Hike for the Homeless (Urban Hike)

Join Us for a "Hike for the Homeless". We will be meeting at Hard Rock Cafe (HRC) in Downtown Dallas (park at an all day lot). Please bring a donation of one of the following that will be distributed to the Dallas Homeless during the hike: Bundle of Socks (new), Gloves, Coat (used or new), Rain Gear (used or new).

We will meet at HRC for a beverage and then take a 4-5 mile hike that will take us through parts of downtown and through an area where we can deliver the coats to the homeless. Afterward we may stop by the Iron Cactus or one of the nearby restaurants for a refreshing beverage or a bite to eat.

PARKING: You should park in a parking lot that is all day parking, there is parking under the bridge and on the opposite side of the highway for West End. There is a parking garage for Hard Rock Cafe just be sure you avoid parking at The House Condos. The entrance to the HRC garage is on the west side of the building. I had an issue with the parking receipt when I was there recently but it was quickly resolved. I am told the first two hours are free. We cannot wait for anyone to re-park their vehicles this year because the group is so large so please pay close attention to the towing signs and parking signs and the hours of parking. Do not park at meters as they will run out before we return and you may be ticketed. We are not responsible for tickets or towed cars. Hide all valuables in your car.


Please dress comfortably, wear good hiking shoes.

Leave watches, rings and valuables at home.

YouTube Video of past DFWA Charity Events


Hard Rock Cafe (Dallas) / [masked] / Hike Map

2211 North Houston Street (South end of Victory Park)


What to Bring:

- Donation for Homeless (see above)

- Cash for all day parking (near) HRC

- Cash for food / drinks and tips

- Water, Snack (Cliff Bars are the best!)

- Weather appropriate Clothing.

- Comfortable Shoes (may want gel inserts)

- Small flashlight for visibility to cars

- Camera (water proof bag if rain)

- Wear something that is bright for visibility to traffic


Hike Plan: (Bring a Copy of Map)

- 11:30AM gather at HRC (eat something light before hike).
- We may break into four smaller groups with captains.
- Meet on sidewalk outside of HRC for instructions.
- Depart HRC and head towards West End (Hike Begins).
- Approximately 2-3 hour hike to The Bridge for donations.
- (A member suggested a small backpack to carry your items in)
- We will hike from The Bridge to restaurant row on Main Street.
- Eat at Iron Cactus or (your choice) between Ervay & Akard.
- (Eat something light since we still have a hike back to the cars)
- 1.5 hour for food then meet at courtyard outside Iron Cactus.
- Return to West End area to say farewells, return to cars.

Note: Please no photos of organizer (aka Mother). Thank you.


Difficulty (1-5): 2, Length: 4-6 hours

Area: Paved, Traffic, Possible Cool Weather


If you drink designate a driver or call a taxi.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Just posted the H4H Video! Thanks again everyone for your help and support! A special thanks to Bobbie Lea for collecting over 400 donations for the homeless and to our Hike Captains for their assistance in keeping everyone safe. Best wishes, DFWA


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    October 22, 2012

  • Tony

    This was a lot of fun! Was able to meet some new, wonderful people. The weather was perfect and the distance was just right for this large of a group. Great event overall! Thanks for organizing!

    October 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a wonderful group of people who showed up. We had great weather and a good cause. We had over 500 items donated to the homeless. One participant brought over 400 items that she collected from family and friends. Thanks Everyone!

    October 21, 2012

  • Linda J.

    Thank you, David, for organizing this event! I enjoyed it very much! It is always a challenge to organize an event with a large group and you did a great job!

    October 21, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Linda! You are so sweet and I had a wonderful time with a great group of caring and giving folks. I look forward to seeing all of you again soon! Best wishes, DFWA

      October 21, 2012

  • Jill

    It feels very good to help the less fortunate and doing this on foot made it worth the venture. I love walking so to do some sight seeing was worth the trip. However I would have liked better organization between the group leaders. I believe everyone in the entire group would have benefited (esp those not familiar with Dallas' history) with the group leaders educating the people w/some of the historical sites. I do realize this event was not geared for that but it would have made for a much more interesting walk to "The Bridge". Host also should have indicated that for those that did not want to meet up at 11:30 to eat, should meet at a designated time when the entire group was ready to leave the restaurant at the start of the hike. Thanks for organizing this!

    October 21, 2012

  • cheron

    Worth every step

    October 21, 2012

  • Kari C.

    This event was alot of fun. And we stopped by some different monuments downtown. It was very cool. Very fun group as well :) Big thanks to the organizers!

    October 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Attention group captains: When you arrive you will receive a two way radio, a laminated colored paper and a map. Once we have all finished at Hard Rock Cafe a message will be broadcast to meet across the street in the courtyard. We will organize into our groups as each participant will be receiving a corresponding colored card which will be used to identify you as their captain. Once we are organized we will start our hike. The only thing you will have to do is make sure that everyone gets through the cross walks safely and observes pedestrian law. If anyone looks like they are having problems keeping up you will just radio me and I will slow down the pace. There will also be parks along the way that we will stop at so the group can catch up and rest. This is going to be a blast and a BIG thanks to our volunteers and participants in this years 2012 Hike for the Homeless (H4H)! Best wishes, Mother (DFWA)

    October 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be greeting our guests at the door.

    October 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    See all of you tomorrow! 11:30AM at Hard Rock Cafe 2211 North Houston Street Dallas, TX 75219 Phone: (469)[masked]

    October 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    H4H Day is almost here! A few reminders:

    - Review the event posting details.
    - Bring a printed copy of the map.
    - Bring a coat or blanket to donate.
    - Additional donations can be dropped off later.
    - Bring water and a power snack.
    - Bring cash for parking, food and tips when dining.
    - If you have a two way radio to bring set to Channel 5.
    - Observe all pedestrian laws.

    You will be receiving a color coded card at the event. Hold onto this and return to organizer at the end of the event. The card is to help us break the group into two smaller groups with captains so that we can communicate better and maintain a comfortable pace.

    There are plans for a video to be made of the event, you can view the video and posted pictures of all events on our FaceBook page: http://www.facebook.com/dfw.adv...­

    DFWA will continue to host community charity hikes benefiting:
    Students with Disabilities, Children's Orphanages, Homeless, SPCA

    Thanks for your support!

    October 18, 2012

  • DFW B.

    I did this 2 years ago.. It was a BLAST!!!

    September 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    To answer a members question. I actually didn't start this myself, I give that honor to my mom. When I was a kid my father lost his job and the Holiday Season was looking very bleak. My parents and I agreed instead of being concerned with what we didn't have we would appreciate what we did have, a roof over our head, food on the table and each other. We went to down town Fort Worth to see the Christmas Tree and when walking back to our car we saw a man sleeping on a bench with only newspaper to keep him warm. My family agreed to pool our holiday money that we were going to use to by each other gifts and spend it on blankets for the homeless. We handed them out together and that is the most memorable Christmas I have ever had! I now share that joy with all of you, thanks mom!

    1 · August 24, 2012

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