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.

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North Alabama Group's Tuesday Hikes Moved Downtown this October

It’s that time of year again. The Tuesday evening hikes have moved back downtown as of October 5. Meet at the Land Trust parking lot located at 907 Franklin Street. Hikes will begin at 6:00pm so get there a little earlier than 6:00. There has been some discussion about alternate places to hike on Tuesday nights from October through April. The main requirements are that there is ample light, parking and that the site be fairly central to Huntsville and Madison. If you have any suggestions let the hike leader know on the next Tuesday night hike.


November 2010

Outings and Events

Cahaba Group

We’re planning to finish 2010 with a bang! Two hikes in November, and 2 more in December – one of those being a bike ride to cover the roadwalk between Flagg Mountain and Forest Service 603A near Sylacauga.

Fri-Sun. Nov. 5 – 7. Annual State Retreat. Hosted by Coosa Valley Group. Desoto State Park. 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.

11/13. Pinhoti Challenge dayhike. This month, we’ll be hiking a section of trail located in Section 5 of the Alabama Pinhoti between Clairmont Gap and Adams Gap. This is the 17th hike in our Pinhoti Challenge series, and gains a rating of strenuous due to the distance. We’ll vary in elevation from around 1380 feet to 1750 feet. Along the 6.6 mile trek, we’ll see quiet woods, fall colors, rocky outcroppings, and Burgess Point – the highest point in Section 5. 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

11/20. Pinhoti Challenge dayhike. This month, we’ll be hiking a section of trail located in Section 8 of the Alabama Pinhoti between U.S. 431 and U.S. 78. This is the 18th hike in our Pinhoti Challenge series, and gains a rating of strenuous due to the distance. We’ll vary in elevation from around 900 feet to 1,200 feet. Along the 9.5 mile trek, we’ll see quiet woods, beaver ponds, the bridge over I-20, and three separate pipeline crossings. 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

12/11. Pinhoti Challenge dayhike. This month, we’ll be hiking a section of trail located in Section 13 of the Alabama Pinhoti between U.S. 278 and Salem Church Road near Piedmont. This is the 19th hike in our Pinhoti Challenge series, and gains a rating of moderate due to the distance. We’ll vary in elevation from around 900 feet to 1,200 feet. Along the 5.5 mile path, we'll hike right through old iron ore pits, across the top of Davis Mountain, past the Davis Mountain shelter built by the Alabama Trails Association, and cross Hurricane Creek on a bridge built by the ATA. This land is all privately owned, and the trail exists due to the landowner's granting of a conservation easement across his land. Logging activities frequently close this section of trail. 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. E-mail for meeting place and time, jay_hudson@bellsouth.net

**This section is currently undergoing some logging activities that have the trail corridor in questionable condition. We will monitor the situation and make changes as necessary.

12/18. Pinhoti Challenge dayhike. The only way to endthe year, we’ll be BIKING a section of roadwalk located near what will become Sections 1 and 2 of the Alabama Pinhoti between Flagg Mountain and FS 603A near Sylacauga. This is the 20th and final trek in our Pinhoti Challenge series, and gains a rating of strenuous due to the distance. Although the path will be paved, the 23 mile trek is daunting – as the ending for a challenge should be!! We’ll start at Flagg Mountain, where there is a stone tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps equally as beautiful as the one on top of Mt. Cheaha. Back during the late 30’s and early 40’s, this spot was destined to become a state park. For whatever reasons, the plans fell through, but here sits this magnificent stone structure on top of the last mountain in the Appalachian Mountain chain over 1,000 feet. The structure and several surrounding are wonderfully maintained by the Coosa County Conservation Commission, a group of older gentlemen who lease the property from the state for $1 per year. What an appropriate ending place for the Pinhoti!! As we pass through the town of Weogufka, we’ll make certain to stop in at Caperton’s Old South General Store. In Stewartville, there is a convenience store for rest stops and refreshments. After crossing busy U.S. 280, we’ll make our way through Holman Crossroads, across the Goodwater highway and on to our final trailhead where we’ll have a celebration for those who have completed the entire challenge! 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

Mobile Group

Tuesday, November 2. General Meeting
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

Fri-Sun. Nov. 5 – 7. Annual State Retreat. Hosted by Coosa Valley Group. Desoto State Park. 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.

Montgomery Group

Fri-Sun. Nov. 5 – 7. Annual State Retreat. Hosted by Coosa Valley Group. Desoto State Park. 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.

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, Oct 23 – Elk River Paddler’s Outing. Moderate
This paddle trip down the Elk River is beginner friendly and approximately 8.5 miles long. The starting point is Tim’s Ford Dam and we’ll float down to the take out at Farris Creek Bridge Don’t forget to pack your camera, lunch, and drinks. Contact Debra Wonder for details at debrawonder@aim.com

Sunday, Oct 24 – Observing “Great Plains Ladies Tresses”. Easy
Walk with Doug Horacek on Wade Mountain and look for these distinguished plants. Our group will explore the Glades and possibly Devil’s Race Track beginning at 1pm at the Spragins Hollow Trailhead. Be sure to bring water, camera, journal, and binoculars. Call Doug Horacek for information at 256-772-6788.

Tuesday, Oct 26 - Tuesday Evening Hike. Easy
Depart at 6pm from Land Trust parking lot located at 907 Franklin Street. All dogs must be on a leash. While not strenuous, all hikes may be vigorous. For directions or questions contact Ken Shrider at 256-772-9442.

Fri-Sun, Oct 29-31 - Savage Gulf Backpack. Moderate.
We’ll spend a three-day weekend touring Savage Gulf. Eight miles each day for a total of 24 miles. Bring full backpacking gear. Full moon Saturday night. Bring your best ghost stories. Meet at the Publix on Winchester Road at 8:00am Friday morning. Should be back by 2:00- 3:00pm on Sunday. Bruce Martin 256-361-3460.

Sunday, October 31 - Elkmont Rails-to-Trails. Moderate 6-mile hike. 
Meet at 1:00pm in the parking lot on the Northwest corner where Highway 72 West and Wall Triana intersect (used to be Southern Family Market). From there we will drive to downtown Elkmont where we will begin our hike on the historic railroad walking trail. For more information or directions call Liz @ 461-5819 (weekdays) or sc_liz@bellsouth.net.

Tuesday, Nov 2- Tuesday Evening Hike. Easy
Depart at 6pm from Land Trust parking lot at 907 Franklin Street. All dogs must be on a leash. Although not strenuous, all hikes may be vigorous. For directions or questions please contact Alan Greene at 256-534-7849.

Fri-Sun. Nov. 5 – 7. Annual State Retreat. Hosted by Coosa Valley Group. Desoto State Park. 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.

Saturday, Nov 6 - Cloudland Canyon Dayhike. Strenuous. 
The hike is approximately 12 miles. Cloudland Canyon is located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, and is one of the most scenic parks in Georgia. The park straddles a deep gorge cut into the mountain by Sitton Gulch Creek and elevation change from 800 to 1980 feet. We will hike to the bottom of the gorge where two waterfalls cascade into pools below. After hiking the trail at the bottom of the gorge we will then hike the rim trail that should provide spectacular vistas and hopefully some fall color. Bring lunch and we have dinner (optional) at a local restaurant. Meet at the Publix in Hampton Cove at 8:30am. Contact Tom Burley at (256)883-4267 or tdburleyhiker@bellsouth.net 

Tuesday, Nov 9 - Tuesday Evening Hike. Easy
Depart at 6pm from Land Trust parking lot at 907 Franklin Street. All dogs must be on a leash. Although not strenuous, all hikes may be vigorous. For directions or questions please contact Carolyn Brooks at 256-852-0973.

Saturday, Nov 13 - Keith Trail Day Hike. Moderate. 
The featured plant for this hike is the Alum Root. Meet at the Monte Sano State Park hiker’s parking lot at 10:00am. Bring water, snacks, or lunch if you wish. We’ll hike the Mountain Mist trail, to Sinks, to Stone Cuts, to Logan's Point, to the Super Cuts, to the Keith trail, to the Chess Nut trail, to the Goat trail, to the Three Benches, to the Sinks, and back up to the scenic overview. Come and enjoy the fresh fall air and the Karst Topology of the Monte Sano trails. Contact Doug Horacek at 256-772-6788 for information.

Tuesday, Nov 16 - Tuesday Evening Hike. Easy.
Depart at 6pm from Land Trust parking lot at 907 Franklin Street. All dogs must be on a leash. Although not strenuous, all hikes may be vigorous. For directions or questions contact Troy Fuquoa at 256-658-5717.

Fri-Sun, Nov 19-21 - Ladies Orienteering/Camp-out at Oak Mountain State Park. Exploratory. Ok ladies, the weather is cooler. It's time to grab your compass and join us on a three mile course for the Southeast Bubba Goat meet. That's how it reads! The terrain is up, down, and around the park. Route is unknown until the Vulcan Orienteering Club hands us a map. We're out to enjoy so will be traveling at our pace. Beginner orienteers welcome. Since we'll be camping, we won't have to beat the early bird out of bed for an on-time arrival. Sunday, we'll check out a trail before heading home. If you want to turn it into a day or one-night event, we'll see what we can work out. Contact Sandy, sandykip@juno.com or Liz, SC_Liz@bellsouth.net for details.

Tuesday, Nov 23 - Tuesday Evening Hike. Easy
Depart at 6pm from Land Trust parking lot at 907 Franklin Street. All dogs must be on a leash. Although not strenuous, all hikes may be vigorous. For directions or questions contact Michael Stewart at 256-656-5836.

Saturday, Nov 27 – Monte Sano History Hike. Moderate. 
We will tour the historic sites of Monte Sano and learn about the O’Shaughnessy home site, Lily Pond, Chalybeate Springs, the CCC camp, the tavern, Hotel Monte Sano, Cold Spring, the Tollgate Road, the Monte Sano Railroad and end at Three Caves for a quick tour. Bring lunch and water, a flashlight and be prepared for a 9-mile moderate trip. Meet at the hikers parking lot in Monte Sano State Park at 8:00am. Bruce Martin 256-361-3460.

Tuesday, Nov 30 - Tuesday Evening Hike. Easy
Depart at 6pm from Land Trust parking lot at 907 Franklin Street. All dogs must be on a leash. Although not strenuous, all hikes may be vigorous. For directions or questions please contact Judy Burley at 256-883-4267.

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

West Alabama Group

Thursday, October 21. 7:00pm. Monthly meeting. "From the Watershed to the Dead Zone: Impacts of runoff on coastal marine ecosystems", Dr. William Hamner, Professor Emeritus, UCLA & Adjunct Senior Scientist, Dauphin Island Marine Lab, St. Francis Parish, Mulvoy Building, 811 Fifth Avenue, Tuscaloosa. Due to construction access from 4th Avenue off University Blvd.

Saturday, October 30. 9:00am. The Sipsey River is a coastal plain river with bald cypress and tupelo filled sloughs. If the area is still dry (not flooded) we can hike about 6 miles. One can see some of the oldest and largest trees in the West Alabama area, and possibly catch a glimse of some wildlife. Some of the animals likely to be seen are: turtles, snakes, raccoons, rabbits, coyotes, foxes, deer, squirrels, beavers, wood ducks, kingfishers, hawks, owls, and many other birds. Bring a lunch, water, hiking shoes, Meet at 9:00am at Northport Civic Center(west side) or at 9:30am at the Sipsey River Recreational Area parking lot. For additional info call Dexter Duren at (205)393-0927.

Fri-Sun. Nov. 5 – 7. Annual State Retreat. Hosted by Coosa Valley Group. Desoto State Park. 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.

Thur. 11/11. 7:00pm. Monthly meeting. "Low Impact Developments”, Chad  Christian, Tuscaloosa City Engineering Department, St. Francis Parish, Mulvoy Building, 811 Fifth Avenue, Tuscaloosa.  Due to construction access from 4th Avenue off University Blvd.

Sat. 11/13. 7:30am. Cane Creek Canyon Tour and Hike. Way up North, in Alabama, there is a very unique and lovely place. It is Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve. Owned by Dr. and Mrs. Lacefield, with a conservation easement through The Nature Conservancy of more than 700 acres, the area’s trails have been lovingly crafted by Dr. Lacefield. There are several rare plants, many rock outcrops, cliffs, large hardwood trees, boulder-strewn streams, waterfalls, bogs, and views northward from a high bluff. Join us and enjoy this unique place and the hospitality of the Lacefields. The hike is moderate and about 4 miles. Bring lunch, water, hiking shoes, etc. Meet at Northport Civic Center (west side). Optional dinner after the hike. For additional info call Dexter Duren at (205)393-0927.

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