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Need to Know
Day hikes passes are $10/person and access limited. Reserve your spot @ HighHopeRetreat.com
Trail is ideal for moderate trail running. Some loose gravel areas but trail is wide and well maintained. Perfect balance of shade and sun.
Trail begins almost right out of the primitive camping/day hiking parking lot @ High Hope Retreat. Going north at the first and only fork takes you along the edge of open hilly grass land and dense cedar forest.
You'll enter the cedar forest around 100 meters after meeting the road just past the cemetery and under a big oak tree.
During the Spring the top of this entrance is a great place to see the endangered Golden Cheeked Warbler. So stay quiet and keep an eye out in the tall cedars and the canopies of oaks along the hillside.
Continue down the path down into the valley and up the other side.
You'll reach a tall game fence, this is Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, encourage your group to stay quiet and maybe you'll see and exotic hoofed animal!
Emerge out of the forest into a field of Native wildflowers and grasses.
Feel free to open the gate and pass through if you find it closed; but please return it closed and latched so our cows do not escape!!
Continue down fence line and along well used trail to Twin Falls.
Twin Falls are sister swimming holes. You'll marvel at the beauty of the soft mosses and crystal clear water. ***Falls only run during the rainy Spring season. (February-May)
Exit on the other side of the swimming grove and take a Northern turn to continue following the fence line. (The posted arrow facing South is for the short cut)
For those who know how to read trail maps you'll follow the fence line North to be amazed at African like views of the Giraffes and hoofed animals at Fossil Rim. *Trail is more narrow than previous sections. **Please do not climb on fences, they are not safe to mess with. Thank you for your respect.**
Begin heading south passing the stone bench and reconnecting with the wider cut trail.
Head south until you come to a fork in the road. Take the path between the two dead oak. Take the more Southern path.
This path will lead you to the road gate where you'll turn South West to follow fence line.
AGAIN, PLEASE LEAVE GATES HOW YOU FIND THEM. CLOSED AND LATCHED OR OPEN. GRACIAS!!
You'll emerge above Habari Guest House pond and the front gate. Follow path almost to the road and turn North one last time.
This path will take you to the first and last fork. Turn West and head up the hill to day hiking/primitive camping parking lot.
Flora & Fauna
Exotic Hoofed Animals - Cows - Agave - Native Wildflowers - Mushrooms - Golden Cheeked Warbler - Snakes - Toads - Mosses - Oaks - Cedars - Native Grasses
Shared By: Spencer Matthews