manderskat's Logbook

Total Log Entries: 2 (Rank: 282nd)  [List Them]  [Map Them]
Total Distance: 6.29 Miles (Rank: 484th)
Average Distance: 3.15 Miles

Average Rating: 2point5stars (2.96)
Average Difficulty: 2stars (2.15)
Average Solitude: 2point5stars (2.62)

Earliest Log Entry: 9/28/2002
Latest Log Entry: 10/26/2002

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Log Entries
Cattail Pond Trail
Cedar Ridge Preserve - 10/26/2002  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: N/A
The Dallas Nature Center was fairly crowded this day, so the solitude wasn't there, but all in all this was a nice short hike. It was also the first hike for my 6-year-old, so it was about the right length and difficulty. The scenery is very nice for Dallas, and the fall colors are begining to show.
Good Beginner's Hike
Cedar Hill State Park - 9/28/2002  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: 2point5stars Solitude: 3point5stars
Distance: 4.79 Miles Duration: N/A
This one has two trails, the Talala and the Duck Pond. The two trails are connected by a general use hiking trail. The hike was a fairly easy three hour hike, including a break for a light lunch. There were a couple of tough spots, mainly due to the elevation gain and soft ground. This particular Saturday was about 91 degrees, but it was not overly hot, and there were enough shady spots on the trail to keep it cool. Despite being next to Joe Pool Lake and very close to Dallas, it was surprisingly quiet in the park. We saw only three other sets of people during our hike. At one part of the Talala trail, the trail gets close enough to the lake that we heard boats, but other than that and the occasional airplane overhead, the solitude was great. I recommend this hike as a great beginner's hike, and there is enough scenery and wildlife to keep more experienced hikers interested as well. If you wait until a little later in the fall, there should actually be enough color to really make the park attractive.