Emma Long Metro Park

On the outskirts of northwest Austin, Emma Long Metro Park is a nice getaway from the city. I got there early and there was only one other person at the park. I liked the fact it was peaceful and secluded but still near the city. The main trail is 2.8 miles long but there are offshoot trails. I added about two extra miles of fun trails. The interesting thing about the main trail is that is does not run along side of the creek but crosses it several times. The trail is marked well but I still got lost twice. I blame it on the creek crossings. The trail has some elevation gains and a overlook but the creek was my favorite part. The water in most parts was crystal clear. I also like nearing waterfalls no matter how big or small. The park has several different terrains that kept the hike interesting. I was always hiking further on the offshoot trails to see what else was in the park. There was an interesting flat open area with some rock stacking. This is also a very dog friendly park. On my way out, there were more dogs than people on the trail. 20180523_083348.jpg20180523_084457.jpg20180523_094515.jpgDSC01067.JPGDSC01094.JPGDSC01099.JPG

This was a fun hike. It is another part of Austin that is very nice and scenic. This was also hike 32 in my 52 Hike Challenge Explorer Series.

Next was a flat and fastish 10K.

Oak Point Nature Preserve

Oak Point Nature Preserve is located on the east side of the city of Plano, TX. The time I got there it was not crowded but quickly became crowded when I was leaving. It is a nice place to get a hike but not for picture taking. The trash was everywhere around the trail and in the Rowlett Creek. The trails are easily followed and there are an abundance of trails to hike. They are all easy I assume since I only hiked about three miles of trail. The trails I hiked were flat except for section by Go Ape Zip Line and Treetop Adventure. I guess that is the adventure park in the middle of the nature preserve. I looks like it would be fun if you liked doing that kind of stuff. My fear of heights prevents me from even thinking about zip lining. Ironically I have repelled down a building once when I was in college. This is your typical nature preserve except for the adventure park in the middle. There was no big wow factor or big hills and no over use switchbacks to lengthen the trail distance. It is a nice get away from the city and get to some place different park. I did find some interesting looking white trees. I do not know if this is good or not. I was awful as a botany student. DSC00176.JPGDSC00181.JPGDSC00185.JPGDSC00192.JPGDSC00196.JPGDSC00197.JPG

The trails are close enough that I will go again to do some trail running and get to some other parts of the preserve. This was hike 11 in my 52 Hike Challenge Explorer Series.

Next hike I go to the west side of Plano.