My Trail Reviews (9)
(within last 6 months)
We made the trip down Croton Springs on Thanksgiving 2021 to enjoy the short hike at the end of the route. Like many of the other routes in the park, it's apparent that rangers had remediated any damage from the rains... the road was a comfortable as ever to drive.
We visited Paint Gap on Thanksgiving 2021 when we were needing a quite place for lunch. We zipped down the easy section, then made our way down into the gap to find a remote spot we could park, eat lunch and enjoy the view. As always - the trail didn't disappoint. This being a more trafficked route, it was apparent that the park had already remediated any potential erosion damage from all the rains.
We made the trek up Christmas Mountain (again) for Thanksgiving 2021. The heavy rains of 2021 had washed away much of the dirt off the trail, leaving a bit more rock exposed, ultimately making the trail a bit more bumpy. Overall however, I wouldn't say they trail had become more "difficult". The first time we came here, there was no "rock pile". Now however, it's become a tradition that each visitor add to the new rock pile (formed roughly in 2019).
We ran the full length of Dagger Flats Auto Trail for Thanksgiving 2021, as we were also headed to Old Ore. While some other routes seems to have taken damage from the heavy rains of 2021, this trail seemed to have already been remediated by the park. Interestingly, the area (usually a bit 'grey' in winter) was surprisingly green due to all the rains.
Wanting to save time to get to Old Ore after running Christmas Mountain, we decided to run the Road to 385. This cut a huge chunk of time off of our trip AND gave us some great scenery along the way. As it has been in the past, this route remained a VERY easy journey. We aired down slightly, making the nearly 1 hour long drive a smooth as a highway.
Having tried to get into the park a couple weeks ago, but was turned away because the park was at capacity and we didn't have a reservation. This time we had a reservation. Surprisingly, the drive back to the beach was partially flooded due to all the recent rains. 2WD vehicles were still making it through as long as they had a bit of clearance, but few inches of water and/or mud would not have been good on very low 2WD vehicles. Once we got onto the beach, you couldn't even tell that the area had such heavy rains lately... was a GORGEOUS day on the beach!
The third of 3 beaches we visited over the 4th of July weekend, we had to again laugh when we cam across those on horseback along the beach. (Only in Texas!) Being more of the off-road/overland type, we appreciated the transition to the more remote sections of the beach. (We had visited Padre Island National Seashore prior, but wanted to explore this area for the first time.) I have to admit... I've a new appreciation for North Beach... something tells me I'll be back when I just want to get away, but don't want to bother with the 60 miles one-way associated with the national park.l
We ended up spending a bit more time on this beach since we weren't able to enter the state park since it was full. We noticed many others being turned away from the state park doing the same. We drove to where the bollards prevented us from moving further into the state park and enjoyed the beach for a while. On the way out, we had to check out the jetties on the southern end.
We visited Mustang Island on 4th of July weekend... talk about a packed beach! Temporary booths were set up a key entrances where beach goers could purchase parking permits as they entered the beach. We had to laugh at the different modes of transportation we saw... only in Texas would you see horses, a limousine, RVs, and tractors / graders all on the same stretch of beach. lol