Monday, October 27, 2008

A little something for everyone at Reimer's Ranch

Yesterday, we headed to Reimer's Ranch for our third straight day of mountain biking. The ranch is about 30 miles southwest of Austin and it was well worth the drive. I really didn't know much about the ranch other than it was a cool place to ride and had over 12 miles of trails. Turns out it has much more - 18 miles of trail, a beach for swimming, fishing, breathtaking views and world class rock climbing! I was blown away by the beauty of the area and especially the view of the Pedernales River. The trails were pretty neat too. Due to the lateness of the hour, we opted to do the "Race Loop" which is about 9 miles. There were very few technical sections - super fast riding, lots of switchbacks, singletrack with an occasional rocky climb. I had a great time on the trail and am looking forward to returning to explore the 18 mile Pro Loop.

After our ride, we hiked over to the rock climbing area and was again amazed. There were dozens of climbers hard at it. We stayed up top enjoying the views and peering down into the canyon listening to the grunts and excited banter of the climbers. The area reminded me alot of east Tennessee, specifically the Fall Creek Falls area where I enjoyed a rock climbing weekend. It's been a couple of years since I climbed but who knows, with such a wonderful resource, I may have to pick it up again. Although it is hard to compete with my love of mountain biking. We also saw several wildflowers along the trail. I took several pictures of them and am trying to identify them. It was so much fun spotting them.

The MTB Trail

Speeding along

Views from the Trail

A nice shady spot

Rock Climbing Trailhead

View from up top (climbers are down below)

View of the Pedernales River from the climbing trail (up top)

Snapshot of the Pedernales beach area