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See our on-line calendar for single day outdoor events and other activities

Houston Regional Group - Get Outdoors - Explore and Enjoy the Planet
  in this section:
Our Outings Program
Air/Bus Trips:
 Idaho Wilderness
 S. California Coast
 Pecos Backpack
Weekend Outings:
 Big Thicket Weekend
Anytime Outings:
 Metro Houston
 Southeast Texas

Featured Houston Sierra Club Outings (Longer Trips)

Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6, 2014 - BIG THICKET WEEKEND -    Enjoy a spring weekend in the Big Thicket. On Saturday, we will visit and do service work on Marysee Prairie, the only tall-grass prairie in the Big Thicket that has been restored. We will probably cut woody vegetation and inventory blooming wildflowers and prairie grasses. This is a good way to learn some of the grasses and wildflowers that are naturally found in the Big Thicket. After lunch we will visit one of the units of Big Thicket National Preserve (BTNP). We will then spend the night at the home of Maxine Johnston, the "Godmother of the Big Thicket," in Batson, Texas. We will have a delicious meal, share stories about the Big Thicket and our other outdoor exploits, and engage in camaraderie with interesting folks. On Sunday we will pick a place in BTNP and enjoy a spring hike. Come for one day or spend the entire weekend. Bring a daypack, plenty of water, hat, field guides, binoculars, and comfortable hiking shoes and warm clothes. If you stay overnight bring what you need for the evening and a sleeping bag. We will meet to coordinate our carpool/caravan at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot just west of Starbucks (look for Becks Prime) in Meyerland Plaza. Starbucks fronts the 4700 block of Beechnut (south side of Beechnut, near the West Loop South). Look for a silver-gray Honda Civic with a lot of bumper-stickers on the back. Call Brandt Mannchen at 713-664-5962 or email him at and reserve a space (leave your name, phone number, and email).

April 25-27 - Trail Between the Lakes, Sabine National Forest Backpacking and Day Hiking Options

Are you ready for some hiking? The Golden Triangle Group of the Sierra Club is celebrating Earth Week with an outing on 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. The 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. Participants can hike the entire trail on this outing, or choose from different options to hike portions of the trail each day. For general information on the trail visit: Where to Stay: For the serious hikers you can backpack, or hike to a predetermined campsite with a daypack and camp along the trail. For those who prefer RV camping, there is Mill Creek Park, or any number of other parks near the East Texas lakes. For those who prefer a motel, there are options - check . There are lots of hiking options over this three day outing. RSVP: It is very important to let us know if you are coming. We need to plan for the correct number of hikers and arrange the shuttle. Donations are appreciated to cover shuttles and other miscellaneous costs. For further details and to sign up, contact Phil Rogers at or 409-543-4616 cell, or John Paul at or 409-201-0005 cell.

Houston Group Outings and Trips are coordinated by our Group's Outings Committee.  If you'd like to help with these efforts, new members are welcome.  Our Outings Committee meets monthly.  Please see our on-line calendar for the time and place.

How our outings program works

    Houston Sierra Club outings are open to members and non-members alike. The leaders of our trips serve in a volunteer capacity and assume no responsibility above that of trip organizer. All trips require appropriate physical conditioning.  If you have special medical requirements or any condition that might affect your ability to participate in the trip, it is your responsibility to inform the trip leader before departure. While our trip leaders are not paid professionals, they are encouraged to participate in training to increase their skills. All outings officially begin at the trailhead. If you must cancel a reservation, inform the leader promptly.   The deposit requirements and refund policy of each trip are available from the trip leader.  Please obtain and review them prior to making your deposit.

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  • Remember to verify any listed dates with the trip coordinator before you make long range vacation plans. Sometimes dates initially selected have to be changed.

  • The airfare cost is quoted separately from the trip cost. When airfare payment is required, participants will make a separate payment to the specified travel agent.

  • The trip cost normally covers all ground transportation, lodging, camping and park fees, and club administrative overhead. Food and camping gear are to be supplied by the participants.

  • Please note that prices listed may be tentative.

    In order to participate in one of the Sierra Club's outings, you will need to sign a liability waiver.  A copy of this waiver can be found here.

    In the interests of facilitating the logistics of some outings, it is customary that participants make carpooling arrangements.  The Sierra Club does not  provide insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them.  Carpooling, ride sharing or any similar activity is strictly a private arrangement among the participants.  Participants assume the risks associated with this travel.

Sierra Club is a California non profit corporation, with "California Seller of Travel" registration number: CST 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California."

2012 Houston Sierra Club Weekend Outings

Weekend outings events of two to three days in duration and involve destinations within a few hundred miles of Houston.    All outings officially begin at the trailhead. Leaders cannot assign carpools but may help coordinate ride sharing to conserve energy and to promote camaraderie. Some outings require advance reservations at the destination site as well as from the participant.

See our on-line calendar for single day outdoor events and other activities

Houston Area Anytime Outings

Even if you're new to Houston, you've probably already realized that we have less open space per capita than most other major cities in the US.  Statewide, less than 3% of land is publicly owned.  Nonetheless, there are a number of great places to get out and enjoy a pretty day.  

Metro Houston - from the Woodlands to Pearland to Sugarland, Brookshire to Baytown, and places in-between

Southeast Texas - from Buffalo to Bridge City, Coldspring to Columbus, Lake Jackson to LaGrange, all around Southeast Texas

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Last updated:  12/24/2011.   Content 1999-2011 by the Sierra Club.