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.

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January 2010

Outings and Events

Cahaba Group

Sat. 1/16. Pinhoti Challenge dayhike. This month, we’ll be hiking a section of trail located in Section 13 of the Alabama Pinhoti between Salem Church Road near Piedmont and the Jackson Chapel trailhead in Georgia. This is the 12th hike in our Pinhoti Challenge series, and gains a rating of strenuous due to the elevation changes and rocky terrain. Along the 8 mile trek, we’ll see a large beaver pond and several old iron ore mines, along with outstanding views from Indian Mountain, Flagpole Mountain, the Alabama/Georgia state line, the Alabama Trails Association shelter, and perfectly quiet winter woods. 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

Sunday, January 24th Moss Rock Preserve. A perfect balance of nature and community, Moss Rock Preserve is a beautiful 250 acre nature preserve abundant with trees and plants, rock outcroppings, streams, waterfalls, wildlife and other unique natural features. Currently Moss Rock Preserve is home to four rare species of plants and a rare variant of Little River Canyon Sandstone Glade - one of only 35 occurrences known around the world! This will be a leisurely 3 hour afternoon hike. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. MEETING TIME/PLACE upper parking lot at the preserve at 1 p.m. Contact: Lois lois.gail@gmail.com 873-4075 DIRECTIONS FROM I-459 VIA HWY 150 EXIT: Take exit #10 (Hwy 150). Turn east towards downtown Hoover. Turn left on Stadium Trace Pkwy and it will eventually become Sulphur Springs Rd. Stay straight on Sulphur Springs Rd for approximately 2 miles to intersection with Preserve Pkwy. Turn onto the Preserve Parkway –Parking lot near the turnabout.

For more info http://www.hooveral.org/Default.asp?ID=485

Coosa Valley Group

Thurs. 1/14.  Is your personal computer running slow?  Think you need a new one?   Before you shell out anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to a couple of thousand for a brand new PC you might want to come to our January meeting.  Talk about recycling!  The ultimate recycling project is to make your old PC work like new again.  In the process you can not only save the landfills from more circuitry and plastic, but also retain some cash in your pocket. 

Essentially, most PCs made over the last five years are quite adequate to run Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7.  The main reason most people buy a new computer, leaving the old one in a closet somewhere or worse - simply throwing it away, is corruption of the operating system.  Steve Garrison will be giving a lecture on the several ways people can restore the corrupted machine to good functionality and save the dollar and environmental cost of purchasing a new one.

This will include but not be limited to:

A reasonably savvy pc owner should be able to do these techniques.  Those who are somewhat intimidated can contract these processes at far less cost than replacement of the machine. 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.

Montgomery Group

Sat. 1/23. outing.  Short days, short hike.  Hike the Deadening Alpine Trail along Lake Martin's rocky coast.  This 3.5 mile trail is short but rugged.  The scenery is exceptional.  A 2.5 mile loop is also available.   Wear good hiking shoes and bring water and something to eat. Meet 10 AM at the Chantilly Wal-Mart just south of I-85, Exit 11, on Hwy 110.  Rated moderate.  Contact Roger Wolczek at 334-361-7354 or rwolczek@knology.net for more information.

Don’t miss our Monthly Meetings! The third Thursday of each month at the:
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Montgomery
2810 Atlanta Highway
Montgomery, AL 36109-3402
(334) 279-9517

North Alabama Group

Tues. 12/29, 6:00pm - Downtown Evening Hike. Easy.
Meet in Land Trust parking lot at 907 Franklin St. Michael Stewart, 656-5836.

Fri. 1/1 - Get Rid of the Hangover hike. Moderate.
Meet at Sam Denham's house, 4333 Chickasaw Dr, at 1:00pm for an afternoon hike in Monte Sano State Park. May include some off-trail hiking and a brief rock hop.  Hot cider and (more) beer by the fireplace after the hike.  539-1033(h).

Sun. 1/3 - Little River Canyon Rock Hop/Hike. Strenuous.
Hike the section between the Powell Trail and Eberhard Point, a perennial favorite. Even though this is the easiest section of Little River Canyon, it is rated strenuous because of some bush whacking and rock hopping, and one creek crossing. Meet at the Publix at Hampton Cove. 8:30am. Sam Denham 539-1033.

Tues. 1/5. 6:00pm - Downtown Evening Hike. Easy.
Meet in Land Trust parking lot at 907 Franklin St. Nancy Dudney, 882-9408.

Saturday, Jan 9 - 4th Annual Mountain Mist half marathon hike, Part 1. Strenuous.
Follow the trails of the runners but at a hiker's pace. The Monte Sano side is 14 miles and the Land Trust 15.  Weather dictates which side we hike first. Meet at the Monte Sano State Park Hikers’ parking lot at 7:30am sharp (we don't want to finish this in the dark!). Bring lunch, water, good hiking boots and a few bucks for the entrance fee. Charlie Cohen, 837-3622 (home), 961-7901 (office).

Tues. 1/12, 6:00pm - Downtown Evening Hike. Easy.
Meet in Land Trust parking lot at 907 Franklin St. Ken Shrider, 772-9442.

Sat. 1/16 - 4th Annual Mountain Mist half marathon hike. Part II. Strenuous. 
Follow the trails of the runners but at a hiker's pace. The Monte Sano side is 14 miles and the Land Trust 15.  We’ll hike the section not hiked the previous Saturday. Meet at the Monte Sano State Park Hikers’ parking lot at 7:30am sharp (we don't want to finish this in the dark!).  Bring lunch, water, good hiking boots and a few bucks for the entrance fee.  Charlie Cohen, 837-3622 (home), 961-7901 (office).

Tues. 1/19, 6:00pm - Downtown Evening Hike. Easy.
Meet in Land Trust parking lot at 907 Franklin St. Alan Greene, 534-7849.

Sat. 1/23. Wolf Cove Hike on Carter Mtn, TN. Strenuous.
Strenuous due to elevation and off trail. Meet at 9:00am at Winchester Road Publix.  Waterfalls, views, and caves. Approximately 6 to 8 miles at least half of which is off trails.  Bring lunch and water. Possible supper afterward at local restaurant.  Contact Joette Carter at 256-776-3551.

Tues. 1/26. 6:00pm - Downtown Evening Hike. Easy.
Meet in Land Trust parking lot at 907 Franklin St. Judy Burley, 883-4267.

Sat. 1/30. Fagan Spring Hike. Moderate.
Meet at Cleermont Trail Head at 9:00am for a hike on the Wild Flower Trail at the Land Trust. Hike is 1/2 day or less to see geology, Fagan Spring, and get in shape for the Spring hiking season. Bring water and sturdy hiking boots.  Call Doug Horacek at 772-6788 for more information.

Sat. 1/30. The Ups and Downs of Guntersville State Park.  Moderate. 
8 miles.  Enjoy views of the lake while getting a good work-out on this series of trails.  Meet at the gas station by Wal-Mart (11610 S. Memorial Parkway, Huntsville) at 8:30am. Bring good hiking shoes (the trails can be slippery), a walking stick, snacks, lunch, and water.   Contact Sandy Kiplinger, sandykip@juno.com.   

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

West Alabama Group

Thurs. 1/21. Monthly meeting. “Introduction to Philip Henry Gosse, Young Naturalist on the Alabama Frontier.” 7:00pm. Beth Motherwell, University of Alabama Press. Capstone Village, Card Room, 601 5th Ave E, Tuscaloosa

Sat.  1/30 Bartram Day Hike, Tuskegee National Forest. Named for the naturalist William Bartram, the 8.5 mile trail traverses a variety of terrain in the Tuskegee National Forest. The trail passes through ever-changing forest types, with plant associations not found in west or north Alabama. Bring a lunch, water, and desire to learn more about Alabama’s diverse ecosystems. Meet at Books-a-Million at 6:00 am or 9:00 am at the empty gravel lot just off I-85, Exit 42 east of Montgomery. For more info call Dexter Duren at 205-393-0927.