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.

Wilderness First Aid Training

The weekend of May 30th, the North Alabama Sierra Club is offering a comprehensive two and a half day first aid course that will teach you the wilderness medical skills you need to handle backcountry emergencies. From the Patient Assessment System through traumatic, medical, and environmental emergencies, we will cover a wide variety of topics designed to prepare you to act if an accident occurs when you are out on the trail.

This is a 20 hour course over two and one half days. The course begins at 6:00pm on Friday, May 30 with Adult CPR/AED certification. The class will resume at 8:00am Saturday and Sunday and runs through 5:00pm both days. There will be both classroom time and hands-on practice scenarios.

Practice scenarios may take place outside in various weather conditions; be prepared for inclement weather. Participants will have to pass both a written and a practical test. Red Cross CPR certification is a prerequisite for this course. Successful completion of this training results in an American Red Cross Wilderness & Remote First Aid certification valid for two years. The cost is $80 which includes both CPR/AED and WFA certification.

For applicants possessing a current Adult CPR/AED the cost is $60 and training will be Saturday and Sunday only. Proof of CPR/AED certification must be provided in advance. Lunch will be provided onsite each day. For further information contact Tom Burley at tdburleyhiker@bellsouth.net

 

Alabama Chapter of the Sierra Club Outings

Cahaba Group

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, 4/1. 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: mcadamsdavis@earthlink.net

Sat. 4/19. 10 a.m. Earth Day Mobile Bay at the Fairhope Pier Parks. The Gulf Coasts Largest Earth Day Celebration. Free admission with live music and film festival. earthdaymobilebay.org

Montgomery Group

Sat. 4/5. 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. Call to confirm: 334-361-7354.

Sat. 5/10. Wildflowers and Waterfalls below Cheaha Mountain. We will visit High Falls, Cheaha Falls, and Devil's Den, while keeping an eye out for wildflowers. Wear hiking shoes and bring trail snacks and water. Rated easy. Meet 8 AM at the north entrance to the Hwy 231 Winn Dixie just south of Wetumpka. The drive is about 2 hours. Free.

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

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 tdburleyhiker@bellsouth.net 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 jcburley@bellsouth.net

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, overview 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.

Tuesday, April 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 contact Michael Stewart at 256-656-5836.

Tuesday, April 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 contact David Jackson at 256-603-9081.

Saturday, April 19 - Honeysuckle Elimination. Easy.
Meet at the Cleermont Trailhead at 10:00am. Bring loppers and gloves if you have them. I will provide ice water, extra gloves, and two extra loppers and a saw. Contact Doug Horacek at 256 772-6788 for more information.

Tuesday, April 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 contact Steve Jackson atcovecrawler@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 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 contact Rick Gates at rgates@knology.net

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

West Alabama Group

Sat. 4/5. Large Waterfalls Tour. Join us on this special, easy trip to view some of the most spectacular waterfalls in Alabama! We will carpool to destinations around northeast Alabama to visit large volume waterfalls at their peak. This trip offers excellent photo opportunities. Each of the eight or more waterfalls we’ll see is less than ¼ mile from the cars. Parking is extremely limited at several of the sites. Therefore every participant must carpool. Be advised, this is an all-day outing. The earliest that anyone participating will be back in Tuscaloosa will be about 7:00 pm. For those who attend dinner at a restaurant in Guntersville, AL, it will be somewhat later in the evening. Please call Dexter Duren at (205)393-0927 no later than 6:00 pm. Friday, April 4, to get meeting time and place and to inform whether you will be driving or riding with someone.

Meeting DATE CHANGE: Thurs. September 18, 2014. 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/.