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Trail Damage Update
PATC News Release - Damage Update/SNP Status
Base: PATC Trails Forum
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 1996 02:52:55 GMT
From: Andy Hiltz <email@example.com>
from the Potomac Appalachain Trail Club
An assessment of trail conditions in the PATC trail region is continuing
damage resulting from the remnants of Hurricane Fran. As of today, 95% of the
Appalachian Trail in the North District of Shenandoah National Park (SNP)
cleared. Selected clearing has also been occurring in other areas of SNP,
remains to be done.
According to reports from PATC trail surveys, at least 300 trees have been
down across the Appalachian Trail in the South District. The AT in this
region is not
considered "passable". Estimates in the Central District put the number of
at about 6 to 10 per mile. The very worst of the damage along the AT was
just north of Thornton Gap at Pass Mountain, and south up to Mary's Rock.
done much clearing on Pass Mountain, and the Park Service has now cleared
the AT to Mary's Rock where 20 trees were counted down across the trail.
Conditions on many of the side trails in SNP, as well as PATC trails in the
Range of George Washington National Forest and the Big Blue Trail are still
unknown at this time.
Status of the Skyline Drive is as follows:
The Central District Skyline Drive segment is expected to be fully open by
September 17th. The South District segment of the Drive is expected to be
Friday, September 20th. The North District Drive segment from Dickey Ridge
Center to Thornton Gaps is expected to open by October 1st. NOTE: These are
tentative dates - please check with the Park for actual disposition.
BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING PERMITS ARE STILL NOT BEING ISSUED!
PATC Trail Overseers interested in working on their trail sections may
sections of Skyline Drive after checking with the Entrance Station Rangers for
information on Drive conditions. OVERSEERS NOTE: If you intend to work on a
section behind the closed gates, these gates will be opened for Overseers
at 8am, and
LOCKED at 5:30pm. Overseers that intend to stay overnight are strongly
SNP to stay in covered shelters and cabins. Tent camping is not recommended.
How Can I Help??
PATC has a special clean-up trip scheduled for September 21st and September
This will be an overnight trip. Saturday will be dedicated to cross-cut saw
NPS. Sunday will concentrate on trail clearing in the South District of
individuals are invited and encouraged to attend this trip. Some overnight
accommodations will be available at Doyles River Cabin, with the remainder of
individuals tent camping in "safe areas" identified by SNP. For more
contact Rob Lauchner at (804) 794-1038.
PATC is also looking for hikers willing to survey the trail system by
hiking the trails,
making a count of downed trees, and identifying obvious trail damage. If
interested in hiking the trails and helping in this assessment, please
Ring at PATCSOT@aol.com
More trips are planned for the future. If you have already requested to be
PATC's "Volunteer Worker" list, you will be contacted about the trip
and all future trail clearing trips related to Hurricane Fran trail damage.
If you are not on
this list but would like to be added, please contact PATC's Webmaster, Andy
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