Midgley Bridge

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If you are coming into Sedona from the north on Arizona State Route 89A, you will eventually cross over Midgley Bridge. This is a striking piece of architecture with some beautiful surrounding views. There are also a few hiking trails that head out from the small, crowded parking lot. On your walk, you will have sight lines to Oak Creek and the surrounding canyon. This is a perfect place to stop for a snack and to stretch your legs before moving on to Sedona.

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Copperfield Nature Trail

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The Copperfield Nature Trail is about 3.5 miles of trail that runs along Walnut Creek on the East side of I35 in Austin.  I started from Copperfield Park, and followed the trail as it bends along the Creek side.  This trail is embedded in a few neighborhoods, so expect some street noise as you hike.  This makes for a nice walk after work and before the sun sets.

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Doeskin Ranch – Trail Map

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If you are looking for a relatively easy and sunny hike just outside of Austin, Doeskin Ranch in the Balcones Canyonlands Natural Wildlife Refuge is a good spot.  The three main trails form a loop that is about 3.5 miles long.  At this time of year you will find a clear stream to cross, rolling hills to climb, and plenty of wildflowers to enjoy.

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Enchanted Rock – Loop Trail

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My plan this trip was to take the Loop Trail to the northeast side of the Park.  From there, I would meet up with the Base Trail, then to the Echo Canyon Trail and up to the Summit.  This section of the Loop Trail is just over a mile long, is mostly sandy, and crosses the Sandy Creek a few times.  It is a beautiful hike on sunny, cool days.

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