Outings

WINTER/SPRING 2017 OUTINGS

WINTER HIKE at Clark Creek

Please join us as we hike some of the trails at Clark Creek for this deep of the southern winter outing. Details are still being worked out. There are several options: the waterfall trail, the primitive trail, the improved trail, or a combination. Regardless of which trails we choose, you should wear waterproof boots or boots with Goretex. We will be posting more details as the date approaches.

Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 10 AM - 2 PM
Clark Creek Natural Area
366 Fort Adams Pond Rd, Woodville, Mississippi 39669
https://www.facebook.com/events/1790459644551733/

:PAST HIKES ARCHIVE:

Kisatchie Hills Wilderness Area 

Rescheduled Date: February 27, 2016
See Home Page for Update Announcement
Date: November 7, 2015
Invite a friend https://www.facebook.com/events/496067633898072/

Clark Creek (Tunica Hills)

September 26, 2015
Visit this post for information http://brsierraclub.blogspot.com/2015/09/go-take-hike-to-clark-creek.html

Bayou Manchac Paddle

June 6, 2015
http://brsierraclub.blogspot.com/2015/06/12.html

Lake Martin (Ascension) Paddle

May 30, 2015
http://brsierraclub.blogspot.com/2015/05/canoe-lake-martin-ascension-parish.html

Clark Creek Late Winter Hike

February 21, 2015
Meet at Trader Joe's at 9 am  Group will carpool from there. 
See home page post for details

Tunica Hills Wildflower Pilgrimage

March 29, 2015 - Rescheduled date
http://brsierraclub.blogspot.com/2015/03/canps-wildflower-trip-tunica-hills.html

Port Hudson State Historic Site

Intensity Level: Easy to Moderate
Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. Meetup. Variable Lengths
Length: Flexible, up to 6 miles of trails. Lookout Towers and other facilities onsite.
Cost: $4.00 Entry Fee to State Park ages 61 and under. Free entry for ages 62 and up.

Join us for a hike at Port Hudson State Historic Site on Saturday January 24! (In the event of disruptive amounts of rainfall, a makeup date of Jan. 31 for this event will occur.) 

For this outing we'll be offering TWO LENGTH OPTIONS: Gwen Pine will lead a shorter hike and Nancy Grush will lead for hikers interested in the longer route. There are about six trails linking up allowing distances from one to six miles of hiking on site. Some of the trail can be slightly hilly, but it's worth it! There are also two lookout towers available for a higher perspective of the site. 

Carpool from Coffee Call on College Drive at 9:00 a.m.

State Parks required admission is $4. For those 62 and up, admission is free.

Info about the Park available on http://www.crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/historic-sites/port-hudson-state-historic-site/index

Any updates will be posted on http://brsierraclub.blogspot.com  and http://www.facebook.com/events/582772508523702/

For more information, contact Nancy Grush at nancygrush@gmail.com or call 938-9353. 
Rain date is Jan. 31.

Cat Island Hike

Intensity Level: Easy
Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. for carpool, 10:30 a.m. from the Trailhead
Length: One Mile or 2.8 mile. Very Flat alluvial Mississippi River seasonal floodplain
Cost: Free. There is a small per vehicle charge at the entry to the Wildlife Refuge for visitors.

Come and hike with us at Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge near Saint Francisville known for its old growth cypress trees. The weather has cooled a bit. Its a good time for a hike! We will meet at Campus Credit Union at Perkins Rd and Quail Dr for carpooling. Contact Gwen Pine 225-272-5207 if you plan to attend. We may need to reschedule or make alternate plans if roads are too wet. The leisurely walk to the tree on the Big Cypress trail is less than a mile round trip. It is an easy walk because the trail is level and has just been improved. After viewing the tree and surrounding area, we will head to the 2.8 mile Blackfork Walking Trail to observe other interesting flora and fauna. If you prefer, you may opt for a shorter walk, or none at all. Bring mosquito repellant. There are no facilities on Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge.

More details at http://brsierraclub.blogspot.com/

Tunica Hills / Clark Creek Outing

GOT A SUMMERTIME HIKING ITCH THAT NEEDS SCRATCHING? 


BATON ROUGE GROUP OF THE SIERRA CLUB CAN HELP WITH THAT. WE'RE LEADING A HIKE AT THE CLARK CREEK NATURAL AREA ON JUNE 14. MEMBERS AND FRIENDS THROUGHOUT LOUISIANA ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE.  Intensity Level: Challenging . Time and length of trail: Flexible, at least 4 hours

Clark Creek Natural Area in the Tunica Hills is a member favorite hiking destination located just across the state line in Mississippi which was a part of the Delta Chapter in our founding years. This area has waterfalls and hiking trails deep in the Tunica Hills. There are improved steps on the hillsides, on some waterfalls, and most trails are maintained with primitive trails also available.


Difficulty: Clark Creek can be a challenging hike. Due to summertime afternoon heat conditions, please come prepared with PLENTY of WATER, good hiking shoes, nutrition, bug and sunblock, a hat and anything else experienced hikers would require. Some hikers prefer to carry poison ivy neutralizer to wash off with after a hike. Rain may be expected and a change of shoes is advisable as well as optional swimwear to splash in the waterfalls.

Parking: Trail-head parking is limited and may require parking on side of road. Bring cash for honor system visitor fees. Carpooling strongly encouraged. (See links below for details.)

Some supplies may available at POND GENERAL STORE near the trail-head which is a local tourist point of interest, otherwise plan ahead for needed provisions before departing Baton Rouge. 

Questions? - RSVP? Where are we meeting to carpool?
Persons requesting carpooling may RSVP as a courtesy before the hike, leaving your name, # of hikers, and phone number with the contact persons listed below for your area. All participants arriving on their own must check-in with a Chapter Outings Leader at the trail-head! We won't leave anyone behind on the trail!

Contact: Nancy Grush - nancygrush<at>gmail.com
Meet: 11:00 AM - Campus Federal Credit Union Perkins near Quail. 
6230 Perkins Rd. Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Keep up with your friends before and after the hike, post pictures and share experiences on our Facebook Event Page


Refer to below sites for more info:

http://www.mdwfp.com/parks-destinations/ms-state-parks/clark-creek.aspx
http://alltrails.com/trail/us/mississippi/clark-creek-primitive-trail
http://www.hikelouisiana.org/detailsclark.html

FRENCHTOWN ROAD CONSERVATION AREA

BR Sierra Club hikes the newly opened BREC park

Intensity Level: Easy to Moderate
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Time: TBA (2 hours)
Length: Flexible, up to 3 miles of trails, river overlooks and Amite River Beach
Cost: Free

Frenchtown Road Conservation Area
, a nearly 500 acre BREC Park at the confluence of Comite and Amite River in East Baton Rouge Parish is the newest park in the BREC system and is an easy to moderate condition day hike. Mr. Willie Fontenot, past Chair of the Sierra Club will join the group for this outing to provide an environmental narrative of the challenges to Amite and Comite River watersheds, such as sand borrow pits, Army Corps of Engineers channelization of the natural river systems, flooding, and ATV use. Outing may include other programmatic elements of ecological/biodiversity narrative and nature awareness observations.

We will meet at the Area's parking lot which is located just past the railroad crossing. Get directions on BREC's Website. Contact Nancy Grush 225-938-9353 or nancygrush<at>gmail.com for RSVP as hike depends on weather conditions and recent rainfall/water levels. Waterproof footwear advised due to occasionally soggy conditions along the trail.

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For an Interesting side-story into the somewhat supernatural legends of Frenchtown Road Conservation Area, check out Dig Magazine's recent story Under the Railroad Tracks