Inks Lake Overnight 2 – 12/12/14-12/13/14

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.

Court setting up camp
Court setting up camp
same site as last time, #328
same site as last time, #328
Biff inspecting the firepit
Biff inspecting the fire pit
tent set up successfully
tent set up successfully

The sunset pictures were just behind our site over the granite (gneiss) outlook.

Biff running out of frame
Biff running out of frame
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sunset with vernal pools in the foreground

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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.

Biff being a goof
Biff being a goof
Ian's first fire attempt
Ian’s first fire attempt
Court and Biff
Court and Biff
Wonderful camp dinner
Wonderful camp dinner
Court's fire attempt.  She ended up being the best fire stoker.
Court’s fire attempt. She ended up being the best fire stoker.

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.

overlooking Inks Lake
overlooking Inks Lake
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mountain that we would see throughout the day. name unknown.

 

vein of rock
vein of granite (I think) embedded in the gneiss
Court scrambling
Court scrambling

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. 🙂

primitive campsite
primitive campsite
leaves covering the trail
leaves covering the trail
Court liked this tree
Court liked this tree
big rocks
big rocks
Court realizing that prickly pear fruit is prickly
Court realizing that prickly pear fruit is prickly
another granite vein
another granite vein

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treats for Biff
treats for Biff
great views at the high point of the hike
great views at the high point of the hike

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good colors
good colors

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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.

map elevation profile

One Comment on “Inks Lake Overnight 2 – 12/12/14-12/13/14

  1. You aren’t going to believe me but that tall rock y’all kept looking at is called the Negrohead. Legacy of another era I guess.

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