A wet hike, but very peaceful

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User: MattSeibert - 3/23/2003

Location: Barton Creek - South Gus Fruh

Difficulty: 3point5stars  Solitude: 3stars
Miles Hiked: 2.50 Miles  Elapsed Time: N/A

Comments:

Again, I set out on an early Sunday morning, to ensure the most serenity I could afford. I encounter a total of 7 people during the 3.5 hours I spent on this trail, and onyl 2 dogs and 1 bike.

The path does continue on past the first water crossing, which takes you down the bank about 150 yards past the triple-falls which affords a nice view of the falls behind you, and the serene creek streching out before you.

At the first ford of the creek, the water was only about knee deep in the deepest spot. However, at the "Water Falls" ford (at the Gus Fruh access marker on the trail) the shallow spots took me to near waist deep water. I'm 6' tall, so make that about 3' of water. There is also a strong current at this point, so best watch your footing.

I travelled up the trail towards the Gus Fruh access from this point, until I could hear cars, then turned back around. There was a nice rock outcropping to sit on and view the creek below you, but I found the nicest place to sit was actually the log bench right at the creek-side. From here you could hear the fall of the water, and under a tree, was nicely shaded.

My assesment of the hike difficulty is based on the water crossings (and current) and the general condition of some parts of the trail. There are very rocky parts where a twisted ankle is likely if you aren't careful, and some very steep inclines (especially on the impromptu trail that strecthes past the first ford).



Area around Barton Creek - South Gus Fruh
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