June 29th, 2013
Hike: McKinney Falls State Park, Austin, TX
Weather: sunny, hot, low-mid 90s
Hikers: Ian, Court, Greg, Biff, CV, Sam
We woke up early to beat the heat and got out to the park at 8am. Met up with Greg and started at the Lower Falls and hiked the Homestead Trail. I forgot the camera, so no pics. Even with some decent rain lately, the water was very low. Sam was a wild man and had to wear his doggy shoes to start the trail so he didn’t rip his paws up, which he did anyway.
After walking over the mostly dry falls, we went to the beginning of the Homestead Trail (2.8 miles). The trail was pretty flat and wound through the woods until the last half mile or so where we slightly gained elevation and twice came out next to civilization (a Texas Parks and Wildlife building and an office park). CV and Biff both did well, but we forgot their water bowl so Court had to use her hands for CV to drink.
We saw only a couple of spiny black caterpillars and a small rabbit on this short trip. I’m sure the dogs kept most other wildlife away. We got back to the falls and let the dogs cools off in the water for a bit before heading back to the car. Would like to come back and spend longer and do a couple of other trails at some point.