Quiet Monday Afternoon

Just past the trailhead
Just past the trailhead
User: Riff Raff - 7/7/2008

Location: Balcones Canyonlands NWR - Doeskin Ranch

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: 3stars  Solitude: 4stars
Miles Hiked: 4.50 Miles  Elapsed Time: 3 hours


Hiked the outer (outer) loop of the Rimrock / Shin Oak / Indiangrass Trails, along with a bit of the Creek Trail before aborting as the rain came in.  Saw only one pair of people on the Rimrock trail while I was there.  Lovely area.

Log Photos
Just past the trailhead
First creek crossing
Ascending Rimrock Trail
Start of Indiangrass Trail
Rock cairns mark Indiangrass Trail
Pink flowers in Indiangrass area
Indiangrass Trail area
Indiangrass Trail
Descending Shin Oak Trail
Second Creek Crossing
Area around Balcones Canyonlands NWR - Doeskin Ranch
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