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

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

Thurs. Aug., 14, 6:30 pm – Film: Genetic Roulette – The Gamble of Our Lives, Joe Ford Center, 205 East Cardinal Drive, Gadsden.  Never-before-seen evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children.  Narrated by Jeremy Irons, produced by The Gaia Foundation and African Biodiversity Network, this landmark film shows  the story of seed at the hands of multinationals. Come and view this film with us, then discuss the pros and cons of GMO seeds.

Thurs., Sept. 11, 6:30 pm – Paul Franklin, Photographer, Bird Enthusiast and naturalist working with the Alabama Birding Trails talks about Birds and Birding in Alabama.  Joe Ford Center, 205 East Cardinal Drive, Gadsden.

Sat., Sept. 6, Hike at Desoto State Park to Lost Falls.   Two hour hike, rated easy, although there are some rocks to maneuver and some inclines and declines.  Followed by lunch in Mentone and gallery shopping afterwards.  Call Peggie to register for this outing.  256-390-8538.  (All Coosa Valley outings are non-smoking.)  8:30 until about 4:00.

Sat., Oct. 4,  Birding Outing, on Coleman Lake, Pinhoti Trail, Led by Paul Franklin.  Rated easy.
Come and experience this popular birding spot and enjoy learning about bird calls from this very knowledgeable photographer and bird enthusiast.  Call Peggie to register for this outing,
256-390-8538.

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.

Sat., Oct. 11 – Enjoy a Gallant Road Outing with the West Alabama Group.  Details to be announced.  Call Peggie at 256-390-8538 to register.

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 – Local Geology – Kenneth Quin.  Joe Ford Center, 205 East Cardinal Drive, Gadsden.

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

Mobile Bay Group

Tuesday. 8/5. Mobile Bay Monthly Meeting. For more information, please contact Carol Adams-Davis, 702-496-5050 or email: mcadamsdavis@earthlink.net

Updates on:

7:00 p.m. Program:

"Petrochemical Tank Farm Expansion in Mobile". Update reported by Brenda Bolton, Citizen's Zoning Advisory Committee member appointed by Mobile City Councilman Levon Manzie, District 2. The Planning Commission membership changes occurring recently will also be covered.

"Tar Sands Healing Walk". Indigenous communities, living on the front-lines of bitumen extraction in Alberta, Canada, came together to pray, and march through the grotesque oil project on July 8th. Reported by Mae Jones and other Mobile representatives that attended the event in Canada.

"Adverse Effects of Deepening and Widening the 29.2 mile Mobile Harbor Ship Channel", Update presented by Glendon Coffee. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Alabama State Port Authority responses to the requests for a Supplement to the original 1980 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be covered, as well as background information.

"Pertinent Court Cases" including a decision citing the real impacts of climate change on coal mine expansion, presented by Thayer Dodd.

"Department of Transportation’s Draft of Environmental Impact Statement toward the construction of I-10 bridge over the Mobile River" and the 45 day public comment period.

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

Tuesday, August 5 – 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 Patricia Wale at pwales77@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 12 – 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 Pete Luther at pluther@knology.net

Wednesday, August 13 - 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

Saturday, August 16 - Sewanee Dayhike. 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 Perimeter Trail. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Optional dinner afterwards. Meet at the Publix on Winchester Road at 8:30am. For more information contact Tom Burley at tdburleyhiker@bellsouth.net

Tuesday, August 19 – 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 Alan Greene at agreene256@comcast.net

Tuesday, August 26 – 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 Carolyn Brooks at dr_c_brooks@msn.com

Wednesday, August 27 - 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

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/.