Past Meetup

Backpack the Irish Wilderness (South Central MO)

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Look for leprechauns while backpacking the Irish Wilderness over St Patrick's weekend. Participation will be limited to about 8 people. Get on the waiting list here (preferably) or by email to Once you're approved, I'll move you to the YES list.

Outings like this are one way our local Sierra Club group raises money to fund operations. A donation of $10 would be gratefully accepted.

Trail map:

We'll form a carpool for the 6-hour drive when we meet Friday AM. Ideally, we will have multiple vehicles and set up a shuttle. The alternative is to hike an extra 3.5 miles on Sunday. Note that carpooling is strictly a private arrangement among the participants. The Sierra Club does not have insurance for such arrangements and assumes no liability for them.

The basic plan:

Day 1: Meet south of KC, sign liability waivers, try to leave by 8 AM. Stop for food, fuel etc as necessary. Arrive in Irish Wilderness area around 2PM. Set up shuttle vehicle. Hike-in from Camp Five trail head 5 miles to Fiddler Spring. Arrive 5:30-6 PM with sunset at 7:10 PM. Day 2: Hike 6-7 miles to Bliss Spring with a detour to the White's Creek float camp. Day 3: Hike out 5.5 miles to Brawley Pond. Gather vehicles, drive home with a stop for lunch. As usual, we'll Leave No Trace (and that means a lot more than just carrying out our trash).

Don't have all the gear for a backpacking trip? No problem, we have some available for loan ( to Sierra Club members for use during our outings.

During the sign-in process all participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the Liability Waiver before you choose to participate in an outing, please go to:


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