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Friends and members of the Sierra Club,
We have resumed offering hiking outings as of March 2022.

Obviously our and the National Club's priority is your and your family's safety, as well as fulfilling our mission to get people outdoors!

General Information About the Sierra Club and the local Great Basin group Outings
Thank you for choosing to join us on one of our outings - a 100+ year tradition of the Sierra Club! For many decades, volunteers of our local group, the Great Basin Group, have lead outings throughout the region. Areas of the region include the greater Reno area, the Sierra Nevada mountains, and the vast interior of the state of Nevada.

We are not "just another Meetup group". The Sierra Club has been in existence for over 125 years. Our mission is to "Explore, enjoy, and protect the planet". Our volunteer outings leaders will, at a minimum, have basic first aid training and go through a mentoring process with veteran outings leaders before becoming outings leaders themselves. That is the minimum that you can expect. Many of our outings leaders will have decades of experience leading outings in our region and have many wonderful outdoor secrets to share with you!

Almost all trips posted on this website are Sierra Club outings - all participants must sign a Sierra Club Sign-in Sheet and Liability Waiver at the trailhead before we begin each outing. If you have any question about the difficulty of the outing and whether you have the appropriate fitness, and/or equipment to participate, contact the outing leader before the day of the outing. During the outing, expect to remain with the outings leader during the entire outing, unless there is a co-leader (this is for safety and liability reasons). If you plan on bringing a dog, please ask the outing leader of the trip for permission and special instructions before the day of the outing.

You do not have to be a Sierra Club member to participate in our outings. 

All participants will be asked to donate $1 to the Sierra Club Great Basin Group every time they join us for an outing to fund our outings leader training programs.

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Learn more about the Great Basin Group here:

Join the Sierra Club here (when you see the opportunity, enter our group code "1401"):

If you are interested in becoming an outings leader for the Great Basin Group, contact me at: 

Hopefully, we will meet out on the trail soon!

Rob Jarrett
Outings Chair - Great Basin Group
"We Get You Outdoors"

Upcoming events (4+)

Moderate Evening Conditioning Hike: Lower Thomas Creek

Needs a location

Get in shape after work with an evening conditioning hike of 4 miles at a brisk pace. Elevation gain up to 1000 ft.
We will be hiking up Lower Thomas Creek Trail.
Hopefully we will see the leaves turning to their fall colors.
Moderately moderate.

Bring plenty of water; good hiking boots and windbreakers are recommended.
Since this is a Sierra Club hike, we ask you to sign our liability waiver before the hike and donate $1 to help cover CPR and Wilderness First Aid Training for all our leaders.
Hope to see you all...

Leader: Ridge Walker

Co-Leader: TBA

Monarch Butterflies, Native Pollinators, and Preserves in Nevada Program Meeting

This is the Great Basin Group's first Program Meeting in three years. We are so excited to have a great Program lined up with Lori Leonard, the Manager of the River Fork Ranch Preserve in Minden. She will be providing a presentation on Monarch Butterflies, Native Pollinators, and the Nature Conservancy Preserves in Nevada. Learn what you can do to help the Monarch's Butterfly populations in our area and in your own backyard.

Lori has been with the Nature Conservancy for seven years. Originally from Wisconsin, she grew up on a fourth-generation dairy and beef farm. With a long-time affinity for getting her hands dirty, she got her Bachelor's Degree in International Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in 2020 received her Master's Degree in Biology from Miami University.

Our location for Program Meetings has changed to the Innovation Center at 450 Sinclair St. in Reno. It is centrally located, has plenty of parking, and a fantastic room with the most up-to-date technology. Come at 6:30-7:00 for a half hour social get-together and the Program will be held from 7:00-8:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you!

Genoa Loop Trail Day Hike

Needs a location

This is a great early fall hike in the mountains above the little town of Genoa. The hike is 8.9 miles long and has roughly 1,550 feet of overall elevation gain and loss. We will pass creeks in three spots along the trail and have fantastic views of Carson Valley. We will be hiking it as a loop, not an out and back. This requires a 1.3 mile trek through the town of Genoa for us to return to our vehicles. The trail is rated as Moderate to Moderately Strenuous hiked at a moderate pace. If this sounds like a good hike for you, then this is what you will need to bring. A minimum of 2L of water, lunch or a snack for our break spot near a small waterfall, good trail shoes, sunscreen, and clothing for weather conditions (77 degrees). I also recommend trekking poles for a steep downhill section. Depending on the group, we may stop at the Oldest Saloon in Nevada for a cool libation out on the patio. Genoa is a very historic and interesting place to visit. Well-mannered dogs are welcome, but must be leashed at the beginning of our hike and through the town back to our vehicles. We will meet for optional carpooling near the Starbuck's off the Mt. Rose Hwy. in the Raley's shopping center by 9:30. If you share a ride, remember to help the driver out with some money for gas. If you want to meet at the trailhead, we will be parking off a paved road that runs along the backside or west of the Genoa Cemetery. Please let me know if you plan to meet at Starbuck's or near the trailhead. I will have a waiver to be signed and medical form to be filled out. The medical form will be returned to you at the end of the outing. A $1 donation to Sierra Club Great Basin Group is greatly appreciated to support our Outings and Program Meetings.

Ballardini Ranch and Beyond - Moderate Hike

Needs a location

Get in shape with a morning conditioning hike around the former Ballardini Ranch. We may see cows! You will be required to sign a waiver at the trailhead. Please click on this link to review the Sierra Club Sign-Up and Participant Agreement on pages 3-4 before you RSVP: https://bit.ly/3zN1Jl0

Adults Only
Well Behaved Dogs Welcome (see guidance below)
Distance: ~ 6 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: +300 feet
Rating: Moderate
Hiking Time: 2 - 3 hours (including snack)
Speed: Easygoing

Leader: Beth H.
Co-Lead: TBD
Location: Parking Lot Ballardini Ranch Trail

Directions to the Trailhead:
From S. McCarran Blvd travel west to Lakeside Drive. Continue south on Lakeside Drive for approximately 1.2 miles and turn right on Lone Tree Lane. At the intersection of Lone Tree Lane and Bellhaven Road, continue straight and then make a quick right at the parking lot entrance. Pit toilets at the trailhead, but no water. https://bit.ly/2IcDkdo

What to Bring
Check the weather and dress appropriately. Prepare for anything and
bring an extra layer such as a jacket. Bring plenty of water for this potentially hot hike.

• Hiking poles help with the steep sections and slippery rocks
• Hiking boots
• Hat and sunblock
• Trail snacks

Dog Guidance
If you choose to bring your dog(s), they must be experienced on the trail, respond to voice commands, and be well mannered with other dogs and humans. You are required to bring bags to pack out any poop. If we are in a location where a leash is required, you must abide by the local rules. Please bring extra water for your pet in case there is no environmental water source.

Group Etiquette
Hiking with a group is different than going solo. It’s about building relationships and enjoying nature together! If your plans change, please cancel your RSVP to let someone else take your place.

If you’ve never hiked as a group before, here are some tips:

• Arrive on time
• Stay with the group
• Know your abilities
• Be safe
• Respect others
• Leave no trace

Leave No Trace Principles
Most importantly, pack out what you bring in! https://lnt.org/why/7-principles/

Sign-in, participant agreement, and liability waiver required when you arrive at the trailhead. A $1 donation to support outings and programs for our local Sierra Club Great Basin Group is appreciated. Membership is not a requirement to participate on a hike. See you on the trail for fun and friendship!

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