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 Move Downtown in October

It’s that time of year again. The Tuesday evening hikes will move back downtown starting 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.


October 2010

Outings and Events

Cahaba Group

Saturday, October 16. 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, somewhat warm fall weather, and distance. We’ll climb from around 800 feet to 1,500 feet. Along the 8.9 mile trek, we’ll should see some early fall colors, numerous rocky outcroppings, 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

Challenge Hikes are BACK! One in October, two in November, and two in December -- and the Challenge is complete. My plans are to start over in January back up on Oakey Mountain with Hike #1 and do it again!!!!! --jh

Coosa Valley Group

Thursday, October 14.  Come to the Coosa Valley Group meeting to hear Chris Oberholster give an overview of recent conservation projects in Alabama.  He will be talking about recent land acquisitions at Old Cahawba, Little River Canyon and Red Hills, as well as Gulf oil spill and marine restoration efforts. Chris was born and raised in South Africa and has lived in Alabama for more than 20 years after coming to the state to obtain his Masters degree in Agronomy and Soils at Auburn University. He is the State Director of the Alabama Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, an international, non-profit conservation organization with offices throughout the US and the world. He has worked for The Nature Conservancy for almost 19 years in a variety of positions, including Botanist/Ecologist for the Alabama Natural Heritage Program in Montgomery, the Director of the Heritage Program, the Director of Science & Stewardship at the Alabama headquarters office in Birmingham, then as the Director of Conservation Programs, and now State Director. The Nature Conservancy is an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of biological diversity. Our mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

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.

Mobile Group

Tuesday, October 5. 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

Montgomery Group

Sat. - Sun. October 9-10 Cloudland Canyon State Park Georgia: Hiking, two waterfalls, and lovely vistas of deep gorges and cascading water! Overnighter 0800 Prattville Target Highway 65: Exit 179 Moderate to Strenuous.

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, September 28 - Tuesday 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. Though not strenuous, all hikes may be vigorous. Contact Troy Fuqua at 256-658-5717.

Wednesday, September 29 – Aldridge Creek Greenway Bike Ride. Easy.
Bring your bike and join Debra Wonder on a greenway cruise along Aldridge Creek. Outing is suitable for adults and children over six years old that are comfortable riding a bike. Optional tailgate supper afterwards. Meet at 6pm in the Aldridge Creek Greenway parking lot at 1100 Mountain Gap Road, which is adjacent to Publix. For information, contact Debra Wonder at debrawonder@aim.com

Saturday, October 2 - Paddler’s Outing. Moderate. 
Join Debra Wonder on a paddling trip to explore Tennessee Valley waters. Due to varying water levels the location of this paddling trip will be decided upon a week prior to the outing. Don’t forget to pack your camera, lunch, and drinks. Contact Debra Wonder for details at debrawonder@aim.com

Saturday, October 2 - Wheeler Wildlife Bicycle Trip. Moderate
Travel around the preserve looking for birds, deer, wild pigs, gators, coyotes, and fishermen as we pedal about 25 miles. Road is combination of pavement, gravel (rough), and dirt. Skinny tires not so good!. Bring lunch and water. Meet at Captain D’s on Madison Boulevard (aka Old Hwy 20), just west of Wall Triana Hwy at 8:00am or at the Wheeler Visitor Center at 9:00am. For information contact Bruce Martin 256-361-3460.

Saturday, October 2 - Signal Point Dayhike. Moderate
Signal Point is the highest point on Signal Mountain. The hike from Signal Point to Edwards Point is part of the Cumberland Trail with striking overlooks of the Tennessee River Gorge. The hike follows the top of the Tennessee River Gorge and covers some rocky terrain and requires some climbing. The area includes the Julia Falls Overlook, Edwards Point, a view of Rainbow Falls on the trail to Middle Creek across the suspension bridge and Lockhart’s Arch. The hike is about seven miles. Bring lunch and we will dine afterwards at a local restaurant. Meet at 8:30am at the Publix in Hampton Cove. For information contact Tom Burley at 256-883-4267 or tdburleyhiker@bellsouth.net .

Sunday, October 3 - Cane Creek Canyon Preserve Hike. Strenuous.
Explore this spectacular area near Tuscumbia, AL. In the preserve we’ll observe canyon scenery, waterfalls, and rock shelters. Group size is limited to 8. Contact Michael Stewart to reserve your spot at athikerstew@yahoo.com

Tuesday, October 5 - 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 please contact Michael Stewart at 256-656-5836.

Tuesday, October 12 - 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 please contact Judy Burley at 256-883-4267.

Saturday, October 16 – Monte Sano hike. Moderate.
We will hike the Arrowhead Trail and visit Periwinkle Spring and the Natural Well. 8 miles. Meet at 8:30am at the Hiker’s Parking Lot on Monte Sano Blvd, near the road that leads to the Burritt Museum. Charlie Cohen 256-837-3622 (hm), 256-961-7901 (wk).

Saturday, October 16 - Sunset, Nighthike and Smores. Strenuous.
Meet at Publix on Winchester Road at 4:00pm. We will drive to Steve and Elizabeth Jackson's home in Sharpes Cove. The hike will start at 4:45pm and will return around 9:15pm. Hike is 8 miles round trip, 1000+ elevation gain and 1000+ decent. Part of hike will be off trail and headlamps are mandatory. Bring plenty of water and sturdy shoes. Group size is limited to 12 people and leader approval is required. Please contact Steve Jackson at 256-337-9702 to reserve your spot.

Tuesday, October 19 - Tuesday Evening Hike. Easy.
Depart at 6pm from Land Trust parking lot located at 907 Franklin Street. All dogs must be on a leash. Though not strenuous, all hikes may be vigorous. For directions or questions contact Steve Jackson at 256-337-9702.

Saturday, October 23 – Paddler’s Outing. Moderate
 Join Debra Wonder on a paddling trip to explore Tennessee Valley waters. Due to varying water levels the location of this paddling trip will be decided upon a week prior to the outing. Don’t forget to pack your camera, lunch, and drinks. Contact Debra Wonder for details at debrawonder@aim.com

Sunday, October 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. Please call Doug Horacek for more information at 256-772-6788.

Tuesday, October 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 please contact Ken Shrider at 256-772-9442.

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.

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