Greenbelt – Gus Fruh Park 6/8/14

June 8th, 2014

Hike: Greenbelt – Gus Fruh Park, Austin, TX

Weather: warm, overcast, a bit muggy, low 80s

Hikers: Ian, Court, and Doc

Length: 4.16 miles

 

We hit the trail around 8:30am and started towards the Gus Fruh access point, which is also the same spot that Court’s cousin had his wedding last summer.  There was still a bit of water running on the greenbelt, as there had been some decent rain in the past few weeks, but it was quickly running dry.  We figured we’d better get out there before all the water vanished for the summer.

Doc joined us today and him hiking in his cowboy hat made me laugh.  There were a lot of friendly dogs on the trail, but we decided not to bring Biff, as we didn’t know how much water there would be and we would have had to carry him a lot.  Turns out it wasn’t that bad and he probably would have been fine.  The main creek was pretty dry in most spots, with a few pools of water here and there.

Trail Head

Trail Head

Towards the beginning of the trail we saw some rock climbers across the creek and that was pretty cool to watch.  There was a bridge out a little ways in so we had to detour around it which ended up adding a little adventure to our hike.  We somehow missed the turn on the way back when we went around the washed out bridge and ended up hiking way up towards the top of 360, but Court figured out our unintended detour and we eventually, after a couple of circles, found our way back to the parking lot by bushwhacking up the back side of it.  Thank goodness for GPS.

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attachment points in the rocks for the climbers

attachment points in the rocks for the climbers

washed out bridge

washed out bridge

one of the stagnant pools

one of the stagnant pools

fuzzy caterpillar

fuzzy caterpillar

Still some good wildflowers out on the trail.  It was a fun hike and one that we will repeat many times in the future I’m sure.

dry creek bed

dry creek bed

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site of Little Rob's wedding, but with more water now

site of Little Rob’s wedding, but with more water now

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