Sunday, July 12, 2015

Hike Report: Kerrville Schreiner Park, June 2015



On our previous visit to Kerrville-Schreiner Park, we hiked half of the red trail, 90% or so of the green trail, and all of the blue and orange trails (see "Hike Report: Kerrville-Schreiner Park"). On this visit, we wanted to hike those trails we had not previously hiked.

From our campsite in the Deer Field Loop campground (see map), we walked along the road to the trailhead for the Red Trail. At the first fork on the trail, we veered left, whereas on our previous hike we had veered right. We then followed the Red Trail until it joined the Green Trail. We walked perhaps half a mile on the Green Trail, then took the crossover trail to the Blue Trail, which we followed to its junction with the Orange and Yellow Trails. At the junction, we then followed the Yellow Trail all the way back to Trailhead 3 near the Midway Mini Cabin camping area.

This is typical of the trails in Kerrville-Schreiner Park.
I really didn’t take many pictures of the trail itself, for what we walked today was about the same as what we walked on our previous hike. There really are no unique features on this trail system other than the views from the Orange Trail as documented in our previous hike. Donna and I have found these trails to be quite easy, with very little elevation change. Although some of the trails have rocks and roots, there are many sections on bare earth and level ground. It really is an easy hike. And since there are few elevation changes, the system is also good for riding bikes.

We came across this rocky corpse early in our hike -- on the Red Trail, I believe.

Along much of the Blue Trail and a little of the Yellow Trail, you'll see splotches of yellow paint and old asphalt. I guess these trails used to be roads.
Someone took a bit of time to erect this nice cairn along the Yellow Trail.

There were a few places along the Yellow Trail that afforded some decent views.
Another view from along the Yellow Trail.

On our last hike, I noticed signs along the trail with letters, such as A and B. At the time, I was using one of the small pocket sized maps the park provides. On this hike, I was using the full-sized map, which I could see better, and noticed that these signs correspond to letters on the map. So, you can pinpoint exactly where you are when you come across one of these signs by checking your map. 

Signs such as these along the trails correspond to way points on the park map.
On our hike today, there were very few good views, but most came between points L and M on the map. Our hike today, including road walks from our campsite to the trail head and back, was probably about 4 miles.We saw no wildlife on the trails, and encountered only 1 couple.

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