Enchanted Rock is an enormous pink granite pluton batholith located about 70 miles west of Austin Texas. It has an elevation of 1,825 feet, and rises above its surrounding, the Llano uplift basin, by 425 ft. The rock is over one billion year old! It is a very popular place, even on Monday afternoon when we got there, there was a line at the ranger station for check-in and there was streams of people on the rock.
There are a few trails at Enchanted Rock. The most popular one is the 0.67 mile long summit trail, which lead from the parking lot area trail head to the top of the rock. The longest trail in the park is the 4.25 mile loop trail - which circles around little rock, enchanted rock (big rock) and freshman mountain.
|Enchanted rock viewed from summit trail trail head|
|on the way up|
|on the top|
|Sunrise at enchanted rock|
|little rock under morning Sun|
Enchanted rock is a great place for hiking and camping, even for families with young children. It also provides a great lesson for natural history of Texas - there are exhibits at ranger station and the summit trail trail head to delineate it.
|rock formation 1|
|rock formation 2|
|north side of the rock|
|foliage at north side of the rock|