What we're about

I want this group to be about doing some hiking, taking walks around town, and then afterward have a place to gather and get drinks. The theme will be to walk for about 1.5 hours and then have drinks afterward. I plan on having hikes around various places like the greenbelt and other random sites. This group is not for hardcore hikers, but for people who want to walk a bit and meet new people. I typically schedule about 6 to 7 events a month and sometimes more.

This group does cost me money to run. So donations are always welcome. Photos are now required to join the group, so please post a headshot of yourself and without sunshades. It is kind of hard to recognize who you are if you are wearing shades. Photos allow people to know who you are and make for a better atmosphere.

******ATTENDANCE POLICY****************************************

I will monitor attendance, and anybody with three or more no shows will be removed. Too many times when I have a waiting list people who are on the going list no show, and this prevents people on the waiting list from going. So please change your RSVP if you are not going.

Also, another issue I have noticed is that people change their RSVP last minute to no. Anybody who is moved up to the waiting list with this little notice will not be able to attend since it takes time to drive to an event. So for events that have a waiting list, I will mention a specific time you need to change your RSVP to a No. Typically this will be within an hour from the start time of the event. Anybody who does not change their RSVP within the time I mention will be considered a no show.

Overall I just want people who are more reliable and more serious about participating in the group. I put a lot of time into this and unfortunately just asking people nicely to not no show doesn't work.

Upcoming events (5)

Brushy Creek Regional Trail night hike

Twin Lakes park

Let's hike Brushy Creek Park Trail and hike for 1.5 hours and walk 4 miles. A flashlight will be mandatory. Please only sign up if you are serious about going. Attendance will be tracked, and I reserve the right to remove members from the group with three or more no shows. Anybody changing their RSVP to no in less than an hour from the start time will be considered a no show. I have limited the attendance to eight. If you crash the event, you will not be able to hike with the group. This trail is paved, so you don't need any hiking boots, be sure to bring two or more liters of water. Well behaved dogs are welcome on the trail. Here is some more info located below: https://alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/texas/brushy-creek-regional-trail If you need to contact me, my phone number is[masked]. We will meet at the picnic tables, and I will provide a picture. You can also enter in the coordinates below, and this will take you to the right place. Sometimes you cannot copy them from the meetup site on a smartphone, so email them from a computer to yourself. I use Google maps and enter the coordinates. [masked], [masked] This club does cost me money to run. If you like it and want to donate click the link below: https://secure.meetup.com/Hiking-Walking-and-Socializing/contribute/

Sunset at Mount Bonnell (RSVPs open 7 p.m. Sun, Aug. 9)

Mount Bonnell

RSVPs open 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9. Every Austinite should play tourist once in a while. Let's climb the 106 steps to Austin's highest point, at 775 feet above sea level. This is obviously not a true hike, just steps-and-view. Ground rules: No-shows and last-minute cancellations won't hike with me again. Trail: rock steps. How far, how long: Ninety minutes at most. Sunset this date is 8:11 p.m. Meeting point: Street parking is free at Covert Park. Look for a silver Kia and a mostly-masked guy who looks just like me. I'll update with what color shirt I'm wearing. Personal prep: Come well hydrated. Walking shoes will be fine.

Hike Copperfield Nature Trail - NE Austin (RSVPs open 8 pm Sun 8/16)

Ground rules: RSVPs OPEN SUN EVE, 8/16. Please consider carefully if you'll actually attend before registering, and then manage your reservation, so as not to deprive anyone else of the chance. No-shows and last-minute cancellations won't hike with me again. Trail: mostly hard surface, mostly single-file and mostly under shade, mostly along Walnut Creek. It's moderate on a scale of easy->moderate->strenuous, due to some elevation changes. Walking shoes are an option. How far, how long: We will cover three miles in 100 minutes or less. Meeting point: Meet at the map kiosk at the trailhead in Copperfield Park. There should be barely enough parking, including along the curb so long as there's no red paint. Personal prep: It will be humid. I recommend bringing at least a liter of water. The trail allows leashed dogs, so long as yours is social enough to be petted by strangers - if there's any question about this, then No.

Hike, Picnic - Palmetto State Park - $3/person (RSVPs open two weeks ahead)

Palmetto State Park Refectory

Any or all of these: Hike, sunset, picnic, moonrise! Please do not register "just in case" you might go. Please do register when you've committed with the $3.00 day pass from Tx Parks Dept. This is Labor Day weekend. >>>If you are on the Going list, please confirm with a posted comment that you have your pass, or please change your RSVP within 48 hours. If you cannot do one of these things, I will change your RSVP for you, and then please don't register for any future event of mine.<<< Palmetto State Park is only one hour's drive from Austin but a thousand miles different because of its tropical dwarf palms (palmettos) in a riverine swamp ecosystem. The afternoon shadows through the fern-draped trees in the jungle setting are my main goal. Optional BYO picnic after the hike; bbq is my second goal :-) Sunset: 7:49 pm, will be gorgeous through the trees Moonrise: 9 pm, 91%, will be gorgeous through the trees Ground rules: 1. Leashed dogs OK, so long as yours is social enough to be petted by strangers. 2. You are responsible for your own park entry reservation. See comments for the link. 3. Please manage your Meetup reservation. No-shows and last-minute cancellations won't hike with me again. #noflakes Trail: Easy, flat, decomposed granite. How far, how long: 3.1 miles loop, about 1.5 hrs, with optional, short loops in the middle. Optional group picnic afterward. Meeting point: Refectory building. Personal prep: Come hydrated and BYO water. If you're sticking around for the sunset picnic, BYO food. I'm going to pick up to-go stuff from the City Market BBQ on the way to the park for myself. There is no food or store in the park.

Past events (249)

EVENT FULL - Sunset at the South Austin Volcano

Blunn Creek Nature Preserve

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