Dallas Sierra Club Calendar
Dec 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 upstairs at Whole Foods Market, southeast corner of Preston Road and Forest Lane, in Dallas at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas Group Chair for more information.
Dec 10 (Sat) White Rock Lake Clean-up
Walk and talk while picking up trash and recyclables at the Sierra Club's adopted section of White Rock Lake Park. Meet at 8:15 AM this second Saturday of the month at the Love of the Lake office, northeast corner of Garland Road and Buckner Boulevard. Look for the crowd drinking free juice and coffee. Gloves, trash bags, etc. will be provided. Our area includes one of the wonderful prairie restoration areas, so there are always birds and wildflowers to enjoy. Brunch afterwards. Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Carol Nash Send Email 214-455-2115
Dec 11 (Sun) Sierra Club Holiday Party
Our annual Holiday Party will be held at El Fenix Restaurant at 255 Casa Linda Plaza. We'll party on Sunday, December 11 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Here is a Google map.
Club members and guests will share the holiday spirit, some great Mexican food, and the company of others at this annual event. Join us for some camaraderie, raffle prizes, and perhaps some surprise speakers, you never know. We'll celebrate some of our outstanding volunteers and have plenty of time to mingle. There's bound to be talk about issues of the day -- air, water, fracking, coal, nuclear, whatever strikes your green fancy. The entire menu will be available so you can order whatever you want to eat or drink, including liquid spirits. We'll provide a free round of margaritas. Invite your family and friends. So come on out for a great party, low price, no clean up, and lots of like minded people. What could be better? See you there, and bring your appetite. Happy Holidays!!
Dec 13 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Dec 17 (Sat) Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve
Come to the hilly terrain of Cedar Ridge Preserve to help maintain one of the better trail networks in Dallas. The Sierra Club is responsible for the Possum Haw Trail. We work here on third Saturdays of almost every month, starting at 9 AM, working until approximately noon. The Preserve's address is 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas. For directions and general information about Cedar Ridge Preserve, click this link. If you need more information or want to carpool, call or email me. Contact: Ginger Bradley Send Email 469-223-7902
Dec 17 (Sat) Christms Lights Walk
Who says hikes must be in daylight? Come out to “ooh” and “ahh” holiday lights in Highland Park. Meet at the intersection of Beverly and Lakeside Drives at 7:00 PM. (Lakeside parallels Turtle Creek, east of Preston.) Parking is available on both streets. We’ll walk until 8:00 or 8:30. Walkers are invited to adjourn to the Stein house, eight blocks from your car, for a hot drink. Replies aren't required, but a reply to Bill will put you on the list for notice if there's a schedule change due to weather. Trip rated: Kid Friendly. Leader: Bill Beach Send Email 214-662-3224
Dec 21 (Wed) NO Outings Committee Meeting tonight
It's a busy month and we'll get along fine without another meeting this third Wednesday. The next Outings Committee meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 18. If you discover business that cannot wait, contact Mark. Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733
Jan 10 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Jan 21 (Sat) Backpacking 101 Class
Want something fun to start 2017? This is it! Save the date. The class is for never-ever backpackers and people who want to update backpacking knowledge, skills or gear.
Sierra Club trip leaders with decades of experience will present a comprehensive overview of backpacking topics--packs, tents, food, clothing, sleeping bags, water treatment and much more, plus "ah-ha" tips we wish someone had told us sooner for the sake of comfort and affordability.
Location: Whole Foods Market, Preston Road at Forest Lane, Dallas (map)
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Cost: $35 for Sierra Club members, $40 for non-members. You can register and pay on-line here or you can just show up and pay at the door. Interested or have questions? Please contact the class coordinator.
Trips especially for class participants will be scheduled for spring. Come on out! Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306
Feb 14 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Feb 15-20 (Wed-Mon) Big Bend National Park Bus Trip
Board the sleeper bus Wednesday night and wake to breakfast at the restaurant in Big Bend National Park. The 2017 trip has options to backpack the Chisos Basin, the Chimneys, an Outer Mountain Loop and the Mesa de Anguila. There's an option to camp three nights at the Chisos Basin Campground and make day hikes. Two of the five trip options will spend a day on the east side of the Park, hiking to Hot Springs and Boquillas Canyon. All trips hike four days (Thur., Fri., Sat., Sun.) and camp three nights. Return to Dallas Monday between 5 and 6 AM. Mid-February is prime time to visit the Park, before it's too hot. Trip details and registration forms are in this PDF document. The 2016 trip filled six weeks before departure, so early registration is advised. Bus trip leader: Arthur Kuehne Send Email 214-608-3210
Mar 4-5 (Sat-Sun) Overnight Hike, Big Thicket National Preserve, Texas
May 26-29 (Fri-Mon) Texas Hill Country Explorapalooza
This year's Memorial Day excursion is a trip by chartered bus to sights in the Hill Country northwest of Austin. There will be tent camping and motel camping options and plenty to see and do. Leader: Annie Wilson Send Email 817-239-1360
Jul 10-14 (Mon-Fri) Lost Park Loop , Lost Creek Wilderness, Colorado
Backpack in the Tarryall Mountains of the Front Range, Pike National Forest, for five days on a loop of 28 miles. The Lost Park trailhead is 20 miles southeast of US Highway 285, near Fairplay, three 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. We'll explore group airfare six months before departure. 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, a previous experience on a Sierra Club backpacking outing is strongly recommended. Call or reply by email if interested. Group size will be limited to twelve unless interest warrants a second group traveling the loop in the opposite direction. There's no fee for this outing--just personal expenses for getting to and from the trailhead. Trip rated: Moderately Strenuous. Leader: 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 s for singles, couples, families and friends -- a great event for all. Details and reservation information will be posted here in early August 2017. Mark your calendar now! Trip rated: Kid Friendly. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306