Hiked from Mineral Wells to Weatherford.
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Distance: 20.00 Miles
Duration: 7 hours, 30 minutes
This is a great trail for conditioning and building stamina. I started at the Mineral Wells trailhead at 7 a.m. and made it to the Garner trailhead in 2 hours and 45 minutes. Make sure you bring plenty of water as there aren't many places to refill along the way. In Garner there is a store and restroom facilities. I stopped for a quick breakfast and sock change and proceeded on towards Weatherford. Up until this point I hadn't encountered many people, only 4 bikers and a runner. During the 10 mile stretch from Garner to Weatherford traffic increased and the trail became more exposed to the sun. There are benches placed throughout the trail every 2 miles, sometimes closer. Approximately 6 miles from the Weatherford trailhead there is a latrine as well as water for horses. The last mile and a half run alongside a lake before curving around into the parking lot. It's a very flat and quick 20 mile hike, but I cannot stress the importance of bringing enough water. Take more than you think you'll need. I consumed just shy of 5 liters.
Other items that I found to be useful for the trail are extra socks, sunscreen, high calorie snacks, band aids and a basic first aid kit, cell phone, sunglasses and a few ziplock bags to waterproof any moisture sensitive items.
The scenery was pleasant along the way. Lots of pastureland, farms and ranches. You will see lots of bearclaw cactus, oak trees, mustang grape vines and many other kinds of plant life. I encountered two copperhead snakes along the way east of the Garner trailhead. Stay vigilant, especially when walking through the dead leaves that accumulate on the trail. There were many different species of birds; the white wing and morning dove were my favorites. Keep your eyes open and you can spot deer, coyotes, foxes and bobcats.
Overall it was a very enjoyable trail. I will be doing it again this weekend but I will explore the loop that goes into the state park.
A morning's stroll
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Distance: 10.00 Miles
On Thanksgiving morning, my wife and I hiked 5 miles out from the Weatherford trailhead of the Trailway and back for a total of 10 miles. We were surprised at the number of people on the trail. We encountered at least 5 other hikers/joggers and probably a dozen or more bicyclists. At the trailhead, we saw some llamas in a pasture next to the trail. Immediately after leaving the trailhead, you cross Town Creek on a well-constructed bridge. Almost immediately on the right, there is an earthern dam running parralel to the trail. Farther up the trail, you get a glimpse or two of Sunshine Lake, which is formed from Town Creek. Benches begin appearing at intervals of roughly 1 mile, some at exactly the mile marker. Mile posts mark each mile of the trail. Town Creek continues to parallel the trail for at least 2 miles. Just over 3 miles is a road crossing. Just beyond this, Town Creek begins to veer away from the trail. At the 4 mile mark, you reach the highest point on the trail at 1,235 feet. This site is marked with a sign post and a couple of benches. Up to this point, the trail has been on a steady but gradual climb with only a couple of exceptions. From this point, the trail slopes gently downward. At just under 5 miles, you cross another road. After crossing the road, there is a bridge, and then the composting toilet at exactly 5 miles. There is a bicycle rack, a hitching rack, bench, and garbage can in addition to the toilet. At this point, we rested a bit, then made the return trip to the trailhead. Although this was a pleasant hike, it is probably not one we would do again, though I would like to bike the entire trail at some point. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of color along the trail. If you like seeing country life, this is a good trail. You are always in site of houses, barns, horses, cattle, and other aspects of farm/ranch life. If you enjoy getting away from things, though, you might be disappointed with this trail.
great park close to fort worth
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Distance: 1.50 Miles
this park had alot to offer. my 3.5 and 5.5 year old sons hiked with us and kept up very well, despite rocky trails. mostly shaded and sometimes close to lake. extra bonuses included canoe trip and rock climbing area, there were plently of discoveries. The park is pretty clean too.
Nice hike w/ some good views
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Distance: 9.50 Miles
Approx 2.5mi is foot only w/ the first .5mi rugged and approx 300ft el. change, down then back up. Trail is clearly defined. Park is busy in the summer and on the usual holidays but was quiet this weekend. There are primitave sites for overnighting it. There is also a 20 mi. trail from Mineral Wells to Weatherford, I havent done all of it yet but I'll let you know