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Dallas Sierra Club Calendar

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Bicycle IconSep 23 (Sat) Urban Bike Trails Triangle

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Meet at R Taco (formerly Rusty Taco), NE corner of Greenville Ave. and University Blvd., Dallas. Park there if you arrive in time for breakfast.  Let’s leave Rusty Taco at 9 AM. We’ll bike to White Rock Lake via the Ridgewood Trail, then head south along the lake to the Santa Fe Trail. Riding the SF Trail, we’ll emerge in Deep Ellum, where it’ll be time for a caffeine break (Café Brazil?). Then we'll continue through Downtown Dallas (ultra-light traffic on weekends) to the Katy Trail and ride the Katy north to our starting point. The whole triangular trip is 18 miles. Plan on two hours plus the stop in Deep Ellum. Bring your own bicycle.  You must wear a helmet.  This is an opportunity to experience several popular urban bike trails. You may show up unannounced at Rusty Taco, but I’d appreciate a reply to tell me you’ll be there. Only people who reply with an email address will be alerted of cancelation or other changes.   Leader: Bill Beach Send Email 214-662-3224

Class IconSep 27 (Wed) Wilderness Navigation Class--Part 1

Picture of compassDon't miss out! Join us for this outstanding, bi-annual two-night class to help you navigate in the backcountry with map and compass. Part 1 is Wednesday night at 6:30. Part 2 is Thursday night at 6:30. Both sessions are upstairs at the Whole Foods Market, SE quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane. The fee for the two-night class is $35 for Sierra Club members, $40 for non-members. An optional field lab for class participants will be set on Saturday or Sunday.  Pay in advance by clicking here or pay at the door. Bring a compass if you have one. If not, we'll have an extra you can use and we'll advise what to look for when you buy your own. Both sessions will run until approximately 9:00. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Class IconSep 28 (Thu) Wilderness Navigation Class--Part 2

Join us for this second night of a two-part class that begins Wednesday, Sept. 27. Both sessions are at Whole Foods Market, Preston Road at Forest Lane. See above for details and link to pay online.   Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Day Hike IconSep 30 (Sat) Cedar Ridge Preserve Dayhike

Join us for a great time at one of the best dayhike places in the area. We will meet at the parking lot at 9 AM and hike about 6 miles (2 to 2.5 hours). Afterward, we plan to have lunch at a restaurant nearby. The Preserve is a not-for-profit natural habitat of 633 acres featuring 10 miles of hiking trails, a native plant nursery and butterfly gardens. Find your way to IH 20 in Dallas, just east of Grand Prairie and take exit 458 for Mountain Creek Parkway. Go south for a few miles and you will see the entrance to the Preserve on your right. Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Bill Beach Send Email 214-662-3224

Car Camp IconOct 13-15 (Fri-Sun) Fall Weekend at Beavers Bend State Park, Oklahoma

Beavers Bend State ParkMake Friday the 13th special and join us for this relaxing weekend of fall beauty in scenic southeastern Oklahoma. We have an entire group compound reserved, complete with your choice of rustic cabin or tent camping, bathhouse (yes, hot showers!) and dining hall with kitchen. We'll offer Saturday hike options with Dallas Sierra Club leaders, ranging from a one-mile nature trail to a 7-mile roller-coaster trail up, down and over the skyline ridges. The park offers additional activities, including paddling (rentals available), horseback riding and more. We also offer a Saturday night catered dinner option. This weekend is for singles, couples, families, friends, young and young at heart -- a great event for all. Details and reservation information is in this PDF. Don't wait, sign up now! Trip rated: Kid Friendly. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Meeting IconOct 18 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting

It's a third Wednesday of a month, so 6:30 is the time for another gathering to plan outings, upstairs at Whole Foods Market, SE quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane, Dallas. Anyone interested in outings is welcome to attend and participate. Reply to Mark to be added to the advance agenda email list or to suggest an agenda item.  Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Day Hike IconOct 28 (Sat) Dayhike White Rock Creek Trail from Moss Park

Meet at 9:00 am at Moss Park (SE corner of Greenville Ave and Royal Lane). Hike 5-6 miles along a paved trail. Bring water and a snack, as we will be hiking all morning. No reservations are necessary. Just show up. No pets please. Optional lunch at a local restaurant. Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Mark Adams Send Email 940-231-8482

Backpack IconNov 4-5 (Sat-Sun) Beginner Backpack Trip to the Caney Creek Wilderness

Join us for one of the Dallas Sierra Club’s favorite local backpacking trips. We’ll backpack in about 4 1/2 miles along Caney Creek, cross it a few times, and climb some small hills. After setting up camp near a waterfall, we’ll do a short day hike as time and energy permit.  For many of us, this was our first Wilderness hike and it's still one of our favorites. TRIP IS FULL WITH A WAIT LIST.  PLEASE watch for more outings on the website. Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Sue Greer Send Email 972-247-0446

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Backpack IconNov 11-12 (Sat-Sun) Little Missouri River Beginner Backpacking Trip

We`ll do a moderately-easy backpack of about 9.5 miles over 2 days along one of the most scenic backpacking trails in Southwest Arkansas. Because the trail follows the upper reaches of the Little Missouri River there is minimal elevation change, but be prepared for a couple wet stream crossings. Drive up Friday night and return Sunday. Hopefully the Fall colors will still be going strong. This hike is suitable for graduates of the Beginner Backpacking Class who are in good shape. Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Mark Adams Send Email 940-231-8482

Bus Trip IconFeb 28-Mar 5 (Wed-Mon) Big Bend National Park

YES! Dates for the 2018 sleeper bus trip to hike in Big Bend National Park have been set. We'll depart Dallas on the night of Wednesday, February 28, hike on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and arrive back in Dallas by sunup on Monday, March 5. Details will be posted here in November or early December. We plan to offer five alternative hike routes.  Most alternaitves will backpack on most days and camp in the backcountry. At least one will base camp in a group site in the Chisos Basin and make days hikes each day, backpacking short distances on the first and last days.   Bus trip leader: Arthur Kuehne Send Email 214-608-3210

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