December 12th and 13th, 2014
Hike: Inks Lake – Multiple Trail Loop, near Burnet, TX
Weather: Overcast to sunny, upper 50s to lower 70s
Hikers: Ian, Court, Biff
Length: 6.47 miles
This was our second trip out to Inks Lake and we got our hike in this time. We were able to choose the exact same campsite as last time and we had the whole area to ourselves. It was supposed to rain this weekend, but the weather ended up being fantastic. We arrived late Friday afternoon and set up camp and the skies were clear all night, giving us a great sunset and some great stars. A lot of pics on this trip.
The sunset pictures were just behind our site over the granite (gneiss) outlook.
After we got camp set up, I started the fire and Courtney put together some foil campfire dinners similar to what my mom used to make when we would go camping growing up. Chicken, bell peppers, onions, potatoes, zucchini, garlic, and saffron seasoning. It turned out amazing.
We got to bed around 10 and got up at sunrise to hit the trail with the temperatures in the mid 50s. However, it would warm up quite a bit as the day went on. We were both very happy with this trail, as it had a lot of different terrain and certainly gained some elevation at points. This may have been our hardest trail overall to this point, despite the relatively short length.
We made a loop of several trails in the park. It started out pretty flat through the primitive camping area (which I was unimpressed with) and then got a lot tougher when we got back toward the lake. Around this point, Biff started limping and favoring his left front paw. He hadn’t been on a hike of this length in a long time and we were worried that we pushed him too hard. We carried him for a about a mile and that mile ended up being the hardest part of the hike. To be fair, we probably would have carried him on most of this portion of the trail anyway, due to his back issues, but it was hard on both of us. Finally, we set him down for a rest and he “miraculously” was ok again. I think he just wanted to get a free ride for a while. 🙂
We were all very tired, but very happy at the end of the hike. It’s always nice to realize that such beautiful scenery is available in Texas just a couple of hours away. We will certainly return to Inks Lake in the future.