This morning I took my second hike with REI – this time to Pedernales Falls State Park near Johnson City. We left the downtown REI parking lot around 8:30 and met some other participants who had driven separately to the park. After a briefing by Mary Pritchard we headed out. The other guide, Amber Davis, stayed close to me and was very efficient at helping me make the creek crossings. I really enjoyed our good conversation, too.
The Wolf Mountain Trail is about six miles long, but we hiked only about two miles of it. We crossed three creeks: Regal Creek, Bee Creek and Mescal Creek. They all had some water in them but were easy to cross using stepping stones. Mescal Creek was the largest and prettiest of the three. There was a nice overlook above Mescal Creek.
The weather forecast for today was a 70% chance of rain but it didn’t start sprinkling until the end of our hike. Great timing! We arrived back at REI around 1:30. I hope to take some more hikes with them but I’ll have to be selective because some of them would be much too strenuous for me at this time.
The state of Texas acquired Pedernales Falls State Park in 1970 from private owners of what was then called the Circle Bar Ranch. The park opened in 1971. The 5,212-acre park sits along the banks of the scenic Pedernales River in Blanco County east of Johnson City. The area is typical Edwards Plateau terrain. http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/pedernales-falls/park_history
Route from Austin: US 290 W about 35 miles => FM 3232 N for 6 miles => Park Road 6026 into the park.
Weather Conditions: Very mild and cloudy; occasional sprinkles