Monday, March 31

Sierra Club outing April 6 at 12:30 pm!

Shawnee Group outings are about to resume! New Outings Leader Christine Crites will lead her first hike on Sunday, April 6th on the Marshall Ridge Trail (2.8 miles - Beginner) with the option to continue on to the Heron Pond Trail. Meet at 12:30 at the big sign at the Murdale Shopping Center in Carbondale (on Rt. 13). Wear sturdy shoes, bring water and a snack. If you would like to hike with the Sierra Club at Marshall Ridge, contact Christine Crites at to sign up for the hike (REQUIRED), or for further information. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD! BRING A FRIEND!

Monday, September 16

Camp Ondessonk Weekend in the Shawnee Forest of Southern Illinois

Join Piasa Palisades Group Sierrans for a weekend at Camp Ondessonk
November 1-3, 2013

The Piasa Palisades Group invites you to join them for a Camp Ondessonk getaway. Camp Ondessonk, located in Johnson County in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest, offers access to beautiful trails with dramatic sandstone bluffs. It is also close to many other favorite places in the Shawnee including Bell Smith Springs, Jackson Hollow and Burden Falls.

Piasa Palisades Group will be staying in the “dorms,” which have heat and electricity, access to bathrooms with showers, and a fire pit.

The cost is $11.50 per person per night. Meals on your own. Optional exploratory hikes.

Some have expressed an interest in staying in St Noel. That is $100 per night per room plus $25 per night for every extra person over four.

For more information, contact Carol Klinger at or call 618-288-5630.

Saturday, September 7

Fall Weekend Get-away Hikes

Fall Weekend Get Away Hikes in Shawnee National Forest Date: Friday, October 11, 2013 to Sunday, October 13, 2013 Presented by: River Prairie Group Leader: Jan Bradford - 847-455-2947 Level: Moderate (advanced beginner) Location: Murphysboro, IL 62966, USA Come join us for a hike in the LaRue Pine Hills bluffs and the snake migration road that is closed every spring and fall on Satur-day and Little Grand Canyon hike on Sun-day. Elevation on this hike is around 400' so hikers must be in good physical condition. On both days naturalist Ed Max will be with us to identify plants and trees that are unique to this area. This is a lodge based weekend you won't want to miss. Leader Jan Bradford and Naturalist Ed Max. Limit 10-20 cost will be around $160 for two nights lodging and fees. We will go out Saturday night for a group supper together. Contact Jan Bradford at 847-455-2947 NOTE: IF YOU WANT TO HIKE WITHOUT LODGING COST IS $3 PER DAY - All are welcome for the group supper Saturday night. Please contact leader.

Wednesday, August 14

Camp Ondessonk Weekend

Carol Klinger, a leader with Piasa Palisades Group of Sierra Club, is leading a weekend outing at Camp Ondessonk in Shawnee National Forest, November 1-3, 2013.  Participants will stay in the "dorms", which have heat and electricity, and are located directly off of the parking lot.  You will have access to showers and a fire pit.  Cost is $11.50 per person per night.  Meals are on your own.  There will be optional exploratory hikes in Shawnee Forest, which is adjacent to Camp Ondessonk.   For more information, contact Carol Klinger at or call 618-288-5630.

Thursday, August 1

Memorial Service for Bob Tyson, Shawnee Group Outings Chair, is set for this Saturday, August 3rd, at 1:30 PM at the Church of the Good Shepherd at 515 Orchard Drive in Carbondale, IL.  Shawnee Group ExCom is discussing a fitting memorial for Bob - possibly a sign at a trailhead.  We also will devote any memorial donations to train new outings leaders for Shawnee Group Sierra Club.  Of course, Bob cannot be replaced.  He was a great hiking companion and a tireless volunteer who helped many people enjoy the outdoors.  Direct any questions or concerns to Barb at or 618-529-4824.

Monday, July 8

Bob Tyson, the Outings Chair and ExCom member of Shawnee Group Sierra Club for many years, suffered a massive heart attack on July 5th while clearing brush from a trail in Cove Hollow.  He was found on the trail by two mountain bikers.

As you may know already, Bob encouraged people to get outdoors, take a hike and enjoy nature by leading hikes, exploring new areas and by posting directions for "self-adventure" hikes here on this blog.  His archives of self-adventure trails will be maintained on this blog, but we do not yet know if anyone will take up this challenge to follow in Bob's footsteps.

Bob also recruited a team of people who are stewards of various trails in Southern Illinois.  Bob made many contributions to Shawnee Group, his church and other organizations.  He will be sorely missed by many people, and leaves a huge hole in the Shawnee Group ExCom. 

Bob had hikes planned for the fall for Shawnee Group's outings.  These have been cancelled, and we are now looking for volunteers to become official outings leaders for Shawnee Group Sierra Club.  It may take several people to each lead a couple hikes per year.  Of course, we can't really replace Bob.

Kay, Bob's wife, wants to set up a memorial fund that would go to promote outings for Shawnee Group.  We are also in discussion about what would be a fitting memorial.  One suggestion would be a plaque at one of Bob's favorite trails.  If you have any questions or suggestions, you can contact me at  or 618-529-4824
Barb McKasson, Chair
Shawnee Group Sierra Club

Tuesday, June 4

Fall/Winter 2013 Outings

This is the Sierra Club hikes for Sept-December 2013. More information on these places are on this same blogsite just by scrolling the index. All hikes require an RSVP to Bob Tyson at 618-684-5643.

Sept 8. Cove hollow Trail. Pomona,ill. Leave Murphysboro ranger station 12:45. this 4 mile shuttle trail offers views of steep cliff lines,shelter caves,slot canyons,frequent lake views. This outing venue may change if the nearby privately owned shawnee cave opens to the public.

Oct 13. Hayes Creek Trails 191-191A. Glendale,ill. Car pool starts murdale Shopping Ctr sign at 9:30, former Wal-mart parking 10am Marion. Other points tba. Well-constructed trails take us along pretty cliff lines which parallel hayes creek. 
Oct 27.  Service outing at Kinkaid waterfall/spillway. Meet 12:45 Murphysboro ranger station. Clean up trash in both the parking area and each level of the waterfall. This is adjacent to Kinkaid lake Trail.

Nov 10.  One Horse Gap. Pope County,ill. Car pool starts 9am Murdale Shopping Ctr sign in Carbondale, 9:30 former Walmart parking in Marion. other points tba. First stop is the geological formation known as the gap. Next we make a loop of trails 169-170 which features a rim trail over a cliff line and views of surounding valleys and ridges. The base trail runs 1.2 miles along 300 ft cliff lines and rock formations.

Dec 8. Fountain Bluff River Trail. Gorham,ill. Meet 12:45 ranger station in Murphysboro. This is on private property. Enjoy continuous views that bisect steep cliff lines on one side, and mississippi river views on the otherr side.

Note: Missouri Sierra Club outings which are within 75 miles of Carbondale will be added when available. Likewise, River to River Society hikes will also be added to this page when available this fall. Check back about mid-September or so.