Carolina Mountain Club

Trail Work Schedule

There are trail maintenance crews that work on different days and/or work on different trails. We have listed them below, along with contact information for their crew leaders.

(Burnsville) Monday Crew. Crew leader, John Whitehouse ( This is a small crew (6-8 people) that works mostly on the AT, MST and trails in the Appalachian Ranger District of Pisgah Forest.

Art Loeb Trail Monday Crew. Crew Leaders: Robert Bolt Jr, ( and Rich Evans ( This crew works on the 30 mile long Art Loeb Trail in the Pisgah National Forest, near Brevard.

Waynesville West Crew. Crew leader, Larry Sobil ( )and Rich Evans ( The West Crew works on Wednesdays and maintains the MST above Waynesville, the AT and various trails in the Forest. They are a small crew of 6 to 8 people.

Thursday Crew. Crew leaders, Hugh Hensleigh ( and Sam Clarke ( The Thursday Crew is out of Asheville and works on the MST and AT as well as other trails in the Forests. They are a small crew of 5 or 6 people.

Asheville Friday Crew. Crew leader, David Galantine ( The largest of  crews  (20+ folks ) works mostly on the AT and MST trails. They do all types of work, but primarily build trails. This crew also has the widest range of skill levels.

Pisgah Friday Crew. Crew leaders: Ed Paukovits (, and Bill Miller ( This crew works on the trails in the Pisgah National Forest, MST and AT. They are a very large crew (15+ folks) and frequently break into 2 or more groups working different trail sections or jobs.

Quarterly Saturday Crew. Crew leaders are Les Love (, Chris Werbylo ( and Paul Curtin ( This crew goes out quarterly on Saturdays and builds new trail on the MST. The crew often has 30 or more folks working with it, including some of the folks who work on the weekly crews and frequently some first time trail workers. The work dates for 2019 are: April 13, April 27 (Pisgah Pride Day), June 1 (National Trails Day), August 17 and October 12.

Free Rangers Crew.   Crew leader is John Busse (  Comprised of a pool of experienced trail workers, this crew responds to smaller, but problematic, trail issues needing repair quickly.  Primary emphasis is trail repair where a CMC hike is scheduled to occur.  Typically a crew of 3-4 is used, can hike longer distances if needed, and repair trails within CMC's trail coverage (AT, MST, Pisgah).   CMC hike leaders are encouraged to report trail issues if found during their pre-hike scout. 

Remote Overnight Crew. Crew leaders are Paul Curtin ( and Rich Evans ( This crew does two overnight work events a year. The crew will backpack in to a remote section and work Saturday and part of Sunday, spending the night near the worksite. Event dates for 2019 are Apr 27/28 and Sept 21/22.

AT Section Maintainers - Paul Curtin  

MST Section Maintainers (South to North)

Oconaluftee River to Old Bald

Supervisor: Larry Sobil

Old Bald to Hwy 215

Supervisor: Robert Bolt

Hwy 215 to Big Ridge Overlook

Supervisor: Aaron Saft

Big Ridge Overlook to Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center

Supervisor: Les Love

Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center to Greybeard Overlook

David Galentine  

Greybeard Overlook to Black Mtn. Campground

Supervisor: John Whitehouse  johnwhitehouse@frontier.comnday 

Secondary Trails Maintainers

Supervisor: Les Love

You are welcome to work with any of these crews, and several folks work with 2 or more of them on a regular basis. Please feel free to contact any of the crew leaders about working with them.

The normal procedure is for the crew leader to send out an e-mail message several days before the up-coming workday, explaining the job the crew will be working on, what tools to bring, and the meeting place and time. If you want to work with the crew that day, you let the crew leader know, and show up (be on time, because we frequently have a long drive, so we leave at the time given). When you contact a crew leader about working with the crew, he/she will put you on the crew e-mail distribution so you receive these notices.

You do not need any experience or tools to work on the maintenance crews. Training and equipment will be supplied by the crew leader. You do need to respond to the work notice, letting the crew leader know if you plan to work with them. Wear old work clothes (long pants highly suggested), sturdy boots, bring a small day pack with your lunch and plenty of water, and a good pair of leather work gloves. The hikes with tools, etc., will be anywhere from 2 to 5 miles in length so be prepared.

If you would like to become a Section Maintainer responsible for light maintenance on a 2-3 mile section of the AT, MST or one of the Secondary Trails, please contact the supervisor for the area you are interested in.

If you have questions about any crew, drop their crew leader a note.