At the recommendation of a ranger, I hiked a portion of the Pine Gulch loop and skipped the Woodlands trail. The Pine Gulch loop has a couple of optional cutoffs, which helps you set your chosen distance - perfect for me that day since I had somewhere to be. I took the Roosevelt's Cutoff. I'll be back soon to hike the whole thing. This is a very pretty trail thanks to the great pine trees. You're hiking on a carpet of pine needles and smelling the intoxicating scent of pines along your entire hike. The Bastrop fires didn't affect the pines in this area, so you can almost forget that ever happened. :(
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