|Over 30 intrepid volunteers gathered on August 23rd to hike and clear the Mountaintown Creek Trail in the Chattahoochee-Oconee Forest outside of Ellijay, GA. Mountaintown Creek Trail is one of the more remote mountain biking trails in the forest, and one that mountain bikers hold near and dear for it's 5.6 miles of rocky, narrow, technical descent, laced with creek crossings. Riding this trail takes strength and skill, and hiking it does, too, especially when wielding trail tools.|
|Those assembled split into two groups-one would start at the Pinhoti connector trail and walk uphill, while the other would shuttle to the top and walk down. Volunteers carried swing blades, saws, and loppers to clear vegetation from each side of the trail. Starting around 10:30 a.m., and working most of the day, the last volunteer walked off the trail at 3:30 p.m. All agreed that the day had gone well (yellow jacket stings excluded), and the mission had been accomplished.
Back at the parking lot, the volunteers were treated to Walker's BBQ, compliments of the Ellijay Mountain Bike Association, and a swag raffle compliments of SORBA and Maxxis. SORBA volunteers work hard, and Maxxis supported that work by donating tires and tire levers for this work party. Each volunteer was given a ticket stub at the start of the day, and as a number was called at the end of the day, each volunteer was given the opportunity to choose a prize from the sponsor prize table. It was a great end to a great day of service.
Thank you SORBA volunteers, and thank you Maxxis!