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hiking
14 hours ago

Great urban hike! Can be modified to be up to 10ish miles.

I went on a Tuesday morning and it was mildly crowded, but still lovely. There are many areas where the trail splits with no trail markers, however these all lead back to the same trail for the most part. The falls are small, though beautiful, and make a great little swimming hole.

Mild hike, rocky at parts, had to cross in the creek twice. Hill of life was a great end to the trail! Mostly shaded woods, so bring bug spray. Still Texas, so bring sunscreen too!

Beautiful wooded trail with enjoyable but tricky-enough elevation to keep you interested and smiling! I didn’t run into a single other person, which was surprising on a Sunday afternoon. The trail is fairly well marked but can be hard to follow at times because of the rocky hillsides. I will definitely go back!

Great View , loved the hike.

hiking
4 days ago

It was a great trail. Not too crowded. I work out a few days a week and this was pretty easy. I would rate it Moderate, not hard. It is a bit rocky is some areas of the trail.

Love this trail!

My favorite. Can’t wait to get back.

Really solid trail. Well kept, and gorgeous. I’m a huge fan. Originally I was scoffing at the “hard” rating, but it’s an absurd amount of stairs - so be aware of that. I’d recommend starting 8820 Big View Dr, so you do the majority of uphill at the beginning.

If you are ok with hanging out under power lines, this might be tolerable. However, that’s all I could see and the size and volume of power structures was a total turn-off when there are so many more places to go on a great hike in the area.

Great hike. Pretty busy on Saturday mornings, but very nice, well-kept trail.

Great little hiding spot amongst the city. We drove by all the time and on the weekends it’s packed. We went during the week and there was a good amount of people still. There’s plenty of room to be in the water without others bothering you. We brought our dog and she loved it. The trail can be a little rough in some spot with slick rocks.

This trail is not for someone who is out of shape. I go to the gym 4-5 days a week and hike on the weekends and I had to push myself. I’m still feeling it in my calves two days later. My dogs loved it and I want to keep doing it until it’s easier because I enjoy the challenge. Take plenty of water. I emptied my 2 liter Camelback.

Nice trail.

But since it was a holiday weekend, it was pretty busy.

Two things:

What’s the point of picking up after your dog with a baggie if you’re just going to leave it on the trail?

If you’re looking for solitude, be ready for people sitting on the rocks by the falls with music playing from a speaker.

Other than that, great trail and a fun day.

Lots of climbing, and a creek along most of the path. Several benches and shade for breaks- lots of climbing and stairs but a great hike. Pretty busy on a Saturday afternoon but everyone was friendly and still lots of chances to feel alone.

on Wild Basin Trail

trail running
18 days ago

Fun place to run. Some flat, easy stuff, some technical stuff. It's not big but you can run around in loops, picking trails at random, and easily get in 4+ miles.

Loved this trail! It was challenging and offered running opportunities.

hiking
19 days ago

It’s not very challenging or long, but the views are beautiful.

Great running trail.

Easy elementary kid and up hike. A climb to the top at the beginning. Some drop offs so people who are afraid of heights may not like parts.

Always fun

In Austin, I think this is the best trail for a decent workout! It is very well maintained as well!

This my favorite trail so far

It’s hard to get your footing at some points but the view were with it. The trail labeling needed some help too. But overall fun!

This is one of my favorite spots in the city! It is full of life on the trail and on the water- tons of amazing city view photo opportunities during a sunset or night hike- take a flashlight as the trail isn’t lit!

walking
29 days ago

I went in not knowing what to expect. I simply wanted to enjoy a walk outdoors that was not on cement. This delivered. There are elevation changes as you walk down to a creek and back up again (oh and across the creek at a few points). I did reference the trail map on my phone so that made it much easier. I could see how simply following the signs would make for slight confusion. The waterfall was a little sparse but still pretty. I would definitely go again.

I've ran there twice while on the road and plan to as I go through Austin today. I've ran one loop and two loops previously, I ran the full length both times for a 10 and 20 miler. Excited about returning as it's an awesome place to run!!

walking
1 month ago

fairly easy - but a maze of trails (with the map only being at the trail head it is easy to feel lost, BUT YOU'RE NOT, just stay on the path) lots it elevation change - gorgeous waterfall and creek. Strongly recommend if you're looking for a an hour (or so) hike.
No bathrooms or trash disposal along trail so prepare - also a variety of things prohibited - so leave the picnics and furry friends at home!

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