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Austin Sierra Club (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 longer trips to national parks.
All participants must sign our Sign-In Sheet with Participation Agreement 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.
Smoking is not allowed on our events. Check with the Leader to see if pets are allowed.
Although it's not necessary to participate in our events, we encourage you to join the Sierra Club (in addition to the Meetup group), and support our efforts to protect the environment.
Upcoming events (4+)See all
- Volunteer at It's My Park Day: The VelowayVeloway Park, Austin, TX
Join us at Austin Parks Foundation's big volunteer event - It's My Park Day . Hundreds of volunteers will grab their shovels and rakes, and work to improve parks and greenbelts throughout the city. There are dozens of events around Austin - choose one that's near and dear to you - or join up with us on one that needs lots of help - at The Veloway.
The Veloway is a biking and skating path along the natural terrain near Circle C Metro Park. We'll be weeding, planting, mulching, and picking up trash.
Volunteers MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE on the GivePulse website: https://www.givepulse.com/event/425878-The-Veloway-Give-some-TLC%21
Bring / wear sturdy shoes and clothing, gloves, water bottle, sun protection. APF will have a variety of tools on hand. Children are welcome if supervised by their parents.
- Hike McKinney Falls State ParkMcKinney Falls State Park, Austin, TX
We'll hike about 6 miles on the Homestead, Flint Rock Loop, and Williamson Creek Overlook Trails. These loop trails are generally level and in shade. Access to the trails is near Lower Falls and involves a creek crossing upriver of the falls. We'll be walking at a brisk pace.
Spring is upon us! The early-blooming Mexican Plum and Redbud are flowering. The Cedar Elm trees are just starting to leaf out. And there are nice areas of wildflowers in bloom including Tenpetal Anemone, Spiderwort, and Large Buttercup.
Please bring water shoes for the walk across the creek.
We'll meet at the trailhead at the end of the road that leads to Lower Falls. After entering the park, take the first right turn and head towards the falls. There is lots of parking available in this area.
Optional visit to the Upper Falls and the huge Bald Cypress trees that line the creek in that area.
Please book a Day Pass ($6.00) in advance. There are currently 266 Day Passes available for the 8:00am-2:00pm slot on Sunday. Sometimes these sell out before the weekend.
No dogs please.
To get a Day Pass:
For a map of the hiking trails:
Participants will sign a Liability Waiver at the trailhead. You may view the waiver document here: https://tinyurl.com/SCSignUpSheet2020
- Audubon HikeTravis Audubon Society Baker Sanctuary, Leander, TX
Beginning at 9.30 am we will hike a 2+ mile trail at a brisk pace on rugged terrain. Some sections won't have shade, many are very rocky; plan accordingly.
The endangered golden-cheecked warblers mates and nests on this sanctuary and with some luck we may view one or any of the other native wildlife that lurks about.
As such, No pets are allowed, well behaved kids are welcome.
Participants MUST MAINTAIN 6 FEET DISTANCING at all times, and masks must be worn inside buildings where possible. Participants must sign a Liability Waiver upon arrival. You may view the waiver document: https://tinyurl.com/SCSignUpSheet2020
COVID-19 safety measures
Event will be outdoors
The event host is instituting the above safety measures for this event. Meetup is not responsible for ensuring, and will not independently verify, that these precautions are followed.
- Hike Colorado Bend State Park (~ 7 miles, not a beginner hike)Colorado Bend State Park, Bend, TX
Colorado Bend State Park is a 5,328.3-acre state park located in the Hill Country. It was purchased by the state in 1984 and opened to the public in 1987. It is representative of the karst features typically seen in the Hill Country, with many sinkholes, caves, and natural springs.
We'll be hiking an about 7 miles loop trail that will take us to see a waterfall, pass natural springs, and walk along the Colorado River. This hike is on rugged terrain, a few spots are steep and require some climbing. We'll be hiking at a brisk pace.
Please bring plenty of water, snacks, wear shoes with good traction and dress appropriately for the weather.
Make your day pass reservations for Colorado Bend State Park as soon as possible. https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/colorado-bend
We will meet at the Cedar Chopper Trailhead gravel parking lot off the Park Rd. It's about 2.5 miles down the road from the park entrance.
Please leave your pets at home.
Participants will sign a Liability Waiver at the trailhead. You may view the waiver document here: SCSignUpSheet2020.pdf .
Google Maps directions: Austin, TX 78717 to Bend, Texas 76824 - Google Maps