Late in the week Sara and I decided that a short overnighter was in need. We have been unsuccessful at most our recent trips and decided that a simple one would be a success. We decided on the Barnhardt trail as it was one of our trips that had recently fell through. It was a mild overnighter and it allowed us to get a late start Friday morning.
We arrived at the trailhead and headed out. There was a little miscommunication (never happens in a relationship) about who was in charge of leading this trip. Apparently we had both thought the other individual was on cue about the route. A few minutes down the trail we realized we were headed the wrong direction. We climbed the little hill back up to the car and decided to pass on Barnhardt. The trail was hot (unseasonably I might add), we were already late in the day (our plan was to start late, but not as late as we did after taking the wrong trail), and we were not looking for a challenge. After a short discussion we piled back into the car and headed North in search of cooler weather. A few miles later we decided on Horton Springs. The trail was easy, short (it was getting late in the day) and provided shade for the length of the trail.
The hike in was pleasant and the campsite is nicely surrounded by running water. Although we were only gone about 24 hours the overnighter was a great recharge. We also managed to break our streak of unsuccessful trips. It just goes to show that sometimes even the simple trips can be as enjoyable as the complex ones we often plan.
Trail Info on Horton Springs can be found here.