Out Playground Parking Lot > Chaparral Trail > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral Trail > Winding Snake > Burkett Park 3.4 miles
Return Burkett Park > Park road to Lanky Lackey Trail > Nature Trail > Horny Toad Trail > Tasajillo Flats Trail > Playground Parking Lot 2.7 miles
Warm and breezy day, lots of wind to keep the bugs off and keep the heat from being an issue. Trails are easy to follow and connect to one another with the exception of -
(1) Burkett Park to Lanky Lackey - take the park road West for about 1/10 of a mile, look for the Lanky Lackey signpost on the left side of the road; the signpost for Roller Coaster Trail is on the right side of the road.
(2) Lanky Lackey to Nature Trail - When you exit Lanky Lackey, directly across the road is the signpost for Nature Loop, I did not take that route but instead, walked West on the park road about 100 yards until I saw the signpost for Nature Trail. Nature Trail is a shorter trail that does not include the Nature Loop. It is easy to see and hike.
Perhaps you will note the time taken on the hike - I spent an inordinate amount of time picking up trash; I had one bag full by the time I arrived at the end of Chaparral Trail on my outward bound leg. On the return route, I had another bag 1/2 full.
With the strong West Texas wind, I'm aware some trash was blown in BUT I know the empty GU packets and plastic water bottles tossed by the trail, were not blown in but deliberately dropped by inconsiderate park users.
PLEASE - be considerate and remember why you enjoy using the park. If you bring it IN, take it OUT when you leave!
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