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.

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!)


July 2010

Outings and Events

Cahaba Group

Sat. July 3. Come on this hike and see one of the great wilderness areas we have here in Alabama. we will do some creek walking and swim in some falls in a pretty area of Alabama. wear sturdy shoes and clothes you can get wet and bring a float to slide on the falls, lunch, water, sun lotion, bug spray (just in case) and dry clothes you can wear home. we will go for an optional dinner after the hike in Double Springs Ala. meet at the Park and Ride at exit 284 off I 65 north of BHM at 08:30. this will be rated moderate due to the water walking. we will take our time and stay cool in the mountain streams. call ken hyche at 205-540-3930 or email kennethhyche@yahoo.com for more info. we can meet anyone who lives in north Ala at Double Springs, call or email for the time.

Coosa Valley Group

Thursday, July 8. Herbal Medicine in Your Backyard.
July brings us a speaker with some good tips on local herbs and their many uses. Jim Smith will be speaking on "Herbal Medicine in Your Backyard" about plants you see every day that you may not know can be valuable to your health.

Sat. July 10. A GREAT LOCAL FOODS OUTING.
Folks are becoming more and more interested in eating healthy, local food. Join us for this fun outing and learn more about accessing and preparing locally grown produce. Make your reservations now to make sure you have a place! We'll leave at 7:00 am and go to McEwen's Mill (www.mcewenandsons.com) in Wilsonville where they grind their own stone-ground organic grits and cornmeal. From there, we will go to Petals from the Past (www.petalsfromthepast.com) to participate in a local foods cooking class at 10:30. Chef Chris Hastings of the Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham will demonstrate some of his techniques using fresh produce from the garden ($20 cost). Following lunch, we'll be able to see the vast array of heirloom plants at Petals from the Past. On the way home, we can stop at Morgan Creek Vineyards (www.morgancreekwinery.com) if the group so chooses. Call Petals from the Past 205-646-0069 to make your reservation for the cooking class; call Peggie at 256-538-9444 for more information or to sign up for the outing.

Mobile Group

Wed. June 30. Mobile Bay Sierra Club Let's Get Beyond Oil! Come by Satori's June 30th to watch a short film by award winning filmmaker Robert Greenwald about the real effects BP's oil spill will have on the Gulf. After, we will discuss the film and other information and write letters to President Obama. Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm. Location: Satori Coffeeshop
Address: 5460 Old Shell Rd. Mobile, AL

Sierra meeeting Tues. July 6. 7:00 -- 5 Rivers -- oil experts speaking
The July 6th meeting of the Mobile Bay Group Sierra Club will feature a presentation and discussions by Dr. Riki Ott. and Dr. J. Steven Picou.

Dr. Riki Ott, is a marine toxicologist with a specialty in oil pollution. She experienced firsthand the devastating effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and chose to do something about it. She has founded three nonprofit organizations that deal with the lingering harm from man-made environmental disaster.

Dr. J. Steven Picou, a Professor of Sociology at the University of South Alabama, is currently working on the human response to the BP oil catastrophe. He has studied the social fallout from Hurricane Katrina, the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound, and other man-made and "technological" disasters. Dr. Picou draws a sharp distinction between natural and technological events. The drawn out recovery period and the uncertainty that comes with it make technological disasters much more threatening to the health and welfare of the affected people and communities.

Dr. Picou and Dr. Ott have both spent the last several months traveling throughout the Gulf of Mexico’s coastal regions, speaking to communities, agencies, and relief workers. They will be talking about what we can do to help our community cope with this unfolding tragedy.

Please join us at 5 Rivers Delta Center on Tuesday evening, July 6th 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. 7/17. Canoeing the Little Escambia: Cool water on a hot summer day! 08 a.m. Prattville Target Highway 65: Exit 179 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

Tuesday, June 29 - 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, July 6 – 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.

Saturday, July 10 - Keith Trail Hike. Moderate.
Meet at the Monte Sano State Park Hiker's parking lot at 10:00am. Hike will follow the Mountain Mist, The Sinks, Stone Cuts, Logan’s Point, Super Cuts, Keith Trail, Chess Nut Trail, and Goat Trail. We’ll return to the parking area via The Sinks and Mountain Mist Trail. Bring hiking boots and daypack with plenty of water and snacks, perhaps a lunch if you like, but a snack will be sufficient. Call Doug Horacek at (256) 772-6788 for more information.

Sunday, July 11 - Honeysuckle Elimination.
Meet near the Fagan Spring Apartments at the Toll Gate Road Trail Head at 1:00pm. Bring loppers and gloves. I have two extra loppers, extra gloves, and a honeysuckle popper. We will work until 4:00pm at the latest. This opportunity gives work hour credits for the Land Trust. This is scheduled once a season and we hope you can make it. Call Doug Horacek at (256) 772-6788 for more information.

Tuesday, July 13 – 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 Ken Shrider at 256-772-9442.

Saturday, July 17 – Waterfalls & Swimming Holes. Easy.
Explore and enjoy popular “wet” locations on the Cumberland Plateau near Tracy City, TN. Most participants swim at each location so bring appropriate gear needed. This trip was a big hit last summer so we are doing it again! Please bring lunch, water, daypack, swimming gear, hiking shoes, and camera. Total hiking mileage should be less than 5 miles. Meet at the Publix in Hampton Cove at 8:30am. For directions or more information please contact Michael Stewart at (256) 656-5836 or athikerstew@yahoo.com

Tuesday, July 20 – 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 at 256-534-7849.

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.

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

West Alabama Group

Sat. July 24. Bear Creek Canoe Run
Want to find a "cool" way to enjoy the outdoors during the hot summer??
Come and float the cool waters of Bear Creek!With some of the best canoeing in Alabama,Bear Creek has a guaranteed flow each weekend sufficient for good canoeing. The 4 hour canoe float is $40 per canoe rental.If bringing your own canoe a $10 shuttle fee is charged.Cash or check only is accepted for payment. Meet at Northport Civic Center (West Side)at 8:00 a.m. Participants must call Dexter Duren at 205-393-0927 for reservations by July 17.

Check us out on the web:
Visit our website for up-to-date info.: alabama.sierraclub.org/west-al.html.