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This trail offers it all! From rivers to forests to deserts to steep hills to historic/haunted sites! The farther you go into the trail, the more peaceful & shaded. There is lots of natural life to see such as flowers, armadillos, & snakes. It's perfect for walkers, hikers, bikers, etc.

I recommend parking on the Highway 16 side & heading west towards Applewhite Rd.

I used to live right down the road & now I'm in Florida & miss this trail so much.

Lots of steps. Narrow path so lots of stopping to let people pass

First time in Government Canyon Park. Due to the current heavy rain, most of the park was barracaded and not accessible. ..but I did get to hike about 5 miles (including the Discovery Trail) today. Very nice, easy hike. Proper footwear is essential -very rocky terrain. I'm looking forward to hiking every trail in this park! Quite impressed so far. ..will be posting as I go. ..

backpacking
14 days ago

Go away! Best 'hard' hike in Austin. If you include panther hollow trail (Big View entrance) it is 3 mi each direction. 1700+ altitude change with 2736+ stairsteps through a shaded ravine following a creek along lower area. Do your share by carrying out a bit more trash than you came with a smile.

hiking
15 days ago

Great little hike. Wish the old sawmill was better protected and cleaned up.(spray paint...) but still very neat to see.

hiking
22 days ago

Fire and flood damaged terrain but not unappealing, trails are well marked and maintained and the color-coded paths are easy to follow. Nice mix of surfaces across undulating terrain, suitable for walking or trail running. Not much shade in many parts, we went in October on a clear day but summer would be tough to handle. $8 entry fee at park gate, there is plenty of parking as it doesn’t appear to get too busy.

The trail is very well kept and marked. We went on a Saturday so it was very crowded. Lots of dogs and most were not on leashes. The trail is pretty narrow the whole way so we spent a lot of time stepping off the trail to allow runners to go by. The creeks were high due to the rain but the trail had chain to help you walk across the rocks without slipping. Definitely a hard trail with lots of steps. Great workout and beautiful scenery

trail running
28 days ago

Lost pines loop is 4.3 miles. It connects with Scenic Overlook Trail, which is 1.7 miles, for a 6 mile total Loop. Good elevation change for the area, lots of differences in the terrain throughout - even sections of fine sand.

hiking
28 days ago

Great trail for a good workout. Some good elevation changes, beautiful area, and not too crowded (so far).
Folks with dogs need to not only pick up after them but carry the waste to the disposal locations ... of course this is true throughout Austin area.

Fun hike!

Fun hike!

Hiked this trail many times!! So many memories here!! Beautiful hike and just about anyone can do it!!

enjoy the trail

hiking
1 month ago

This was my 3rd ever real trail to do. It was a blast but heed warning if your not a stairs person LOL. Took me 2:09 to finish, my group was proud I did finish!

Skill level: novice fat guy, hahaha

Lots of trails to choose from. Huge park.

As others have said there is VERY little shade. recommend this for spring/fall. Water is a must if you go in heat of summer. the trees are burnt like matchsticks from previous fires but this is actually somewhat pretty in it's own way and gives an interesting perspective - different from the usual forest. very good educational opportunities as you can see how the forest regrows itself. very nice gazebo at top of trail, catches breeze perfectly and provides welcome shade.

Great trail. I ran 4 miles and it was pretty tough. Be ready to put in some work if you are trail running

about 3 hours round trip hike along the creek there are steps, but not steep. Will do it again for exercise.

I ran the orange or "playground" trail there's only a small section that is close to the playground most of it is in a tunnel of trees and green plants. It was fun but since it's September and last weekend's weather was pretty rainy, mud build up on my running shoes and there are areas that are wet so I had to stop running and carefully pass through. My recording is both on soil and asphalt but the park itself has a picture in various areas of all the trails they have and what to expect in each one. I suggest to thoroughly put on bug spray so you won't have mosquito bites after like I did. Although there is a possibility of snakes I am lucky to not encounter one since I mostly run on trail or grass by the side of the asphalt, just be cognizant of that. The deers make the run especially enjoyable they don't bother unless they feel like you are taking notice of them.

trail running
1 month ago

Beautiful trail with a lot of stimulus to keep your mind busy when running. There are parts that are very difficult and steep and it can be slippery when muddy. Heavily trafficked on the weekends

1 month ago

Awesome, peaceful, great trails!

I visited the park for the first time late September. I didn't believe that I would see deers but apparently deers are pretty common here. I hike only for a little bit to find a spot for reading. The only downside is that there's a number of mosquitoes and the are pretty stubborn. I have a repellant on me and they would still come. It rain while I was still hiking but I still enjoyed it. Over all though it was a great day.

hiking
2 months ago

Not too bad but very crowded. Lots of stopping to let runners go by, lots of dogs off leash, lots of poop bags marking the trail. But a hike that gets the heart pumping and if you’re not getting run over by a runner, lots of pretty sights to see.

It was flooded but if I’m ever back in the area I’d give it another try.

Good trail but not a lot of scenery. Toughest Austin area trail I’ve completed.

Nice and hard. Not 5 stars because the natural slope would be better than stairs.

This may be the prettiest Texas trail I have ever walked. it runs alongside a beautiful creek for most of it. and the water is some of the cleanest I have seen in Texas. ive hiked in colorado so anything in texas is easy to me, but I may call this trail moderate for some. its a very fun and pretty hike. the sawmill ruin is also fascinating to see. too bad it has graffiti all over it. I plan on coming back and camping here!

Unfortunately, no falls or water here in the heat of the Austin summer. Still, a great and challenging hike. Pretty comparable, on %incline, to Hill of Life, which we did yesterday. Time for some time by the pool!!

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail, about 2746 stairs one way and a good workout. Good elevation variation with lots of trees. It’s not the best trail for summer as in Texas heat you would get thrashed! Make sure you take lots of water and good shoes.

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