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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Antonio & Austin
by Charlie Llewellin and Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)
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I really was not that blown away with this hike. There were a few spots where the views were nice, but all in all the scenery was fairly limited. My biggest complaint was the lack of water. I brought two liters of water for the hike and a water filter. It is a good thing I brought two liters, because there was no where to use the filter. The entire area was dry. I was rationing water the last 2.5 mile when I realized there would be not be a place for me to fill up. Given the lack of views, the lack of water is not a quality trade off. That said, it was still a good workout.
The hiking was good, but there were only a few trails open. While the trail head and intersections with other trails were marked there was no trail blazes along the trail to make sure you were on the right track. Next time I go I will have a topo map. A map is provided at the ranger "shack" but it is not a topo.
The day I walked the trail the weather was great so this helped to enhance my experience greatly. I found the trail to be an excellent walk through classic texas hill country terrain. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. The route I walked was 7.85 miles (by GPS)and took about four and a half hours including a side trip to the Hermit's Shack Camp Area to check out the tent sites. I would like to return there for an over night stay. The steep area of trail 3a on the eastern extreme was not to hard, the biggest concern being travelling over loose rock. Great hike! I plan to return to the HCSNA and hike some of the other trails.
Expansive trail system that will take the hiker to the top of peaks and into the bottom of valleys. All of the trails were well marked, which is rare where I come from. The only negative about the hike was the heat, but I suspect that is my fault for going even though I knew it as going to be about 95 degrees. Great park, overall.
This was one of the best hikes I have done in Texas. You are in a situation where forest meets high desert so there are times when my wife and I would see a cactus next to a deciduous tree. There were some challenging climbs and some beautiful views. We went on a Sunday and we only ran into one other couple. The trail is well marked and there are plenty of places to stop and have lunch, especially cougar canyon. This is highly recommended and I want to do it again soon!!!
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