Eagle Rock Loop is a great option for a weekend backpacking trip within driving distance of DFW for the seasoned and beginner backpacker alike (but be sure to train because the hiking is not easy). At just 3 hours from Dallas , this highly trafficked loop features beautiful views, water falls, plenty of swimming areas, challenging hikes that will leave you feeling empowered and plenty of established campsites near the river with fire rings so you relax and enjoy the evening.
The trail is just shy of 27 miles and usually takes 3 days, 2 nights to complete with a full pack. it is physically demanding and one section has 6 pretty gnarly climbs so be sure to focus on your fitness before tackling this trail.
We hiked for a total of 15 hours. We started at 7am Thursday morning (we slept in our car at the trail head the night before) and got back to our car at 1:30pm Friday afternoon. Many people start between 11am-2pm the first day and get back to their car about mid morning the 3rd day which is also a great option with the miles spread out a bit more.
You can also start early on your first day and finish in 2 days 1 night like we did but our feet were a bit angry at us for that. when we do it again, we will likely take our time, enjoy some swimming holes more and stretch it to 3 days.
There are also many trail heads so you can bail at anytime if you can find or flag down a ride back to your car. You can also plan your trip however you like. I will put my recommendations below for an itinerary.
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