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1 day ago

Good trail but I prefer more of the wooded trails that are off the beaten path. I found a few while hiking but I would rather do the whole trail through the trees and not on gravel roads. It was fun and a very basic trail. The trail is about 10 feet wide most of the way until you get out towards the far end of the loop. Only saw lizards and birds nothing really interesting but still had fun.

8.96 miles completed.

Go for the pool, but don’t skip the hike!

Always a fun climb up this unusual rock. Even fun for small kids. Just keep a hand-hold on them.

Good first hike!

The park is really pretty and it wasn’t super crowded so that was nice. This trail is nice and moderate but you gotta make sure you look for the signs Bc they are weirdly placed. Bring lots of water!

Of course it's a great trail, but watch out for rattlesnakes. We passed 2 rattlesnakes on our hike. One was in the middle of the trail and one was toward the side of the trail in the shade. It had just bit a hiker and she was waiting for medical help to arrive. Hike in center of trail (about5-6 feet wide) and be very aware of surroundings.

I would rate this 4 stars as a trail but 5 for the overall experience. As others have said, the trail itself is rocky and often devoid of shade. But it's a short hike to the falls, which are absolutely worth a visit. Just bring lots of water and wear a hat during the summer, and you'll be fine.

Great hike. Short but just enough for an easy Sunday morning hike. Beautiful place!!! The only real challenge is the BIG hill. Get here early, they reach capacity quick and will not let anyone else in. $$entry fee!

got an early summer start, started at 7:30 and I was the only one on the trail

So beautiful!! We went the day after thanksgiving and didn’t have a reservation. We waited in a car line for 20 minutes and it was more than worth it! If I could imagine a place where mermaids live, it would be Hamilton pool. So thankful we got to visit!! The hike is super easy and pretty heavily trafficked. I think most people don’t bring water which is a must do when hiking.

hiking
13 days ago

I took my two small dogs on this trail this morning. We got out there just right before 8am and by the time we got back to the car it was blazing hot. It took us about 2.5 hours to compete, but we took it slow and took lots of water breaks. Heavily used, mostly a hard dirt packed trail with some rocks and sand. I would say that the only thing that is moderate about this hike is the oppressive heat. I saw people walking in with only a liter of water but make no mistakes that is absolutely not enough water if you’re hiking in the heat of the day. I had two 64 ounce water bladders in my backpack and I drained most of them. Not much shade, so sunscreen and a hat is a must. Beautiful views, with lots of wildlife. We saw a few lizards, a tarantula, and some bluebirds. I would imagine this trail would have been absolutely amazing when all of the water crossings were full. I would recommend this trail to experienced hikers in the summer and to everyone on the cooler months.

Great changes in elevation. Well maintained.

hiking
15 days ago

Did this loop, including Emory Peak in one day. I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone else. This hike is very strenuous, but the views! The view from the south rim is one of the most breath taking views I’ve ever seen. Especially in Texas! For me, it was worth it. But make this a 2 day hike and camp along the way.

hiking
15 days ago

Great trail took the dog and the kids and all did great. We lucked out and arrived after a thunderstorm so temps were down. Rangers put out several water coolers along the trail which made things that much easier. Final descent down the rock portion was made easy with the railing but it can definitely get slick when rocks are wet. Overall a great hidden gem in central Texas!

Great hike extremely strenuous. If i were to do it again i would camp at the halfway point the first day and then the 2nd i would go to the top. I’m not terribly out of shape and in my 30s and this trail was very hard for me. Someone that was with me in their 20s who is in very good shape also said this trail was very hard for them. I’m not sure what’s going on with these reviews that say it’s not strenuous. They must be Olympian’s or hike every day. Took us 7 hours and we were rushing to get back before dark.My advice is to start at 7am and to take your time.

This trail is awesome!!
Especially on a hot summer day as you end up in pools of spring water to swim in!
Not sure why it’s rated as moderate? It’s a easy dirt road walk amongst the trees.
We all loved loved this one!!
10,12,14,15 and 40 something parents

I can see this being rated moderate, especially in summer. It’s exposed to the sun most of the hike with rocks to navigate. The decent down to the falls is steep but the wire guidelines really help. We had no trouble by being prepared w a lot of water, the right shoes, hats and snacks.
We hung out a while enjoyed the amazing oasis in the desert!!! We cooled off in a smaller water fall and swam in the Colorado river.
I loved this hike and so did my family.
10,12,14,16 and 47.
Went in Aug it was 104, we started at 7:30!
It is amazing!!!

Pretty cool hike to see a great view.

This was an extremely cool place this specific trail was not long and we did parts of other adjoining trails $7 per person to use this park if nearby it’s well worth the trip

VERY HARD trail. The view at the top is beautiful, but the rest is just ok. Not worth how hard the hike is. Bring lots and lots of water and snacks. Do not hike in the heat. This trail almost did me in. Not recommended unless you are in GREAT shape and an experienced hiker.

Great trail! We loved the different elevations, it allowed us to see some incredible views. Majority of the trail is shaded which allows you to enjoy the hike even in the hot summer days. There was also different lookout spots to capture some awesome views of the lake.

Nice walk through the rolling landscape of Hill Country. Really nice for Texas. After completing the hike, we went to Pedernales Falls for a quick dip in the cool water. We really enjoyed this retreat.

The trail won... could not complete the 7 miles of this. Went 2 miles in to the split and could not continue. Had to fight another 2 miles bike and almost passed out.
Pros: benches placed about every .25 miles. Hills that are great for training for harder trails.
Cons: no shade. Hills.
Do not attempt mid day in summer unless you are seriously acclimated to heat and hills. City girl couldn't complete.

great trail. Did it one way by myself with a 30 pound pack in 4o minutes temp was 100.

beautiful hike natural springs pools for kids dog friendly!

Absolutely beautiful! Just be sure you’re prepared and take water and wear appropriate shoes! Right before you get to the waterfall you have to hold on to a wire because the rocks are slippery going down.

Great trail. Very popular though. I probably saw 50 people on the trail. The view at the end is amazing.

hiking
1 month ago

My wife and I hiked this trail on a beautiful Texas spring day with our Aussie (on a leash). As many reviewers have said, the trail is a wide gravel road in most places with slight elevation gain. We took our time and enjoyed the air and views, especially at the top where we were able to see a pretty vista. Even in the spring it was hot and the trial is free from shade for the most part - bring plenty of water for you and your dog. This was a worthwhile hike and a great training opportunity for our pup. It was spring break so the park was pretty crowded and we encountered quite a few folks on the trail - not great if you're after solitude but fine otherwise.

hiking
1 month ago

BREATHTAKING. Definitely took some work to get there and I was very glad for my hiking boots, between the many many rocks on the way and the very significant slope at the end right. Worth it, though, because the falls really are one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.

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