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Beginner's Backpacking - Hike & Campout ★★

Part three of three in the beginner's backpacking series. 

2.5 mile hike to primitive site #3 & #4 at Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose.  Beginning backpackers will have an opportunity to try out their gear and test their fortitude on this overnight excursion.  Experienced trekkers are welcome and encouraged to attend!

This is a short hike, but is moderately challenging with hills and rocky terrain on the trail.  The campsite is completely primitive.  No water.  No electricity.  No toilets.  Campfires are NOT allowed.  Bring your dogs (and kids) if they're friendly and somewhat behaved

We're meeting at 10:30 am and starting the hike at 11:00.  We will probably :arrive at the campsite around 12:30 - 1:00.  After pitching camp and having a bite, the rest of the day is fairly flexible.  Hike, nap, explore...just don't miss dinnertime (6-ish)!  North Texas Outdoors folk eat well and almost always have extra.

This is a great opportunity to get your feet wet in backpacking.  All you need is plenty of water, a backpack, something to sleep in and on, and a tent (or a buddy with a tent).

The two campsites are paid for already.  With the two sites reserved, we have capacity for 16 people.  You'll have to pay park entrance fees and $5 per day to park your vehicle.  If you're on the waitlist, you may reserve your own walk-in primitive site.  Let me know you've reserved your own site, and I'll bump you to the confirmed list.

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  • Nicole

    I'm a little late with my review, but this event was absolutely wonderful. I really appreciated the opportunity to experience backpacking and learned that I'm good for only one night...in cooler temps. :)Thank you, Della, for an awesome and insightful event.

    June 15, 2014

  • Kim

    this was great fun! I can't wait to do it again, though I think in cooler temps it would be even better...and now I find I'm interested in hammocks; guess time will tell what piece of gear I add next,,,thanks for sharing your knowledge, Della!

    June 10, 2014

  • Jill B.

    Della thank you soooo much for an amazing time! You are a wonderful guide and teacher. Craig thank you for taking all those pics, can't wait to see them! Bill, Kim, Brian, Della, James, Sunny and Ethan it was awesome sharing a camp site with you all. I had a really great time and can't wait to do more outside activities with you all!

    2 · June 8, 2014

    • Della M.

      Jill, glad you made the trip. You did great, we just need to downsize that bedroll! See you at the next one.

      1 · June 9, 2014

  • Bob B

    I had a lot of fun and it was great meeting everyone. I hope to see everyone again at future events.

    June 8, 2014

    • Della M.

      Bob, thanks for coming out and being host to folks at your site.

      June 9, 2014

  • Craig

    Thanks go out to Della for hosting this event and big thanks to Kristie for bringing 4 hammocks for me to try out during the night. Now looking even more forward to the Hammock Hangout Event.

    June 8, 2014

    • Della M.

      You're welcome, hope to see you in a hammock soon. It's Kristie and I's life mission to put butts in hammocks. Life is better in the trees.

      June 9, 2014

  • Michael M.

    Great people, great effort by Della to organize it. We all wish it were 10 degrees cooler.

    June 8, 2014

  • Michelle

    What a great learning experience. Thanks, Della for coordinating the trip and keeping up with all of us newbies. You're the best. Thanks to Bob for sharing your site with us last minute planners and to Elaf & Nicole for sharing your food for us to try out. Michael, the a/c was amazing ! Not sure us girls would've srrvived the nigt without it and the trip to the REAL bathroom. Thank you. Great trip, great fun, great group. Awesome experience!

    June 8, 2014

    • Della M.

      No gear, no fear! You guys did great.

      June 9, 2014

  • Ryan

    Had a great experience trying out lots of things for the first time..thanks Della for arranging and looking after all groups at all times..and thanks Bob for inviting us to camp at your site. It was a great group, great experience and lots of cheating to be proud of ;). Hope to see you guys soon!

    June 8, 2014

    • Della M.

      Cheating is kinda part of the fun, like sharing. Glad you had a good time.

      June 9, 2014

  • Michael M.

    Hi all! I had a great time this weekend. I would enjoy hanging out somewhere airconditioned so that I dont have to wait until Fall to see everyone again. Text me:
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    June 8, 2014

    • Della M.

      We're leaving the backpacks at home and switching to kayak mode for the summer.

      June 9, 2014

  • Jill B.

    I have lost everyone.... Haven't spotted a soul in about an hour

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • Nicole

    11 mins away

    June 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My car won't start !!!! So disappointed :( ugh. Here is my reservation ID:[masked] under my name Sara Petrous #2091930. Hope you can use my site. Sorry! Have lots of fun.

    June 7, 2014

    • Pramodh

      That's sad..hope you have some help.

      June 7, 2014

    • Michael M.

      Come join when you can. Wish I had seen this earlier - could have come swing by to pick you up. Good luck!!

      June 7, 2014

  • Michael M.

    Jill, Brian checked in for you on site 1. See you soon.

    June 7, 2014

  • Bill

    Apologies. Google saying 10:45 arrival at park. I'm hurrying :)

    June 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not sure if I missed this but is there a certain parking lot we are all meeting in? Or is it pretty obvious where we're going!? Thanks

    June 6, 2014

    • Craig

      Della, the parking lot you described is at an overlook. The link to the map you provided doesn't show the primitive hike in parking lot which is the far west lot here: http://www.tpwd.state...­ Starting off at the far North lot would be a awesome hike (and climb) if that is your intent.

      June 6, 2014

    • Della M.

      Craig is right, the correct trailhead at the easternmost parking lot for the trailhead. Check in at the park office to get a map and ask the staff for directions to the lot.

      June 7, 2014

  • Craig

    I have arrived. Site #2.

    1 · June 7, 2014

    • Jill B.

      Leaving now should be there in 60.... Impressed Craig for your early arrival!

      June 7, 2014

  • Bonnie H.

    Sorry- not feeling well today and won't be able to make it.

    June 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I also reserved one site in the north primitive camping. I'm excited!

    April 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      So far my campsite is just me and my 2 person tent. So I could fit your extra tent josh.

      June 6, 2014

    • Josh K.

      Thanks for everybody's replies, but I am going to pass for now. Have a great weekend!

      June 6, 2014

  • Michael M.

    CAR POOL:
    I plan to leave Lewisville (121&35) @8am in my giant SUV. You are welcome to join me and park in my driveway. Or, I can stop and pick up people along 121 between Lewisville & Hurst. Post here if interested.

    June 5, 2014

    • Michael M.

      Brian-Yes. Give me an address or a public parking lot along 121 and I will swing by. Phone number would also be useful.

      June 6, 2014

    • Brian

      Thanks Michael...My number is[masked], please contact me and I will give you my address.

      June 6, 2014

  • Bob B

    OK, I called the park. Even though when I made the original reservation I listed 1 person and 1 tent, that does not matter. I am allowed 8 people. So far, it looks like me and Kim. So, I have room for 6 more on my reservation. It looks like we have 8 on the waiting list, one of those is Kim, so we can get most of the rest on board. Let me know who wants in.

    May 27, 2014

    • Kim

      thanks for sending that BobB!

      June 5, 2014

    • AJ

      I was in a meeting and high heels too much this week. Need a break from being on my feet, will have to bow out. Look for me next time :(

      June 6, 2014

  • Craig

    There are 7 primitive camp sites. I count that we have 6 sites reserved (Me, Bob B, Sara, Jill and Della has 2). Della has dibs on #3 and 4. I plan on grabbing a small site #2, sharing with Kristie. Large sites with plenty of room are #1 and Bonnie said 5 is large. Site 7 is the farthest away so we don't want that one.
    All that said, sites are not pre-reserved, first come first served. You pick a site at the office when you arrive.

    June 5, 2014

    • Craig

      Just went to reserve the last primitive site for no other reason other than to monopolize the area so N.T.O. could be rulers of the woods. But alas, our kingdom has been invaded by an another. There are no sites available.

      1 · June 5, 2014

    • Della M.

      We will pull a Russia and annex that region! Thanks for making the effort though Craig.

      2 · June 6, 2014

  • Michael M.

    It looks like there may now be a total of 4 sites for group. If we are all sharing, I will contribute and would like to join this event. Sounds fun.

    May 26, 2014

    • Michael M.

      Unfortunately, my kids won't be with me on this trip...not "my" weekend with them.

      May 27, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think only 3 people are on my site. Sorry I haven't been keeping up with these comments but I have room if people need to join my site.

      June 5, 2014

  • Michelle

    Thank for confirming me. Bob B, thanks for making room on your site for me. I'm so excited! No gear, no fear! Its gonna be an adventure for sure!

    June 5, 2014

  • Michelle

    Looks like Bob B is counting me in. Can I be moved to the confirmed list? Thank you.

    June 4, 2014

  • Pat

    I am still in the waiting list, I am planning an alternative trip...
    Bike trip (70 Mile) from DFW area to Lake Mineral Wells State Park.. 8 to 10 hours bike on Sat and Sunday slow not a competition bike trip.

    June 5, 2014

  • Michael M.

    Bought my new hammock sleeping tent and headlamp today. Still need a backpack. Getting excited about this new adventure!

    June 2, 2014

    • Della M.

      I have a backpack I can loan you. E-mail me if you're interested.

      June 3, 2014

  • Michelle

    I bwould LOVE to get in on this trip if possible.

    June 2, 2014

    • Gary M.

      Depends on what you are needing but I have plenty of gear I can loan you til you figure out what gear to buy. I always like using it first. I'm not going this weekend since I just went last weekend. But seriously I do have gear to loan you.

      June 3, 2014

    • Michelle

      Thanksfor the offer Gary. I think ill try getting out and buying the basics though. Need it all anyway

      1 · June 3, 2014

  • Brian

    Hi Della. If this one is full, can you put me on the waiting list? It's myself and a 2 person tent.

    May 25, 2014

    • Della M.

      Brian you're confirmed yes on this one.

      June 3, 2014

  • Brian

    Hi Della. Jill Button has reserved another primitive site and has let me join her site. Could you move both of us to the confirmed list? Thanks...

    1 · May 30, 2014

  • Jill B.

    I just reserved a site on the north primitive camping area, it's just me and my tent, more than happy to share the site with others, not sure how many a site holds though. Looking forward to it! Should be fun!!! I may bring my puppy, but not sure how he will do on a leash for 2 miles.... haha...

    May 26, 2014

    • Jill B.

      Of course Cari, so far it's just me and Brian, plenty of room!

      May 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great, thank you!

      May 30, 2014

  • Pramodh

    I have a Texas State Annual Park Pass so i guess my park enterance should be free.

    May 27, 2014

  • Debra F

    It looks like I will not make this event, please free up my spot. Hope to make another one soon!

    May 26, 2014

  • Kim

    Does anyone have room on their site for me? 1 person/2 person tent

    May 25, 2014

    • Bob B

      You are free to share my site.

      May 26, 2014

    • Kim

      excellent! I'm looking forward to this!

      May 26, 2014

  • Craig

    I'm in. Have one north primitive site reserved. Am I the only other person who has an additional site reservation? With a limit of 8 persons per site and 2 tents per site yet 16 listed as going, that's 4 persons per tent. Sharing my site makes it just over 2 1/2 persons per tent. And I still think it's illegal in the state of Texas to cut someone in half. I'll check on that though.

    April 21, 2014

    • Craig

      Pramodh, Just got home. I see you already booked with Sara so I take it you are good to go.

      May 6, 2014

    • Pramodh

      Thanks Craig for getting back, yes Sara did take us in her camp.

      May 7, 2014

  • Bob B

    Like Sara, I have never reserved a site like this either. When I reserved, I listed 1 tent and 1 person. But, if we are allowed to have more, I just need room for a 1 person tent. Anyone is free to share my site. I'll leave it to Della to handle the assignment. Thanks.

    May 6, 2014

  • Pramodh

    Hi can I get my kids with me 10 and 5?

    May 5, 2014

    • Della M.

      Sure, you can bring your kids. You'll need to contact Craig, Bob, or Sara regarding sharing a site. I'm already at capacity on my two sites.

      May 5, 2014

  • Bob B

    Count me in. I have reserved one North Primitive Hike In site. Thanks!

    April 29, 2014

    • Della M.

      You've been moved to the confirmed yes list.

      April 29, 2014

  • Bonnie H.

    Is anyone interested in going out Friday Night? They still have sites available at the South walk in primitive sites.

    April 22, 2014

  • Della M.

    More people can come, but you need to reserve your own primitive campsite.

    April 10, 2014

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