Nice hike

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User: texaskdog - 11/14/2010

Location: Balcones Canyonlands NWR - Warbler Vista

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: 3stars  Solitude: 4stars
Miles Hiked: 4.00 Miles  Elapsed Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes


We attempted to go to Doeskin but it was closed for hunting (nice of them to post signs to not waste a lot of gas) so we doubled back to this one without our map so hiked blind.  The only place they post their map is at the deck (which is a nice map).  the road you come in on parallels the trail ending at the deck.  We hiked the cactus trail and took vista knoll up the hill...dont waste your time going up, it just goes to the gravel road.  We went down vista knoll and back up to ridgeline to the deck, then  hiked back on the gravel road to save a little time heading back.  Very nice trail, not vigorous yet there is a bit of climbing.

Area around Balcones Canyonlands NWR - Warbler Vista
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