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

Sat. 10/18/14. Pinhoti Trail Hike. Come with us to do a section of the Pinhoti on a day hike with the Cahaba Sierra Club. This month, we’ll be hiking a section of trail located in Section 6 of the Alabama Pinhoti between Adams Gap and the Cheaha trailhead. This section lies entirely within the Cheaha Wilderness and/or Cheaha State Park. This is the 13th hike in our Pinhoti Challenge series, and gains a rating of strenuous due to the distance, elevation changes and rocky terrain. Along the 11.3 mile trek, we’ll see outstanding scenery, large boulder fields, old airplane wrecks, and some of the greatest long-distance vistas anywhere in the SE United States.

Make sure to bring a camera. Hiking boots a necessity, as well as plenty of water, snack and lunch. There will be an optional dinner afterwards. Meet at Bass Pro Shop in Leeds at 7 AM or Target in Anniston at 8 AM. We need to get started as early as we can since the days are getting shorter. Call ken hyche at 205-540-3930 or email at kennethhyche@yahoo.com for more information. This hike will also qualify for the Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge if you are signed up for it. If you need more info on that challenge go to this web site; Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge

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

Sat., Oct. 4,  Birding Outing,   Noted ornithologist and photographer, Paul Franklin, will lead a birding outing at Noccalula Falls, Saturday morning, October 4.  Space is limited for this event.  Call David at  256-553-1516  to make a reservation and for meeting place and time.

Following a popular presentation on the Alabama Birding Trails project to the Coosa Valley Sierra Club three weeks ago, Paul Franklin has agreed to return to Gadsden to lead a birding outing at Noccalula Falls  Saturday morning, October 4.  The date was selected to coincide with the peak of fall migration, when many birds are passing southward toward their winter homes.   Possible bird sightings on the outing include warblers, vireos, tanagers, thrushes, Rose-breasted grosbeaks, and possibly even some winter visitors and migrating birds of prey.

Participants should bring binoculars and dress in layers, as early morning may be cool on the mountain.  The outing will not be strenuous.  Some of the group may elect to visit the James Martin Wildlife Refuge afterwards to look for wetland and lowland migrants.  The outing is sponsored by the Coosa Valley Sierra Club.  The outing will also be led by a trained Sierra Club outings leader.

Larry Beane, Little River Canyon National Preserve Park Ranger, demonstrating flint knapping.

Thurs., Oct. 9, 6:30 pm – Trail of Tears – Larry Beane, Little River Canyon Park Ranger, Joe Ford Center, 205 East Cardinal Drive, Gadsden.  This is the presentation you’ve been waiting for.  It was originally set in  Feb. and had to be rescheduled due to weather.  Larry will be speaking on the Trail of Tears, as it related to Fort Payne and Little River Canyon. 

Larry Beane is an interpretive national Park Ranger , who “interprets the resources and recreational opportunities of Little River Canyon for thousands of visitors each year.  He helps them have a safer visit, find a place of special meaning, or learn a little more about the part of the park they care about.  His degree is in archeology; his heart is with all the special parts of nature and culture.  Larry  states that “I see the beauty in each day here.”

Sat., Oct. 11 - 12 – Enjoy a Gallant Road Outing with the West Alabama Group (from the Tuscaloosa area).  Come and help us give a hearty welcome to our Tuscaloosa Sierra friends.  Enjoy hiking, hanging out, and cooking out at Peggie’s.  You are invited to participate in whatever parts of the weekend you would like.   We also need folks to help host for the cookout Sat. night and for breakfast Sun morn.   Call Peggie at 256-538-9444 to sign up to participate in the weekend or any part of it, for meeting places – or to help host.  Below is the temporary itinerary of activities:
Sat., 10:00 amArrival of the W. AL Group
                             Hike to Inspiration Point at   Camp Sumatanga (bring your own lunch)
Sat. afternoon -  Watch the ballgames at Peggie’s house, go on easy impromptu hikes, or
                           enjoy just hanging out.
Sat. evening – cookout on Peggie’s deck (bring a covered dish to go with hamburgers)
Sun. 8:00 am – breakfast at Peggie’s  (bring a breakfast dish)
Sun. morning – hike at Noccalula Falls
Sun. lunch – Kati’s Thai Restaurant across from Noccalula Falls.

Oct. 31 – Nov. 2.  Alabama Sierra Club Annual Retreat.  Lake Point State Park, near Eufaula.
Don’t miss this great time to experience outings and presentations with Sierrans from around the state.  See the details and registration form elsewhere in this newsletter.  Call us to let us know you’re going – for possible car-pooling – 256-390-8538.

Thurs., Nov. 13, 6:30 pm – TBA
Thurs., Dec. 11, 6:30 pm – Coosa Valley Potluck Christmas Party.

Mobile Bay Group

Tuesday. 10/7. Mobile Bay Monthly Meeting. For more information, please contact Carol Adams-Davis, 702-496-5050 or email: mcadamsdavis@earthlink.net

6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served prior to program. Please forward this information invitation to any interested people or groups. Meeting Location: 5 Rivers, Tensaw Theater. Address: 5 Rivers, Alabama’s Delta Resource Center, 30945 FiveRivers Blvd., Spanish Fort, AL 36527 (entrance is across from Meaher State Park on the Mobile BayCauseway). Follow the Sierra Club signs to the meeting location at 5 Rivers. 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

Wednesday, Oct 1 - Monte Sano Evening Hike. Easy.
Good hike for beginners and those interested in a slower paced hike. Depart at 6:00pm 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. Hike will be 2 to 3 miles (depending on amount of daylight remaining). For directions or questions contact Liz at hiker@knology.net

Saturday, Oct 4 - Collins Gulf Dayhike. Strenuous.
This 13 mile loop in the South Cumberland descends into the Collins River Gorge and has many beautiful geological features including waterfalls, overlooks, and rock formations. We will descend into the gorge and climb out by way of the Stagecoach Historic trail and return along the Collins Gulf rim. This is a difficult but rewarding hike. Bring lunch and water and we will dine afterwards at a local restaurant. Meet at the Publix on Winchester Road at 7:30am. For more information contact Tom Burley at tdburleyhiker@bellsouth.net

Tuesday night hikes return to downtown.

Tuesday, Oct 7 - Downtown Evening Hike. Easy.
Depart at 6:00pm sharp from the parking lot located at 907 Franklin Street. All dogs must be on a leash while in the parking lot and during the hike. Hikes may be easy to moderate and range from 3 to 5 miles. For directions or questions please contact Suzanne Cawthon at atirawolf@yahoo.com

Wednesday, Oct 8 - Monte Sano Evening Hike. Easy.
Good hike for beginners and those interested in a slower paced hike. Depart at 6:00pm 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. Hike will be 2 to 3 miles (depending on amount of daylight remaining). For directions or questions contact Liz at hiker@knology.net

Saturday, Oct 11 - Walls of Jericho Dayhike. Strenuous.
The Walls of Jericho is a large, bowl-shaped natural amphitheater that shoots water out of holes and cracks in the canyon wall during times of high water flow. This is a unique area that consists of more than 21,000 acres of rivers, forested uplands and caves spreading across the Alabama and Tennessee state line. This beautiful tract, which was once the hunting grounds of Davy Crockett, contains an extraordinarily diverse array of plants and animals. We will enter at the Tennessee trailhead and exit on the Alabama side with a side trip to the Mill Creek blowhole. The hike is approximately 10 miles with a 1000 feet elevation gain. Bring lunch and we will dine afterwards at a local restaurant. Meet at 8:00am at the Publix in Hampton Cove. For more information contact Tom Burley at tdburleyhiker@bellsouth.net

Tuesday, Oct 14 - Downtown Evening Hike. Easy.
Depart at 6:00pm sharp from the parking lot located at 907 Franklin Street. All dogs must be on a leash while in the parking lot and during the hike. Hikes may be easy to moderate and range from 3 to 5 miles. For directions or questions please contact Patricia Wales at pwales77@gmail.com

Thurs. Oct 16 - Raptor Program for October Meeting
Come join us Thursday, October 16, at 6:00pm, for a program on conservation and captive raptor management. Nature’s Echo, a non-profit based in Pine Mountain, GA, uses non-releasable birds of prey and other native wildlife to teach about the valuable role each species plays in our living world. They will bring live birds of prey/raptors to educate and amaze us. Want to get up close and personal with an eagle, hawk or owl? Here is your chance! This would be a good program for children.

From their website: Nature’s Echo is dedicated to inspiring a greater awareness of our Natural World with the hope that knowledge will breed respect. The group seeks to accomplish its mission through the presentation of diverse and interactive environmental education programs utilizing flighted raptors to encourage the thoughtful stewardship of the Earth and its resources.

We believe strongly in a holistic approach to environmental conservation and captive raptor management. To that end, Nature’s Echo, Inc. will constantly strive to identify, implement and encourage the best aviculture practices among our peers and to continually provide a positive and enriching environment for the animals in our care.

In addition to its interpretive efforts, Nature’s Echo, Inc. will support relative conservation projects especially those focused on the welfare of raptors and the preservation of their vital habitat. We feel passionately that only by encouragement and example can we impact lasting global change.

This should be a fascinating presentation. The meeting starts at 6:00pm and will be in the training room of the National Children’s Advocacy Center at 210 Pratt Avenue. This is at the corner of Pratt and Meridian streets. The North Alabama Sierra Club meets quarterly and meetings are open to everyone. Come join us!

Tuesday, Oct 21 - Downtown Evening Hike. Easy.
Depart at 6:00pm sharp from the parking lot located at 907 Franklin Street. All dogs must be on a leash while in the parking lot and during the hike. Hikes may be easy to moderate and range from 3 to 5 miles. For directions or questions please contact Alan Greene at agreene256@comcast.net

Sunday, Oct 26 – 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

Tuesday, Oct 28 - Downtown Evening Hike. Easy.
Depart at 6:00pm sharp from the parking lot located at 907 Franklin Street. All dogs must be on a leash while in the parking lot and during the hike. Hikes may be easy to moderate and range from 3 to 5 miles. For directions or questions please contact Carolyn Brooks at dr_c_brooks@msn.com

Wild and Scenic Film Festival November 7
The Alabama Rivers Alliance and Alabama Environmental Council in conjunction with Green Coalition would like to invite you to join us in sponsoring the 2nd showing in Huntsville of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, the largest environmental film festival in North America. The award-winning films, combining beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling, inform, inspire, and ignite solutions to restore the earth while creating a positive future for the next generation.

This event will take place on the evening of November 7, at the Flying Monkey Arts Center at Lowe Mill.
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), in 2003. Over the past 10 years it has evolved into the largest environmental film festival in the nation. The annual event each January in Nevada City, CA, kicks-off the nationwide tour to over 100 cities. Each tour venue is an opportunity for an organization to reach out into their community and bring people together around community based activism. A diverse menu of environmental films delve into themes such as energy, climate change, conservation, wildlife, community activism, environmental justice, and adventure. Each venue custom builds their own film program to include issues they want to spotlight in their area.

Upcoming Events
The Christmas Party will be Tuesday, December 9th (Thursday nights were not available) at 6:00 p.m. Add it to your calendar now before you fill it up with all those other holiday gatherings.
There is a rumor floating around that there just might be a chili supper/campfire with optional campout in November. Stay tuned…

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

West Alabama Group

Sat. 10/11. Outing to Peggie Griffin’s home and environs in Gallant, AL. We have a friend in the Coosa Valley Group who is inviting us to enjoy her property and some possible sites nearby. This outing can be a daytrip only or it can be turned into an overnighter. If you are planning to stay overnight on Saturday, please call Peggie at (256) 538-9444, no later than Wednesday, Oct. 8. We will meet at 8:00 am in the old Books-a-Million parking lot on Saturday. Call Dexter Duren at (205)393-0927 for more information.

Thurs. 10/16. 7:00pm. Monthly meeting. “The Blackbelt Bamboo Project”, Marcy Koontz, College of Human Environmental Sciences, UA, St. Francis Parish, Mulvoy Building, 811 Fifth Avenue, Tuscaloosa.

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