Sunday January 1: Horne Creek New Years Day Hike

Join us as we hike the Horne Creek Trail in Pilot Mountain State Park.  It will be the perfect way to start your new year! The trail is follows Horne Creek most of its way toward the Yadkin River.  About half of the trail runs along the Yadkin River.  This will be a moderate hike of five miles with several creek crossings.  Bring water, a snack, rain gear and wear hiking footwear.  To participate, you must contact Joel Wooten at 336-466-1314 or at  To reach the trail head, Horne Creek must be forded twice.  A shuttle will be available for any vehicle not able to ford the creek.  Note that the Sierra Club requires all outings participants to sign a standard waiver.


Saturday, January 21: Hike Sauratown Trail - Sections 12-14 - 9.2 miles, moderate

The Sauratown Trail is part of NC's Mountains-to-Sea Trail. The 22-mile trail connects Pilot Mountain and Hanging Rock State Parks. It is entirely on private property and is open to both hikers and horseback riders thanks to the generosity and community spirit of the landowners along its route.  Because it is on private land, dogs are prohibited on this trail.  Here is a link for more info: .  Note that the Sierra Club requires all outings participants to sign a standard waiver.  Please call Dave Fairall at (336) 247-6888 for meetup location and more specifics.



A Word about Outings

The Sierra Club requires all outings participants to sign a standard waiver.  You can preview 

BRING - Water, food and raingear.

WEATHER - Trips go unless hazardous conditions exist. Call leader when in doubt.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL - Hikers should make sure their ability and equipment match the difficulty.  

Easy:   0-5 miles and elevation changes up to 1000 feet. Moderate: 5-10 miles or elevation 

change 1000 to 2500 feet. Strenuous: >10 miles or elevation change of more than 2500 ft.

REMEMBER - Carpooling is encouraged but trips officially begin at the trailhead.  Participants 

must arrange carpools among themselves at the arranged meeting site - this is not the responsibility of 

the leader.  If you do car-pool, take the initiative and reimburse the driver.  Radios and firearms are 

prohibited.  Pets are permitted only when it is stated clearly that pets are permitted.


Sheet & Acknowledgment of Outing Member Responsibility, Express

Assumption of Risk, and Release of Liability

I understand that during my participation in this Sierra Club Outing, I may be exposed to a 

variety of hazards and risks, foreseen or unforeseen, which are inherent in each Outing and 

cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique character of the Outing.  These inherent risks 

include, but are not limited to, the dangers of serious personal injury, property damage, and death 

(“Injuries and Damages”) from exposure to the hazards of travel and the Sierra Club has not tried 

to contradict or minimize my understanding of these risks.  I know that Injuries and Damages 

can occur by natural causes or activities of other persons, animals, trip members, trip leaders and 

assistants or third parties, either as a result of negligence or because of other reasons.  I 

understand that risks of such Injuries and Damages are involved in adventure travel such as 

Sierra Club Outings and I appreciate that I may have to exercise extra care for my own person 

and for others around me in the face of such hazards.  I further understand that on this Outing 

there may not be rescue or medical facilities or expertise necessary to deal with the Injuries and 

Damages to which I may be exposed.

In consideration for my acceptance as a participant on this Outing, and the services and amenities 

to be provided by the Sierra Club in connection with the Outing, I confirm my understanding 


 I have read any rules and conditions applicable to the Outing made available to me; I will pay 

any costs and fees for the Outing; and I acknowledge my participation is at the discretion of 

the leader.

 The Outing officially begins and ends at the location(s) designated by the Sierra Club.  The 

Outing does not include carpooling, transportation, or transit to and from the Outing, and I 

am personally responsible for all risks associated with this travel.  This does not apply to 

transportation provided by the Sierra Club during the Outing.

 If I decide to leave early and not to complete the Outing as planned, I assume all risks 

inherent in my decision to leave and waive all liability against the Sierra Club arising from 

that decision.  Likewise, if the leader has concluded the Outing, and I decide to go forward 

without the leader, I assume all risks inherent in my decision to go forward and waive all 

liability against the Sierra Club arising from that decision.

 This Agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by law.  If any 

provision or any part of any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid or legally 

unenforceable for any reason, the remainder of this Agreement shall not be affected thereby 

and shall remain valid and fully enforceable.

 To the fullest extent allowed by law, I agree to WAIVE, DISCHARGE CLAIMS, AND 

RELEASE FROM LIABILITY the Sierra Club, its officers, directors, employees, agents, 

and leaders from any and all liability on account of, or in any way resulting from Injuries 

and Damages, even if caused by negligence of the Sierra Club its officers, directors, 

employees, agents, and leaders, in any way connected with this Outing.  I further agree to 

HOLD HARMLESS the Sierra Club, its officers, directors, employees, agents, and leaders 

from any claims, damages, injuries or losses caused by my own negligence while a 

participant on the outing.  I understand and intend that this assumption of risk and release is 

binding upon my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, and includes any minors 

accompanying me on the Outing. 

 I have read this document in its entirety and I freely and voluntarily assume all risks of such 

Injuries and Damages and notwithstanding such risks, I agree to participate in the Outing.

PHOTO RELEASE: Your consent is greatly appreciated as it allows photos taken during this 

program to be used by the Sierra Club in the future, but it is not required.  Indicated by my 

initials on the attached form, I hereby authorize the Sierra Club and/or parties designated by the 

Sierra Club (including periodicals, other printed matter, or electronic media, and their editors) to 

use my photograph for sale to or reproduction in any medium the Sierra Club or its designees see 

fit for the purposes of advertising, display, exhibition, or editorial use.