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Austin Sierra Club (http://sierraclub.org/texas/austin) (local branch of the Sierra Club) holds outings for outdoor activities: hiking, camping, biking, backpacking, kayaking, community service projects, and more. These include local one-day events to greenbelts and natural areas, weekend trips to state parks, as well as weeklong trips to national parks.

All participants must sign our Sign-In Sheet and Liability Waiver (http://files.meetup.com/1589422/SignInWaiver.pdf) before joining one of our outings. You are strongly urged to add your cell phone and emergency contact numbers on the sheet, for your safety. More information is needed for overnight trips.

Although it's not necessary to participate in our events, we encourage you to join the Sierra Club (http://sierraclub.org/texas/austin) (in addition to the Meetup group), and support our efforts to protect the environment.

Upcoming events (5+)

Martin Luther King / Urban Roots bike ride

Jain Lane Trail Head - Walnut Creek Trail

Join us on a 15-mile bike ride thru east Austin neighborhoods and trails. We will visit an artistic tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr and other civil rights leaders (Walk of Heroes), Urban Roots farm, and pass scenic views of Boggy Creek, Walnut Creek, and the Colorado River. Expect to ride at a pace of 10-12 mph. Following the group ride, some of us may ride a longer distance / faster. A few sections of the route are optional on hard-packed dirt, but road bikes should work fine. Riders MUST wear a helmet and obey traffic laws ( http://www.biketexas.org/en/infrastructure/texas-bicycle-laws ). Your bike must be in good working condition and you MUST carry ID, money, cell phone, water, tools and supplies to change a flat tire. Weather Status: If roads are wet or rain is likely, or the expected temperature is below 45 deg F, the bike ride may be cancelled. A decision would be made on this page at 12:30pm. Not part of this event: You're encouraged to attend the MLK march and festival earlier in the day - https://www.austintexas.org/event/2019-martin-luther-king-march-%26-festival/333350/

Morning Hikes in Barton Creek Greenbelt

Travis Country Private Residence

The Barton Creek Greenbelt is a beautiful place with waterfalls, hilltop vistas, creek crossings and critters. The shaded trails range from smooth and flat to rocky and hilly. This variety is why we love to hike here, three days a week, year-round, rain or shine, hot or cold! MONDAY and WEDNESDAY hikes are usually 5 - 6 miles long and take about 2 - 2.5 hours at a moderate pace. There is a mid-hike break and pauses for scenery appreciation. FRIDAY hikes are 8 - 14 miles long at a faster pace lasting 3 - 5 hours for experienced hikers. Occasional hikes will include a restaurant stop which will be posted in the comment section. It is essential to bring water and snacks on all hikes. Hiking boots are enthusiastically recommended. NOTES: hikes depart promptly at the scheduled time. Children are not permitted. The Sierra Club appreciates donations to fund its administrative and outreach programs. To join the Austin Sierra Club click here for more information: http://sierraclub.org/texas/austin Hope to see y’all there - happy trails! :)

Hamilton Greenbelt Hike and optional noon concert

Hamilton Greenbelt Trailhead

This is our fifth winter to host Hamilton Greenbelt hikes in Lakeway, combined with optional FREE concerts. In a new twist, the afternoon hikes will follow the optional concerts and brownbag lunches, so that we are hiking during a warmer time of day. IS THIS HIKE FOR YOU? If you enjoy a moderate-paced two-hour hike, with lots of conversation and a few elevation changes, this hike is for you. There will be stops for photos and hydration. Terrain varies from flat, groomed trails to a few steep, rugged areas. If you are trying to assess traffic issues, this outing is in closest proximity to those who reside west of Highway 360. WHERE TO PARK FOR THE HIKE: Park at the Hamilton Greenbelt Trailhead (1173 Lohmans Crossing Road) or the Lakeway Police Department (104 Cross Creek). From the Police Department, you can walk over or under Lohmans Crossing Road to get to Hamilton Greenbelt Trailhead. WHERE TO MEET TO HIKE AT 1:20pm: Meet at Hamilton Greenbelt Trailhead, near the restrooms. WHAT TO BRING: Wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes, hiking poles are optional. Bring bottled water or a Camelbak for hydration. Wear layers. PETS: This hike is not suitable for pets. WEATHER: Check this page at 10am on the morning of the hike. If inclement weather is expected, the hike will be cancelled. OPTIONAL: BROWNBAG LUNCH (11:20am) AND FREE CONCERT (noon to 1pm) Before the hike, you have the option to enjoy lunch with other hikers at 11:20am and a FREE concert (noon to 1pm) inside the Lakeway Activity Center. Look for other hikers at tables on the left-front side of the stage, if you’re facing the stage. Sign up for hikes on Sierra Club's meetup calendar on each of these dates: Jan 10 – Frank Cavitt & Friends – Honky Tonk piano and vocals Jan 17 – Robert "Beto" Skiles Quartet, featuring Shawnda Birch, blues vocalist Jan 24 – TexARTS and Matt Wilson, piano and vocals Jan 31 – Danny Britt Trio, country and bluegrass Feb 7 - Lake Travis Fiddlers - country/folk songs Feb 14 - Albert and Gage - rock/folk music with French spice Feb 21 – Red Young Quartet and Silvie Rider Feb 28 - The Second Line Jazz Band - a Mardi Gras celebration! WHERE TO PARK FOR THE CONCERT: Park at the farthest end of the parking lot AWAY from the Lakeway Activity Center (105 Cross Creek, Lakeway). WHERE TO MEET FOR THE CONCERT AND LUNCH: Meet inside the Lakeway Activity Center auditorium at the dining tables at 11:20am. Look for Sierra Club hikers near the left – front side of the stage, if you’re facing the stage. LUNCH: Bring a brownbag lunch and try to arrive by 11:20am, as the tables fill up quickly. Don’t feel like packing a brownbag? Consider pre-ordering a takeout lunch from Café Lago (1200 Lakeway Drive,[masked]) for pickup between 11am and 11:15am - a short walk from the Lakeway Activity Center. AFTER THE CONCERT: After the concert, we’ll have a 20-minute break, including a restroom stop, time to get hiking gear from cars, and a short walk (or drive) to Hamilton Greenbelt Trailhead for the 1:20pm hike. SIERRA CLUB DONATIONS: To donate, click the ‘DONATE’ tab at https://www.sierraclub.org/texas SIERRA CLUB MEMBERSHIP: To join Sierra Club, click the ‘JOIN’ tab at: https://www.sierraclub.org/texas

Morning Hikes in Barton Creek Greenbelt

Travis Country Private Residence

The Barton Creek Greenbelt is a beautiful place with waterfalls, hilltop vistas, creek crossings and critters. The shaded trails range from smooth and flat to rocky and hilly. This variety is why we love to hike here, three days a week, year-round, rain or shine, hot or cold! MONDAY and WEDNESDAY hikes are usually 5 - 6 miles long and take about 2 - 2.5 hours at a moderate pace. There is a mid-hike break and pauses for scenery appreciation. FRIDAY hikes are 8 - 14 miles long at a faster pace lasting 3 - 5 hours for experienced hikers. Occasional hikes will include a restaurant stop which will be posted in the comment section. It is essential to bring water and snacks on all hikes. Hiking boots are enthusiastically recommended. IMPORTANT NOTES: hikes depart promptly at the scheduled time. Children and dogs are not permitted. The Sierra Club appreciates donations to fund its administrative and outreach programs. To join the Austin Sierra Club click here for more information: http://sierraclub.org/texas/austin Hope to see y’all there - happy trails! :)

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Morning Hikes in Barton Creek Greenbelt

Travis Country Private Residence

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