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 Newsletters

Alabama Chapter of the Sierra Club

The links at right are archives of previous front pages of the Alabama Sierra Club.
September 2014
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July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
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June 2013
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April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
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December 2011
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March 2011 Alabama Sierra Club website switches formats. Now, visit the front page (www.alabama.sierraclub.org) for the latest information around Alabama, including great outings and events! This is an archive of previous months of news.
February 2011 Sierra Club Outings; New Alabama PSC Commissioner Cavanaugh's Position on Burning Coal Challenged; Environmental Groups Take Rosa Coal Mine Fight to Court of Appeals; Urgent Alert:  Congressional Attack on Regulation of Greenhouse Gases Anticipated; A Recent Hike at Ruffner Mountain!; Report Cites Green Progress in Alabama; Meeting to Focus on Madison Development Plans; AHTS 10th Annual Conference in Huntsville
January 2011 Help Find Sick Bats; Plug-In-Alabama Readiness Kick-Off; Sierra Club State Lobbyists Meet; Photo from a Pinhoti Trail Hike; News from Conservation Alabama; Whooping Cranes over North Alabama; Alabama Hiking Trail Society Meeting; Review of Al Gore's new book; Outings and Events; contacts and more!
December 2010 Cahaba Group Re-energizing; Annual Awards; Crazy Quotes from Politicians; Flint River Paddle; Letter to the Editor for New Energy; West Alabama Hike to Cane Creek; Book Review: Robert Reich's "Aftershock."; Outings and Events (including Holiday Parties around the state); contacts and more!
November 2010 Pinhoti Challenge Hikes, Shepard's Bend Mine, 360.org activities, Annual Retreat, outings and events, contacts and much more!
October 2010 Annual Retreat; Pinhoti Challenge Hike; Cahaba Wildlife Refuge Expansion; Solar Tour; Energy Legislation; outings and events, contacts and more!

September 2010

Annual Retreat, Gulf Coast Oil Disaster Response Team, Climate and Energy Legislation, outings and events, contacts and more!
August 2010 Drilling in the Gulf, an Energy Plan Push, Hiking the Dismals Canyon, On the Farm, a Letter to the Editor, Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, Outings and Events, Sierra Club Contacts, more!
July 2010 The Oil Slick; Notes from the Groups, Outings and Events, Sierra Club Contacts, more oil spill, more!
June 2010 The Oil Slick; Renew Our Rivers Cleanup in Coosa Valley; Running for Excomm?; Rain Gardens; Reusable Bags in West Alabama; Environmental Film Festival; Notes from the Groups, Outings and Events, Sierra Club Contacts, more!
May 2010 May on the Farm, Living River Field School, Sierra Club Activist Wins Prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, Notes from the Groups, Outings and Events, Sierra Club Contacts, more!
April 2010 Alabama Legislative Roundup, ADEM Director Search Continues, AEMC Pledge, Dr. Edgar Wayburn, Outings and Events, Sierra Club Contacts, Trails Commission, National Election, Annual Retreat 2010, more!
March 2010 March on the Farm, Outings and Events, Information About Forever Wild, Sierra Club Contacts, News from Around Alabama, Thanks to John, Trails Commission, National Election, Annual Retreat 2010, more!
February 2010 Nature Notes, February on the Farm, Outings and Events, Save Forever Wild, EPA Petition, Sierra Club Contacts, Book Review, News from Around Alabama
January 2010 Nature Notes, January on the Farm, Outings and Events, 2010 Legislative Update, Sierra Club Contacts, Statewide Group Notes, Rosa Mine Update
December 2009 New Format! Annual Sierra Club Retreat recap; Nature Notes; December on the Farm; Outings and Events; Statewide Group Notes; Time to Vote: Candidate Bios for Sierra Club ExCom; Sierra Club Contacts
November 2009 Annual Conference; Nature Notes, Last Print Newsletter; Council of Leaders Report; Rosa Coal Mine Story; Clean Energy Jobs Act; Wild Edibles Outing; Outings and Events; November on the Farm; Fish and Wildlife Plan; Sierra Club Contacts; Wild and Rural Show
October 2009 New Format! Annual Sierra Club Retreat; Nature Notes; October on the Farm; Outings and Events; Statewide Group Notes; Pinhoti Challenge Hikes; Sierra Club Contacts
September 2009 Rafting in Tennessee; Energy Policy; Nature Notes; Local Foods Group; Water Wars; Top 20 Airborne Cancer Risk List; New Oyster Reefs; Kids Need Trees Too; Outings and Events;September on the Farm; New Wilderness Area in TN?; Sierra Club Contacts; Annual Retreat Information
August 2009 MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL REMOVAL; Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S.; Mono Rail in Birmingham; Coal Ash Sites Disclosed; Solor Power Growing Fast; Outings and Events; August on the Farm; Forever Wild Moving Forward; Sierra Club Contacts; Summer Farm Tour

July 2009

Energy Legislation; A Trip to Jericho; Nature Notes; Power from the People; Enter the Funky Nest Contest; 21st Century Youth Corps; State of the Air Report; Outings and Events; July on the Farm; Boy Scouts Turning Green; Sierra Club Contacts; Summer Farm Tours
June 2009 Don't miss the extra page: This month has an extra page of information! Montgomery Group Goes to Cane Creek Preserve, Protect Our Water!; Coosa Valley Goes to Cloudland; Brushing Your Teeth with Seaweed; Stop Global Warming; Alabama’s BAD Air; Outings and Events; Our National Parks; Local Food Group Meeting; Smart Energy; Sierra Club Contacts; June on the Farm; Pinhoti Hike #6
May 2009 Energy Code, Cahaba Group Outing; River Heros Award; Public Lands Legislation; Lulu’s Honored; Fastest Growing Cities in Alabama; Headwaters: Alabama Rivers; Outings and Events; May on the Farm; Camp McDowell Adventures; Sierra Club Contacts; Outings Reports Around Alabama
April 2009 EMC limits members’ access to ADEM director; Nature Notes; Hike to Sougdahoagee Falls; Mobile Earth Day; SELC Names Week Bay Endangered; Elmore County Energy Program; The Bluebird Trail; Outings and Events; Freshwater Land Trust; April on the Farm; EPA to Rule on Global Warming; Sierra Club Contacts; The Pinhoti Challenge Saga.
March 2009 JD Martin Preserve and Noccalula Falls; The Real Impacts of the Motorsports Park?; Nature Notes; Alternative Fuels; Eagle Watching Outing; Green Tips; Zero Waste Recommendation; Outings and Events; Gulf Gathering; March on the Farm; Did Your School Fail; Sierra Club Contacts; The Pinhoti Challenge
Feb 2009 Green Gauge Report; State of the Bay Report; Christmas in Montgomery; Outings and Events; Gulf Gathering; Alabama Environmental Watchdog; Toxic Air in Alabama; Sierra Club Contacts; The Pinhoti Challenge.
January 2009 The Pinhoti Challenge; Annual Retreat Recap; And the Winners Are...; Jim Price Honored; Sierra Club Lobbyists Meet; Outings and Events; Gulf Gathering; Game and Fish Enforcement; January on the Farm; Sierra Club Contacts.
December 2008 Cahaba Group Night Hike; Protect Streams from Mining; The Pinhoti Challenge; LNG Plan Withdrawn; Outings and Events; Lightbulbs Not Enough; December on the Farm; Sierra Club Contacts; Coosa Valley and the Bees; Calendar Recap.
November 2008 Alabama Chapter Retreat; Cahaba Paddles the Coosa; Energy and Water Update; Watercress Darter Fish Kill; Wild and Rural Art Show; Outings and Events; Coldwater Creek Outing; November on the Farm; Sierra Club Contacts; Annual Retreat Registration; Tannehill Park Education
October 2008 Wild and Rural Art Show; Alabama Chapter Retreat; Garbage and Global Warming; Gulf Dead Zone; Endangered Species Act Danger; Outings and Events; UofA Sustainability; October on the Farm; Sierra Club Contacts; Annual Retreat Registration; LNG AGAIN?
September 2008 Legislative Meetings; September on the Farm; Alabama Chapter Retreat; Solar Display Workshop; Drilling for Oil; Wild and Rural Art Show; Coden Adventure; Outings and Events; Contacts, and more
August 2008 Food Summit; August on the Farm; Water Saving Tips; Motor Sports Park in Mobile; Alabama Chapter Retreat; Seeds of Summer ICO Outing; High Gas Prices Save Lives?; Rock Hopping at the Pisgah Gorge; Outings and Events; Contacts, and more FOR THE FULL NATURE NOTES ARTICLE, CLICK HERE
July 2008 2008 Legislative Wrap-up; Lighting a Greener Path for Seniors; Vulcan's Carbon Footprint; Lightbulb Parties; Cahaba Canoe Trip; Focus on Tuscaloosa; July on the Farm; Public Lands Day; Building a Rain Barrel; Outings and Events; Contacts, and more
June 2008 West Alabama Attends Energy Summit; Positive Actions by the EMC; State Water Planning; Montgomery Group Fun; Mobile Bay Group Earth Day; Women's Fishing Event; June on the Farm; Hog Farm Bill Beaten; Land Trust Adds Acres; Outings and Events; Contacts, and more
May 2008 River Action Day Success; Tom's Top 10 Hikes; Montgomery Water Festival; Alabama's Attractions; Scenic River Trail; And the Winner Is the Trees; Outings and Events; Contacts, and more
April 2008 Lobbying Day; Alabama Legislation Hot List; website links; Award for Adair; Huntsville Named a Green City; Perry Lakes Park; Gadsden Group Meeting A Success; April on the Farm; Photography Workshop; ByCatch and Overfishing; The Hog Bill Returns; Outings and Events; Contacts, and more
March 2008 Volunteer Lobbyist Training; Focus the Nation Event; Letter from the New State Chair; New Group Starting in Gadsden; Getting Alabama to the Top of the Green List; Snake Proofing Your House; March on the Farm; Taking a Stand For Trees; Outings and Events; Contacts, and more
Feb. 2008 Cancer Risk Reduction ruling; Ivory Billed Woodpecker retreat; ExCom; Energy Bill; Alabama Sturgeon; Five Mile Creek Greenway; Population Policy; 2007 Top Green Stories; Toxic Alabama Toads; Top Green Ideas for the New Year; Outings and Events; Contacts, and more
Jan. 2008 Sierra Featured on Fox 6 News; Alabama Legislature Needs YOU!; Hurricane Creek Update; Cypress Action in Mobile; West Alabama Group Gives Green; Cloudland Canyon Hike ReCap; Northern Beltline Update; Outings and Events; Contacts, and more
Dec. 2007 Wild and Rural Art Show Success; Forever Wild Adding Acres; Improving Alabama's Enviromental Score; Sustainable Fisheries; Coastal Cleanup; December on the Farm--Turnip Green Crepes!; State's Annual Awards and Retreat Wrap-up; Ex-Com Elections; Outings and Events; Contacts, and more
Nov. 2007 Citizen Legislative Advocacy: Why and How; Fishing Retreat Celebration; Dark Skies; West Alabama Visits 375 year old tree; Litter Patrol; Sustainable Fisheries; Cahaba River in National Sierra Report; November on the Farm; North Alabama "Chicks;" Outings and Events; Contacts, and more
Oct. 2007 Annual Retreat Registration, Speaker Bios and More; Report on the Local Foods Group in Birmingham; A Racetrack in Mobile?; Outings, Contacts and more (this is a jam-packed issue--don't miss it!)
Sept. 2007 Montgomery Group Rafting Trip, Teacher Workshop, Sierra Needs You, Lead in Lincoln, SE Alabama Drought, Outings and Events, Sustainable Fisheries, September on the Farm, Sierra Club Contacts, Annual Retreat Registration, Huntsville and Opelika Sign on as Cool Cities, No Net Tree Loss Pledge in Montgomery
August 2007 Cancer Petition Fails, Legislative Report for 2007, Alabama Beach Mouse, More LNG Proposals, Folk School at Camp McDowell, B'ham Local Foods Coalition, August on the Farm-with recipe, Fishing Camps, Mass Transit, outings, Chapter Retreat, and more
July 2007 Chapter Annual Retreat, Cool Cities Crusade, Alabama Beach Mouse, NASA Blunders, Paddling the Bartram Trail, Cahaba Lily Festival, Port Proposal Dead, Alabama Ranks 46th in Energy Efficiency, outings, more
June 2007 Fishing Retreat, The Night Before Earth Day (a poem), North Alabama Land Purchases, Tuscaloosa Becomes a Cool City, Jenkins Brick Wins EPA Award, outings, more
May 2007 Attack on Fort Morgan, Living Shorelines, Hog Farm Bill Returns, Logging Threatens Cahaba Bottomland, ADEM weakening wetlands rules, outings, more
April 2007 Who Grows Your Food?, Teacher Workshops, Earth Day at the Gardens, Mt. Rogers Backpack, The Cancer Coast, Global Warming Tour, Coastal Cleanup, outings, more
March 2007 Sustainable Agriculture, Coffeen Nature Preserve, Leader Training, Len Foote Hike, Forever Wild, Memorial to John Valin, Stop Elevated 280, Mobile Bay Awards, Walkable Communities, North Alabama Film Festival, Montgomery Outing to Flagg Mountain, outings, more
February 2007 Curbing Global Warming, Alabama Legislature, Outings, Strategic Plans, Recycled cards, Holiday Parties, more
January 2007 Holiday recipes, outings, more
December 2006 Chapter Retreat report, awards, Nukes in Alabama?, Holiday recipes, Forever Wild, Eastern Trail, outings, more
November 2006 Alabama Chapter Newsletter: outings, Clean Water Lawsuit Victory, Cool Cities, Cooking Locally, Mountaintop removal, more
October 2006 Alabama Chapter Newsletter: outings, Retreat, Water Testing, Climate Change, Coastal Birdfest, more
Sept 2006 Alabama Chapter Newsletter: outings, Environmentally Responsible Investing, Public Lands Day, Cahaba Refuge , more
August 2006 Alabama Chapter Newsletter: outings, Green Rebuilding, part 2, Hybrid CARavan, An Inconvenient Truth, more
July 2006 Alabama Chapter Newsletter: outings, Green Building, Montgomery Park, Public Lands Day, more
June 2006 Alabama Chapter Newsletter: outings, Inner City Outings, West AL Farm Day, Saving at the pump, more
May 2006 Alabama Chapter Newsletter: outings, Global Warming, Ruffner Mountain, LNG Mobile, more
April 06 Chapter Newsletter: statewide outings, Farm Tour, ANWR, Message to Riley & more
March 06 Alabama Chapter Newsletter: outings, news and more
Feb 06 Alabama Chapter Newsletter: outings, news and more
Jan 2006 Alabama Chapter Newsletter: outings, news and more