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hiking
2 days ago

Nice trail...great to see the new fancy zip line that they put up here. We went after the rains though and the mud/clay was like glue on our boots that ended up feeling like a ton of extra weight...not to mention that we "slid" down a few hills. Will definitely wait until it's dry next time. Also the 6.8 loop was blocked off in places which ended up to be about 5.5. Was nice though.

hiking
2 months ago

Plenty of distance due to multiple trails and routes. I made approx. 6 mile loop (3+ hours) out the western side to Colorado River returning along eastern side. Saw maybe 5 other folks ... all friendly. Good leisurely workout, clean, fresh air, lot of nice scenery.
Access is from Hwy 71, not 969 by the way. $5 day use fee.

Really well-marked trail system. Most of it was runnable and great views of the Colorado River!

hiking
4 months ago

The trailhead is here:

https://goo.gl/maps/omkGde547J92

This trail is at McKinney Roughs Nature Area. There are many trails that are very nice there as well.

There are two other markers that say "McKinney Roughs," but this is it. The other two should be removed. Also, the address is 1884 State Highway 71 West, Cedar Creek, Tx 78612. I don't believe the app has the address.

I'm not sure what the Southern Loop is. I didn't see it on the map. But I took the Ridge Trail out to its end, then turned right onto the Bluff Trail Loop. When I completed theBluff Trail Loop coming back down the Ridge Trail there is another trail, the Woodland Trail, that cuts off to the west. I took it and it doubled back to the end of the Ridge Trail.

I say all that to say this. The Ridge Trail and The Woodlands Trail form a nice loop. Despite the fact that it has been raining for days (weeks) the Ridge / Woodlands loop is mostly cinder and well drained and I had no problem walking it. It is maintained, though it needs work. The Woodland Trail is narrow in a couple of spots too. But, overall both are beautiful easy hikes with lots of flora and some fauna to see. The end of the Ridge Trail has a great overlook view of the Colorado River Valley.

I also took the Bluff Trail Loop. I really enjoyed it and saw deer, a lot of cardinals and lots of tracks of other animals. It was very muddy though, particularly the lower down towards the river I got. That being said, I never got to a place that I couldn't maneuver around. I'm glad I took it. There's a very interesting offshoot where you can see a large bend in the river and how swollen the river is right now. There's a River Trail. I can't imagine it's open. Where my map said it should be at a coupe of points there was nothing but river. Overall my hike was 3.3 miles and a nice day. I don't know if this App lets yo look at photos that I took while recording my hike, but I invite you to look if you can.

The trails were very well maintained and clearly marked for the most part. There were a few muddy spots since it had rained a few days prior, but I was generally able to avoid them by walking along the edge of the trail. The trails to and from the river had some elevation climbs, but not too steep. Pine Ridge Trail was fairly narrow in places and the second half went down into the river valley and then back up so there was considerable climbing of stairs created with logs and dirt. Overall the trails were gorgeous with some awesome views. I took my dog and he was able to traverse all the trails that i went on. He came out pretty dirty from the sand and mud, but it was a very dog friendly place. I went on a Friday at 8am and did not see another person on the trail until I was heading back to the parking lot at noon.

on Pine Ridge Loop

10 months ago

Nice views here and there. Trail well kept. Complicated web of trails. I will go back and try some of the other trails soon.

Nice views here and there. Trail well kept.

The trail detailed here is just one path in a more complicated web of trails at McKinney Roughs Nature Park (https://alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/texas/mckinney-roughs). Actually, I couldn't find anything there that referred to "Southern Loop Trail".

I will go back and try some of the other trails soon.

The description of McKinney Roughs should be ignored. There are roughly 17 miles of trail with multiple loops, some inside other loops. Maps are recommended for first timers.
Philip Russell

The locator arrow is way off the location of McKinney Roughs. To reach the park take highway 71 southeast toward Bastrop. Go 0.8 miles past the traffic light at Pope Bend and turn left into park entrance.
Philip Russell

hiking
2 years ago

The main entrance is closed on Sundays. Use entrance 1/4 mile east labeled "Hwy 71 trailhead". A great variety of terrain. Bobcat Ridge is a rocky, sandy path through cedar trees. Coyote Road offer a wide clay path to the Colorado River via Riverside trail. Follow Riverside until you get to the more challenging Cypress and Pine Ridge trails which will take you down to a deep river valley then take you up a ~200 ft switchback climb which is rewarded by a great view of the Pine Ridge Plateau. From there it's an easy sandy walk back to the trailhead. A great way to spend a few hours out in nature. Bring snacks and water.

The main entrance is closed on Sundays. Use entrance 1/4 mile east labeled "Hwy 71 trailhead". A great variety of terrain. Bobcat Ridge is a rocky, sandy path through cedar trees. Coyote Road offer a wide clay path to the Colorado River via Riverside trail. Follow Riverside until you get to the more challenging Cypress and Pine Ridge trails which will take you down to a deep river valley then take you up a ~200 ft switchback climb which is rewarded by a great view of the Pine Ridge Plateau. From there it's an easy sandy walk back to the trailhead. A great way to spend a few hours out in nature. Bring snacks and water.

I visited McKinney Roughs Nature Park on a beautiful January day. Unfortunately, it seemed that many others had the same idea I did! Although, I can't really complain about anyone getting out into nature - I was actually pleasantly surprised at the park's popularity.

Since I'm not a fan of seeing many people on hikes (solitude is a beautiful thing), I decided against departing from the main trailhead and used the Pope Bend trailhead as my starting point. This parking lot was full of horse trailers, horses, and riders. An advantage of this trailhead is that it's off the beaten path and not nearly as popular for hikers on foot.

I took the Yaupon to Coyote Road to Deep Sands to Pecan Bottom to Buckeye to Road Runner, totaling about 2.25 hours. Both myself and my dog thought it was a good distance for a winter hike - it probably would have felt long in any of the summer months, especially the Yaupon stretch.

The trails in this section of the park are pretty boring. They are just wide dirt paths through the woods, nothing special. They also skirt Pope Bend Road and Highway 71. I wasn't looking for any vistas or anything (just wanted to get outdoors with the dog), so "nothing special" was okay with me.

Deep Sandy is a half-mile stretch along the Colorado River. There isn't an nice spot to "put in" or swim the dog, which was a disappointment. Other hikers thought there was a nice riverfront area on the other section of the park on the Cypress and Riverside Trails. I never confirmed.

I passed other hikers about ever 20-30 minutes. I passed horses/riders about ever 30 minutes, as well. All seemed pleasant and dog friendly.

I would do this trail again in the winter months, but have a feeling it's far too popular for my liking in the fall/spring/summer months for my liking. If you aren't a punk who likes the opportunity to let your dog off-leash, you probably won't mind the occasional passersby as much as I do.

In all, an off-season winner.

PS - Definitely give to the "Honor Box," as you can see that your money is being put to good use. Anytime the trail was washed out, clear markings designated the danger zone. The trails were all well-marked and signs legible, understandable, and placed frequently.

PPS - Definitely bring a map. There are so many =small trails it would be difficult to navigate without an idea of where each of the 20+ trails lead.

hiking
5 years ago

McKinney Roughs is a great place to hike. BSATroop 271 completed 10 miles including the Pine Ridge Loop. Great views along the trail. Only downfall to this park is its proximity to Hwy 290.

hiking
5 years ago

Beautiful and rugged! A hidden gem located at McKinney Roughs Nature Park.