June 25, 2008
Just attempted to do an Epic utililizing Kennison Mtn. Trail the week of June 16 thru the 22nd, 2008 and was very disappointed with all the down trees. At least 30 or more that required crawling under, over or bushwacking to get around. Very disappointed in the National Forest Service for not getting this awesome trail cleared. There were a couple down on the south side of Rt.39, not sure about between Rt.39 and Frosty Gap, we dropped that section from our route, however the section from Frosty Gap north to the second fire road had way, way toooo many down. Might give it a while before you try it. check Frosty Gap, if the 10 or more trees are still down there it's not worth taking Kennison. The trail is great, just not right now. If anyone checks it later and finds it clear, please let us know.
Epic was to take Pocahontas from Cranberry visitors center, then Kennison to South Mtn., over to Dogway, up to Frosty Gap, Frosty Gap to Kennison, north on Kennison to the second fire road, take a right, then another right in a short distance and follow that fire rd back to dogway rd.
Left on Dogway to Frosty Gap, up Frosty Gap again,
then south on Kennison, down the mtn. to South Mtn., take a left on South Mtn, and ride it to Cow Pasture at the Cranberry River Trail. Take Cow Pasture (which is known to be clear right now) and a left on the old fire rd near the end of the trail which will lead you out to the stop sign on Scenic Hwy. 150 across from the Visitors Center. Approx. 28 to 30 miles.
All the trails in the Gauley Mtn./ Tea Creek area.