Mapped it all

Trail View
Crane Creek Regional Park's trails range over rolling foothills on mostly open grassland.
User: Austin Explorer - 8/7/2016

Location: Crane Creek Regional Park

Rating: 3stars
Difficulty: 3stars  Solitude: 3stars
Miles Hiked: 5.12 Miles  Elapsed Time: 3 hours


Coppertone and I had in mind 6-8 miles of hiking today and no loop, or two, at Crane Creek would provide that distance.  So we elected to map every inch of the park's trails, at least those that seemed to match up with what was on the official map.

Once again, the temperature we experienced in person outside seemed to differ greatly from the forecast.  A little breeze helped to take the edge off of the heat.

Being in the middle of summer the grasses were all a golden brown and crunchy under foot where the trail might not have been mowed to the ground.  We're sure the overall feel of the hills are completely different during wetter months when greenery abounds.

A pleasant surprise was the rippening blackberries that appeared along the trails.  Remembering a relatively nearby park with an even greater abundance of bushes, we headed to Ragle Ranch Regional Park after finishing up here.

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Trail View
Sunset Overlook
Dry grassland
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