Shield Ranch is a 6,800 acre ranch in western Travis County. The ranch, which is privately owned and under conservation easement, has over 14 miles of trail, 7 miles of which are Barton Creek frontage. Though the land is privately owned, the Sierra Club and other organizations have been invited to make use of the trails on many occasions.

As a result of storms and trees dying in drought, dead trees have fallen across portions of the trail. A chain saw crew will precede us, and we’ll be dragging cut wood off the trail. After putting in a few hours of work, we’ll head out for a group hike. We’ll spend the night camping out under the stars, take a short hike Sunday morning, and leave around noon.

This trip is designed for those that are familiar with hiking and are physically fit. You will also need to be properly equipped (see list of necessary equipment and supplies). In addition, this event is hosted by Young Sierrans (21-39), which means the activity is designed with that age group in mind, and many of the people participating will fall near that range. However, whether you are between the ages of 21-39, identify with a younger crowd, or just don’t mind hanging with young folks, you are welcome! This event, however, is not open to children or pets. If you are not sure if this trip is right for you, please contact the event leader to discuss.

We’ll gather at 9:00am at (location TBD), at which point you can make your carpool arrangements, then caravan out to the ranch. If you’re coming from a different direction than Austin and meeting us at (location TBD) isn’t feasible, contact the trip leader to arrange a specific meeting point at the ranch instead.
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> To register for the trip, first RSVP here on the Meetup event. Then, download, print and complete the Sierra Club’s medical and individual liability waiver forms. Bring these forms with you, the trip leader will collect them at the commencement of the trip. These forms are required and must be completed in order for you to participate in this trip.
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> Gear You’ll Need:
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> Hiking boots or sturdy shoes (no sandals)
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> Long pants (leg protection during trail work will be necessary, not optional)
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> Rain jacket (optional)
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> Warm clothes for nighttime
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> Hat or other sun protection
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> Tent or other shelter
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> Sleeping bag & pad
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> Flashlight or headlamp
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> Warm clothes for nighttime
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> Plate or bowl, cup, utensils
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> Large Ziploc bag for trash
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> Lightweight camp chair (optional)
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> Sunscreen
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> Insect repellent
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> Camp stove & fuel (optional, but bring or share with someone who has one, if you’re planning a hot dinner or breakfast)
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> Toilet paper
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> Hand sanitizer
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> A backpack for food and water on Saturday’s workday and hike
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> If you are missing any of the above listed gear, post a comment on the message board for this trip. Some people have extra that they may be willing to lend you.
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> Food & Drinks:
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> You’ll need to start the trip with a minimum of 4 liters of water (or a combination of water and your choice of hydrating sports drink).
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> Bring 1 cold lunch, 1 cold or hot dinner, 1 cold or hot breakfast, plus any snacks you’ll wish to consume throughout the day.