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Enchanted Rock, A Mystical Wonderland

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Enchanted Rock, A Mystical Wonderland

By: Hollie Doucet

“Climb Enchanted Rock,” they said. “It will be easy,” they said. This may be true for the burly gentlemen who climbed the rock at a lightening speed in front of me or the runner doing his laps up and down the mountain. For the average explorer like myself, well-planned photo taking opportunities were my saving grace to reach the summit.

The Drive

Enchanted Rock, A Mystical Wonderland

The drive to the Enchanted Rock led through the little town of Llano, Texas. With its old tim nostalgia enveloping me as I drove through the town, I knew I would be in for a real treat once I reached the rock.

The Arrival

Enchanted Rock, A Mystical Wonderland

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Arriving at the Enchanted Rock was a bit of a learning experience. I quickly learned what cattle guards are. Once in the actual park payment station, I was greeted with signs warning of rattlesnakes. A park ranger quickly let me know to just, “Walk around them. They may be out getting some sun.” I quickly resolved that I had not driven this far to not climb the rock.

The Climb

Enchanted Rock, A Mystical Wonderland

The trails leading up to the rock are well maintained. Once at the base of the rock, it is a bit rugged. Although the climb is steep, it is doable. There is not a trail leading up to the top – per se. But, one benefit is it is actual rock or granite. Slipping on loose gravel or a sandy trail is not really a factor.

The Summit 

Enchanted Rock, A Mystical Wonderland

The summit is simply breathtaking. You are able to see hills for as far as the eye can see. Albeit a bit windy, it is well worth the effort to see this mystical view. Sit. Stay awhile. Enjoy what is.

The Descent

Enchanted Rock, A Mystical Wonderland

Dig your heels in and lean back. As steep of a climb as it was to get up the rock, is just as steep of a descent down the rock. Try taking a different side of the rock down. Explore the different natural rock formations, random pockets of greenery and dried up creek trails.

Enchanted Rock, A Mystical Wonderland

Should you choose to take on the Enchanted Rock, you will not be disappointed. Easy to climb? Maybe not. Easy on the eyes? Cha-Ching! Happy exploring!

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