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Join us for an easy-paced 4 mile hike, leaving a noisy freeway and finding the solace of Great Hills neighborhood park... Terrain is a combination of residential sidewalks and rocky trail. There are several creek crossings, which should be easily hoppable at this time, and a hill climb equivalent to 10 flights of stairs.
Participants MUST maintain 6 feet distancing at all times, and must sign a Liability Waiver at the trailhead. Bring a mask and your own pen to sign in. You may view the waiver document: https://tinyurl.com/SCSignUpSheet2020 .
No pets unless you have explicit permission from the leader. You will be interviewed about your pet's health, conditioning, and temperment. If problems arise you must depart from the group.
Often we gather afterwards for outdoor food and drink.
If not already a member of the Sierra Club (the actual club, not just the Meetup group), consider joining and support our conservation and outreach programs. https://sierraclub.org/join .
Boomer, Todd and I started our group hikes back in 2013. They are both gone now, but I'm still around, hiking three times a week in Barton Creek Greenbelt and you can join me. You'll be welcomed back!
BCG is Austin's special place with waterfalls, hilltop vistas, creek crossings and critters. Canopied trails range from smooth and flat to ROCKY to HILLY. This variety is why I love hiking 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 brief mid-hike break and occasional pauses for scenery appreciation.
FRIDAY hikes are 7 - 10 miles long at a BRISK pace lasting 3 - 5 hours for experienced hikers only. Occasional hikes will include a restaurant stop which will be posted in the comment section.
*** IMPORTANT NOTES ***
It is essential to bring water and snacks on all hikes. Hiking boots are enthusiastically recommended. Mandatory 6 foot distancing will be maintained. Hikes depart promptly at the scheduled time. Children and dogs are not permitted.
Participants must sign a Liability Waiver at the trailhead. BRING YOUR OWN PEN to sign in. You may view the waiver document: https://tinyurl.com/SCSignUpSheet2020 .
The Sierra Club appreciates donations to fund its administrative and outreach programs. To join the Austin Sierra Club visit the website: http://sierraclub.org/texas/austin .
Hope to see y’all again. Happy trails!
*** IMPORTANT COVID-19 NOTES ***
ATTENDING A SIERRA CLUB EVENT MAY POTENTIALLY EXPOSE YOU TO INDIVIDUALS BOTH VACCINATED AND UNVACCINATED. YOUR VOLUNTARY CHOICE TO ATTEND SUCH OUTINGS MAY PUT YOU AT RISK.
YOU MAY NOT ATTEND IF YOU HAVE TEMPERATURE, COUGH, ARE EXPERIENCING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS OR HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19.
MANDATORY 6 FOOT DISTANCING WILL BE MAINTAINED.
This 6.5 mile out-and-back 3 1/4 hour exploring hike starts at Twin Falls Access Trailhead and follows a less-used Barton Greenbelt trail to Twin and Sculpture Falls and beyond. This hike can be ROCKY, RIGOROUS and STRENUOUS. We do hills! We will maintain 6-feet separation between hikers. We go for salad and pizza after the hike. Bring an extra shirt for after the hike because you will be soaked.
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by. " This is one of my favorite hikes. It is challenging but doable; mysterious yet approachable.
Be on time. We will leave promptly at 8:05 am. This is for a small group of fun people (who like to hike). This is for experienced hikers who already have good conditioning and balance, and who enjoy trails with rocky, uneven terrain. Wear hiking shoes. Bring water, a snack, and your camera. No dogs or koalas please. RSVP only if you will definitely attend. Attendance will be tracked, and habitual no-shows will be removed from future events. Bring at least 2 liters of water to survive the summer heat.
Notes on how to find: This entrance is tricky. From Capital of Texas Highway, turn as if you’re heading south on Mopac. But instead of taking the on-ramp, remain on the frontage road. Just past the ramp, you’ll find the Barton Creek Greenbelt Twin Falls access point. Look for parked cars on the right side of the road, and you’ll find the entrance near the U-turn. There is no parking lot, which is why it’s tricky. Be careful of traffic when walking along the road. Don't leave visible valuables in your car, lock everything in you trunk.
Meet and park under the Mopac bridge, near the bike/pedestrian bridge.
Here is a map: https://www.google.com/search?q=google+maps+30.24334800425259%2C+-97.80998469985444&oq=google+maps+30.24334800425259%2C+-97.80998469985444&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i64.6664j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
*** PARTICIPANTS MUST SIGN A LIABILITY WAIVER. BRING YOUR OWN PEN to sign in at the trailhead. You may view the document: https://tinyurl.com/SCSignUpSheet2020
- Please consider becoming a member of the Sierra Club if you are not already. Membership isn't necessary to join our outings but it's highly encouraged: http://www.sierraclub.org/texas/austin
- The Sierra Club appreciates donations to fund its administrative and
* In going on a Sierra Club outing, you are potentially on a trip with individuals vaccinated and unvaccinated. It is your choice to attend the outing knowing this information. If someone is experiencing any possible COVID symptoms or is sick, they should not attend the outing. The participant is responsible for contacting the leader to report a positive COVID test.
We will meet at the bird blind in Pedernales Falls State Park at 10:00a.m. Refer to the Park map: https://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/pwdpubs/media/park_maps/pwd_mp_p4507_026b.pdf . YOU MUST MAKE A RESERVATION ON THE TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE WEBSITE TO GAIN ENTRANCE TO THE PARK. Park entrance fee is $6.00 per person, or use your State Park Pass. From Central Austin the drive is about 45-50 miles and takes at least an hour.
We will assemble in the parking lot and proceed to the Equestrian Trail and around the Duck Pond. We will stop by the pond to see birds, ducks and other wildlife that visit this pond. The Park has an outdoor viewing area with blinds. Great photo opportunities! We will make frequent stops for wildlife and bird viewing, and enjoying the beauty of nature.
We will then follow the Equestrian Trail to the Park boundary and then down to a rock trail to the Pedernales River and Pedernales Falls. Trail to the river is not well defined and involves some climbing up rock to get through. Sturdy hiking boots are recommended, but rock climbing is minimal. Entire hike is only about 3 miles, but with wildlife viewing, enjoying the falls and having lunch it could take 3 hours.
Bring a nice trail lunch, plenty of drinking water, binoculars, field guides and all of your flora and fauna knowledge.
Dogs O.K. on a leash, per Park rules.
Weather will probably be very warm and dry, but it can change quickly in the Hill Country, so be prepared. BRING PLENTY TO DRINK !!
After the hike is officially over...optional tour and tasting at Texas Hills Vineyards, just down the road from the Park.
Participants must maintain 6 feet distancing at all times, and must sign a Liability Waiver at the trailhead. Bring a mask and your own pen to sign in. You may view the waiver document: https://tinyurl.com/SCSignUpSheet2020 .
While going on a Sierra Club outing, you are potentially on a trip with individuals vaccinated and unvaccinated. It is your choice to attend the outing knowing this information. If someone is experiencing any possible COVID symptoms or is sick, they should not attend the outing. The participant is responsible for contacting the leader to report a positive test.