campsite on the west side of the trail.

We went back to the car and got our gear (including chairs!), set up camp and found a little wood.

We hung our food bag about 100 yards from the camp and hiked down to Grey's Arch.

The rock formations are very unique and quite a sight. We hiked back to camp and made a nice dinner of barbecue chicken with carrots and potatoes. We watched the fire until around 10 and retired to our tents.

Next morning we had hot oatmeal and packed our day packs with lunch and a little gear and headed out for a hike to the Koomer Ridge camping area. The weather was warmer and the snow was melting quickly and the trail was not too bad. We hiked along some streams and had a few stream crossings.

We had lunch and hiked down to Hidden Arch on our way back. A long day hiking of over 10 miles left us hungry and tired. During the day the clouds moved out and there was a nice sunset followed by a sky full of stars.

We woke early and headed out to the car where we drove over to the Double Arch trail head and hiked down the arch. The forecast was overcast with a slight chance of rain.

We left the arch and hiked over to Courthouse Rock where we had lunch. We headed back to the car along some really spectacular ridge views. The weather held out with no rain it had become quite windy with gusts over 20 mph.

We drove back to camp and had a quick meal of teriyaki chicken. The sunset was mixed with some clouds blowing through quickly.

We woke up on Thursday and broke camp and headed home. A very nice three days of hiking and camping.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Hike on the AT - SOBO from Gemmer Rd

I went for a little hike on the AT from Gemmer Rd to Greenville Rd. The sun was shining and it was perfect walking weather. It was a six mile round trip.There were several staircases used to cross fences. The trail goes around the edge of several large fields. You can see one in the background of this picture.

Early on I saw a turtle skeleton.

Another fence crossing staircase.

I stopped by this lake and had a peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwich.

Beautiful day all the way around!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Trail Work - Building up the Turnpike

When we were out on the trail a few weeks ago the stream had badly eroded the approach at the 4th bridge. I noticed that there was a large gravel bar directly across the stream that could used to fill in the erosion and build up the tread. I threw a few shovels of gravel across as a test and it looked like it would work just fine.

So I went to work shoveling. After moving many yards of gravel the approach looks good. You can see the gravel bar I used to build up the tread with in the left of the picture.

As the spring rains are still to come, I will go back and see how it holds up. If it does suffer a little erosion I can always add a few shovels of gravel to repair it. On the other hand, if it is completely washed away I will have only wasted an afternoon and learned what not to do.

Also did a little re-arranging on the stones at the muddy crossing at Goodrich Rd.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Back to the Trail

The weather here in NJ was absolutely gorgeous today, around 55 degrees and sunny! Great day for a little hike. Jen and I got up early and headed to the section of the Appalachian trail we maintain. I had heard that one of my stream crossings needed a little work. We walked the entire length and back and stopped at the stream crossing. There used to be a bridge but it got washed away a few years back in a big spring storm.

We added some more rocks to make a better crossing and will work on it some more later this spring.

We walked over to the hiker hostel and there was no one around except the donkeys.

We also noticed a tree the beavers had cut down.

And finally a view from one of the peaks with the High Point monument in the background.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Hemlock Falls Hike

We went to South Mountain Reservation in Millburn to hike to Hemlock Falls. Once again I recorded it on using the backpacker track app on my phone, here is the link. The weather was pretty warm for mid Jan but it was really foggy. We walked past Washington Rock where on a clear day can sometimes see NY City skyline, but not today.

The yellow trail or lenape trail, from parking lot goes right up the side of the mountain, I was a little out of breath. When we got to the top, they trail marks were a little confusing and we went right when we should have gone left! It was a short detour but a little frustrating. After a short walk on blacktop we picked up the yellow trail and headed into the woods for a nice hike. We stopped for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at the falls and headed back on the yellow trail toward the river.

We picked up the white trail or Rahway trail which meanders along the river and take you back to the parking lot where we started.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Blue Mountain Lake Loop

We went out Sunday for a nice hike around Blue Mountain Lake in Flatbrookville, New Jersey. I recorded the trip using my Trimble outdoors app, here is a link

The lake was frozen pretty solid after two weeks of really cold weather.

Jennifer and I got to try out the traction chains for our boots. Turned out they didn't help that much but they were no bother to have on our boots.

A little more snow and the gaiters would have been useful as well. There were quite a few cross country ski tracks along the outer loop, we walked to hemlock pond and never saw another person.

At the pond, we stopped for lunch and made some noodles with the jet boil.


After lunch we continued around the loop and stopped at the Indian rock lookout.

A very nice day for a hike!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Post Hurricane Sandy Trail Cleanup

We went up to the section of the Appalachian Trail we maintain to clean up the fallen trees and branches resulting from hurricane Sandy. I expected there to be a lot of work, but it wasn't too bad. There were many 2-3 inch diameter branches that needed clearing and smaller brush that was easy to get off the trail. However, there was one fallen tree that we will send a notice out to the chain sawyers to take care of.

The leaves make it hard to tell, but it is right across the trail. If you look close you can see an AT blaze mark on the tree!.

We also saw a tree off the trail that had split in half. This was a large tree and the picture doesn't do it justice.