Great hidden gem!

A nice waterfall over a dam. I could see a trail on the other side of the dam, but the water was flowing too much over the dam for me to cross without totally soaking my shoes and socks.
User: heatharcadia - 12/24/2016

Location: Spicewood Valley Trail

Rating:
Difficulty:  Solitude:
Miles Hiked: 3.26 Miles  Elapsed Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Comments:

This is an interesting and diverse trail. You are often reminded you are in the middle of a neighborhood when you hear cars or see homes on either side of the canyon, but it is still an enjoyable, peaceful hike. There are several waterfalls which are nice and the rock ledge of the canyon is interesting. In wetter weather you can spot springs. If you follow a small side trail leading into a field you can see an old rusted and wrecked car.

I'm not sure if it was because it was drizzling most of the day today, but I did not see a single other person on this trail today. But use caution when hiking this in wetter weather: There are several places where the trail passes over large stones, which get slick when wet and covered in a layer of fallen leaves.

I parked by Mountain View Park and used the trailhead that is in between two homes. I first hiked the northern portion of the trail then doubled-back and hiked the southern portion. Reading logs here, I see that there is more to this trail system on the other side of the creek, near the middle school. I didn't cross the creek on this hike (I couldn't find a dry enough area to do so), but just sticking to the side I entered on I still had a great time. I highly recommend this if you are looking for a short hike in town. 



Log Photos
Dam watrerfall
Springs on the ledge
Natural waterfall
Wreckage in the field
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