Thursday, February 3, 2011

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area


We heard a rumor there were beautiful flower gardens and ponds on top... 


...so we hiked the summit trail, gaining 425 feet in elevation in just over half a mile...it was one steep trail...


...and we were not disappointed.


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Enchanted rock is a batholith, a mass of molten material that rose to the surface and solidified.  The pools of water and mini gardens are vernal ponds.  There are tadpoles swimming around in them that we saw, and tiny shrimp that are said to be in them that we didn't see.  It is a very strenuous hike, but well worth the effort.  There is not much shade on the summit trail so wear a hat and carry plenty of water.  Pack a lunch to eat at the top while enjoying the view.

There is an easier, 4-mile loop trail which circles the rock.  We hiked 2 miles of it, and I even found a geocache while most of the others were taking a break.   

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It's been a long time since I did a Travel Tip Thursday.  I still have lots of travel stories from this summer and I thought I'd link up.  I looked, and Pseudo hasn't posted since 2010?  Has she left the blogosphere?

I'm posting more pics to the Starting Over Facebook page.  The link is in the sidebar.  You should not have to "like" the page to view them.  Feel free, if you are so inclined, as it is not a profile page so liking it does not give me access to any of your profile information that is not public.  It simply prompts FB to post updates to your home page and allows you to comment.    

11 comments:

sage said...

I miss Travel Tip Thursday! Beautiful place there!

Brian Miller said...

nice...very cool...sounds like a great place to visit...hike...

Tempo said...

Looking at that pic of the rock I'd have put money on there being nothing at the top worth seeing..I was way wrong.Thats a hike I'd have gladly made.

Lorraine said...

That is wonderful, thanks for sharing, you'll never see me on top ;)

HulaBuns said...

Great pictures! That looks like a great hike to take. Thanks for sharing. :)

Jen said...

It's a beautiful place to visit even if you don't hike to the top. There is a place to practice technical climbing with ropes and gear, there are easier trails, and there are campsites. It's supposed to be a great place to birdwatch. There is even a cave to explore.

I was surprised by all the vegetation at the top, too. I never thought there would be frogs and tadpoles.

Kelly said...

What a beautiful treat to find waiting for you at the end of your hike! (or in the middle, I guess, since you had to hike back down!!)

John McElveen said...

Beautiful Jen! Thanks for the pics so I could enjoy the trip!

Beautiful Photos!

John

Christopher said...

Looks like a good trip.

Marla said...

What amazing pictures. My husband loves backpacking. I will definitely have him check out your blog.

Paige said...

oh god im so jealous.

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