Knob Hill Trail 6/15/14

June 15th, 2014

Hike: Knob Hill Trail, near Flower Mound, TX

Weather: upper 70s – low 80s, warm and breezy

Hikers: Ian

Length: 9.12 miles

 

I got in another Dallas area hike before we moved.  Court had to study so I went solo.  I have done this trail a couple of times before, but for some reason this time was really difficult.  I don’t think I ate enough breakfast (or any breakfast really).  I also had a pretty long day (start of the College World Series) the day before and I was going at a faster than normal pace because I was solo (a little more than 3mph), so all of those were contributing factors.  But I stuck it out until the end and it was quite enjoyable despite the physical hardship.

starting the trail

starting the trail

bunny

bunny

bunny close up; he let me get really close before hopping off

bunny close up; he let me get really close before hopping off

view from Knob Hill

view from Knob Hill

bench at viewpoint

bench at viewpoint

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I hit the trail a little before 9am and was done in just under 3 hours.  It was a pretty warm day, but nothing compared to normal June temperatures in Texas.  I saw a couple of rabbits, but not much else in terms of wildlife.  There were quite a few bikers on the trail so I think that kept a lot of the animals away.

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the wind through these trees sounded beautiful, like a river

the wind through these trees sounded beautiful, like a river

My favorite part of this trail is when you get into the deeper forest because despite being pretty close to civilization, it gets really quiet and cool in there.  I actually found a separate trail that I hadn’t used before that made a small loop towards the turnaround point, which made for some new scenery for me.  I also saw a small green snake that had just been run over by a biker.  I felt bad for him, as he looked like he was in pain, so I moved him off the trail.  Hopefully he survived.

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bunny #2 lazing on the trail

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turnaround point

turnaround point

the trail back

the trail back

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Overall this was one of my favorite trails in the Dallas area.  I may try and sneak in one more before we head back to Austin, but I’m not sure.  This trail also gave me my first blisters ever, which I will attribute to the faster pace and no break for lunch.  The green arrow below is the trail head, the first way point is Knob Hill, and the far left way point is the turnaround point.

Map Elevation Profile

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