It is so awesome to enjoy the sunset from the top of Enchanted Rock.
Turning off of the easy Loop Trail for the more challenging, but still not difficult, Base Trail, turned me directly into the sun and started me on a climb. This trail runs alongside the back of Enchanted Rock, for views that most visitors don’t see. I think the majority of people are here for the hike up the summit, and may not realize how much fun the rest of the trails are at Enchanted Rock.
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.
Enchanted Rock is getting so popular, that they run out of parking spots and close the Park for hours at a time. Make sure you check the website or Twitter account before making the drive out there. I was lucky and the Park was reopened shortly after my afternoon arrival. Here is a trail map to ponder along with some photos of the pink granite dome to give you an idea of the size of things.
If you go hiking at Enchanted Rock, I recommend that you hike around to the backside and take the Echo Canyon Trail up to the summit. It is a beautiful path to the top, filled with chirping birds and other wildlife.