After hiking the Spicewood Trails at Colorado Bend State Park over spring break, John and I had looked forward to returning to the park for the hike to Gorman Falls. Yesterday we set out early for Colorado Bend, but upon arrival we learned that the Gorman Falls area was closed due to flooding from last week’s rains. A park ranger suggested that we hike the Tie Slide Trail, which leads to a river overlook that would give us a view of the falls.
Now 7 months pregnant, I am more limited on difficulty and length of hikes. Texas Parks & Wildlife rated the Tie Slide trail at a moderate level of difficulty, and combining it with the connecting path to the Gorman Falls Trail would have us hiking a loop just over 3 miles in length. So after thoroughly spraying ourselves down with sunscreen and insect repellent, we headed out on Tie Slide.
It was in the low 80s when we parked at the trailhead, but the humidity made it feel much warmer. Luckily about half of Tie Slide is under shade from oak and cedar trees.
The other half of the trail winds through open meadows, which at this time of year were dotted with yellow and orange wildflowers.
We hiked about 2 miles before reaching the river overlook. We gratefully took a breather and caught some cooling breezes from our vantage point above the river.
The Colorado River was not at its most picturesque, as it was especially brown and muddy from the excess rain last week.
But Gorman Falls indeed could be seen–and heard–in the distance. I had to zoom in quite a bit in order to capture more than just a small white blur in the background.
We soon continued our hike, taking the connecting trail between Tie Slide and the Gorman Falls Trail back to the trailhead to turn our hike into a loop rather than an out-and-back. The scenery was much the same as before: a mixture of small bunches of short trees and wildflower-strewn meadows. Throughout our hike, the elevation remained fairly level, which confirmed the moderate difficulty rating that the trail had been given. We completed our hike in about 1.5 hours, and we were glad to get back in the car with the AC turned up. It was not yet noon, but the outside temps had already climbed into the 90s.
While we enjoyed our excursion at Colorado Bend, we continue to look forward to making the hike to Gorman Falls. The glimpse we got from afar convinced us that the falls will be more than worth seeing close up.