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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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!)


September 2010

Outings and Events

Coosa Valley Group

Sat. August 28. Solar Tour
Don’t miss this enjoyable and informative outing! Join us at 8:00 am (meeting place TBA) to car pool to 3 passive solar heated and coooled, solar PV powered homes near Blountsville. Daryl Bergquist, the only NABCEP certified solar installer in the state of Alabama, will lead the tour and will discuss energy efficiency, different types of solar energy and the pros and cons. We may also enjoy a short hike to see the rapids on the Locust Fork River. We’ll have a covered dish picnic while we’re there, so bring a cold covered dish to share and your own drinks to go with the meal. Bring water for the trip. Dress in cool clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Call David at 256-538-9444 for more information and to reserve a place on the tour.

Thursday, September 9. Coosa Valley Group Meeting.
Caring for Alabama’s Native Birds by Sandra Allinson of the The Alabama Wildlife Center. The Center receives approximately 2,000 injured or orphaned birds of prey, songbirds and water birds annually. In many cases, the cause of injury or separation from the parents can be prevented.

The program will offer an inside look at wildlife rehabilitation and discussion of the birds in our ecosystem as well as our daily lives. Learn how you can have a positive impact on our environment and enjoy a visit with “Coosa” the Barred Owl, one of the Alabama Wildlife Center’s Avian Ambassadors. Allinson began volunteering with the Alabama Wildlife Center in 1992. As former Rehabilitation Director, she has overseen the care and rehabilitation of a wide variety of avian species. While Sandra continues to stay involved in wildlife rehabilitation, she currently serves as the Education Director, devoting much of her time to the care and management of the Center’s Avian Ambassadors. 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. September 11. Tour of Alabama Wildlife Center and Oak Mountain Hike. Depart at 7:00 am (meeting place TBA) and travel to beautiful Oak Mountain State Park near Birmingham. Enjoy a morning hike and picnic, then tour the Alabama Wildlife Center, including raptor trail. Hike – easy to moderate. Wear hiking shoes and bring water and picnic lunch in backpack. Call David Fincher at 256-538-9444 for more information or to make reservations for the outing.

Mobile Group

Tuesday, September 7. 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. Sept. 11. Ruffner Mountain.
Birds, trees, and the outdoors near the big city of Birmingham! Meet at 9:00 a.m. Prattville Target Highway 65: Exit 179 Easy to 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, August 24 – 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. Although not strenuous, all hikes may be vigorous. For directions or questions please contact Michael Stewart at 256-656-5836.

Saturday, August 28 – Sewanee Day Hike. Strenuous. 
This approximately 11 mile hike is the east section of the 21 mile Perimeter Trail which follows the perimeter of the Sewanee Domain. The perimeter trail features beautiful overlooks and interesting geological formations. This section features Morgan’s Steep, the Memorial Cross, and Shakerag Hollow. This hike completes the entire perimeter trail. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Optional dinner afterwards. Meet at the Publix on Winchester Road at 8:30 am. For more information contact Tom Burley at 883-4267 or tdburleyhiker@bellsouth.net

Tuesday, August 31 - 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. Although not strenuous, all hikes may be vigorous. For directions or questions please contact Steve Jackson at 256-337-9702.

Tuesday, September 7 - 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. Although not strenuous, all hikes may be vigorous. For directions or questions please contact Ken Shrider at 256-772-9442.

Tuesday, September 14 - 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. Although not strenuous, all hikes may be vigorous. For directions or questions please contact Alan Greene at 256-534-7849.

Saturday, September 18 - Ladies Day Out Orienteering Event at Oak Mountain State Park. Exploratory. 
Ladies, interested in using a map, compass and 'clues' to find hidden flags in the forest? Then join us for this fun, off-trail adventure, at a hiker's/not runner's pace, as we not only try to locate flags, but our way back. The advanced-beginner's course, a few miles, is set-up that morning by the Vulcan Orienteering Club on an up/down and maybe by the water, terrain. Bring snacks, lunch, water, hiking shoes, bug spray, a compass (not required), and a few bucks for the Park entrance fee. Optional dine-out afterwards. For more info, contact Sandy, sandykip@juno.com, or Liz, sc_liz@bellsouth.net .

Sunday, September 19 – Honeysuckle Elimination. Easy.
Doug will have two extra sets of loppers, a popper, extra gloves, and water available. Work will last approximately two hours. Meet at 1pm near the Fagan Spring Apartments in Huntsville. Please call Doug Horacek at 256-772-6788 for directions or information.

Tuesday, September 21 - 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. Although not strenuous, all hikes may be vigorous. For directions or questions please contact Carolyn Brooks at 256-852-0973.

Saturday, September 25 – Wade Mountain Hike. Easy.
Meet at the Spragins Hollow trailhead at 9am for a four mile hike. Opportunities are available to observe and photograph butterflies and wild flowers. The Wade Mountain glades are a gem of biodiversity, so come on out and see it for yourself. Bring water and a snack along with hiking shoes. Call Doug Horacek at 256-772-6788 for directions or information.

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. Although not strenuous, all hikes may be vigorous. For directions or questions please contact Troy Fuqua at 256-658-5717.

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

West Alabama Group

Thursday September 16. 7:00pm. Monthly meeting. Topic to be announced, Roger Reid, writer and producer of Discovering Alabama, St. Francis Parish, Mulvoy Building, 811 Fifth Avenue, Tuscaloosa. Due to construction access from 4th Avenue off University Blvd.

Saturday September 25. 7:30am. Borden Creek hike, Bankhead National Forest. As summer wanes and autumn begins, I look forward to getting out in the woods again. Join us for a hike in the crown jewel of Alabama's forests, contained within Bankhead National Forest. This hike is 5 1/2 miles and is relatively easy to moderately strenuous. We will actually hike to a picnic area with tables! Then we will hike back, on the same trail, along the beautiful Borden Creek. Bring picnic lunch, water, hiking shoes, etc. Optional dinner afterward. Meet at Northport Civic Center(west side). For additional info call Dexter Duren at (205)393-0927.

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