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27 days ago

This was a very enjoyable (and a bit wet) challenge today. The joy was dampened by the condition of the trail more than by the rain.

I think this trail should be retired unless major work can be done (alas, I'm not in a good place to take on working on it, myself). It is a great space, but the trail is in bad shape. About 1/3 of the trail is erosion ruts, and I felt guilty in passing through making it worse (albeit a tiny bit).

On the lower sections, the mountain laurel has overgrown, requiring me to stoop for lots of these parts (I'm 6'00"). There are sections of the trail that apparently have disappeared, requiring frequent GPS checks to get back on track.There are no markings. I did place a pile of limbs at one junction off of the logging road, since there were misleading pieces of day-glow orange surveyor's tape nearby. Sometimes, getting back on track was to find the erosion ruts! There are multiple downed trees, including a very recent (Maple or Sweet Gum) tree top that fell directly on the trail. Several other large logs lie across the trail, but they are not as much an obstacle. I did see a bit of recent clearing work, as noted by Anthony, yet the amount of work done appears to have been less than the recent new debris further up the trail.

I also found what may have been long-abandoned trails and/or animal trails, but these usually dead-ended into underbrush. The logging roads were not routed in an ecologically responsible way, which is part of the reason for the erosion ruts. They are often very steep (did they use cables to pull vehicles up and down?) and there are no erosion control water diversion cut-outs. Several of the logging roads dead-end as well...

If I was a permanent resident of this area, and could get FS permission, I would likely try to get a group of folks together to do some trail maintenance. It would be great to develop a couple of loops of varying distance, to open this great area to more people. That would also help mitigate some of the damage already there by the bad existing trails and roads.

hiking
2 months ago

Re-hiked this trail today. The trail has been cleared somewhat on the lower sections (e.g. debris around the downed tree cleared). Peter's description is still apt. The trail is difficult to follow on the upper sections. Please do use a GPS. Still a useful and pleasant exit from this part of the mtn.

hiking
5 months ago

I just hiked ~half of the trail and back (3.5 miles). Good exercise. Some nice views and scenery but no major overlooks. Always nice just to be out in the woods. It was a steady uphill climb - nothing "flat" about Chestnut Flats.

Pleasant hike to ridge. Steady incline (approx 1400 ft.) One can reach many other trails using Holston West (Big Arm, Old Dug) or can hike Holston West to Holston High Point.

hiking
Friday, April 21, 2017

This trail is best taken down from Holston Mtn, it is pretty steep on the ascent. It does offer some good views in the spring/fall when the leaves are down. There is a small waterfall to enjoy and several stream crossings.

On the upper end, a logging/forest road bed has obliterated part of the trail. I have added waypoints to mark the intersections of the trail and the old road bed. The upper parts are also lesser defined and take some imagination to follow. Good news is the trail is easily recovered if you are following the uploaded route.

The upper part of the trail intersects the southwest ridge of Holston Mtn. You will need to extend your hike from the Holston Mtn west trail along the ridge. For some distance there is a lightly used trail on the ridge, then it intersects with an old road bed. Big Arm descends to the right just past a metal forest park notice on a tree (I stacked some rocks there as well.)

The lower end connects with a closed ATV trail shortly before reaching Big Creek Rd. If descending, turn left on that trail to reach Big Creek Rd.

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