In July 2007 a torrential downpour (17 inches in twenty-four hours) dumped tons of water into the
Marble Falls area near several state parks and hiking trails. Flash flooding, a phenomenon of the Hill
Country, flooded trails, homes, and cities and washed away sections of highways. The spooky thing
about flash floods, especially in Hill Country canyons and streambeds, is that they can appear out of
nowhere, generated by a storm many miles away. While hiking or driving in canyons, keep an eye on
the weather. Always climb to safety if danger threatens. Flash floods usually subside quickly, so be pa-
tient and don't cross a swollen stream.
Now prepare for your next hike, remembering our responsibilities as modern-day hikers to do our part
in conserving the outdoors. Enjoy.