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., Sept. 11, 6:30 pm –Hidden Gems from the Alabama Birding Trails. 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. Learn more about this exciting program here.

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. 9/2. 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

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 atdr_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

Tuesday, Sept 2 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 rgates@knology.net

Saturday, Sept 6 - “Happy 50th Wilderness Act!” Part I. Strenuous.
10.6 mile loop hike. On September 3, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. In his words, "If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.” What better way to celebrate a major milestone than a hike through our own scenic jewel, the Sipsey Wilderness. We’ll follow trails 202, 209 and 201, passing a historic Cemetery, looking up at high canyon walls, and possibly getting our feet wet in the Sipsey River. In accordance with Wilderness regulations, the group size is limited. For more information, contact Sandy at sandykip@juno.com or Charlie, 256- 837-3622 (home) or 256-961-7901 (work).

Tuesday, Sept 9 – 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 Michael Stewart at 256-656-5836.

Wednesday, Sept 10 - Monte Sano Evening Hike. Easy.
This hike is 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. This would be a good hike for beginners or those interested in walking at a more leisurely pace. Hike will be approx. 3 miles. For directions or questions contact Liz at hiker@knology.net

Saturday, Sept 13 - Canoe, Hike and Dutch Oven Breakfast (Hillbilly Quiche). Moderate.
We will Canoe/Kayak from Hwy 72 access to Little Cove Road, approx. 5 miles. We will stop to visit a small local cave, then do lunch riverside with an optional Hike( one quarter mile) to the top of Sublets Bluff with a great view of Northern Madison County ( if doing this off trail hike, foliage may be thick so you may wish to bring long pants or zip-off’s). Dutch Oven Breakfast serves about 12 people, first come, first serve, no cost! We will meet at NACK (North Alabama Canoe and Kayak) at the corner of Moontown Road and Hwy 72. They have rentals if you do not have a boat. I recommend them - they will put you in and pick you up. Breakfast at 8:30am, depart for river at 9:00am. We will leave promptly at 9:00 so get there early if you need to get a boat. Trip is rated easy to moderate and will last about 3.5 hours. Contact Steve Jackson at covecrawler@gmail.com or 256-337-9702.

Tuesday, Sept 16 – 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 jcburley@bellsouth.net

Saturday, Sept 20 - Art Festival Hike. Strenuous.
We will hike about 10 miles. Meet at the Hikers' Parking Lot on top of Monte Sano at 8:00am. We will hike the Mountain Mist Trail, Goat Trail, and the Keith Trail, to the Stone Cuts, and return to the parking lot in time for people to visit the Art Festival: http://montesanoartfestival.com/ For more information, contact Charlie at 256-837-3622 (home), 256-961-7901 (work) or Sandy at sandykip@juno.com

Tuesday, Sept 23 – 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.

Saturday, Sept 27 - “Happy 50th Wilderness Act!” Part II. Moderate.
Family friendly, 7.5 mile through hike. On September 3, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. In his words, "If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.” What better way to celebrate a major milestone than a hike through our own scenic jewel, the Sipsey Wilderness. We’ll follow trails 202 and 209, past a historic cemetery, through a canyon, crossing the Sipsey River a few times, and, during breaks, we’ll discuss why the Wilderness Act is important. In accordance with Wilderness regulations, the group size is limited. For more information, contact Sandy at sandykip@juno.com or Desiree at desireekiplinger@yahoo.com

Tuesday, Sept 30 – 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

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

West Alabama Group

Sat.9/6. Anniston Museum of Natural History Tour. Come join us for a tour of one of the best museums in the southeast and perhaps the U.S. If you have never been to this museum this is definitely the day you will want to go; admission is free on September 6! If you have been before, you already know what an amazing place this is. Also, the Berman Museum, next door, will be free to tour. There is a 3/4 mile nature trail and a raptor trail and gardens. We will meet at 8:00 a.m. at the old Books-a-Million parking lot. Optional dinner after the tour. It will be later than 6:00p.m. to arrive back in Tuscaloosa. Call Dexter Duren at (205)393-0927 for more information.

Thurs. 9/18. 7:00pm. Monthly meeting. “The North River Watershed Management Plan”, Mary Wallace Pitts, Geography Department, UA, 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/.