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I wouldn’t follow this, stick to the trails. I was bushwhacking half way through and county continue because of the overgrowth.

Very well maintained and the trail markings are great. A lot of benches here and there. Quite a few steps and Rocky areas but the overlooks totally make up for it. I suggest making a visit to the waterfall. it's pretty cool but not much water.

trail running
1 month ago

I had good time running this trail, it's easy to get a little turned around but there's no way to get off the trail. it's a wildlife and nature preserve so it's quite clear where the dont want you to go. The creek is pretty and it really makes you feel like you're away from the city.

Great place to enjoy with your dog. The further you hike the more private swimming ops become.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked all the trails forwards and backwards. As always, this trail system delivers the "outdoors hiking" goods.

BEAUTIFUL walk! There were wildflowers and cacti and a creek you could swim in. There’d were a lot of side trails, so I had to keep this app open to keep me on the official trail. It should be noted that you have to cross the creek to do this loop.

Lovely hike, it was under construction in some areas due to severe weather damage - but don’t worry, it did not distract from the wildflowers, the beauty of old bridge arches, super cool wildlife and of course the amazing food & drink stops along the way!

Good hike with kids. Some parts rocky and steep but kids handled it well. Lots of different paths to take and great spots for kids to play in the water. Recommend getting there early. Parking fills up.

Ok route, very well marked and traveled.

Nice park for the family and dogs!

Decent spot to swim but the red trail runs right next to a road the entire time. Not the best hike

on Wild Basin Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice hiking trails. Moderate level.

Easy route, beautiful view of creek the whole time, and water is low enough to step across

Update: Wear long pants! With all the warm weather and rain, the trail is pretty overgrown. It was already primitive (i.e. more of a footpath than a trail), but today the grass was mostly waist high and at one point up to my chest (and I'm pretty tall). The trail is still defined, but wear pants!

This was a great hike! It's not super long, but the elevation changes make it a decent workout. We only saw a few other people out there. Bring water for your dogs - there's a large pond but it's otherwise pretty dry. The greenery was so pleasant! It was peaceful and beautiful!

on Wild Basin Trail

trail running
4 months 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.

walking
4 months 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.

walking
4 months 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!

This was my first time to go hiking and I loved it! My new favorite thing!!

Good one but route post/pillars are not much helpful

trail running
5 months ago

So I actually parked at the Randalls between 35th and 38th St. So I have no idea where you could park at 29th St. The trail goes through a few parks which have rest rooms, benches, playgrounds, etc. And there are doggie poop-bag stations all along the trail. But as for the trail itself-

The trail goes from concrete to gravel to cracked asphalt to gravel back to concrete (not in that order). You're mostly surrounded by trees, a hillside, lots of grass, and of course Shoal Creek itself (which today was very, very low on the water level). There's a creek crossing, but there's also a smooth, new concrete path next to the creek crossing, in case you don't want to trapse across the rocks. There are several forks in the trail, most of them take you to roads, but some are just at parks where the trail circles the park.

At Pease Park, there is a fork in the trail, and if you take the fork onto the trail with all the wood chips, you get into some actual woods (though still you're in the city and it's noticeable), the trail has a few swithbacks, the trail gains some pretty good elevation and there are several forks, etc. It's like they took trail system from a big wilderness park, and shrunk it down to about an acre.

After Pease Park (if memory serves, today was my first time running this trail) you get into a more noticeable city environment, and you get right next to the creek but on a raised concrete trail. There are several road-bridges you go under with homeless people and graffiti (in open daylight it's completely safe). Around 5th St, the trail is barricaded, as they are working on the trail in that section, making is look new and swanky. That section was fun to me, though, because I had to search for stairs, a way across, ran across some bridges, etc A miniature city adventure.

The trail had plenty of people, but nothing too bad. I could see on a holiday it being very crowded. There where bike riders and dogs on and off leash, other runners, etc. All in all, for a typical city trail, it was pretty good.

trail running
5 months ago

This trail is great for it's variety of surfaces in a small place. I like that there are small trail loops that can be combined into a great workout while still being near your car/water.

trail running
5 months ago

Parking is usually pretty full, but since it was like 99% humidity and 45 degrees, I actually got there and had my pick. Ran all the trails a few times, just had to be careful not to slip.

I think the thing I like the best about this place is the variety: Waterfall (though not always gushing) into a small lake, the rock formations, the sparse trees up top and more dense vegetation at the bottom, the overlooks are all rather cool, and plenty of creek crossings.

hiking
6 months ago

Cute place! I loved it. It’s about 3 miles to see all of the trails. No pets allowed so there’s no worry about stepping in poo. There is a pretty creek, waterfall, and scenic overlook.

One of my faves. Beautiful clear creek. Limestone cliffs on the side. I’ve returned to this trail multiple times. Lovely place to swim too.

hiking
6 months ago

Super cool. Myself, 3 year old and 5 month strapped to me. We only did about half the trail and I loved it.
A few options.
Starts at the top of a decent size hill and you work you're way downto valley. Did not see beckoning water fall this time.

Great trail, well maintained and a lot of connectors to expand the route! Not a lot of elevation change, but some nice outlooks along the way. Mostly shaded.

Lovely and well-kept trails. Went around noon on a Thursday and crossed paths with 5-7 other hikers as well as a couple of bike riders. Creek is low enough to cross via large stones and rocks in the water. Parking was almost full when I arrived, so I imagine on the weekends it can be quite tricky to park. I will definitely be hiking these trails again in the future!

Has nice area for dogs and kids. Can be be crowded, but lots of green space.

hiking
7 months ago

A nice scenic loop trail with views of Austin and a small waterfall.

Nice little trail. Underwhelming views but decently maintained. Lots of trash unfortunately.

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