What we're about

GLS (Gay and Lesbian Sierrans) is going digital! Bye bye email, hello Meetup.

Our vision and culture to welcome LGBTQ people and allies are the same, however. We believe in getting people in the outdoors in a safe and organized manner. All of our leaders are trained in outdoor leadership, ethics, and wilderness medicine. We have been part of the Sierra Club and the gay community for over 15 years. Together we can explore and protect our wild places.

Over the next few months, we will be reorganizing and looking for new leaders (we'll train you!). Let us know what you would like to see in terms of events and if you would like to help maintain this community organization.

Our outings are inclusive. While we are providing space for the LGBTQ and allies community, any lover of the outdoors is welcome to join us.

Upcoming events (2)

The Unruly Mystic: John Muir (unhosted)

Sie FilmCenter

Special one-time screening at the Sie FilmCenter of the new documentary about John Muir. Tickets cost $11.50 ($7 for DFS members). More information and watch the trailer here: https://secure.denverfilm.org/tickets/film.aspx?id=30998 This is an unhosted event.

Estes Park/Rocky Mountain National Park: Bridal Veil Falls Birding outing

NOTE: This event requires a non-refundable deposit of $10, payable by check or PayPal with your confirmed RSVP. Join GLS on a birding outing with Claudia Strijek on a hike to Bridal Veil Falls from the Cow Creek trailhead that will start early to synchronize our time with maximum bird activity, lasting until at least mid-afternoon. Due to our early start we may get to see wildlife such as deer, elk, turkey, coyote and fox. Claudia is no stranger to birding, having worked on breeding bird surveys with BLM, USGS, several non-profit bird observatories and universities for 5 seasons. She will help the group ID birds primarily by sound. We will be looking for tree nesters such as chickadees, nuthatches, wood peckers and jays but will likely see some raptors and warblers too. The hike will be an out-an-back 6+ mile round trip that starts at 7,885’, climbs steadily through meadows, ponderosa and aspen groves with a bit of scrambling on rocks that could be wet and/or icy, to get to the falls at 8,775’. Lumpy Ridge is visible on the way to the falls. At or near the falls we will have lunch then turn around and hike back to the trailhead. Overall the hike is rated moderate due to distance and amount of elevation gain - almost 1000’. We will take our time on the way to the falls, wandering off trail many times to stop to listen and try and spot birds using binoculars/take pictures, at a pace that is more casual and easy. Retracing our steps back to the trailhead will be at a more steady pace with our focus mostly hiking with occasional bird spotting. Due to the amount of snow and runoff this year, there could be wet conditions along the way. We will cross the creek at least twice. Bring a lunch, water, binoculars, birding books and/or phone app (to confirm sightings only, not for calling birds), layers, sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses), and sturdy hiking shoes. We will meet at 6 a.m. at the South Foothills/Four Mile park trailhead located on the south side of Lee Hill in North Boulder and will travel to the trailhead. No dogs or children please. We are keeping the outing to a small group in order to see as many species as possible – too many people means too much noise. When speaking during the trip, please keep your voice down so that others may still listen for birds. This outing will cost $10/person, a non-refundable deposit payable when you RSVP, plus gas money for drivers.

Past events (28)

Colorado Wilderness Conference ($$)

Buena Vista Community Center

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