A Great Walk in a serene setting

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User: MattSeibert - 3/16/2003

Location: Barton Creek - Upper South

Difficulty: 2stars  Solitude: 3point5stars
Miles Hiked: 5.50 Miles  Elapsed Time: N/A

Comments: If you want the be alone, get our there before lunch. I started out at 7:30 am, and saw maybe 3 people the entire way until noon. on the way out. On the way back, there were people lining up to swim and fish, bikers, and lots of dogs. With a comfortable pace, I got there and back, stopping for lunch, pictures, and some spelunking (see below) in about 4 hours. The majority of the walk is in the shade of overhanging foliage, alongside the creek (the path is actually the south bank of the creek in spots, watch your step). At the end of the trail (at the "Twin Springs" marker) there is a small cave / cavern complex in the rocks from where the springs originate. The left-hand cave is a comfortably large view into a dome formed inside of the limestone head. The right-hand cave is smaller (requires hands and kness for most of it) and has a crawlable outlet at the back which winds through the rockwork for another 20 yards or so. There is a REALLY nice rock to sit on at the mouth of the cave, and the cool breeze flowing out of the rockwork gives pleasant releif from the heat of the day. At the end of the trail is a terrific "swimming hole". It ends up being about 12 feet deep in the deepest part. All in all, this was a very peaceful and serene hike, with beautiful views and vistas of the Hill Country beyond and the creek itself, which has no steep grades or serious incline.

Area around Barton Creek - Upper South