Nice climb to the top, beautiful views, nice creek

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User: figment - 3/5/2006

Location: Balcones Canyonlands NWR - Doeskin Ranch

Difficulty:  Solitude:
Miles Hiked: 2.70 Miles  Elapsed Time: N/A

Comments: Hiked the Rimrock trail, the Shin Oak trail, and the Creek trail. The incline up the Rimrock trail is steep, and is a great workout. The Shin Oak trail is an old jeep road, and there isn't much on top of the plateau. Very nice views, however, and the creek is pretty.

Area around Balcones Canyonlands NWR - Doeskin Ranch
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