Alabama Chapter of the Sierra Club Outings
Sat. 3/15 Hike and cleanup for Cherokee Rock Village.
Come along with us and work at a new park in Cherokee County. The locals call it Sand Rock but on the map it shows as Cherokee Rock Village or Little Rock City. This is a cleanup and exploring day. You can work if you care or just explore the rock formations and watch people climb. Roe and I will work on the cleanup till about noon and then explore the rock formations in the area and guide anyone who would like to explore with us. There is a $3.00 fee per car (1 to 9 passengers) at the park entrance. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy boots or shoes. Bring a lunch, water and camera. If you bring children, you must watch them closely, there are cliffs and crevasses that you can fall into all along our hike. We will meet at Cracker Barrel Trussville I-59 , Exit# 141, I-59 & Chalkville Road, 4710 Norrell Drive, Trussville, AL 35173-2634, Located off I-59 at 7:30 AM and again at Walmart 973 Gilbert Ferry Rd SE, Attalla, AL, Exit 181 off interstate 59 Hwy 77 at 8:30 AM.
Check this out for more info about the park http://www.ccparkboard.com/parks/
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 205-540-3930 for more info on this trip. We will have an optional dinner after the event in a local place.
Sat. 4/19. Pinhoti Trail dayhike (Challenge Hike).
This month, we’ll hike the 7.0 mile section from FS531 near the Lower Shoals Shelter to the Pine Glen campground. This section is known for its wildflowers, which should be in their prime! Rated moderately difficult. Make sure to bring a camera. Hiking boots a necessity. Bring plenty of water, a picnic lunch and dress for the weather. Optional dinner afterwards. Call or e-mail for more info Kennethhyche@yahoo.com or 205-540-3930. Meet at Bass Pro Shop in Leeds at 7:00 AM or Target in Oxford at exit 188 off Interstate 20 at 8:00 AM.
We will have a companion group from GA joining us on this hike. Georgia Adventure Group will hike with us and camp at the Shelter. You can do a backpack or through hike on this trip. We will start at Pine Glen and hike to FS 531.
Mobile Bay Group
Tuesday, 3/4. The Mobile Bay Sierra Club monthly program Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m.
5 Rivers, Alabama’s Delta Resource Center,
Blakeley Hall, the classroom building past the main buildings
30945 Five Rivers Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL
(entrance is across from Meaher State Park on the Mobile Bay Causeway)
(The General Public is invited, No Admission)
Mobile Bay Sierra Club contact: Carol Adams-Davis, 702-496-5050 or email: email@example.com
Sat. 3/22. Ebenezer Ecological Preserve Day Hike. This wetland is located approximately 6 miles
NE of Montevallo, AL. We will first visit the preserve, and then drive into Montevallo to visit Orr
Park with its wood sculptures along Shoal Creek. Bring trail snacks and water. Rated easy. Meet 9
AM at the entrance to the Prattville Target parking lot just west of I-65, Exit 179. The drive is about
one hour. (learn more about Ebenezer Swamp here)
Sat. 3/29 or 4/12. Callaway Gardens Day Trip, GA. We will try to visit this park in Georgia at the
peak Azalea bloom. Rated easy. Meet 8 AM at the north entrance to Chantilly Walmart on Hwy 110
south of I-85, Exit 11. It will probably take about 2 hours to get there plus we will lose an hour
entering Eastern Time Zone. Admission fee for this special event is $25 per adult.
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.
Don’t miss our Monthly Meetings! The 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church (room 25)
6610 Vaughn Road
Montgomery, AL 36116
North Alabama Group
Sat-Sun, March 1-2 - Upper Cane Creek backpack. Strenuous.
This scenic 13.7 mile loop is located in Fall Creek Falls State Park near Pikeville, TN. This section of the park is a remote wildlife management area. The trail travels through a forest of mixed pine, hardwoods, evergreens, and hemlock. Low areas may be wet after rains so bring a backup pair of camp shoes. Plenty of water is available at the campsite. Hikers should be self-sufficient, with adequate food, clothing, and shelter. Water will need to be treated or filtered. Bear bagging food is recommended. For further information, contact Michael Stewart at 256-656-5836 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, March 1 - Buck's Pocket Dayhike. Easy.
We will walk along North Saute Creek, overlooking waterfalls, High Falls and Slide Rapid on Town Creek. Bring a lunch to eat at High Falls. This will be an all-day hike. Bring water, sturdy hiking boots and dress for the weather. Meet at 8:00am at the Franklin Building behind the gas station on Franklin Street on the north side of the street. Call Doug Horacek at 256 772-6788 for more information.
Sunday, March 9 - Daylight Savings Time begins.
Set your clock forward one hour.
Tuesday night hikes are back on Monte Sano!
Tuesday, March 11 – Monte Sano Evening Hike. Easy.
Depart at 6:00pm sharp from the Monte Sano State Park Hikers’ parking lot on Nolen Avenue. There is a small fee to enter the park and all dogs must be on a leash while in the parking lot and during the hike. Though not strenuous, hikes may be vigorous and range from 3 to 5 miles. For directions or questions contact Rick Gates at email@example.com
Saturday, March 15 - Honeysuckle Elimination. Easy.
Meet at the Land Trust Wildflower trailhead on Cleermont at 10:00am. Bring loppers, gloves and bug spray. I have two extra loppers, and extra gloves and will provide water. Call Doug Horacek at 256 772-6788 for more information.
Saturday, March 15 - Just for the Hike of It. Moderate.
Family-friendly hike in Monte Sano State Park to celebrate the end of winter. On February 2, General Beau Lee, official Groundhog of Atlanta, GA, tweeted and posted to his FB page "Early Spring. No Shadow!" It's time to dust off your hiking boots, find your day pack/water bottle, raid the fridge, and join Desiree and I for an approximate 8-mile hike on the trails of Monte Sano. Meet in the Hiker's parking lot (inside the State Park) at 9:00am. Bring a few bucks for the Park's entrance fee, snacks, lunch and water. RAIN CANCELS. For more info, contact Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, March 18 – Monte Sano Evening Hike. Easy.
Depart at 6:00pm sharp from the Monte Sano State Park Hikers’ parking lot on Nolen Avenue. There is a small fee to enter the park and all dogs must be on a leash while in the parking lot and during the hike. Though not strenuous, hikes may be vigorous and range from 3 to 5 miles. For directions or questions contact Alan Greene at 256-881-1290.
Saturday, March 22 - Borden Creek/Big Tree Dayhike. Strenuous.
This 14-mile hike is in the Sipsey Wilderness. 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 7:30am. An optional meeting place is at the Warrior Mountain Trading Post in Wren at 8:30am, but call or email me before Saturday if you plan on meeting there so we will know to expect you. RAIN CANCELS. For more information contact Tom Burley at email@example.com
Tuesday, March 25 – Monte Sano Evening Hike. Easy.
Depart at 6:00pm sharp from the Monte Sano State Park hikers’ parking lot on Nolen Avenue. There is a small fee to enter the park and all dogs must be on a leash while in the parking lot and during the hike. Though not strenuous, hikes may be vigorous and range from 3 to 5 miles. For directions or questions contact Carolyn Brooks firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, Mar 29 - Hike Leader Training. Hike Leader Training will be held Saturday, March 29 at 8:30am in Huntsville at the Huntsville/Madison County public library to certify new hike leaders to lead dayhikes and car camps. Basic Red Cross First Aid certification will be covered in the morning. Hike leadership, hike planning, and hiking etiquette will be covered during the remainder of the day. We have to pay a certification fee to the Red Cross so please do not sign up if you do not plan on leading outings. You will be asked to sign up as an assistant leader on one of the upcoming outings for your provisional hike. Lunch will be provided. We will also be offering CPR certification on Thursday, March 20 at 6:00pm at the library for those desiring to lead water outings (e.g., canoe trips and outings that involve swimming). Additional training to lead backpacks will be conducted for those that are interested. For more information on training sessions or becoming a hike leader, contact Tom Burley at email@example.com or 256 883-4267.
Tuesday, April 1 – Monte Sano Evening Hike. Easy.
Depart at 6:00pm sharp from the Monte Sano State Park Hikers’ parking lot on Nolen Avenue. There is a small fee to enter the park and all dogs must be on a leash while in the parking lot and during the hike. Though not strenuous, hikes may be vigorous and range from 3 to 5 miles. For directions or questions contact Judy Burley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, April 5 - Buck's Pocket Dayhike. Easy.
Meet at 8:00am at the Franklin Building behind the gas station on Franklin Street on the North side of the street. Easy outing along North Saute Creek, over view and water falls, High falls and Slide rapid on Town Creek. We will stop for lunch at High Falls. Bring water, lunch, snacks, sturdy hiking boots and bug repellent. Call Doug Horacek at 256 772-6788 for more information.
West Alabama Group
Sat. 3/15. Ruffner Mountain Hike. Join us at Ruffner Mountain Nature Center on the east side of Birmingham. The center has expanded the park to more than 1,000 acres, making it one of the largest metropolitan area parks in the U.S.A. We will get to enjoy views of downtown Birmingham along with remnants of the steel industry on the mountain. The forest has recovered quite well since the industry left. The hike is easy to moderate and is 2 to 3 miles. Optional lunch at the Irondale (Whistle Stop) Cafe. Meet in the parking lot of Books-a-Million on Skyland Blvd. in Tuscaloosa at 8:00a.m. Estimated end time of hike is 1:00p.m. For more info call Dexter Duren at (205)393-0927.
Thurs. 3/20. 7:00pm. Monthly meeting. “Update on The Alabama Water Management Plan that has been proposed to the Governor”, Mitch Reid, Alabama Rivers Alliance, St. Francis Parish, Mulvoy Building, 811 Fifth Avenue, Tuscaloosa.
Check us out on the web:
Visit our website for up-to-date info.: http://alabama.sierraclub.org/west-al/.