Connect with nature and other nature-lovers with a group hike at Doeskin Ranch!
The third Sunday of every month we will have a group hike at Doeskin Ranch guided by our trail guides so you can learn about the birds, plants, history and MORE of this wonderful public trail!
Join us for multiple months to see the beauty of the Refuge evolve across the seasons
Our guided hiking tours on public trails are a great introduction to the trail system at the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge.
Our hiking tours move at a moderate place, with stops along the way to discuss the birds, plants, history, geology and habitats of the Refuge. We see many native plants and beautiful views along the way.
Who is this hike for?
If you are interested in learning about the beautiful Refuge right in Austin’s backyard, this guided tour is for you! Spend time with experts on the trail learning about this beautiful environment that is open for you to visit year-round!
How difficult is this hike?
Doeskin Ranch has a mix of easy flat terrain as well as uphill and downhill climbs that we rate as moderately difficult due to the inclines and rocky trails.
The trails lead us through grasslands, and along creeks and also through mixed juniper oak hillsides.
Throughout the hike we will pause to look at plants, birds and to share information about the history, geology and other aspects of this trail and therefore you will have frequent opportunities to pause and look more closely at your surroundings.
START TIME:This hike should take approximately 2.5-3 hours.
EQUIPMENT:As always, wear appropriate shoes, bring plenty of water, bug spray, and sunscreen. Due to slippery rocks on the trail, hiking poles are also highly recommended.
PHONE RECEPTION: Some phone-based GPS’ will not work in this area. A printable/downloadable map can be found here.
GROUP SIZE:Registration is limited to 15 participants for this hike.
WEATHER ADVISORY & OTHER CANCELLATIONS:In the event that we need to cancel due to extreme weather or other unforeseen conditions you will be notified via email and text at least two hours prior to the hike start time.
PARTICIPANT CANCELLATIONS:Our hikes are popular and often have wait lists, if you need to cancel, we ask that you try to do so at least 48 hours in advance so that a wait-list participant is notified in adequate time to be able to join us on the trail! You can cancel in two ways: