Helping Hands National Trails Day volunteer project on the John Muir Trail

Join us for our first Helping Hands project of 2013.  On Saturday June 1, 2013 National Trails Day will be celebrated across America. We will be focusing on the eastern end of the John Muir Trail, and bringing this National Recreation Trail back to standard.  The day will include clearing the trail corridor, rebuilding switchbacks, and reshaping the tread where it has eroded or slumped down the hill.

No previous trail maintenance experience is necessary. Volunteers will need to wear boots and long pants. A bag lunch and at least 2 liters of water are also essential gear.   Additional safety gear (hard hats & safety glasses) and tools will be provided by our partners at the USDA Forest Service.

The full scope of the project is still in the planning phase, but suffice to say that we will need lots of volunteers as well as experienced trail hands to provide leadership. Opportunities to camp overnight after the work day will be available.

Join us & give a little something back with a day of service. It's rewarding and great exercise!

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  • Agnes F.

    I am very sorry, I just simply could not find the meeting spot. I was at the ranger station at about 8:16, and then drove around until about 10:30 (based on the coordinates, the GPS took me through the forest for miles on a gravel road--perhaps the problem was that it only took 2 digits less then what you gave, so I left the last two digits off of both longitude and latitude--then I finally found Hwy 68 and Ducktown, but I drove back and forth a number of times and still could not find the trail head). I really feel like an idiot. Sorry again!

    June 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You were missed Agnes

      June 5, 2013

    • Agnes F.

      Thanks, Caara, I was also sorry to have missed out, but hopefully there will be a next time, won't there?

      June 5, 2013

  • Tracy S

    I had a great time.

    June 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI, there will be a cookout at the SAWS Basecamp in Coker Creek after the work day. Join if you can!
    PS: The t-shirts just arrived. They look sweet!

    May 31, 2013

    • Rick F.

      Sounds nice. How do we find that?

      May 31, 2013

    • Rick F.

      Should I bring chips?

      1 · May 31, 2013

  • Rick F.

    Brenda, we Ricks are signed up for the Coker Creek site.

    May 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Same event.

      May 31, 2013

  • Aurora

    Happy Trails Day, thank you for the work you do!

    May 31, 2013

  • Brenda H.

    I think this is the National Trails Day "event" Rick and I are attending.

    May 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to Saturday! Please be sure to wear long pants & hiking or work boots. Call me with any questions!
    Jeff[masked]

    May 30, 2013

  • Judy R V.

    Is that the Ranger Station at Parksville Lake wherre we are meeting at 8:00?

    May 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes

      May 30, 2013

  • Barbara P. M.

    Have decided to work with Georgia Appalachian Trail Club and BMTA since I'm a resident of GA!!

    1 · May 28, 2013

  • Rick F.

    will participate, but at another location (Hiwassee River's Coker Creek Campsite) which is closer. You won't see me, but I'll be there.

    May 28, 2013

  • Joe W.

    Plans changed. Sorry, I'll catch it next time.

    May 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    More info!
    The project will be reconstruction and dip maintenance of the John Muir Trail from the mouth of Coker Creek to Hwy 68 (see JM work area map).
    Anyone coming from the direction of Tellico or north I-75 can go directly to the work site. Those coming from the south, Cleveland/Chattanooga area, can meet at the Ranger Station at 0800 and carpool out to the site. Meeting Time: 0900 at the dispersed camping area (junction of Coker Creek & John Muir trails)
    We will hold a safety brief and then break up into working squads; 3-4 people to a squad. Each squad will have an experienced leader to assist those with little or no prior reconstruction experience. The Coker Creek map attachment will lead you from the Ironsburg Church/Hwy 68 intersection to the parking spot. Lat/Long is also provided for GPS users –
    Lat: [masked]N Long: [masked]W If you have your own tools and wish to bring them, feel free to do so. I will bring the tools and most of the safety gear required.
    Participant

    2 · May 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Continued...
      need to bring: gloves, long pants, work boots, water container, & lunch. If you take any medication or have allergic reactions to bee stings, make sure you bring your medication and let me know where it is located in case you cannot get to it. Bug Spray & sun lotion recommended.

      May 10, 2013

  • Judy I.

    Would love to help! Checking the fmaily calendar to see if we can make it!

    April 21, 2013

  • Rick F.

    I hope to come & help, but can't tell this far in advance.

    April 13, 2013

  • Gail

    I don't have the back or knees for trailbuilding anymore, but do you have need for runners/helpers?

    April 11, 2013

  • Judy R V.

    TC and I will be attending and are both experienced at trail building and trail maint.

    March 16, 2013

  • Rick F.

    recording secretary to the Cherokee hiking Club; I've made a note & will take it to the next meeting.

    February 24, 2013

  • NancyandMike R.

    Mike and Nancy will both be there.

    February 13, 2013

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