Ridgeline and Vista Loop Trails

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User: buzz9298 - 10/2/2009

Location: Balcones Canyonlands NWR - Warbler Vista

Rating: 2stars
Difficulty: 2stars  Solitude: 4stars
Miles Hiked: 2.50 Miles  Elapsed Time: N/A


Hiked with my 11 year old son and his two friends from the Sunset Pavillon along the Ridgeline Trail to Vista Trail Loop.  Friday afternoon hike with no one around.  Cool and shady under the Ash Juniper groves.  Great hike for kids to get them out of the house and off the WII.  Distance was moderate enough to keep them interested without complaints.  2 hour round trip.

Area around Balcones Canyonlands NWR - Warbler Vista
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