Return to Inks Lake State Park

Lots of views, excellent rock formations
User: Soonhorn - 1/21/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 5.70 Miles Duration: N/A
We hiked from the trailhead and then went left at each junction. At the junction of the red and yellow (go left on the small yellow trail), go on top of the granite mound and you will have views of the castle. Take binoculars, this hike gives you lots of long views. We took the yellow trail over to the second red trail then over to blue trail then cut left onto the green trail back to the trailhead. Get a hiking map at the ranger desk. On the large blue trail there is a canyon with a powerline crossing it. You can cut across there and connect back to the trail. If you are adventuresome. You will see some neat deer blinds and great rock formations that make you stop and think "how did they get here like that?". Look at all the spanish daggers ( the large yucca plants) there is one near the end of the blue trail that is about 12-14 feet tall. It is something to see. We took a lunch on the large granite flat just past the second crossing of the powerline overlooking the lake. Overall, Really nice. Many places along the way, you have that feeling that a cougar could jump out of the is really cool.
Day Hike At Inks Lake
User: Miles - 1/21/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3point5stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 4.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Had not been on these trails in Quite some time! It was nice to be back. I had forgotten just how beautful this park really is! I guess now, with the dry weather, is a good time to hike these trails. No snakes!! The lake is low, so you can hike in places that you ca'nt, due to higher water levels! Nice day trip from Austin. Try it You'll like it!
Great hike with the dogs!
User: gwenmotz - 7/9/2005  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3point5stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
My husband and I hike with our dog and a dog we're watching for the next few days. We had a great time even though the temperatures were in the 90's. We all enjoyed a dip in the lake afterwards.
First Hike w/ family
User: Joefirefighter - 5/25/2005  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

This was the first hike I took with my young family on our first family camping trip.  We did not hike the entire loop.  The  hike was fairly easy and the kids had a great time looking for the blazes.  In fact, there was a bit of an argument over who would get to be in front and find the trail. 

Warm and Mostly Quiet
User: txhipowr - 7/26/2004  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: N/A
It looks like I did the same maximum loop hike as described last Saturday. I arrived at the park about 8:00am and only met a few people out on the trails. There were several different groups in the primitive campsites. While visiting the Pecan Falls geocache I listened in on a group of boy scouts setting up camp just thru the trees nearby. That sure brought on a rush of memories. Was I that loud and silly at that age?!?
Nice hike while I was camping there
User: HikerGirl - 8/2/2003  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: 1point5stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
It was a hot, August day but I did a little bit of the trail and then hit the water afterwards! Will be going back in Oct to do this again!
Must come back when it isn't so hot!
User: ltubbs - 7/27/2002  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
This trip was another checkout for an upcoming Grand Teton trip. I reconfigured my pack and I think I have it riding very well. We didn't due the outer loop since we'd day-hiked around the lake all day and since we got started about 7pm. We did one of the smaller loops and set up camp for the night. The trail was GREAT and I must get back out here when it gets cooler to do the entire outer loop. If you visit the park, be sure to come early and visit the Devil's Waterhole area. This area is right where the lake opens up (the opposite end of the park from the trails described here). The river is passing through a rather tight canyon of metamorphic gneiss (very old, hard crystalline rock). Do yourself a favor and put on your hiking sandals and hike up this canyon about 1/2 mile to a nice cascade. It also makes for a great way to cool off after the longer loop hike described above. This area reminds me of the slickrock regions of northern Arizona or southern Utah. There is it sandstone and here it is gneiss, but either way it is beautiful.
One of the best hikes in Central Texas
User: Austin Explorer - 6/8/2002  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4point5stars Difficulty: 3point5stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 5.35 Miles Duration: N/A
My girlfriend and I enjoyed this hike more the average outing. Despite the hot temperatures the rolling terrain over domes of granite are both interesting and challenging. Despite crossing the road a couple of times we encountered few people on the trail. In the back part of the loop it seemed like we had the whole park to ourselves. Throw in lots of bird and animal sightings and you have the recipe for fun hiking.
Very Nice.
User: Eveline - 4/27/1996  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 2point5stars Solitude: 1point5stars
Distance: 12.40 Miles Duration: N/A
Lots of big rocks and cactus.