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It's nice and well maintained but in the summer water is dried out.

Lots and lots of stairs. This could be a training hike for something more difficult in the future. I’d definitely come back.

nature trips
3 days ago

Excellent trail with some beautiful views. This is a challenging trail with a lot of stairs up and down all throughout the trail. Lots of snakes and lizards crawl around as well so keep your eyes peeled.

great hiking with lots of shady trails.

Best hike in Austin if you're looking for a workout! Elevation change gets me breathing heavy;there are tons of stairs. Beautiful scenery too!

hiking
11 days ago

Convenient hike that is enjoyable year round. Even in August this hike was pleasant due to the shady path, but it is definitely best after a rain or when there's been a rainy season. Full of people and off-leash dogs and, unfortunately, entirely too many bags of dog poop left on the trail by irresponsible owners who can't be bothered carrying out their dog's poop.

None of the parts of this trail are particularly hard, but you'll feel a bit tired after this trail, as the trail is consistently moderately strenuous.The trail is well marked, and there is very little traffic out here -- you might not see anybody else on the trail.

Tough trail in the Summer heat with LOTS of steps! Beautiful scenery but the creek was dried up.

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

trail running
19 days ago

Loved it! Short trails with relaxing creek scenery and beautiful park. I even saw 4 friendly deer during my run!

It was amazing

trail running
25 days ago

Very busy on the weekends. Don’t go if you’re looking to escape to nature. But do go if you want to get some leg work in.

Bring plenty of water in the summer!

hiking
25 days ago

Great place to take dog, plenty of creek crossings and shaded areas to enjoy area. Downside is that the secret is out and can get pretty crowded.

Excellent trail for elevation training.

Great if you require stairs, otherwise switchbacks could have done without them.

Plenty of single track mostly flat with an occasional climb and rocky decents. lots of hidden gems. very nice scenery. there is a section where slaughter creek turns into a mini canyon with at least 30ft walls on each side. trails are rugged enough to get your heart pumping. Best part is you cant get lost. All single tracks eventually cross the main paved loop.

This was a tougher trail, there are a lot of steps throughout but it was a great workout and the scenery was gorgeous. i would suggest going earlier in the morning before it gets too hot, as there are some spots exposed to the sun which can be brutal.

This is a wonderful park with many, many trails both large and small. You can find a trail that's right for a beginner as well as those for the more experienced hiker. If it rains the Creek swells close to the entry point but you can always enter by the South entrance and not have to walk through water. The park also includes the soccer field, a baseball field, a play ground, disk golf and restrooms. The restrooms are only by the North parking lot. Many of the trails are truly shaded but there are still some sunny spots. A beautiful Creek runs along one side.

walking
1 month ago

Amazing, shaded, easy off-leash trail. My best fur-friend and I LOVED this trail. One caveat, there are spots at the beginning (and, upon return) to be careful with your dog; the road is very close and, if you have an explorer like mine, they can shoot out there.

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.

Lots of steps. I agree with the hard rating, especially on a humid summer day.

hiking
1 month ago

Took the kids, took the dogs. Lots of creek crossing and places to splash. Almost entirely shaded.

Awesome. Use this weekly.

Omg if you are looking to train for strength and elevation, this one is amazing. One-hour to the top and one-hour to the bottom. We set the pace on the way back.

backpacking
1 month ago

We recently hiked at the Grand Canyon and are thinking of doing the Rim to Rim hike. We’ve been trying to find a place to train that isn’t flat. This hike fits the bill. It’s closer to 3 miles from trail head to end of trail, with lots of signs along the way to tell you your location. About 6 miles round trip. There are benches along the way as well. Follow the boardwalk signs to panther trail signs to the canyon trail signs. There are no water locations, so bring plenty. Even with shade this trail is hot. Great cardio workout, even walking.

If you have any sort of knee or back problems this trail is rough. It’s also busy. We went on a Saturday morning around 8 and there were already quite a few people there. Lots of trail runners as well, with narrow trail sections that make it difficult for passing. If you’re a trail runner, more power to you because there’s enough stairs to kill your legs.

trail running
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Love the trail! We are here hiking up and down every Saturday

Great trail for something a little more challenging. Nice and shaded for summer hikes. Restrooms in park across the street from Big View Dr. trailhead. Approximately 2500 stairs one way, 1700’ elevation change. Courteous fellow hikers on weekends.

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