East & West Trails Plus Old Baldy
By Lone_Star on 9/22/2013
Distance: 12.20 Miles Duration: 6 hours, 9 minutes
Garner State Park is an excellent place to hike. It offers distance, elevation, scenic overviews, and interesting places to explore along the way. The one disappointing part of hiking this park was seeing graffiti spray painted and written all over the rocks and signs. A few bad apples can sure screw things up for everyone else.
I started my hike from the campground and along the East Trails. I deviated from the established trails to climb Old Baldy in the "Danger Unsafe Area" and was rewarded with spectacular views of the park. At the top, I encountered several mountain goats.
After finishing the East Trails, I hiked the West Trails focusing all hitting all of the main trails. As a result, I hiked up and down the hills several times and occasionally backtracked.
Aside from hiking, camping at Garner State Park looks very enticing. Spending time on the Frio River engaging in water activities or simply cooling off in the water is a must-do. It is very pretty and there are numerous ropes hanging from the trees so you can swing and jump into the river.