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.

5th Annual Cahaba River Ramble

Join us for our 5th Annual Cahaba River Ramble this year on June 5 and help raise funds to sustain our popular Shane Hulsey CLEAN Environmental Education Program.

What: A spectacular 5k (3.1mile) and ~10 mile trail race through the "biological heart" of Alabama's longest remaining free-flowing river, the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge
Why: to benefit the Shane Hulsey CLEAN Field Environmental Education Program of CRS
When: Saturday, June 5, 2010.  Race begins at 7:30 am.  The Cahaba Lilies should be in full bloom!
Where: Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, near the historic town of West Blocton, Alabama.
Who: Something for everyone. Experienced trail runners will enjoy a very challenging ~10 mile course, while newcomers can get their feet wet by opting for the short and flat 3.1 mile course.

We invite all CRS members and friends to join us for our "C" the River Educational Programs following the races at approximately 10:30 am. Learn about your river and the critters which inhabit it, and experience the beauty of the Cahaba Lily blooming season.

Registration Information: Race is limited to 250 participants, so early registration is strongly encouraged!  $25 entry fee for the 5k (3.1 Mile) and $35 entry fee for the ~10 mile. Price includes
a t-shirt & race packet, a complimentary one-year membership with the Cahaba River Society, and fully stocked aid stations. Check-in/packet pick-up is from 6-7am.

Awards:Top 3 male and female for each race. Prizes donated by various outdoor gear companies. Awards will start at approximately 10am. Results will be posted ASAP on the official course website.

We will open the active.com registration on April 21. For those of you who wish to register by mail or fax instead, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Monica Carmichael, Director of Development, at (205)322-5326 x416 or monicac@cahabariversociety.org.


June 2010

Outings and Events

Cahaba Group

Sat. 5/29. Annual Corneilus Falls Hike.
come along on a hike/swim of this pretty section of the Locust Fork of the Warrior River. It’s a moderate-difficulty hike down the Locust Fork River to Cornelius Falls. Some folks like to go slow and talk wildflowers. Other folks scoot ahead to get in more play time at the falls. We’ll eat our brown bag lunches on the sunny rocks at the falls. It’s a great time of year to play in the falls, so bring wading shoes and swim wear if you like. Bring water, snack or lunch, sturdy shoes for the walk down the bank, swim wear if you plan to get wet, towel and sun screen. To carpool from Birmingham, meet at 8:30 am at the Golden Rule BBQ on Highway 79 - call or email Ken Hyche at 205-540-3930 kennethhyche@yahoo.com or Rendezvous at Tonka Shell Station (Hwys 79 & 160) in Cleveland at 9:30 am. We’ll leave the cars at Martha & Stephen’s at 10 am and return about 2:30. For more information call Stephen at 205-919-6231.

Sat. 6/5. Have you ever seen a Hymenocallis Coronaria?   if you have not then come along with us to see the largest stand of this flower in the world.  It is the famed "Cahaba Lily".  It grows few places on earth and we are blessed to have the largest known stand just a few miles from us on the Cahaba River.  This flower is a type of spider lily but is very different from the other spider lilies due to where it lives.  It lives only in well-lit rocky shoals of stream and rivers in swift moving clean water.  There is two large stands on the section of the Cahaba we will hike to.  One stand right off the road and the second about a one mile hike.   Bring a snack or lunch, water, sun screen, water shoes and dress for the weather.  We will walk out into the river so plan to get wet.  There are some fun places to swim in the river so bring a towel and a change of clothes. this hike is rated easy.  Meet at  Cracker Barrel in Bessemer at 08:30  contact Ken at kennethhyche@yahoo.com or 205-540-3930. 
This will be a joint hike with the Birmingham hiking meetup. See these web sites for more info;  http://www.alabama.travel/yooa/scenic/lilies.cfm  http://www.cahabariver.net/lily.htm 

Bessemer, AL
I-59 , Exit# 108
I-59 & Academy Lane
5040 Academy Ln.
Bessemer, AL 35022
Located off I-59
*Bus & RV Parking Available
(205) 428-7080 http://www.crackerbarrel.com/location.cfm?state=AL

Sat. 6/19. Canoe or Kayak the Coosa River at Wetumpka Ala. Join us for a day trip to paddle a white water section of the Coosa River. This is a white water section and has several class one rapids and one class two/three rapid. It is a very fun section and do plan to get wet. If you have not paddled before and wish to learn, please let me know and I will spend some time with you or try to arrange for an experienced person to paddle with you.  Anyone who plans to go, who is not taking their own boat must make reservation for a boat. we will go from the Coosa Outdoor Center. Call 334 201 5510 or visit the Coosa Outdoor Center web site to reserve your boat. A double kayak is $40, single kayak is $25 and canoe is $40. They will do the shuttle. Bring water shoes, sunscreen, sun glasses and croakies, water, lunch, towel and dry clothes. We will meet at the Cracker Barrel at the Oak Mountain, hwy 119 exit off I 65 at 09:00 AM. Optional dinner after a day on the river. Contact ken hyche at kennethhyche@yahoo.com or 205-540-3930. See http://www.coosaoutdoorcenter.com/   for more info.
This will be a joint outing with the Birmingham Hiking Meetup, so everyone can meet some new people from both groups. this part of the Coosa is a true white water river so plan to get wet. Bring dry clothes to change into after the trip. Hope to see you on the river.

Coosa Valley Group

Saturday. 5/22. Local Foods Potluck Dinner and a Movie. 
Join us for delicious food, an enjoyable evening with Sierra Club friends, and for an outstanding, recent movie about our food system at the home of Steve and Cindy Garrison, 1622 Sibert Dr., Glencoe.    Bring your favorite dish made with locally grown produce (or that could be made with locally grown produce) – and your recipe.  Call 256-442-8799 to let us know you’re coming and for directions.

Thurs. 6/10A repeat performance of Dr. Bob’s Traveling Snake Show.  If you missed this speaker last year you will have another chance to hear all about snakes-good ones, bad ones, and everything in between.  Bob Hastings will be bringing an assortment of snakes including the venomous copperhead and a rattler or two (in cages, of course!).  He will also talk about beneficial snakes and, if you’re lucky, you may find out how snakes climb trees.  This meeting was standing room only last year so come early to get a good seat. 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. 6/12. Petals from the Past: Blueberry/Blackberry Festival – Yummy food and picken berries! Prattville Target Highway 65: Exit 179. 8:30 a.m. Easy.

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

Tues. 5/25. 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.

Sat. 5/29.  Seventeenth Annual Pisgah Gorge Rockhop. Strenuous. Waterfalls, swimming, boulders as big as houses, spiders as big as dinner plates, ticks, snakes, poison ivy, everything! The most beautiful scenery in Alabama is worth it!  Leader approval required. Sam Denham 539-1033(h), 961-0436(w).

Sun. 5/30.  Rainbow Mountain Outing. Easy.
Short hike to see Delphinium Carolinianum, Cactus, possibly Goat's Rue, and some other late spring flowers.  Bring water and sturdy hiking boots.  Meet at Rainbow Mountain Trail Head by the Water Tower at 2:00pm. Call Doug Horace at 772-6788 for more information.

Tuesday, June 1 – 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. Contact Alan Greene at 256-534-7849.

Thursday, June 3 – McKay Hollow Hike. Strenuous.
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. Contact Darryl Edwards at Db_99b@yahoo.com .

Saturday, June 5 - Collins Gulf Dayhike. Strenuous.
This 13 mile loop in the South Cumberland descends into the Collins River Gorge and has many beautiful geological features including waterfalls, overlooks, and rock formations. We will descend into the gorge and climb out by way of the Stagecoach Historic trail and return along the Collins Gulf rim. This is a difficult but rewarding hike. Bring lunch and water and we will dine afterwards at a local restaurant. Meet at the Publix on Winchester Road at 8:00am. For information contact Tom Burley at 883-4267 or tdburleyhiker@bellsouth.net

Tuesday, June 8 – 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. Contact Darryl Edwards at DB_99b@yahoo.com .

Tuesday, June 15 – 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. Contact Carolyn Brooks at 256-852-0973.

Thursday, June 17 – McKay Hollow Hike. Strenuous.
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. Contact Darryl Edwards at Db_99b@yahoo.com .

Thursday, June 17 - Huntsville Botanical Garden Brown Bag Picnic
For the June 17 general meeting we will meet at 5:30pm at the Huntsville Botanical Garden for a brown bag picnic followed by a guided tour of the gardens at 6:30 pm. The tour will last approximately an hour to an hour and a half. Members of the Botanical Gardens are admitted free but there is an admission charge of $10 for non-members. Contact Doug Horacek for more information, 256-772-6788.

Saturday, June 19 –Cave Mountain Small Wild Area. Moderate.
Explore the area along the Tennessee River which includes a cave and nice views of Guntersville Dam. Hike will last 2-3 hours and is rated moderate due to summer heat and elevation changes. Lunch will be at picnic tables along the Tennessee River. Bring your camera, lunch, water, hiking shoes, and daypack. Meet at the Publix in Hampton Cove at 8:30am. Contact Michael Stewart at (256)656-5836 or athikerstew@yahoo.com

Sunday, June 20 - Elkmont Rails-to-Trails (Part 2 - North). Moderate.
6 mile hike. Meet at 1:00pm in the parking lot at the northwest corner of the Highway 72 West and Wall Triana intersection (used to be Southern Family Market). We will hike north of Downtown Elkmont. For more information or directions call Liz @ 256-461-5819 (weekdays) or sc_liz@bellsouth.net.

Tuesday, June 22 – 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. Contact Judy Burley at 256-883-4267.

Friday, June 25 – Wade Mountain Full Moon Evening Hike. Easy.
Meet at the Wade Mountain Trailhead on Spragin’s Hollow Road at 9:00pm. Hike will cover the glades on top of Wade Mountain and will last 1-2 hours. Hikers need to bring insect repellent, flashlight, binoculars, water, long pants, and sturdy hiking shoes. Optional dinner before the hike at Olive Garden on University Drive at 7:00pm. A high percentage of cloud cover or inclement weather will cancel the outing. Contact Doug Horacek (256-772-6788) for more information.

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.

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.