Hike Ratings
General Note: Saturday outings may take all day and last into early evening. The Sierra Club encourages carpooling to save fuel, but please be prepared to drive your own car on club outings.
Easy-Less than 5 miles, no serious elevation changes, no trail obstacles.
Moderate-5 to 10 miles, some elevation changes or rough trail (rock hopping), or trail obstacles such as creek crossings.
Strenuous- Over 10 miles, substantial elevation change (1000 ft or more), trail may be rocky, obstructed or nonexistent.
Exploratory - any event where the leader has not experienced the event, may fit any class above.

Climate Crossroads and Food

The Climate Crossroads food page we have a second video installment from Annie Somerville, chef of the legendary San Francisco vegetarian mecca: Greens. This time she shares her very simple tips for making delectable baby artichokes.

Do you have some sustainable treats of your own? Join the Green Cuisine group, post your own recipes, and share pictures.

Living Lightly On the Earth 2010 Alabama Sierra Club Retreat

Hosted by Coosa Valley Group
Desoto State Park Nov. 5 – 7
Exciting programs and activities! Some meals will feature local foods.
Retreat registration and lodging will be Separate – watch mail & website Alabamasierraclub.org for form.
Limited Space – make lodging reservations by calling 1-800-568-8840 Double rooms $76/night Chalets and cabins (sleep 4) $128/night Camping also available.

April 2010

Outings and Events

Cahaba Group

Sat. 4/17. Pinhoti Challenge dayhike.
This month, we’ll be hiking a section of trail located in Section 10 of the Alabama Pinhoti between the Pine Glen campground and the Coleman Lake trailhead. This is the 15th hike in our Pinhoti Challenge series, and gains a rating of moderate due to the distance. Along the 7.9 mile trek, we’ll see plenty of wildflowers along the banks of Shoal Creek and Sweetwater Lake’s tributaries. We’ll also see the Laurel Shelter, as well as the Shoal Creek Baptist church built in 1885 – one of the few remaining hand-hewn log churches left in Alabama. The trail passes right in between the church building and the cemetery, where graves are rumored to date back to 1811. Make sure to bring a camera. Hiking boots a necessity, as well as plenty of water and a picnic lunch. There will be an optional dinner afterwards. Call or e-mail for meeting place and time. Jay Hudson, 205-907-6879, jay_hudson@bellsouth.net

Sat. 4/24. Annual Locust Fork Canoe and Kayak trip.
Meet at the Park and Ride exit 284 off I65 in Blount county. Beautiful section of the Locust Fork River. Wildflowers, turtles, birds (including Osprey) and fish abound on this stretch of river. Only very small rapids, class one or less. Must provide your own canoe or kayak, paddle, life jacket. Bring lunch, water, sunscreen and a change of clothes. Meet at 9am at the Park and Ride just off exit 284 or 10am at county road 13 bridge putin.Optional dinner afterward. Email Vicky Wilson vickywilson58@hotmail.com for details.

Coosa Valley Group

Thurs. 4/8.  Pollinators and Pesticides. John Mynard, Apiary Inspector will be speaking at our April meeting.  Come on down and hear the latest about pollinators and pesticides.  John will have lots of beekeeping tips so you don’t want to miss this one.  For anyone who doesn’t know, apiary inspectors work to prevent the introduction and establishment of honey bee pests and diseases.  Aside from producing honey, bees are also responsible for pollinating a number of popular fruits and vegetables.  So while they may look small and insignificant, bees are really very necessary for a healthy and productive garden.  Snacks and drinks will be provided, but bring your own cup/mug!  We’ll see you at 6:30 pm at the Joe M. Ford Center, Room 210 – 405 Corner Street in Gadsden.  For info:  David Fincher, 256-538-9444.

Sat. 4/24. Tour the Shirley Miller Wildflower Trail, Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area, LaFayette GA. Visit one of the most lush wildflower areas in the Southeast – only 2 hours from Gadsden.  View a vast array of wildflowers from a ¾ mile long boardwalk.  Some of the wildflowers that can be found here include Virginia bluebells, yellow poppy, trout lily, trillium, common toadshade, Dutchman’s breeches, toothwort, hepatica, bloodroot, blue cohosh, columbine, Canada waterleaf, and wild hyacinth, including some very rare varieties.    The trail ends with a short walk to a beautiful waterfall known as the Pocket.  Bring a camera, easy walking shoes, your wildflower book, a sack lunch, and water.   Plan to stop back by the Wildflower Café (www.mentonewildflower.com) in Mentone for dinner.  Trail rating – easy.  Outing leaders – David Fincher and Peggie Griffin.  We will have a 10:00 am departure time – return around 7:30.  Meeting place TBA.  Call 256-538-9444 to sign up for this spectacular wildflower outing!

Montgomery Group

Sat. 4/10. Earth Fest at Auburn University: Celebrate Earth Day with the Tigers on the Plains! Chantilly Wal-Mart Highway 85: Exit 11. 9 a.m. Easy.

Sat. 4/17. River Cleanup Day: Help cleanup Lake Jordan and get a free T-Shirt/lunch from Al Power! Prattville Target Highway 65: Exit 179. 7:30 a.m. Moderate.

Sat. 5/1. Deadening Alpine Trail: Great views, great trails, great people! Chantilly Wal-Mart Highway 85: Exit 11. 9 a.m. Moderate.

Sat. 5/22. Bellingrath Gardens Mobile: Flowers, flowers, and more flowers! Prattville Target Highway 65: Exit 179. 8 a.m. Easy.

Don’t miss our Monthly Meetings! The second Thursday of each month at the:
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
6610 Vaughn Road
Montgomery, AL 36116
(334) 272-6152

North Alabama Group

Tues. 3/30. Monte Sano Evening Hike. Easy.
Depart at 6pm from the Monte Sano State Park Hiker’s Parking Lot. There is a small fee to enter the park. All dogs must be on a leash in the park. Although not strenuous, all hikes may be vigorous. For directions or questions please contact Alan Greene, 534-7849.

Sat. 4/3. Buck's Pocket Hike. Easy. Meet at 8:00am at the Franklin Building at 2006 Franklin Street just off Governors Drive. A relatively easy hike almost all down hill. Will have lunch at High Falls and examine the slide rapid on Town Creek at the bridge. Hike will last all day in conjunction with the Wild Flower Society outing. Will feature Bird's Foot Violet, Dwarf Crested Iris, and Trillium Sulcatum, and various water falls in the park. Bring lunch, sturdy hiking boots, and water for a glorious day of wild flowers and waterfalls. Contact Doug Horacek for more information at 772-6788.

Sat. 4/3 - Reuben Creek, TN hike. Moderate. Approximately 6 to 8 miles hike on private property along several beautiful creeks with wildflowers. Innumerable creek crossings, at least half of hike is off trail. Bring lunch and water, with possible dinner afterward at a local restaurant. Meet at the Winchester Publix at 9:00am, about 1 1/2 hour drive to trail head near Sewanee, TN. Joette Carter 776-3551.

Tues. 4/6 – Monte Sano Evening Hike. Easy. Depart at 6:00pm from the Monte Sano State Park Hiker’s Parking Lot. There is a small fee to enter the park. All dogs must be on a leash in the park. Although not strenuous, all hikes may be vigorous. For directions or questions please contact Michael Stewart at 256-656-5836 or athikerstew@yahoo.com.

Tues. 4/13 – Monte Sano Evening Hike. Easy. Depart at 6:00pm from the Monte Sano State Park Hiker’s Parking Lot. There is a small fee to enter the park. All dogs must be on a leash in the park. Although not strenuous, all hikes may be vigorous. For directions or questions please contact Michael Stewart at 256-656-5836 or athikerstew@yahoo.com.

Sat. 4/17 - Walls of Jericho hike, Strenuous. The Walls of Jericho is a large, bowl-shaped natural amphitheater that shoots water out of holes and cracks in the canyon wall during times of high water flow. This is a unique area that consists of more than 21,000 acres of rivers, forested uplands and caves spreading across the Alabama and Tennessee state line. This beautiful tract, which was once the hunting grounds of Davy Crockett, contains an extraordinarily diverse array of plants and animals. We will enter at the Tennessee trailhead and exit on the Alabama side with a side trip to the Mill Creek blowhole. The hike is approximately 10 miles with a 1000 feet elevation gain. Bring lunch and we will dine afterwards at a local restaurant. Meet at 8:30am at the Publix in Hampton Cove. For more information contact Tom Burley at 883-4267 or tdburleyhiker@bellsouth.net

Sunday, April 18 - Wade Mountain Hike. Easy to Moderate. Meet at 1:00pm at the Wade Mountain Greenway on Pulaski Pike. Leisurely 5 mile hike along the greenway (paved) and then up the hill and through the woods (unpaved). Liz Poleretzky, 461-5819 or sc_liz@bellsouth.net

Tuesday, April 20 - Monte Sano Evening Hike. Easy. Depart at 6:00pm from the Monte Sano State Park Hiker’s Parking Lot. There is a small fee to enter the park. All dogs must be on a leash in the park. Although not strenuous, all hikes may be vigorous. For directions or questions please contact Ken Shrider, 772-9442.

Sat. 4/24 – Hike Leader Training. Training will certify new hike leaders to lead day hikes and car camps. Red Cross First Aid certification will be covered in the morning. Hike leadership, hike planning, and hiking etiquette will be covered during the remainder of the day. For more information contact Michael Stewart at 256-656-5836 or athikerstew@yahoo.com

Tues. 4/27. Monte Sano Evening Hike. Easy. Depart at 6pm from the Monte Sano State Park Hiker’s Parking Lot. There is a small fee to enter the park. All dogs must be on a leash in the park. Although not strenuous, all hikes may be vigorous. For directions or questions please contact Michael Stewart at 256-656-5836 or athikerstew@yahoo.com.

Check the North Alabama Group's website for the most up-to-date outings information!

West Alabama Group

Thur. 3/25. 7:00pm. Monthly meeting. “What National Park Is This? Part 2” Ned Uehling, West Alabama Sierra Club, Capstone Village, Card Room, 601 5th Ave E, Tuscaloosa. Note that due to Spring Break we are meeting on the fourth rather than our usual third Thursday of the month.

Sat. 3/27. 9:30 am. Richard and Nancy Cobb’s Native Garden. Come and enjoy the blooms of a native plant collection right here in Tuscaloosa. The Cobbs have invited us to their piece of Tuscaloosa on which they have crafted a native garden. Meet at Food World Five Points, 4440 University Blvd. E. Park on the Hwy 216 side. Bring water and picnic lunch if desired. For more info call Dexter Duren at 205-393-0927.

Thur. 4/15. 7:00pm. Monthly meeting. Speaker TBA. Capstone Village, Card Room, 601 5th Ave E, Tuscaloosa.

Sat. 4/24. 7:30am. Thompson Creek Wildflower Hike. Always a spectacular and wonderful place to hike, the Sipsey Wilderness is especially beautiful when the early wildflowers bloom. Come join us and experience the crown jewel of wild areas in Alabama. The hike is five miles and is fairly easy to moderate. Bring lunch and water. Meet at Northport Civic Center (west side). Optional dinner after the hike. For more info call Dexter Duren at 205-393-0927.

WEST ALABAMA GROUP NOTES
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