“In the canyons of the Sipsey, abundant water and sheltering walls enclose an island of the past. Sheer sandstone cliffs, crowned with mountain laurel and filled with rare ferns and wildflowers rear 100 feet above the steep valley slopes. Hundreds of waterfalls cascade down the rock walls or plunge to the valley floor. Numerous rock shelters occur throughout the approximately 30 miles of gorges, and monstrous boulders lie shattered at the bases of the great cliffs.”
From Mary Burks’ testimony before Congress in the 1960’s in advocacy for the Sipsey Wilderness
Join us on July 26 for a hike in a cool, wet canyon of the Sipsey Wilderness.
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Meet-up place: Warrior Mountains Trading Company
SIGN UP HERE
Group size is strictly limited and advance sign-up is required
Leader: Janice Barrett
Level of Challenge: Strenuous, for experienced hikers only
Distance: Approx. 4 miles roundtrip
Ages 10 and over
Parker Branch is located on the western side of the Sipsey Wilderness. The 1 mile approach to the branch is a ridge walk through young pines until the trail steeply and precipitously descends into the canyon, which is a cool haven of Eastern hemlock forest. From there, the hike follows Parker Branch with frequent crossings and some briefly steep climbs.
Be prepared for creek crossings, very slippery rocks, summer heat, ticks, stinging insects.
Footwear must be sturdy and protective with reliable tread for slick rocks and creekbed and steep terrain.
Bring a backpack with lunch, snack and PLENTY OF DRINKING WATER. A walking stick helps with creek crossings.
Apply tick repellent (if desired) at trailhead or enroute, and not before getting in car
Bring Epi-Pen if needed for severe reaction to insect bites or stings
Well-behaved dogs are allowed and must remain leashed throughout the hike.
After signing up, meet at the Warrior Mountains Trading Company at 9:00. Park on the south end of the building and come into the store. We will gather at the Wild South picnic table for a little chat before we carpool to the trailhead.