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Schedule Changes

posted Aug 1, 2019, 1:48 PM by Eric Middlemas
 We have some adjustments to our summer schedule.  Our hike originally scheduled for Aug. 10 will be this Saturday.  Our hike on Aug. 10 will be to Flint Rock Overlook on Holston Mountain.  Also, one of our members is organizing a raft trip on the French Broad River, and she is opening it to her hiking friends.  This trip is with a licensed outfitter, and each raft has a certified guide.  The trip is not a club-sponsored event.  More details are below.

SAT. AUG. 3                                                 MOUNT ROGERS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
                                                                            (Joint with Johnson City Hiking Club)

Hike: 10 Miles                                 Rating: Strenuous                                                 Drive: 89 miles ($12)

We will start on the Jackie Street Trail (Little Wilson Creed Wilderness) and end at the AT Fox Creek (Lewis Fork Wilderness) intersection with Rt #603. We will climb for the greater part of the first 4 miles on old road & horse trails. Jackie Street Trail will take us 2 miles to First Peak Trail. Then, following it up hill crossing Second Peak, 4857', to Third Peak we come to fantastic views of Walker Mtn., Pine Mtn, and the Mt Rogers ridges. Then we drop down to Scales completing 5 miles. From here we will take the AT to Fox Creek, over Pine Mtn. starting with a climb and then a descent. If this date has "weather" it will be exchanged with the hike on September 21 to avoid being on a high bald with lightening; watch your email notification. Hike leader: Marcia Pruner H (276) 889-5714 or C (276) 614-5504. Depart from behind Red Pig BBQ on Brownsmill Rd in Krogers parking lot 8:00 a.m. NOTE DIFFERENT DEPARTURE LOCATION!

SAT. AUG. 10                                                       HOLSTON MOUNTAIN / FLINT ROCK
Hike: 7 Miles                                  Rating: Moderate                                                         Drive: 24 Miles ($3)

A lot of the climbing on this hike will be in our vehicles as we drive up Panhandle Road toward Holston Mountain Fire Tower. We pick up the blue-blazed Holston Mountain Trail and follow it to Flint Mill Gap. Slightly to the left is the Flint Mill Trail which leads us to Flint Rock. Bring your binoculars to identify places in the Holston Valley below. We return by the same route or we can take a more gentle grade Forest Service Road from Flint Mill Gap which leads us directly back to our cars. As we pass Blue Hole on our way on Panhandle Road, we may stop and see this popular waterfall. Leader: Judy Middlemas, (423) 282-6987.          Depart Arby's 8:00 a.m.; Food City, Elizabethton 8:15 a.m. 

A bunch of us Old Timers are attempting to organize a rafting trip on the French Broad for next Tuesday August 6.  The 3 hour raft ride, with class 2 & 3 rapids and lunch included, will start in Marshall, NC at 10:00. The cost is $60 (rain or shine, non-refundable)  You can reserve your spot by calling US Raft and asking to be included in the “Old Timers” group.   1-800-872-7238 
If 9 or more sign up, we can all get a $5 discount. Before reserving your spot, call Ruthie Edwards to discuss carpooling and arranging for the discount rate.  (423) 741-7149