April 19-21, 2013, - Camping: TRAIL BETWEEN THE LAKES, SABINE NATIONAL
FOREST BACKPACKING AND DAY HIKING -
The Golden Triangle Group of the Sierra Club is planning an outing to the Trail Between the Lakes, a 28 mile hiking trail in
the Sabine National Forest that extends from Lakeview Recreation Area on Toledo Bend Reservoir to US 96 within sight of the of Sam
Rayburn Reservoir. This Trail was planned and constructed as a joint effort of the Golden Triangle Group of the Sierra Club (Beaumont
area) and the US Forest Service. Usually there are both day hiking and backpacking options. Details for the outing will be posted at
the websites of the Houston Group and the Golden Triangle Group when available.
April 19-21, 2013, - Car Camping: PEDERNALES FALLS STATE PARK -
Pedernales Falls State Park, 5,211 acres in Blanco County in the Texas hill country, is located along the banks of the scenic Pedernales
River, and noted for its waterfall. The park is representative of typical Edwards Plateau terrain - hills dotted with oak and juniper
woodlands, and more heavily wooded areas in the major drainages. There are miles of hiking trails, and opportunities to swim, tube, or
wade in the river. On Sunday we will visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on the way back to Houston. Car camping means tent
camping at a regular car accessible campground. This outing is family friendly, and well behaved dogs are ok with permission of the leaders.
For further details and to sign up, contact Frank Blake at email@example.com or 713-528-2896 (e-mail preferred) or Lorraine Gibson at
281-384-4104 or firstname.lastname@example.org
August 3-11, 2013 - Pecos Wilderness Backpacking -
Join us in our week long backpacking trip to the Pecos Wilderness in northern New Mexico. The Wilderness, created in 1964, stretches for
more than 223,000 acres through two Ranger Districts in the Santa Fe National Forest and into the Carson National Forest to the north.
Within the boundaries of this expansive area are several landmarks including Truchas Peak which tops of at 13,103 feet, and the southern
stretch of the Rocky Mountains. The terrain varies from open meadows in the Pecos River Valley to the steep canyons of the Sangre de Cristo
mountain range. Wildlife ranges from deer and elk to big horn sheep, turkeys and grouse. There are 15 lakes, and eight major streams to
sustain both plant and animal habitat, including the native Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout. This trip is classified as strenuous.
We will rendezvous at the south end of the wilderness, at the Jacks Creek trailhead at 0900 on August the 3rd. The trek will proceed north
and lead to attractions like the Pecos Falls, Truchas and Baldy Peaks. The itinerary chosen is festooned with lakes and streams for
cooling interludes during the hikes and in the evening. On Saturday, August the 10th at noon we will complete the loop and drive to
Santa Fe for a brush with Southwestern culture and cuisine. Reservations at a Santa Fe motel will be made when I find the actual number
of participants. It is suggested that you arrive to the area a couple of days ahead of time to acclimate yourself to the high elevation
(up to 12,000 ft).
The cost is expected to be $300, and a non refundable deposit of $50 will reserve your spot. However, in order to make this trip enjoyable
to all, I will need to meet with you ahead of time and discuss your personal outdoors experience and physical condition. The number of
participants is limited to 12. For more information about this trip, including the planned itinerary please contact Gus Cei at 7139625813