Blanco River Trail No. 573

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Length: 8.9-miles (one-way)

Trailhead Facilities: None

Short Trail Summary: This hike description is to the junction with the Little Blanco Trail No. 572.

From the Trailhead, expect to gain over 3,400-feet to the junction. The trailhead is located on private property. Please be respectful of the landowner and remain on the trail. Cross through the wilderness boundary following clear trail tread and passing occasional rock debris fields from spring water melt.

Mostly in the trees, cross flowing Hondo Creek and begin an earnest switchback climb with occasional views to the Blackhead Peak ridge and valley between you and the ridge. Tight rocky and eroding tread leads out of a drainage edge before reaching a small meadow where the trail disappears. Experienced hikers can make their way staying east of the two-peaked ridgeline to the gap where the Little Blanco Trail No. 572 passes through.

Directions: From US 160, turn south onto US 84. Travel 8-miles and turn northeast onto Blanco Basin Road (CR 326), a gravel road. After ___-miles turn onto north onto ___. Limited parking available. Be considerate of private property boundaries.

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