By Patricia Stenger Sharpe
A needs to for each severe walker, this convenient pocket guidie offers details at the many mountain climbing trails to be had within the scenic country of Alabama. An avid hiker herself, Pat Sharpe has been there, understands the terrain, the plants and the fauna, the pitfalls . . . and the miraculous fantastic thing about the nation skilled from it mountaineering trails.
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Page 19 The canyon has been sculpted over the millennia by Bee Branch, which currently takes a 90-foot plunge at the head of the canyon. Numerous small offshoots of the trail can take the hiker farther into the head of the canyon to the branch or to any of the small side canyons and their streams nearby. Ironically, for those who find the ice in the canyon hazardous, winter is one of the most beautiful times to be there. The lack of foliage allows the rock formations to be appreciated, and the ice formations that line the canyon walls and crack like rifle shots when breaking are splendid.
In this high-usage area, many campsites have already been established; overnight campers should use these campsites and fire rings rather than damaging another site. Rangers in the Sipsey Wilderness Area also encourage hikers to register at trailheads for safety and for usage computations. Parking is ample at most trailheads, but vandalism has been a problem in the past at some sites. No trailhead facilities such as drinking water or restrooms exist. S. 278 being the closest town to the area. S.
This is a moderately strenuous hike in and out and may be hazardous when wet or frozen. Unfortunately, the canyon has always been a favorite destination for less responsible day hikers, and it is always possible to find a good deal of trash along the trail and in the cavelike overhangs in the canyon. Page 19 The canyon has been sculpted over the millennia by Bee Branch, which currently takes a 90-foot plunge at the head of the canyon. Numerous small offshoots of the trail can take the hiker farther into the head of the canyon to the branch or to any of the small side canyons and their streams nearby.