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Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country & Gulf Coast
by Melissa Gaskill (The Mountaineers Books)
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Not bad... Good location.
Trails are maintained well but the north east section is often closed. Will want to call to check that.
A bit to main stream for hiking great for biking.
This is the best all mountain riding in South Texas, period. I've been riding this trail for a little of five years and volunteer as a trail patrol because it's the best ride around. The front country is great for warm-ups and family rides. Dogs are permitted in the front country so watch out. The back country will test any level of rider with short steep technical accents and fast technical descents.
My favorite ride in the back country is to take the Recharge trail to Far Reaches. From there you will climb for two miles through oaks, mesquite and limestone rock gardens to an overlook. The second half of Far Reaches is a series of switchbacks, and roller coaster single track until you descend to "crossroads" (intersection of Sendero Balcones, Wildcat Canyon and Far Reaches. Take a right and head up Sendero Balcones. It's about a half mile to the summit where you begin a gradual descent for about 1.5 miles. Continue on SB to where it dead ends into the top of Joe Johnson Trail. Continue on JJ to Carolines Loop. Once you make it to the top of CL prepare yourself for a hand numbing, teeth jarring 20 mph descent back to JJ (fun!!!!). Right on JJ and the park entrance is about 3 miles.
There are two main trails in the back country that run northwest from the park entrance (JJ and Sendero). Recharge/Far Reaches run north along the right before looping back to Sendero. Wildcat Canyon, Twin Oaks and Little Windmill (in that order) connect JJ with Sendero. Carolines Loop is on the furthermost point Northwest.
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