Dallas Sierra Club Calendar
Apr 1 (Sat) Day Hike at Spring Creek Nature Preserve in Garland
Apr 6-9 (Thu-Sun) Paddling Trip On The Wild Neches River
It's time to get those dusty boats wet. This flat water canoe/kayak trip provides an opportunity for solitude while paddling the beautiful Neches River through the heavily wooded Big Thicket National Preserve in southeast Texas. The Neches River is considered by experts to be one of the top 10 flat water rivers in the lower 48 states. The trip starts at highway 1013 near Spurger and ends 39 miles downstream at highway 96 near Silsbee. The exact section paddled could change depending on river flow. Big Thicket Preserve is managed by the National Park Service. Trip rated: Moderate. Leader: Bill Greer Send Email 972-247-0446
The first day will be mostly a travel day. After a drive of about 290 miles from Dallas we'll meet late afternoon at our put-in. We'll go 2 or 3 miles down the river and find a home for the night. There will be an option to meet at an outfitter, leave our cars in his parking lot, and be shuttled to the put-in and back from the take-out. The next 3 days will give us a leisurely trip down the river and an early take-out for the trip home. If you want to see how fast you can get down the Neches this is not the trip for you.
You will need to provide your own boat, camping gear, and all the trimmings for 3 nights and 3 days on the river. You can rent a canoe or kayak from this same outfitter. You can find out more about this part of the Neches at this link. You can take an aerial tour here . You may have to click a small earth symbol in lower left.
You can see pictures from the last Sierra Club Neches trip here .
Apr 8-9 (Sat-Sun) Beginners Backpack Trip in Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas
We'll hike a portion of the Little Missouri River Trail and the Viles Branch Trail in the Ouachita National Forest in SW Arkansas. Camp at Shady Lake Campground Friday night. Drive to the trailhead Saturday morning and hike about 6 miles to camp near one of many streams in the area Saturday night. Hike out about 4 miles on Sunday morning. This hike is rated moderate with a few hills and stream crossings. Some spots will be reserved for members of the January 21 Backpacking 101 class. Trip rated: Moderate. Leader: Mark Adams Send Email 940-231-8482
Apr 22 (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
Apr 26 (Wed) Wilderness Navigation Class--Part 1
Come to a comprehensive and fun 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
Apr 27 (Thu) Wilderness Navigation Class--Part 2
Join us for this second night of a two-part class that begins Wednesday, April 26. Both sessions are at Whole Foods Market, Preston Road at Forest Lane. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306
May 26-29 (Fri-Mon) Texas Hill Country Explorapalooza
Join us on a superb exploration of the Texas Hill Country this Memorial Day weekend! Lodging options include a hotel in Burnet or your choice of tent camping or cabins at Inks Lake State Park. Walk the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, tour the LBJ Ranch, hike the hills at Inks Lake, go spelunking at Longhorn Caverns, eat lunch in Luckenbach and check out a great museum or winery in Fredericksburg. Leave the driving to us--we’ll ride in a comfortable sit-up bus for the duration of the trip. Complete trip details, including cost and how to sign up, are in this PDF. Bus trip leader: Annie Wilson Send Email 682-232-4980
Jul 10-14 (Mon-Fri) Lost Park Loop Colorado
Backpack a loop route of 28 miles in five days in the Tarryall Mountains, Lost Creek Wilderness Area, Pike National Forest. The Lost Park Trailhead is 20 miles east of US Highway 285, near Fairplay and 3 to 4 hours from the Denver Airport. Drive or carpool to and from the trailhead on the weekends before and after the hike or make this a fly/drive. Camps will be at elevations of 9,000' to 11,000'. This remote, forested loop is characterized by granite knobs, a creek that disappears and resurfaces nine times and some great creekside campsites. Due to duration and altitude, backpacking experience is recommended. Express interest by phone or email to receive details and registration forms. The outing is limited to two parties of twelve, hiking in opposite directions. Sixteen people are have committed to the trip to date. There's no fee for this outing--just personal expenses for getting to and from the trailhead. Registration and approval are required. Trip rated: Moderately Strenuous. Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733
Aug 31-Sep 5 (Thu-Tue) Pecos Wilderness, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, New Mexico
The 2017 Labor Day weekend backpacking trip goes to the Pecos Wilderness. This high basin rimmed by the "Divide" is forested with firs and aspens and it's one of the treasures of the southern Rockies. We'll have four days of hiking and three nights of camping--time to explore highlights and hidden gems of one of our favorite wild places. Save the dates. The sleeper bus will depart Dallas on Thursday night, arriving at the Cowles and Jacks Creek Trailheads Friday morning. We'll bring you home by 6 AM Tuesday. Contact: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733
Oct 13-15 (Fri-Sun) Fall Weekend at Beavers Bend State Park, Oklahoma - SAVE THE DATE!
Make 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 and friends -- a great event for all. Details and reservation information will be posted here in early August. Mark your calendar now! Trip rated: Kid Friendly. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306