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almost like a moonscape in places around what i hope are controlled burn spots.

Wife and I went on hike there today. The trail is really nice and the views of the river are great. Really enjoyed it, will return.

hiking
12 days ago

Nice rocks and colors to look at. Not life-changing

Perfect fall hike. Don’t miss seeing Monkey Rock

Great hike. Lots of loose rocks though.

hiking
18 days ago

Awesome

Fall colors still around good time to take a hike

hiking
21 days ago

great trail. challenging for a little bit, but overall not too difficult. weather in November was beautiful. we did the east trail for 4.5 miles. very very rocky so good shoes/boots are needed. feet get wet at times. good overlook views in two spots. ranger people were all very friendly. get their early for parking space.

Great trail, gorgeous view when you finish the climb to the lighthouse. Kids loved it.

Part of the hike you go along Guadalupe river. Really pretty hike.

hiking
1 month ago

I love this trail. Its some great exercise and about 6 miles. You get a pretty good 15 minute climb at the end and get to stand up on the lighthouse rock structure at the end which is really rewarding. Ive hiked it a few times and mountain biked it as well. Great hike to take visitors.

4 mile hike. was steep in some areas. has to stop and rest. had to cross a few creeks. one climb was tough and the decent was steep. definitely worth it. the view was beautiful

great trail! some steep areas and long upward climb but a beautiful view. definitely worth it .

I would not call this a hike. It’s a long walk with a disappointing end. The trail is Mostly flat with a few little hills. There are always a lot of people on it. Lots of better hikes in the canyon. Rock garden is way better and the same distance.

Great trail with stunning views and plenty of contour. Three caveats: 1. You will get your feet wet crossing the stream in several places. 2. There are long stretches with no shade, so it can get brutally hot. We baked here in early November. And 3: it is crowded here in the fall, even during the week. That said, we really enjoyed this hike. Took us 3 hours.

Gorgeous!

We did this hike at a very leisurely pace and stopped to play in the streams and fall foliage so it took us about 3 hours to complete. The leaves had started turning (first weekend of November) and it was pretty but probably in two weeks time more reds will start coming out. It was a good distance and fun walking through streams with some uphill parts which made it slightly more challenging. Try to go early in the morning (I think park opens at 8?) to ensure you’ll get in. We went around noon and the park was completely full so we spent some time at the winery down the road which was also beautiful. On the way back we tried our luck to get in and were lucky enough to get in but if you’re only there for a day I wouldn’t risk it. I would also suggest hiking it in water shoes or teva/Chaco type sandals. A friend of ours went in tennies but another friend and I got to walk through all the streams with our tevas which made for a very refreshing trip. A nice little gem in the Texas hill country!

Amazing scenery and wonderful hiking trails. The trees (early November) were already starting to be yellow, orange, and even some red. Well worth the trip from Austin for our 9.41 miles! (This trail + part of West trail to the spring, then down the East-West trail)

great trail! first time hiking this trail. beautiful foliage and view of the river, trail was clear and great for dogs. you can check out the canyon lake spillway and Overlook Park while you're there. they are all relatively close. great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. will definitely go again.

Great easy trail, though the climb to the lighthouse requires a bit of scrambling. Definitely worth it though!

Not bad

2.7 mi in, and 2.7 out. not too hard, just long. veri nice scenery.

East trail loop was exponentially better than the west, in my opinion. Great place to stay if Garner is booked up. It usually is.

hiking
2 months ago

Being from Texas, I was a little concerned about the heat warnings; knowing that it can still get hot in October, I kept an eye on my weather app. We went in at 8:30 a.m. when the temp was in the 70s with an overcast sky, but the temps were due to start hitting the 90s after lunch time. We took almost a full four hours - stopping at the "end of trail" sign for snacks at the picnic table and then venturing up the little rock trail to the left and on to the lighthouse rock. I'm not in great shape but feel fine after. The scrambling at the end may not be for everyone! We took snacks, one water bladder each plus small celebratory Gatorades, used bug spray (you'll need it), and wore sunscreen. (Next time, I'll add a walking stick.) I personally would not venture out on this trail May to September. We weren't graced with any creatures other than a few bright green beetles and lizards. Tip: Make sure you get both map sheets at the entry gate; one is trails, one is points of interest. Enjoy and be safe.

pls hike early when sun is not at peak..i learned hard way..almost passed out on this one as we started at 10am on a high 80's finished at around 2pm with temp of 100 not very smart...at the end of the trail theres like 2 ambulance treating hiker for heat stroke....so pls be careful on this one...wear hat,sunscreeen, bring ice cold water like 2 liters each hiker...again start early. but then this I can recommend I will do it again on cooler weather for sure.

Went today after many rainy days and the trail was still very accessible. This trail is impressive and the other reviewer, Mark Hansbauer, describes is well! I will definitely go back.

Beautiful amazing hike! Even saw a wild Bison! Hike was more on the moderate side imo but because of the heat I highly recommend you bring a liter of water per person. Main downfall is the trail can be difficult to follow, so make sure you have the offline maps downloaded. Lastly if you're looking to visit the fern cave and doing this trail clockwise, ignore the first "fern cave .2 mi" sign you see, this sign is wrong. Just continue along with the loop and you'll eventually run into another "fern cave" sign that'll point you towards a 100ft spur to the cave.

Easy well marked trail. Once you end the tail, you do have to climb up to the ‘Lighthouse’ - please do! Once your up there (flat rock), take OFF your shoes but be careful to not lose your socks. Water and sunscreen is essential! Be safe, be kind.

P.S.

If you have a mountain bike please bring it! It’s so much better (easier), faster, and fun!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy to moderate out and back with a short climb up loose rock. Continue on and up past the Lighthouse for some amazing views from the top. Be sure to set out early if you're going to hike in summer. The afternoon sun can be brutal, plus the morning light in the canyon is breathtaking. There's very little shade along this well marked and heavily trafficked trail, so bring sunscreen and lots of water.

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