East & West Trails Plus Old Baldy

Entrance Sign
This is the sign to the park.
User: Lone_Star - 9/22/2013

Location: Garner State Park

Rating: 3stars
Difficulty: 2point5stars  Solitude: 1point5stars
Miles Hiked: 12.20 Miles  Elapsed Time: 6 hours, 9 minutes


Garner State Park is an excellent place to hike.  It offers distance, elevation, scenic overviews, and interesting places to explore along the way.  The one disappointing part of hiking this park was seeing graffiti spray painted and written all over the rocks and signs.  A few bad apples can sure screw things up for everyone else.

I started my hike from the campground and along the East Trails.  I deviated from the established trails to climb Old Baldy in the "Danger Unsafe Area" and was rewarded with spectacular views of the park.  At the top, I encountered several mountain goats.

After finishing the East Trails, I hiked the West Trails focusing all hitting all of the main trails.  As a result, I hiked up and down the hills several times and occasionally backtracked.

Aside from hiking, camping at Garner State Park looks very enticing.  Spending time on the Frio River engaging in water activities or simply cooling off in the water is a must-do.  It is very pretty and there are numerous ropes hanging from the trees so you can swing and jump into the river.

Log Photos
Entrance Sign
Park Overview
Old Baldy
Crystal Cave
Mountain Goat
Frio River
Elevation Change
White Rock Cave
Good Signage
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