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

July 10, Cahaba Sierra Club meeting, "Air Pollution: Our Invisible Problem”

Please join us for our monthly meeting of the Cahaba Sierra Club, we will have our business meeting at 6 pm with our speaker Dr. Stacie Propst from GASP at 6:30 PM. We will have a meeting for Alabama Hiking Trail Society for an update on trail maintenance following our speaker. Email kennethhyche@yahoo.com for more info.

Dr. Stacie Propst is GASP’s executive director. An Alabama native, she is an experienced health advocate, public policy expert, scientist and educator. She brings to GASP a passion for making the world, and especially Alabama, a healthier place to live. As vice president of policy and outreach at Research!America, the nation’s leading nonprofit voice for medical research, Dr. Propst spent a decade in Washington, D.C., advocating for science funding and evidence-based public policies. Back in Birmingham, she teaches Interdisciplinary Sciences at the University of Alabama and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Dr. Propst graduated from New College at the University of Alabama and received her doctorate in physiology and biophysics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research areas included cancer biology and lung inflammation.

GASP’s mission is to activate Alabamians for clean air. We strive to reduce air pollution, educate the public on the health risks associated with poor air quality, and encourage community leaders to serve as role models for clean air and clean energy production.

GASP believes all Alabamians have the right to breathe clean air. We believe that people’s health should be the first priority when considering policies that affect the quality of our community’s air. In particular, the greater Birmingham community suffers from the dirtiest air in our state, ranked 7th in the nation in the number of high-ozone days by the American Lung Association.

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

Thursday, July 10, 6:30 pm - Celebrate Local Foods Pot Luck Picnic at Noccolula Falls Park. Come and help us celebrate our wonderful heritage of Alabama farms .Look for us in one of the pavilllions above the waterfall. The abundance of fresh produce in the Gadsden area makes it easy for us to make the decision to eat locally, thereby supporting our local economy, eating healthier, and being kinder to the environment. Prepare your favorite food using locally grown produce for your contribution to the pot luck picnic – and bring the recipe! Also – we encourage you to invite your favorite farmer, as a guest of honor. We’ll take an evening stroll in the park afterwards. Go to www.fma.alabama.gov/mapmarkers/Etowah for a listing of local farmers markets and when they happen each week.

Mobile Bay Group

Tuesday. 7/1. Mobile Bay Monthly Meeting. For more information, please contact Carol Adams-Davis, 702-496-5050 or email: mcadamsdavis@earthlink.net

“Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives” and “Seeds of Freedom”.
When: Tuesday evening, July 1st at 7:00 p.m. Please don't miss these powerful documentaries! Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.

"Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives" Never before seen evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems implicated in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn. Monsanto's strong arm tactics, the FDA's fraudulent policies, and how the USDA ignores a growing health emergency are also laid bare. This sometimes shocking film may change your diet, help you protect your family, and accelerate the consumer tipping point against genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

"Seeds of Freedom" charts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity-rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity, used to monopolize the global food system. The film highlights the extent to which the industrial agricultural system, and genetically modified (GM) seeds in particular, has impacted on the enormous agro-biodiversity evolved by farmers and communities around the world, since the beginning of agriculture. "Seeds of Freedom" seeks to challenge the mantra, promoted by the pro-GM lobby, that large-scale, industrial agriculture is the only means by which we can feed the world. In tracking the story of seed it becomes clear how the corporate agenda has driven the takeover of seed in order to make vast profit and control of the global food system.

Where: 5 Rivers, Tensaw Theater, Please follow the Sierra Club signs.
(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).

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

Tuesday, July 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 please contact Judy Burley at jcburley@bellsouth.net

Tuesday, July 8 – 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 please contact Michael Stewart 256-656-5836.

Wednesday, July 9 - Monte Sano Evening Hike. Easy.
This would be a good hike for beginners or those interested in walking at a more leisurely pace. Hike will be approx. 3 miles. 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. For directions or questions contact Liz at hiker@knology.net

Tuesday, July 15 – 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 please contact David Jackson at 256-603-9081.

Thurs. July 17. Monthly meeting. Training room of the National Children’s Advocacy Center at 210 Pratt Avenue. Becky Collier from the Coosa River Science School will be speaking. Sierra Club meetings are open to everyone. Come join us!

Tuesday, July 22 – 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 please contact Steve Jackson at covecrawler@gmail.com

Thursday, July 24 - Monte Sano Evening Hike. Easy.
This would be a good hike for beginners or those interested in walking at a more leisurely pace. 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 approx. 3 miles. For directions or questions contact Liz at hiker@knology.net

Tuesday, July 29 – 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 please contact Suzanne Cawthon at atirawolf@yahoo.com

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

West Alabama Group

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