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    C.A Polley added Aliso Canyon

    13 days ago

    C.A Polley added Mount Lakeway Trail

    28 days ago

    C.A Polley added Mount Lakeway Trail

    about 1 month ago

    C.A Polley added Serene Hills / Mt. Lakeway

    about 1 month ago

    C.A Polley saved Ozark Highlands Trail

    about 1 month ago

    C.A Polley saved Piute Pass Trail

    2 months ago

    C.A Polley saved Eagle Rock Loop

    3 months ago

    C.A Polley added Bell Canyon

    3 months ago

    C.A Polley added Madrone Trail Loop

    4 months ago

    C.A Polley completed Pedernales Falls Loop

    4 months ago

    C.A Polley completed Bull Creek Trail

    4 months ago

    C.A Polley added Bull Creek Trail

    4 months ago

    C.A Polley saved Bull Creek Trail

    4 months ago

    C.A Polley reviewed Outer Mountain Loop with Pinnacles Trail and Jupiter Canyon

    4 months ago

    Completed the OML 3-13-18 to 3-15-18 three days two nights during spring break week. I would not recommend attempting this hike during spring break for those planning ahead next year it was a zoo. If you must do it during spring break then go towards the end of the week it was much less crowded no line to get into the basin.

    Would also recommend bigbendchat.com to learn more about the trail and get excellent advice and updates on water locations that can be found on the trail. I was able to filter 4 L of water from a spring on the trail that I learned about from this website.

    Overall it is a gorgeous, but tough hike so be sure to pack as light as possible since you’ll be carrying a lot of water with you. Additionally, stay the night at the lodge or perhaps in Alpine Texas and get to the panther junction station early next day so that you can get desirable campsite locations. We did not get to panther Junction until around 1:30 PM so were stuck with zone camping in Juniper Canyon first night and blue Creek zone camping the second night making day two a long 15.5 mile day.

    Lastly, as other reviewer‘s have mentioned this trail is hard and not for the beginner backpacker. Unfortunately, we ran into a group of young men in their late teens early 20s who were ill prepared for this trail. They had started on the Dodson trail. One person had a day pack and was carrying his sleeping bag in his arms. I don’t know if the group made it past the basin, but he did not look like he was having a good time when we caught up to them midway on the Dodson trail.

    Best advice for the OML is to plan ahead and have the right gear.

    Fantastic hike!

    C.A Polley completed Blue Creek Trail

    4 months ago

    C.A Polley followed William Hayburn

    5 months ago