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Fantastic trail, great view as a reward!

hiking
1 day ago

Well maintained trail. Looks deceiving when you enter and gives you the idea that this isn't a moderate trail. keep going, the terrain has many inclines and declines that make for a nice 7 Mile workout. The 100 degree temps today made it harder than expected. No bikes, horses, or pets. strictly a hiking trail with very nice views.

Our family of four (ages 12 to 43) did this hike on a clear July day with some storms in the area and no wind. The first 1.5 miles is very steep, hotter than blazes, and not much fun (except for watching our tent quickly shrink to a tiny point of red far below us). After cresting the first ridgeline, there are breaks in the steep switchbacks and some trees to use as shade. The view from the top is outstanding. There is nothing in Texas to compete with it on sheer scale of view. The trail is rough with lots of loose rocks under foot. We carried lunch and 4 gallons of water. We spent almost an hour on top because of the perfect conditions. Less than 10 people made it to the top on the day we went, so there was no concern about overcrowding. You can make this hike even if moderately out of shape, but only if you come prepared for the conditions and start early. The people we saw that turned back had too little water, poor shoes, joint issues, or small children.

Still one of my favorite hikes around the area. But seriously people...take your trash and towels/clothes with you. Please don't ruin the enjoyment for others.

great park bring lots of water if not drink at stops, super hot on trails.
even the fountains have filtered water! so you can fill up!
so no excuses for not staying hydrated.

hiking
1 day ago

This trail is rugged and can be dangeroua when wet. There are some cool ruins still standing along the way. If you leave the park the trail extends onto Fort Davis and that part of the trail is steep.

There are several trails here, not just one. I rated it moderate because there are some steep inclines, declines and some uneven terrain. The trails are not paved; rains and foot traffic take a toll in places. For those not as steady on their feet this might not be the best hike for you.

We hiked all of the trails in a couple of hours, including hiking to the summit (the farthest hill - there are 2) where the view across the "valley" was beautiful. There is a little dock by the small pond where you can stop and watch the ducks or whatever is in/on the water that day.

Make sure to read View the signs at the edge of the parking lot about flora and fauna present in the area - you may spot some or signs they have been there.

We are from San Antonio - natives, but had not been before. The hike was really nice. I recommend afterward you make your way over to the big cypress trees next to the river. They are along the driving loop. It is a beautiful place to sit and relax, cool off, dip your feet in the water, have a snack and a drink and soak in the awesomeness of Texas!