Wild South Hike in Sipsey Wilderness, June 28

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Hike to Parker Branch Falls

Sipsey Wilderness

Saturday, June 28, 2014

8:30 a.m.

Warrior Mountains Trading Company

SIGN UP HERE!

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.

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