Wednesday, January 4, 2012
New Years Day Hike
We had lovely weather...the high was 60° and it was sunny. A total of 32 people showed up full of good cheer and enthusiasm and loaded down with food. The hike was invigorating and we enjoyed the hike and the good company. We hiked the Jack L Clayborn Millennium Trail before lunch. This is the trail that was built by 6 chapters of TTA in 2000 to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the park. The 3.5 miles went by too quickly for most The lunch was excellent with an abundance of food. We had some extras for lunch with Ranger Ray Eason and the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 875, Cameron Beal, joining us. Troop 875 is chartered by the Friends of Edgar Evins. The park furnished firewood and we had a cheery blaze to dine by. The picnic tables at the covered shelter are a major improvement over the damp/wet ground we had before. There are also electrical outlets and water available.
After lunch we hiked the 2 mile Highland Rim Nature Trail near the Visitors Center/Office. This trail is short but has a definite challenge with elevation changes and steep places. We had an opportunity to show off the results of a grant from TTA to the Friends of Edgar Evins, with some major improvements to the trail. We have installed water bar/steps at some of the steepest places and did some cribbing along a part that had shown erosion damage. There is a section the we completely re-routed to get away from some seriously eroded parts of the old trail route. If you haven’t hiked this trail recently I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
A great way to start out the New Year...The hike was jointly sponsored by TTA and the Friends of Edgar Evins State Park...