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.

May 2010

Outings and Events

Cahaba Group

Sat. – Sun. 5/1-5/2. Sipsey canoe/ camping trip.
Suitable for beginners. Join the Sierra club and hiking meetup for a canoe trip on the Sipsey River in the Sipsey Wilderness about 1½ hours northwest of Birmingham. If there is enough water we will paddle the Sipsey River on Saturday and paddle Brushy Creek on Sunday. If not we will hike both days or paddle Bear Creek. Camping Saturday night will be at Brushy Lake. Must provide your own canoe or kayak, paddle, lifejacket and all camping gear. Need food and drink for all meals except optional dinner at good Italian restaurant Saturday night. Limit 10 people for meetup. Please call to reserve your spot and for meeting place and time. Vicky Wilson 960-4524 or vickywilson58@hotmail.com

Sat. 5/15. Pinhoti Challenge dayhike.  This month, we’ll be hiking a section of trail located in Section 15 of the Alabama Pinhoti between Porter’s Gap and Clairmont Gap.  This is the 16th hike in our Pinhoti Challenge series, and gains a rating of strenuous due to the extremely rocky terrain on certain parts of the section, warmer weather, and distance.  We’ll climb from around 800 feet to 1,500 feet.  Along the 8.9 mile trek, we’ll see plenty of late spring wildflowers, mountain laurel in full bloom, and Talladega Creek.  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. 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.

Coosa Valley Group

Thurs. 5/13. Start the growing season off right!  
Meet Mike Bailey of the Bailey Family Farm, Dove and Russell Stackhouse of Sand Mountain Organics, Simon Bevis of Noah Valley Farm, and Joan Robertson.   Hear about their farming techniques, why they choose to farm, and how you can access local foods.   Learn why eating locally is important environmentally, health-wise, and for the local economy.   You will be given the opportunity to hook up with other folks who are interested in the importance of eating locally.  Follow up this meeting by participating in the local foods potluck dinner at the home of Steve and Cindy Garrison on May 22.  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. 05/15.  Chief Ladiega Bike Ride. 
Easy  28 mile ride.  28 miles sounds like a lot but it’s not much on a bicycle – 14 miles out with two breaks meaning only around 25 or 30 minutes in the saddle then a break, then a nice leisurely lunch. Enjoy a leisurely bike ride with friends in a beautiful area.  Outings leaders Steve and Cindy Garrison. Bring a sack lunch and we’ll picnic at the Georgia State line where the Ladiga Trail meets the Silver Comet.  We’ll meet in Piedmont near the police station and ride out the prettiest section of the LT.  To sign up for outing or for more information,  call 256-442-8799.

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.

Montgomery Group

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. 4/27. 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. While not strenuous, all hikes may be vigorous.  For information please contact Alan Greene, 534-7849.

Sat. 5/1. Borden Creek/Big Tree Hike. Strenuous. 
This 14 mile hike is in the Sipsey Wilderness and we will begin at the Borden Creek bridge hiking up the old logging road and down to the Big Tree. We continue along the Sipsey River to the intersection with Borden Creek and return to the trailhead. Bring lunch and we will dine afterwards at a local restaurant.  Meet at the Cracker Barrel in Madison at 8:00am or at 7:00am if you want to join us for breakfast. An optional meeting place is at the Warrior Mountain Trading Post in Wren at 9:00am, but call or email me before Saturday if you plan on meeting there so we will know to expect you. For more information contact Tom Burley at 883-4267 or tdburleyhiker@bellsouth.net

Tues. 5/4.  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 Judy Burley at 256-883-4267.

Sat. 5/8.  Monte Sano Hike. Strenuous.
We will hike 10-12 miles around the west side of Monte Sano.  Meet at the Land Trust parking lot on Bankhead Parkway at 8:00am. Bring lunch and water. Contact Charlie Cohen for more information at 837-3622 hm, 961-7901 wk.

Sun. 5/9.  Honeysuckle Elimination. Easy.
Meet at 1:00pm at Trail Head off Toll Gate Road across from Fagan Spring Apartments.  Bring gloves and loppers.  I will provide three loppers and one popper, water, and extra gloves.  Let's have a great turn out and show the city and the Land Trust we are serious about controlling invasive species.  The Land Trust also gives us volunteer credit time for working on this project.  Call Doug Horacek at 772-6788 for more information.

Tues. 5/11.  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

Tues. 5/18.  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.

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.

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

West Alabama Group

Sat. 5/1. Thompson Creek Wildflower Hike. 7:30am.
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.

Sat. 5/15. Blackland Prairie Wildflower Viewing.
Join us as Dr. John Hall of the University of West Alabama shows us a remnant blackland prairie. This parcel of land, owned by UWA, has never been plowed. We should see several plants that are indigenous to the prairie soils. Meet at Books-a-Million at 8:00am. For more info call Dexter Duren at 205-393-0927.

Thur. 5/20. 7:00pm. Monthly meeting. “Preserving and Defending Hurricane Creek”
John Wathen, Creek Keeper, Friends of Hurricane Creek, Capstone Village, Card Room, 601 5th Ave E, Tuscaloosa.

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