All girl backpacking trip last week so this week I took Seth and Arya on a solo trip. We had planned on a two day trip beginning and ending at Cedar Bayou but it looked like rain and I want the kids to enjoy the hikes and not find them miserable so we stopped early. We did lots of very steep ups and downs. Garmin Basecamp program says we went up a total of 2,592 feet if you add all the uphills together. It also says we did 2.4 mph when we were actually moving and not taking breaks, pictures, or breathers at the tops of the hills. I’m thinking we averaged around 2 mph.
Type — dirt trail
Duration: 6 hours 52 minutes spread out over two days and one night
Distance: 9.6 miles on day one & 6.7 miles on day two
Avg. Speed: 2.4 mph
Temperature: 46 to 61 degrees
Arya Pack Weight: 11.8 pnds
Progress to Pack Dog Advance Certification: 0 miles to go
Progress to Pack Dog Excellent Certification: 100 miles to go
Cedar Bayou Marina charges $5 a night to park your car and they have a small shop with a couple of snacks and some drinks. We started here because if it rained then I was nervous about having to walk back along the washed out, narrow trails on the East Cross Timbers Trail between Juniper Point & Cedar Bayou Marina. So, the pictures start after we have already hiked 2.6 miles over to Juniper Point. At the bottom is a mileage chart where I show the mileage from Juniper Point.
We started at 9:44 am and hiked towards Juniper Point (East of Marina). The trip was 2.6 miles. Then we took a quick break for water and snacks.
11:02 am — 2.6 miles — Juniper Point
Arya had a little water and some peanut butter and then she was ready to play again.
We stopped again at Beach Camp and spent some time picking up trash (glass bottles, beer cans, food, plastic) and pushing their campfire logs over to the water to put them out because they were still burning. Luckily they had left their ice chest as well so we loaded all the trash into it and carried it back to the dumpster. It was hard walking with all that in my hands.
I just have to close my eyes when he does stuff like this. You can barely see him in the top of the tree. It is at least 20 feet to the ground and another 50 feet off the backside of this hill which drops off to the lake.
Both of their tongues are hanging out! These constant hills are beginning to wear them out. Just a little bit further and we’ll be out of the Lost Loop.
5:00 pm — 9.6 Miles — Five Mile Camp??
I think we are at Five Mile Camp. We are five miles from Juniper Point if we had not made so many side trips.
I had hoped to camp much further down the trail but this is a very nice camp. I like the boulders we scrambled down to get water from the lake. There is a spring and the water is seeping out from under the rocks and across the sand.
Seth started this campfire using his Fire Steel. He was a mess by the time he finished blowing the spark into a flame and then into a campfire. It made a big difference in our moods to sit in front of the fire, visit, and get warm before bedtime.
Arya tried to paw her way into our tent a couple of times but then she settled down and went to sleep somewhere around camp (she was on a 26′ leash). She let us sleep all night and when my alarm went off this morning she was curled up against the tent leaning against Seth...who said she was very nice and warm.
7.1 miles from Cedar Point is a camp facing East. This is where I’d like to camp next time. It would be nice to have the camp bathed in the early morning light.
Wow, what a climb and we aren’t to the top yet. This is such a beautiful place for a house.
Stop for an energy snack break. We left camp at 7:43 am without eating so we could warm up a bit first. I think its about time to stop because they are starting to look tired.
We passed a better campsite but decided to eat here at Eagles Roost for the view. Bad idea, the wind started right after we got our packs off and soon we were cold again which defeated the purpose of hiking before breakfast.
There is a steep trail leading down to the lake but we decided against going down for water.
10:07 am — Breakfast Over
Life seems a little better with hot chocolate & scrambled eggs with sausage in our bellies. We poured the juice left over from rehydrating the eggs on top of Arya’s kibble and she gobbled it right up.
Downhill is welcome. Trail is very varied as we wander through solid rock paths, dirt paths, soft humus paths, and trails hidden by fallen oak leaves.
Seth taught me a couple of songs when we were walking the easier trails.
I’m certain that if we had taken an hour nap and had a good lunch that we could have easily made it back to the Lost Loop Campsite and completed this trip...but I want the kids to enjoy the hikes and Seth was discouraged about hiking back along the same path we had already finished. So, I left him and Arya here and hitched a ride back to our car. It was still a good hike and we got our minimum 5 miles each day.
Now it gets more difficult because she has to carry more weight and we have to do 10 miles at a time.
Mileage Charts (Go to EveryTrail Site for map locations)
|From Start||From Juniper Point||From Cedar Point Marina|
|Cedar Bayou Resort||9:44||0|
|Juniper Point TH||11:02||2.6||0||2.6|
|Avoid washed Out Trail||12:33||4.6||2||0.6|
|Juniper or Lost Loop Trail||14:10||5.8||3.2||0.6|
|3 way path||14:23||6.2||3.6||1|
|East Camp on Cedar Bayou||14:30||6.4||3.8||1.2|
|High, Inland Camp||14:47||6.8||4.2||1.6|
|Lost Loop East||15:07||6.9||4.3||1.7|
|Lost Trail 1st Camp||15:16||7.3||4.7||2.1|
|Lost Trail 2nd Camp||15:24||7.4||4.8||2.2|
|Lost Trail 3rd Camp||15:44||8||5.4||2.8|
|Lost Trail 4th Camp||16:11||8.5||5.9||3.3|
|Lost Trail 5th Camp||16:30||8.8||6.2||3.6|
|Lost Loop West||16:50||9.3||6.7||4.1|
|Total Lost Loop Distance||2.4 mile loop|
|5 Mile Camp||16:59||9.6||4.6||2|
|Trail to un-named bay campsite||10.4||5.4||2.8|
|Eagles Roost Turn-off||8:50||11||5.8||3.2|
|Monument Trail Campsite||10:55||.7 miles to end|
|Trees growing on red cliff face||12:23||15.3||7.7||5.1|
|Campsite overlooking Rock Creek Marina||12:39||15.9||8.3||5.7|
|Rock Creek Marina East TH||12:44||16.3||8.7||6.1|
|Rock Creek Marina||12:28||16.3||8.7||6.1|