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User: bolilloradio - 1/29/2005

Location: Balcones Canyonlands NWR - Doeskin Ranch

Difficulty:  Solitude:
Miles Hiked: 3.20 Miles  Elapsed Time: N/A

Comments: Went out on an overcast and slightly chilly day. The only sounds to disturb the quiet were the birds (more than I expected) and the occasional vehicle passing by on 1174. There was a large party of trail workers out there, but I didn't run across them until I had finished hiking.

Area around Balcones Canyonlands NWR - Doeskin Ranch

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