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.

 

Alabama Chapter of the Sierra Club

Cahaba Group

Thursday Jan 8. Sierra Club Meeting | Magic City Agriculture Project's Robert Burton
6 PM at the Birmingham Zoo

Join us for a meeting of the Cahaba Group of the Sierra Club at 6:00p at the Birmingham Zoo's Auditorium (in the building to the right of the ticket booth and gate into the zoo).
The business meeting will occur at 6:00p and will be followed by a presentation by Robert Burton - the director of the Magic City Agriculture Project.

The Magic City Agriculture Project's mission is to engage in value-based community organizing to reweave the threads of the community, develop sustainable urban agriculture as a solution for economic and food justice, and to dismantle racism.

The Metro Birmingham Chapter of the Alabama Hiking Trail Society will have a brief meeting at 7:20p - a few minutes after the presentation has ended.

For many Sierra Club, Cahaba Group outings (plus some non-Sierra Club outings), check out the Birmingham Adventure Group on Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/BirminghamAdventureGroup/

Coosa Valley Group

Jan 8, 6:30 PM at the Joe M. Ford Center, Gadsden - Bob Hastings, Chair of the Alabama Group of the Sierra Club and Former Director of the Alabama Heritage Program – “The American Alligator: An Endangered Species Success Story”

Feb. 12, 6:30 PM at the Joe M. Ford Center, Gadsden – Southern Environmental Law Center Film Series, Southern Exposure

Mar. 12, 6:30 PM at the Joe M. Ford Center, Gadsden – Jim Price and Jim Taylor “We the People – Not We the Corporations”

Mobile Bay Group

Tues. 1/6. The Mobile Bay Sierra Club Monthly Meeting. 7:00 p.m.

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 Carol Adams-Davis, 702-496-5050 or email: mcadamsdavis@earthlink.net

Montgomery Group

Note that regular Group meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM at Aldersgate Methodist Church (Room 25), 6610 Vaughn Road, Montgomery, AL 36116. (334) 272-6152

North Alabama Group

Sunday, Jan 11 - Monte Sano Early Afternoon Hike. Easy.
Hike will be approx. 4 miles. Depart at 1:00pm from the Monte Sano State Park hiker’s parking lot on Nolen Avenue. There is a small fee to enter the park and all dogs must be on a leash. For directions or questions contact Liz at hiker@knology.net. Inclement weather cancels.

Saturday, Jan 17 - 9th Annual Mountain Mist Marathon Hike Part I. Strenuous.
Land Trust & Monte Sano State Park. Hike the trails where thousands of runners have slid in the mud, stumbled over tree roots, crossed slick stream beds, and ascended rocks holding onto trees and crevices en route to an eventual triumph at the finish line. With some trail modifications, we'll travel the 50K course, approximately 14-15 miles on each side, as closely as possible, over two Saturdays. This is not for the weak of feet as the terrain can be rough and we need to maintain a moderate pace (to avoid flashlight use). Again, note the rating, Strenuous. Dress for the weather, wear good hiking boots and bring snacks, lunch, water, and a few dollars for the park entrance fee. We'll leave the Hiker's parking lot in Monte Sano State Park at 7:30am sharp. For extra cardio, arrive late. RAIN CANCELS. For more information please contact Charlie Cohen at 256-361-3837 or charlie.cohen@att.net or Sandy Kiplinger atsandykip@juno.com

Saturday, Jan 24 - Monte Sano Mysteries Hike and Dutch oven Breakfast. Moderate.
We will visit a few areas that are off the beaten path and seldom visited. The hike will involve two separate sections, both approximately 3 miles, for 6 to 7 miles total. You can hike one or both sections as the second section will begin where we started the first, at the small pavilion next to the overlook. The Dutch Oven Breakfast (AKA Hill Billy Quiche) will be served at 8:30am by the small pavilion. There will be enough to serve about 12 people, so first come first serve. There is no cost for the breakfast; you are welcome to bring fruit, juice or a side dish. Hike begins at 9:00am at the small pavilion. Sturdy boots are recommended as we may cross stream beds and be off trail for a time. Bring water. Contact Steve Jackson at covecrawler@gmail.com or 256- 337- 9702.

Saturday, Jan 31 - 9th Annual Mountain Mist Marathon Hike Part II. Strenuous.
Land Trust & Monte Sano State Park. Hike the trails where thousands of runners have slid in the mud, stumbled over tree roots, crossed slick stream beds, and ascended rocks holding onto trees and crevices en route to an eventual triumph at the finish line. With some trail modifications, we'll travel the 50K course, approximately 14-15 miles on each side, as closely as possible over two Saturdays. This is not for the weak of feet as the terrain can be rough and we need to maintain a moderate pace (to avoid flashlight use). Again, note the rating, Strenuous. Dress for the weather, wear good hiking boots and bring snacks, lunch, water, and a few dollars for the park entrance fee. We'll leave the Hiker's parking lot in Monte Sano State Park at 7:30am sharp. For extra cardio, arrive late. RAIN CANCELS. For more information please contact Charlie Cohen at 256-361-3837 or charlie.cohen@att.net or Sandy Kiplinger at sandykip@juno.com

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West Alabama Group

(check back later for more details)

Thurs. 1/15. 7:00pm. Monthly meeting. "Southern Wonder - Alabama's Surprising Biodiversity" Scot Duncan, Ecologist, Birmingham Southern College, St. Francis Parish, Mulvoy Building, 811 Fifth Avenue, Tuscaloosa.

Sat. 1/17. Hurricane Creek Park Trails Hike. Come and enjoy a beautiful local park. The trails traverse the rugged terrain within the “M-Bend” area. The hike will be 5 miles and moderate. Pack a lunch, water, etc. Meet at 10am. at the parking lot, just off Hwy 216, past the Hurricane Creek bridge, on the left side of the highway. We will be finished with the hike no later than 4pm. Call Dexter Duren at (205)393-0927 for more information.

February 19, 2015 Crawfish in Alabama presented by Stuart McGregor

February 21, 2015 Knoxabee Wildlife Refuge

March 7, 2015 Pike County Pocosin Tract

March 19, 2015 American Chestnuts presented by Marty Schulman.
Visit our website for up-to-date info.: alabama.sierraclub.org/west-al.html.