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Backpack IconApr 10-12 (Fri-Sun) CANCELLED - Eagle Rock Loop Backpack Trip

LOCAL OUTINGS THROUGH APRIL 12 HAVE BEEN CANCELLED AND MAY BE RESCHEDULED AFTER THAT DATE. Backpack for 3 days on the longest loop trail in Arkansas. A combination of parts of the Little Missouri Trail, the Athens-Big Fork Trail and the Viles Branch Trail, the Eagle Rock Loop Trail crosses the Little Missouri River multiple times and travels over nine mountains. The hike will combine rugged hill climbs through mixed hardwood and pine forests with strolls along crystal clear streams.  It is arguably one of the best hikes in the Ouachita Mountains. Points of interest include Little Missouri Falls, Spirit Rock Vista, Eagle Rock Vista and Winding Stairs, among others. Participants should have some backpacking experience for this 27-mile hike.  This is a strenuous trip due to elevation changes along the Athens-Big Fork Trail and the amount of miles covered. Drive to the area (about 4 hours from Dallas) on Thursday.  We'll hike Friday, Saturday and half of Sunday. Trip rated: Strenuous. Leader: Arthur Kuehne Send Email 214-608-3210

Day Hike IconApr 11 (Sat) CANCELLED - Riverbottom and Crosstimber Trails at Fort Worth Nature Center

LOCAL OUTINGS THROUGH APRIL 12 HAVE BEEN CANCELLED AND MAY BE RESCHEDULED AFTER THAT DATE. Spring is here and nature is waking from her winter slumber. We will walk the Riverbottom Trail in the morning. This is a bottomland forest trail following the West Fork of the Trinity River at times. We'll pass a small bluestem meadow and end up at the marsh boardwalk. The boardwalk is a good spot to see waterfowl. Then back to the trailhead for lunch. We’ll have lunch on the banks of the Trinity River or at the visitor center. After lunch we'll walk the Crosstimber Trail, a loop hike through another bottomland forest. The trees will be greening up, so both trails promise to be beautiful spring walks. Bring lunch and two liters of water. And it’s time for the insect repellent. Bathrooms are at the starting and ending points of the walks. $5 per person. Limit 10 people. Trip rated: Moderate. Leader: Jim Binnings Send Email 205-746-3266

Backpack IconApr 25-26 (Sat-Sun) CANCELLED - Weekend Beginner Backpack Trip in the Caney Creek Wilderness, Arkansas

This trip has been CANCELLED. Hopefully, we will be able to reschedule for sometime this fall. Hike one of the most scenic trails in Arkansas, in the Caney Creek Wilderness of west central Arkansas. Saturday we’ll enjoy the views from the ridgetop Buckeye Mountain Trail. We'll end up at a beautiful campsite near a waterfall. Sunday we’ll hike out along the creek bottoms of the Caney Creek Trail. With any luck there will be lots of wildflowers in bloom. This trip is rated moderate and is suitable for beginners in good shape. Both days cover about 4 1/2 miles, but Saturday includes an 500 foot uphill section. Preference will be given to graduates of our Backpacking 101 class. Trip rated: Moderate. Leader: Arthur Kuehne Send Email 214-608-3210

Day Hike IconMay 16 (Sat) CANCELED - EDUCATIONAL OUTING- Clymer Meadow Preserve, near Greenville, TX

Join me for “Prairie day” at one of the largest remaining Blackland remnant tallgrass prairies in Texas.  Brandon Belcher of the Nature Conservancy will speak to all attending about the mission and the history of the preserve. We will then go on a guided tour of the prairie, stopping to talk about the prairie ecosystem and admire the amazing prairie wildflowers. The event is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and end at 12 p.m. Because of the large group expected to attend, we will meet at the preserve at 8:30 a.m.  Insect repellent, sunscreen, a hat, and long pants with closed-toe shoes are recommended, Bring a liter of water and a snack.  The preserve will have some water onsite, as well as porta-a-johns. Limit 10. Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Jim Binnings Send Email 205-746-3266

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Bus Trip IconMay 21-25 (Thu-Mon) CANCELLED - Bus trip to Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico

Due to ongoing ongoing COVID-19 response, this year's trip to Bandelier National Monument has been CANCELLED.  For more information: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Meeting IconJun 16 (Tue) Outings Committee meeting

The next meeting of the Outings Committee is Tuesday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m., place to be determined. Outings leaders and prospective leaders are encouraged to attend. We'll plan outings for the balance of 2020 and beyond. If you plan to attend and aren't already on the list of leaders, contact Mark to receive a proposed agenda by the weekend before this meeting.  Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733


Beavers Bend State Park, OKMark your calendar for this 10th annual fall celebration in scenic southeastern Oklahoma near Broken Bow. The rustic cabins will be gone but we'll enjoy our 10th year in the large group compound which has sprawling areas for tents, a bathhouse (flush toilets and hot showers!) and dining hall with full kitchen. We'll offer various Saturday hike options with Dallas Sierra Club leaders or you may explore on your own. In addition to beautiful hiking trails, the park offers birding, paddling (rentals available), horseback riding and more. This weekend is for singles, couples, families, friends, outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities - everyone wanting to enjoy the magic of sleeping under the stars! Campers bring own equipment. More details and reservation information will be posted here in July. Trip rated: Kid Friendly. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-207-4997

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