Long way to go for a short walk

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User: Rajun Cajun - 11/24/2006

Location: Balcones Canyonlands NWR - Warbler Vista

Difficulty:  Solitude:
Miles Hiked: 2.75 Miles  Elapsed Time: N/A

Comments: I had a great time. My five year old and I made the hike. I didn't realize that it was that far out. We did see alot of intersting plants and bugs so the little one thought it was great. It was a little disheartening that the highway was in view for alot of the hike but it was nice to gain some elevation and see the valley. It's a great place to teach kids direction with a compass due to the view. Be careful with little ones there because the trail does get kinda steep at times and the ants there are HUGE! My little one happend upon a ant pile and it made for an unenjoyable ten minutes. When you get to the top of the hill it is a great place to have a picknic and enjoy nature.

Area around Balcones Canyonlands NWR - Warbler Vista
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