This hike had a lot of features. You first traced along the rim of a canyon, with fields to your right side and a sheer drop off to your left side. Then after a few butterflies and a bluejay sighting, the trail rolled off into the canyon and across a dried up stream bed. Up a hill, and then an option for a steeper hill trail, but I was running out of sunlight. Then get lost a little bit, take a wrong turn, watch the doves fly out of the grasses as I approached them, discover a groovy treehouse someone has created, turn back to the canyon trail, hope this version takes me out of the canyon and not further into it, by a dried up pond, listen to the frogs kick off their nightly songs, up a hill, and back towards the welcome sight of the power lines that lead me to my air conditioned car. All accomplished just before the sun sets on the other side of the canyon. Fun times!
I returned to Lakeway again this evening to continue exploring the parks and trails here. The Canyonlands Park is a great place for roaming around. You follow the humming power lines into the canyon area, and then you hike around and get lost. It is a nice series of trails, so don’t tell too many people about our secret. 🙂
After hiking in the area, I took a drive to see what was cooking in Lakeway. They had deer out to eat the neighborhood flowers, beautiful mushroom houses overlooking Lake Travis, sailboats enjoying the calm evening, and sunsets that looked like they were brushed with colorful paints across the skies.
There is a waterfall not far from the Hamilton Greenbelt trailhead. When the water is not flowing too strong, you can climb out on the edge and watch the fish swimming below, beneath the ferns and a few scattered wildflowers.
The Hamilton Greenbelt in Lakeway is a pleasant place to hike. I went in maybe two miles, got turned around, and then followed the sun on the way back to the trailhead. I’m looking forward to exploring this area further.