Take the Loop Trail to one of the park’s two primitive camping areas, Walnut Springs (1.2 miles) or Moss Lake (1.7 miles). Drop your pack, set up camp, and hike the Echo Canyon Trail to the Summit Trail, which rises 400 vertical feet up the slabby granite to the summit. The rock glows pink at sunset. Next day: Finish out the Loop Trail clockwise (2.6 or 3 miles, depending on your campsite).
GUIDEBOOK Hiking Texas, by Laurence Parent ($17, falcon.com)
PERMIT Required ($12 per 4 people per night, see Contact).
CONTACT (830) 685-3636; tpwd.state.tx.us
-Mapped by Melissa Gaskill