plectrudis's Logbook

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Total Log Entries: 50 (Rank: 9th)  [List Them]  [Map Them]
Total Distance: 192.78 Miles (Rank: 9th)
Average Distance: 3.86 Miles

Average Rating: 3stars (3.32)
Average Difficulty: 1point5stars (1.92)
Average Solitude: 2point5stars (2.73)

Earliest Log Entry: 9/21/2015
Latest Log Entry: 9/12/2021

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Photos

Senatorial Sink - one of the caves in the park

Senatorial Sink - one of the caves in the park [Mel Bilich Karst Preserve]

Log Entries

Revisited - still shady, now with butterflies
Bastrop County Nature Park - 9/12/2021  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 3point5stars
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A

I revisited the BCNP, and this time, I parked at the Cottonwood Kings Trailhead.  Still an enjoyable hike along the river, lots of shade, and not too many people.  Plus, now that fall is here, there were a fair few butterflies.

Got a little confused, but enjoyed the proximity to the creek
Commons Ford - Waterfall Trail - 9/6/2021  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 2point5stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 2.20 Miles Duration: N/A

I never did find any trailhead at the park called "Waterfall Trail"--maybe they've changed the name?  So I first tried "Creekside Trail," (trailhead and parking at the red star on the map I posted) thinking maybe the waterfall was on the creek?  However, Creekside Trail goes downstream to its confluence with the Colorado--no waterfall here.  It's a short (~1.2mi round trip) hike, no steep bits, and plenty of shade.  There is also a meadow that's supposed to be good for birds.

Then I parked at the Prairie Trailhead, which is in the corner where the road makes an L (at the yellow star on my map).  There's no sign to guide you to the Waterfall Trail, but it's on the opposite side of the road from the Prairie.  Go up the lawn, past the empty house, and you'll see a trail going into the hilly scrub. That's the Waterfall Trail.  By my count, there were 2 huff-inducing hills and some gently wavy bits in between.  The waterfalls were both low, but nevertheless pretty, and as advertised, the second was more impressive. Again, this trail was mostly shady, which was very much welcome.

It was Labor Day morning, so there were more people than I would have liked, esp on the Creekside, but it wasn't mobbed or anything.  The humidity was _vile_, but I don't think that's the park's fault.

Some nice shade and water features
Berry Springs Park - 9/3/2021  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3point5stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: 2 hours

Visited in late April, at which point it was starting to get uncomfortably warm.  Some sections of the trail were nicely shaded, but the prairie area, unsurprisingly, was very exposed.  The springs and pond were a cool feature.

Mostly Paved Surface, Partial Shade, Follows Creek
Brushy Creek East Trail - 3/27/2021  [View Log Page]
Rating: 2point5stars Difficulty: 1point5stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 6.60 Miles Duration: N/A

I walked the Joe B Freeman Park to the Play For All Park and back, which was a little over 6 miles.  The trail has several different moods--the Freeman Park area is a shady tunnel through the woods, then there is a stretch that goes through and behind a subdivision, then you follow a busy road over a big bridge and cross over to reach another more natural area that connects to the Play For All Park.  The two woodsy sections were pleasant, but the subdivision and road are a bit more exposed than I would ideally like. The whole trail is paved, which isn't really my cup of tea (hard on the feet and joints), but is probably good for accessibility purposes.  There were a fair few cyclists on the trail as well.  The creek is a pleasant touch.

A park that gets a lot of use, but still has some nice natural elements
Copperfield Nature Trail - 3/22/2021  [View Log Page]
Rating: 2point5stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 2point5stars
Distance: 3.60 Miles Duration: N/A

This park was surprising in a number of ways.  It's surrounded by the city and by subdivisions, and it has obviously received pretty hard use, so you never have the illusion of being in some sort of pristine area--the trails are wide and the ground is hard packed and there is a bit of trash. But even though the landscape had been pretty extensively trampled, it still has some surprisingly pleasant bluffs, a nice long stretch of waterfall where a little runnel trips down a hill, and a largish pond.  So even though it's highly modified, the bones of the natural world show through.  It was somewhat busy on the March evening when I visited, and you have to cross a significant road (Braker) at one point, but it's also pretty shady and green.  Also, someone with a whimsical sense of humor has installed a turtle sculpture on the ferny walls of a little bluff.