I parked in the parking lot east of Hale Lake and went out on Red Buckeye Trail as it winds along Big Creek to where it joins the Brazos River. The trails were narrow, but very nice.
I then hiked North along the Brazos River via the Whiteoak Trail (I took the route that branches out along the River). I continued North along the Riverview trail and saw some magnificent oak trees. I saw some Wild Boars in this area.
Sawmill Trail was very muddy and conditions worsened when I got to Bayou Trail. My original plan had been to hike south back towards Hale Lake, but conditions were impassable, forcing me to turn around.
I did this hike during the week and I only saw 1 couple at the beginning of my hike. They were returning from the Brazos River. I did not see any other people on this hike, which really made it a nice, tranquil hike.
Be sure to check with the Ranger Station on trail conditions before you take your hike. This was a mistake I made and I paid the price by having to turn around and do a longer hike than planned.
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