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This is a 6.4 mile hike of the Cedar Ridge Preserve ( https://audubondallas.org/cedar-ridge-preserve/) network of trails known as the Cedar Ridge Outer Loop. The trail includes elevations up to 682 ft. We will start at the Possumhaw Trail, on to the Cedar Brake Trail, Pick up the Fossil Valley trail to Escarpment Trail and then Blue Bonnet and back via Mulberry Trail.
For those that are interested we will take a short break after the first leg of the hike and then do another 2 mile hike taking the Escarpment trail (red) and returning on Cattail pond trail (yellow). I would recommend those planning on the Guadalupe Peak hike to use this as an opportunity to train.
Eagle Mountain Lake Park Trail is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Fort Worth, Texas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. We typically start with the 4.8 mile hike and get back to the pavilion for a break before we hit the next smaller 2.5 mile trail. This is one of my most favorite trails, since the trails are wide allowing folks to interact socially while hiking. Pets and bikes are not permitted, which makes for a peaceful and relaxing hike. The terrain is mixed and the higher altitude allows for a dryer trail even after a rain. The views of the lake and the wildlife are spectacular. Once you hit this trail you will be hooked.
This hike would be the last practice hike for the group planning to hike the Guadalupe peak the following Sunday. Therefore we will repeat the 4.8 mile hike once again instead of the 2.5 miles to get some additional mileage and more exposure to the sun to condition ourselves. Please pack plenty of water and electrolytes and make sure you wear sun protection.
Climb to the "Top of Texas" with a hike up Guadalupe Peak. Guadalupe Peak is a rewarding, although very strenuous, 8.5 mile round trip hike with a 3,000 foot elevation gain. It will take from six to eight hours to complete the hike. The peak provides fantastic views from the highest point in the state of Texas (8,751 feet / 2,667 meters). It also introduces hikers to several of the park’s ecosystems including the high desert and the high elevation forests.
I have booked a group site at Pine Springs that can hold upto 20 people and 3 vehicles. The campsites have no water or electricity.
Folks can book their individual sites if needed.
We will meet at the Sams Club Parking Lot in Grapevine on Saturday morning at 7:00 am sharp and caravan together to the campsite.
The plan is to be able to reach the site in time to check in and setup camp. It is an 8 hour drive each way therefore we will be driving on Saturday and Monday.
Please plan to pack food for Sunday. We will have breakfast at camp and hit the trail at 7:00 am. The trail is 8.40 mile, out and back. Generally considered a challenging route, it takes an average of 5 h 23 min to complete. We will have our packed lunch on the summit and then head back to camp. Camp fires are not permitted. So we will spend the evening socializing and star gazing.
On Monday we will pack up and plan on hitting the road back at 9:00 AM
Enjoy this 9.1-mile loop trail near Flower Mound, Texas. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 3 h 23 min to complete. This is a very popular area for birding, hiking, and mountain biking.
Please note this is moderate hike of 9.1 miles and will take us 3.5 to 4 hours to complete. This is not a hike for beginners. We will take a few brief stops for pics and hydration. It is July in Texas, bring plenty of water and perhaps a snack.
We will meet at the park parking lot.