Hike to Parker Branch Falls
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Group size is strictly limited and advance sign-up is required
Ages 10 and over
Leader: Janice Barrett
Distance: 3.5 miles roundtrip
More challenging than not
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 PLENTY OF DRINKING WATER!
- 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.
Bring a backpack with lunch, snacks, water. A walking stick is recommended.
After signing up, meet at the Warrior Mountains Trading Company at 8:30. 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.