Pedernales Falls - Wolf Mountain Trail
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Distance: 7.50 Miles
Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes
My husband and I took the Wolf Mountain Trail on a Friday morning. We only saw one other couple until we were leaving, when we met a youth group hiking in with camping gear. I was somewhat disappointed with this trail. As someone else mentioned, most of the trail is actually like a road. Turns out walking on crushed gravel is harder on the feet and legs than we thought. Ouch.
We took the jaunt up to Jones Spring which was interesting- it was neat to see the ruins of the structure, but we wished there had been a marker with some kind of info. We stopped on Wolf Mountain for lunch. It was extremely quiet.
It had not rained in quite some time so all of the creeks and even the spring were mostly dry.
We did see a small snake trying to eat a much larger frog- that made a terribly disturbing sound. And, off the trail but still noteworthy- we saw another snake sunbathing on the rocks where you can walk out onto the rocks in the river.
I think we will try this train again in the spring after there has been some rain.
Dinosaur Valley State Park
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Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
This was our second trip to this park for hiking. We took the Blue Trail starting on the west side of the park, caught the short trip up to the scenic overlook (I think this was a Yellow trail), then followed the white trail at Denio Creek a short distance to the trailhead. I'm not sure how far this is, I can't find it marked anywhere on the map. When we were there in May we had to cross the river in knee deep water but this time the river was low so we walked across dry rocks.
We stopped for a quick picnic at the overlook. The hike up to the overlook was kind of steep, but not treacherous by any means. My kids are 5 and 10, and none of us had any trouble. It was worth the extra time to go to the overlook- it was really pretty. We also stopped one other time to let the kids play in the river.
We saw maybe 3 other families on the trail and there were a fair number of families playing in the river.