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Service Outing IconApr 19 (Sat) Upgrading of Trails at Cedar Ridge Preserve

It's fun to get out to the Cedar Ridge Preserve to help upgrade some of the beautiful walking trails just south of Dallas. The address is 7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75249. It's a great morning workout, and the scenery is exceptional. No tools are required, (maybe gloves) just show up and be ready to lend a hand or two. We'll work from 9 AM to 12 ish. then walk around the preserve and admire the wildflowers and fauna! There are 10 miles of trails all in all.  Bring some water.  Its on Saturday the 19th of April, Please see the website at www.audubondallas.org/cedarridge.html  for directions and info. The number is 972-709-7784   See you then! If you wish to carpool, then let me know, and we'll arrange a meeting spot. Come on out and stay green! Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Ginger Bradley Send Email 469-223-7902

Announcement IconApr 26-27 (Sat-Sun) Earth Day Texas

Earth Day Texas (formerly, Earth Day Dallas) is an annual, outdoor festival seeking to elevate environmental awareness and influence the way Texans think, live and work. The family-friendly and free-admission event allows leaders in the corporate, academic and non-profit worlds to unite and show Texans how green lifestyle choices can lower their cost of living, improve their health, and help save the environment.

Earth Day Texas takes place April 26-27 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at Fair Park.

The Dallas Sierra Club will have a booth at the festival, so please drop by and visit us.  If you would like to volunteer to help with the Sierra Club booth, please contact our organizer. Organizer: Dick Guldi Send Email

Backpack IconMay 3-4 (Sat-Sun) Backpack Buckeye Mountain Trail, Arkansas

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Hike one of the most scenic Wilderness trails in Arkansas in the Caney Creek Wilderness of west central Arkansas. Saturday we’ll enjoy the views from the ridgetop Buckeye Mountain Trail. This is a great trail to work on your map skills.  Sunday we’ll hike out along the creek bottoms of the Caney Creek Trail. Leaves and wildflowers should be just starting to appear. This trip is rated moderate and would be suitable for beginners in good shape. Both days cover about 4 1/2 miles. Saturday includes an 800 foot uphill section. We'll camp Friday night near our cars, Saturday night near a nice little waterfall. Trip rated: Moderate. Leader: Bill Greer Send Email 972-247-0446

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconMay 7 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets at REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Farmers Branch, TX 75244 (north side of LBJ between Midway and Welch) at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas Group Chair for more information.

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconMay 13 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Just because you live in the city doesn't mean you can't grow fresh food.  Leslie Halleck will give tips for growing vegetables and for composting.  Everyone is invited to the Dallas Sierra Club's General Meeting.  Full details are on our home page now.

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconMay 21 (Wed) No Outings Committee Meeting

There's no Outings Committee meeting this month.  The Outings Committee will meet next on June 18.   Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Bus Trip IconMay 23-27 (Fri-Tue) Sacramento Mountains, Cloudcroft, New Mexico

(view down Mexican CanyonWe're now accepting registrations for the Memorial Day weekend sleeper bus trip to this new destination ten miles east of Alamogordo.  Our trails are in Lincoln National Forest at elevations from 7,800 to 9,500 feet, forested with fir, pine and aspen. We've reserved a group shelter for breakfast on arrival.  One trip option is day hikes from this appealing base camp with vault toilets and a fire pit amphitheater.  All other trips will continue after breakfast to trailheads along the Rim Trail.  Thirty-one miles in all, the Rim Trail generally follows the divide between the Rio Grande and Pecos watersheds, with occasional views to White Sands and the Tularosa Valley far below.  The Rim Trail was the first National Recreational Trail in New Mexico.  Area history is tied to logging and the “Cloud-Climbing Railroad” that hauled out timber and brought in vacationers.  Railroad grade and trestle remnants are prominent features on the day hikes.  Departure is Friday evening, with return before dawn Tuesday.  Click here for complete trip details and registration application forms.  Email the Bus Trip Coordinator for inquiries.  Bus trip leader: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconJun 4 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets at REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Farmers Branch, TX 75244 (north side of LBJ between Midway and Welch) at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas Group Chair for more information.

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconJun 10 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

The movie Cry Heard 'Round The World focuses on the rally in Washington, D.C., on February 17, 2013, where 50,000 people from around the country came in freezing weather and said NO to the Keystone XL pipeline.  Everyone is invited to the Dallas Sierra Club's General Meeting.  Full details will be on our home page about a month before the meeting.

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconJun 18 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting

Meet upstairs at 6:30 at the Dallas REI store, north side of LBJ Freeway, between Midway and Welch Roads.  This month's agenda will include a review of the Sacramento Mountains trip and final drill for the upcoming Pecos Wilderness trip.  Outings leaders, prospective leaders, and people interested in outings are welcome. Ask Mark to be placed on the email list for an agenda. Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconJul 2 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets at REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Farmers Branch, TX 75244 (north side of LBJ between Midway and Welch) at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas Group Chair for more information.

Bus Trip IconJul 3-9 (Thu-Wed) Bus Trip to the Pecos Wilderness in New Mexico

(Trailriders Wall looking north to Chimayosos Peak, Pecos Wilderness)We're now accepting applications for the fabulous Fourth-of-July high country backpacking trip to northern New Mexico! This is a backpacker's paradise - a high basin of forests and meadows on the eastern slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Snow cornices may be visible in July on the tallest peaks and ridges. The awesome landscape supports elk, bighorn sheep, marmots and more. Alpine vegetation and breathtaking vistas are rewards for reaching the Skyline Trail as it curls around the high altitudes at or above tree line . Five trip options ranging from moderately strenuous to strenuous include five trail days and four nights. Our sleeper bus departs Dallas on Thursday night at 8:00 and returns at daybreak Wednesday. Complete details and application forms are in this PDF file . Bus trip leader: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconJul 8 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Everyone is invited to the Dallas Sierra Club's General Meeting.  Full details will be on our home page about a month before the meeting.

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconJul 16 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting

Meet upstairs at the REI Dallas store on the north side of LBJ between Midway and Welch at 6:30 PM. The agenda will include review of the Pecos trip, early decisions about a winter trip and planning for fall weekend trips.  Outings leaders, prospective leaders, and people interested in outings are welcome. Ask Mark to be placed on the email list for an agenda.  Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconAug 6 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets at REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Farmers Branch, TX 75244 (north side of LBJ between Midway and Welch) at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas Group Chair for more information.

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconAug 12 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Everyone is invited to the Dallas Sierra Club's General Meeting.  Full details will be on our home page about a month before the meeting.

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconAug 20 (Wed) No Outings Committee Meeting

There's no Outings Committee meeting tonight.  The Outings Committee will meet next on September 17.   Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Bus Trip IconAug 27-Sep 2 (Wed-Tue) Labor Day Backpacking in the Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

(Window and Rio Grande Pyramid)Escape the Texas heat this Labor Day weekend.  Join this trip to the cool Colorado mountains of the Weminuche Wilderness, west of Creede. This is the largest designated Wilderness in Colorado, with a variety of terrain in mountains, green valleys, high lakes and streams. Trips will range from moderately strenuous backpacking with day hikes to strenuous hikes crossing the Continental Divide multiple times. The Weminuche offers all the miles you want to hike. It's a hidden jewel and one of our most popular trips. Details and sign-up information will be posted here in early summer.  Bus trip leader: Kathryn Hurn Send Email 214-321-4030

Car Camp IconOct 17-19 (Fri-Sun) Celebrate Fall at Beavers Bend State Park - Save the date!

Beavers BendThis fall campout has been so much fun it's turned into an annual event. Join us to enjoy the scenic beauty and fall colors of Beavers Bend State Park in southeast Oklahoma. Our group complex offers your choice of rustic cabins or tent camping on the grassy lawn or by the river. Amenities include a dining hall with kitchen, stone fireplace so we can fix s'mores rain or shine and yes, even a bath house with flush toilets and hot showers. Activity options will include various group hikes and outdoor related mini-clinics 

or you can be on your own to enjoy the many options offered by the park including hikes, nature center and museum, horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking (rentals available), even a train ride through the forest for those wanting to see it the easy way! Saturday night offers a catered BBQ dinner (optional) and guest speaker. Complete trip information will be posted here in mid-August. Send email to trip coordinator to be notified when reservations open. Gather your family and friends - this outings is great for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and stages! Trip rated: Kid Friendly. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Bus Trip IconNov 6-11 (Thu-Tue) Bus Trip to Big Bend National Park - A lot more than cactus!

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Save these dates.  November is an ideal month to explore this unique piece of Texas.   The high Chisos Mountains are a sky island hosting evergreens and Bigtooth Maples.  The Tierra Quemado, 5,000 feet lower, has canyons and washes that conceal precious water sources.  The Rio Grande glides around the south edge of the park , threading the bases of the Mexico's Sierra del Carmen.  If you've never been to this national park, you owe it to yourself to come.  If you've been before, come again.  Our chartered sleeper bus will leave Dallas Thursday evening and return before dawn on Tuesday (Veteran's Day).  Some backpacking experience is required.  Trip details and registration forms will be posted here in the late summer.  Trip rated: Moderate. Bus trip leader: Arthur Kuehne Send Email 214-608-3210

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