The hill of life is a character building opportunity, but well worth it to see the nice views along the creek. The falls are especially scenic. Not quite as challenging as River Bend, but walking up the hill took the wind of of this big guys sails.
The one negative is there are simply too many dogs of their leashes which is against the rules anyway.
Great trail right out of zilker park. The surface is varied. Large parts of it are too rough to run, but when it's smooth it's fantastic. Great trees. Pretty water. Cliffs with rock climbers. So convenient to downtown Austin. Nice break from trails around town lake. We like loose dogs.
Really fun trail. We did it while it was raining and the trees offered a lot of cover from the weather. Went off the trail into the creek area and encountered a water snake--it was large. I recommend staying on the paths. Great trail though
This was a really fun trail. Not too difficult but very rocky in some parts so make sure to have good shoes with moderate support. You pass lots of good places where you can get into the water and there are a few places where you can climb around on rocks. I also really enjoyed walking in the parts on the creek that were dry. We saw a couple of snakes and lizards but they were the harmless kind so they were fun to see. The only negative comment I have about this trail is about the loop at the end. I would just skip it next time; the trail get very thin and the brush is tall and you can't avoid touching it. The view through the loop isn't very nice either. Amazing trail though!
When I lived in Austin, basically lived on the greenbelt. Super easy to get too and lots of places to check out and even though your still in the city, seems like your hours away in your own paradise. It can get pack in certain areas with families and whatnot but there's plenty of room to keep exploring if you want more privacy.