For our first hike of the summer, John, James, and I made a return visit to Enchanted Rock to hike the Loop Trail. John and I hiked the trail last year while I was 6 months pregnant, so it was fun to revisit the hike with baby James in tow.
I carried James in our Ergobaby, which I have loved. James likes being in the Ergo as long as I keep moving, which means we don’t linger at sights like we used to.
After some quick pics at the pavilion, we embarked upon the Loop Trail. Someday we’ll hike the Summit Trail together, but it’s going to be when James is able to hike up it himself. He’s already weighs 20 pounds, after all. That’s a lot of baby to carry around!
We hiked counterclockwise around the loop this year, so we began by crisscrossing Sandy Creek. Unlike last time, the creek area was deserted. We would encounter few hikers on the entire trail; it seemed most of the park visitors set their sights on reaching the summit. The park was the least crowded I had ever seen it in general. I’m sure the summer temps had something to do with it, although we also were there on a Thursday morning.
We set out on the trail around 8:30 AM. The forecast had been partly cloudy, but the morning would be bright and sunny. We were glad we made the early start, as most of the trail is unshaded.
James fell asleep early in the hike, so he missed seeing the rear view of Enchanted Rock with the “slip and slide” rocks.
We did not divert to Moss Lake or the scenic overlook this year, as the morning was warming up quickly and James was hungry after waking from his nap.
We briefly paused to take in the rock outcroppings and hill country vistas near the end of the hike, but we all were tired and hot.
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed hiking the Loop Trail again, and I’m positive it’ll be one of our go-to hikes in the future. We decided we prefer to hike the trail clockwise, as it’s a slightly easier hike than the counterclockwise version. We also decided that we are out of shape and that we have a lot of training to do before hiking the Canadian Rockies next month!