Lots of trails with plenty to explore

Rolling Terrain
Another view from the Buckeye Trail.
User: Austin Explorer - 12/26/2016

Location: Skyline Wilderness Park

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: 3stars  Solitude: 3stars
Miles Hiked: 6.95 Miles  Elapsed Time: 3 hours, 52 minutes


A friend of Coppertone's gave the trails here high marks so we decided to see for ourselves.

After passing by the picnic area near the trailhead the trail gets bracketed by chain link fences, which feel a bit odd, almost like cattle being corraled.  Once the trail passes the state hospital property the trail splits into several directions and the feeling of claustrophobia ends.

The recent rains have made a good percentage of the trail kind of muddy a the moment.  In a few select spots we had to route around standing puddles of water in the middle of the trail.  For the second time in as many weeks we also encountered a little bit of ice on shadier patches of trail as well, despite the temperatures reaching into the 50's by the time we passed by.

There were almost as many cyclists as there were hikers, but we had nothing but exchanges with each of them on the trail.  The only negative were one or two passes where the narrow singletrack on steep slopes made squeezing to one side to let each other pass a little tricky.

We did a loop consisting of the Buckeye, Skyline, Chaparral, Marie Creek Trails and Lake Marie Road.  We'll save reaching the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for another visit when we'll plan a bit better and choose a quicker path to the back of the park.

This is one of the better new trails that we've visited lately and we'll definitely be back to complete more of the trails.

Log Photos
First Vista
Rolling Terrain
Trail View
Valley View
Coppertone ascending
Lake Marie
Lower Marie Creek Trail
Lake Marie Road
Water Trough
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