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.

3rd Annual Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival

Join the Alabama Rivers Alliance and Alabama Environmental Council as they host the 3rd Annual Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival On Tour at the Harbert Center on August 19 from 6:30-9:30pm. Wild & Scenic On Tour brings together a selection of films from the national festival held annually in Nevada City, Calif.
“We can all take simple steps to help curb our ecological footprint. The featured films at Wild & Scenic take it one step further, sharing issues on how we can get involved locally or nationally in our community,” says Tour Manager Susie Sutphin. “Our films help people see how we can fix the system to have more collective power. It's an empowering and motivating experience.”

The Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival was started by the Nevada City, Calif. watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) in 2003. SYRCL is sharing their success as an environmental group with other organizations to bring the festival to over ninety communities nationwide. It is building a network of grassroots organizations connected by a common goal of using film to inspire activism. The festival reaches an even larger audience in tour venues coast to coast with the support of their National Partners: Clif Bar, Tom's of Maine, Osprey Packs, Patagonia and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

The festival is a natural extension of the work of the Alabama Rivers Alliance and the Alabama Environmental Council to inspire people to take action for the environment.

“The heart of our work at the Alabama Rivers Alliance is motivating citizens to act on behalf of their rivers and waterways,” says Executive Director Cindy Lowry. “The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a unique event that makes learning about important issues, like river protection, fun, and the films help inspire people to action!”

EVENT DETAILS
Date and Time: Doors open at 6:00pm and shows start at 6:30pm.
Location Address: Harbert Center
Ticket Prices: $10 General Admission
$25 Admission + Membership in the Alabama Rivers Alliance and Alabama Environmental Council ($80 value) includes access to special members-only VIP room with complimentary food and beverages.
Tickets can be purchased at Sojourns Fair Trade Store at 17 North 20th Street Birmingham, Ala. or online at alabamarivers.org

For more information, contact Katie Shaddix, kshaddix@alabamarivers.org, 205-322-6395.

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.

Cahaba River Fry-Down Coming September 25, 2010.

Get ready for family fun and a fundraiser like no other! This family event in Trussville Springs will feature a fish fry competition with a panel of judges, live music and plenty of fish and hushpuppies for all. There will be a boatload of activities, including fly-fishing lessons, rock-skipping contests, guided nature walks up the river, lots and lots of children's activities and more! For more information about how to be a part of this awesome event call Monica Carmichael at 322-5326 ext. 416. (This is not a Sierra Club sponsored event, but should be fun!)


August 2010

Outings and Events

Coosa Valley Group

Jay leading a Pinhoti Challenge backpack on Horn Mountain 3/20 and 3/21. He is explaining the legend of the mountain known as the Sleeping Giant (visible over his shoulder between him and his friend Vicki Wilson). Jay is sitting one of the unspoiled lookouts of Sherman Cliffs, about 2 miles from the Horn Mountain fire tower where the group camped.

Thurs., August 12. Monthly Meeting
Did you know that Alabama is the fifth most biologically diverse state in the U.S.?  We have mountains, beaches, and a lot of interesting flora and fauna in between. ·Sadly, we are second behind only Hawaii in the number of species extinctions.

Jay Hudson will be speaking at our August meeting.  Come on down August 12, and hear his interesting statistics on Alabama such as: ·

Jay has been involved with the Cahaba Group of the Sierra Club since 1996. He was elected Sierran of the Year for the Alabama Chapter in 2000, and has led numerous outings for the Cahaba Group, including the Pinhoti Challenge series of hikes begun in December, 2008 , where hikers of all abilities are challenged to hike the entire 170+ mile Pinhoti trail one section at a time.

Jay’s area of interest is in preserving the biodiversity of Alabama. He travels all over the state giving talks to clubs, groups, and students interested in Alabama’s incredible place in natural history. People are often overwhelmed to hear that Alabama still has more plant and animal species than 45 other states, even when we are second in the number of species extinctions. What is Jay’s answer to saving Alabama’s biodiversity? Art and activism. He listens to John Muir by getting more people into the outdoors and showing them the beauty (art) in a relaxed way, which will hopefully make them want to protect and save (activism).

Jay lives in Chelsea, AL with his golden retriever, Libby. He teaches seventh grade Life Science to students in the Hoover City School system at Bumpus Middle School.  Jay loves hiking, history, and photography.

 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. August 28. Solar Tour
Don’t miss this enjoyable and informative outing! Join us at 8:00 am (meeting place TBA) to car pool to 3 passive solar heated and coooled, solar PV powered homes near Blountsville. Daryl Bergquist, the only NABCEP certified solar installer in the state of Alabama, will lead the tour and will discuss energy efficiency, different types of solar energy and the pros and cons. We may also enjoy a short hike to see the rapids on the Locust Fork River. We’ll have a covered dish picnic while we’re there, so bring a cold covered dish to share and your own drinks to go with the meal. Bring water for the trip. Dress in cool clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Call David at 256-538-9444 for more information and to reserve a place on the tour.

Mobile Group

Tuesday, Aug. 3. Montly Meeting. 7pm
Please join us at 5 Rivers Delta Center on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. (The General Public is invited, No Admission) Location address: 5 Rivers, Alabama’s Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Blvd., Spanish Fort, AL 36527 (entrance is across from Meaher State Park on the Mobile Bay Causeway). For more information, please contact 702-496-5050 or email: mcadamsdavis@earthlink.net

Montgomery Group

Sat.-Sun. Aug. 21-22. Tubing/Kayaking: The Cold Creek and Black Water River in wild Florida!
Meet 8 a.m. Prattville Target Highway 65: Exit 179. Easy to Moderate . Overnight trip.

Sat. Sept. 11. Ruffner Mountain.
Birds, trees, and the outdoors near the big city of Birmingham! Meet at 9:00 a.m. Prattville Target Highway 65: Exit 179 Easy to Moderate.

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

Saturday, July 24 – Little River Canyon Rockhop. Strenuous.
Two separate hikes: Wolf Creek and the mile below Hwy 35. We will be hiking, rock hopping, and swimming. Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, hat, and be ready to get wet. Meet at the Publix in Hampton Cove at 8:30am.  This is the qualifying hike for Pisgah Gorge. For more information please contact Sam Denham at (256)539-1033(h) or (256)961-0436(w).

Tuesday, July 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 Darryl Edwards at 256-424-5065.

Saturday, July 31 – Stone Door Dayhike. Strenuous.
This ten mile rugged hike is in the South Cumberland. The Great Stone Door is a 150-foot deep crevice at the crest of the plateau by which we will enter Big Creek Gulf.  We will follow the Big Creek Gulf Trail with a side trip to Ranger Falls and return by way of the Big Creek Rim Trail that promises spectacular vistas. Bring lunch and water.  We will eat at a local restaurant on the way back. Meet at the Publix on Winchester Road at 8:00am. For more information contact Tom Burley at 883-4267 or tdburleyhiker@bellsouth.net.

Tuesday, August 3 - 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 Carolyn Brooks at 256-852-0973.

Saturday, August 7 – Sewanee Dayhike. Strenuous.
This 13 mile hike includes the northwest and southwest sections of the 21 mile Perimeter Trail which follows the perimeter of the Sewanee Domain. This trail features beautiful overlooks and interesting geological formations. The southwest section features Elliot, Otey, Polk, and Armfield Bluffs. This northwest section features Rutledge, Cherry, and Dotson points plus the forestry cabin. This is one of two hikes to complete the entire perimeter trail. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Optional dinner afterwards. Meet at the Publix on Winchester Road at 8:30am. For more information contact Tom Burley at 883-4267 or tdburleyhiker@bellsouth.net.

Tuesday, August 10 - Monte Sano Evening Hike. Easy.
Meet 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 Troy Fuquoa at 256-658-5717.

Saturday, August 14 – Sipsey Wilderness Backpack. Moderate.
Total mileage is 10 miles. Hike 5 miles on Saturday from the Thompson Creek trailhead and camp beside the Sipsey River with swimming, campfire, and barred owl calling.  Sunday, hike up Bee Branch to the Big Tree and stop for a hug before returning to the parking lot on Trail 223. Optional stop for lunch on the way home.  Please bring basic backpacking gear plus food for one lunch and one dinner and one breakfast.  Meet at Hardee’s on South Parkway at Weatherly Road intersection at 8:00am.  Contact: Bruce Martin 256-361-3460.

Sunday, August 15 - Annual Spider Lily Walk. Moderate. 
Join Doug Horacek for a rewarding hike in search of Spider Lilies along the Mountain Mist Trail. Meet at 2:00pm at the Hikers Parking Lot inside Monte Sano State Park. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. The hike will be two or three hours long. Rated moderate due to summer heat and length of the walk.  Call Doug Horacek at 256-772-6788 for more information.

Tuesday, August 17 - 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 Judy Burley at 256-883-4267.

Thurs. 8/19. Monthly meeting. The North Alabama Sierra Club meets the third Thursday of every month. Everyone is invited to attend. The August meeting will be the annual pool party at the Monte Sano pool, Thursday, August 19.

Tuesday, August 24 – 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.

Tuesday, August 31 - 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 Steve Jackson at 256-337-9702.

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

West Alabama Group

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Visit our website for up-to-date info.: alabama.sierraclub.org/west-al.html.