Ridgeline Ringtail LbNA # 60915 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Feb 22 2012|
|Location||Ringtail Ridge Park, San Marcos, TX|
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 2 miles RT)
Recommended Ink: brown
Ringtail Ridge Park consists of oak groves, flowering meadows, cactus stands and persimmon thickets that provide a diverse ecology for birds, mammals and reptiles. It was the site of an animal slaughter plant for many years, owned by Tex Hughson, a Buda native and former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. In the 1990s, after the plant closed, Randall Morris made a deal with the city to increase land-use density along RR 12 in exchange for these 40 acres. In 2007 The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department awarded the City of San Marcos and SMGA a National Trails Grant in the amount of $40,087, resulting in a great place to view nature and hike to this box.
From San Marcos go west on RR 12 to Craddock and continue 0.1 mile to Community Baptist Church on right. Pull in second entrance and immediately turn left and park by the Ringtail Ridge Park trail head.
Walk on Spur trail to jct with Panhandle Trail. Go left and follow the blue blazes as the trail winds through the trees and cactus until you come to a Y jct with right fork leading to a gravel trail. Take the left fork 15 steps, then go left off trail 10 steps to a group of 5 trees. LB is at base of left-most tree under rocks. You can return the way you came or continue the loop by going back to the Y jct and taking the right fork, then going right on the gravel trail until you come to the Panhandle trail on the right with its blue blazes. Either way is about the same distance.