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trail running
2 days ago

Really enjoyed this trail! Pack your water especially if it’s hot!

This is a great trail, full of challenges, both uphill and downhill.... view is awesome!!

Really pleasant & well maintained. Dogs appreciated the creek in the lower half. No need for some people to mark the trail with bags of dog poop.

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.

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!

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

trail running
1 month 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
1 month ago

awesome trail! the descent down to the green river is a little tough but the ropes help a lot, and coming back up isn't too bad. the views of the river are amazing and you will probably see some brave kayakers sending the falls!

Excellent trail for elevation training.

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

Impressive view of the Green River Narrows! From the trailhead, it’s just under 2 miles to the steep dirt path that leads down to the narrows. The path will be on your right. We walked right past it and didn’t realize it until we eventually got to another trail and turned back around. The actual trail is pretty easy...BUT as for the path that leads down to the narrows, holy moly! There are multiple ropes to hold on to but it is VERY VERY STEEP! Be prepared to go very slow on the way down and to sweat your booty off on the way back up!!! Take your time!! We enjoyed the views of the narrows and watched the kayakers.
Great trip! If you don’t plan on doing the trek down to the narrows, I’d probably skip this trail...it’s buggy, cob webby, and not all that exciting otherwise.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked this trail with another family yesterday. If you stay on the trail itself it is moderate and kid friendly. If you take the rouge trail down to the narrows it is extremely difficult. There are ropes tied to trees to help you down and up. We had 5 kids complete that ages 14-8. Our 8 year old completed the whole thing with a lot of help from her Dad. Once down to the narrows you can sit and watch the kayakers tackling the Green River and there are numerous swimming holes. We will do this trail again some day but probably not include that rogue trail as it was intense and probably not safe to do with kids. We are glad to have done it but that is probably a one and done for us. Lol

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

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.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great hike but the trails are tough with a lot of them washed out from the spring rains. Also note the ticks are extremely bad with some of the trails overgrown. Our dog came off the trails with over 20 ticks and a couple of us had a couple too. As long as you prepare you’ll enjoy this hike. Also be careful trails in some cases are not marked well.

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.

2 months ago

This is an awesome hike, but it is not for the faint of heart. There is a lot of elevation change. You will definitely get your cardio workout!

(I'm not sure why a previous reviewer rated this trail as a one star rating just because he's upset that people sometimes are ill-prepared for how difficult it is.)

2 months ago

This is an awesome hike, but it is not for the faint of heart. There is a LOT of elevation change. It will give you a great cardio workout.

hiking
2 months ago

I went hiking in the morning elsewhere, then after about 1 and-a-half hours of a "break" (drove to my church, fixed sandwiches to give to hungry people, then drove here), I decided, "I can hike another trail". Needless to say, after hours of hiking in the morning, then tackling this and (and Little Fern), I was bushed on Tues. But still, this is an awesome hike.

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hiking
2 months ago

Fun trail, very well kept. I love the shade and scenery. I’ve done it a few times and prefer starting at the top, saving a lot of the uphill stairs for the end. Def a good workout, especially on these hot days.

Dear people,

Stop Hiking this trail without copious amounts of water during the summer months. Since I live here and run the trail frequently, I know that it is tough for most people. About 5-10 times per year EMS gets called out to extract someone from the trail for chest pain, heart attack, or more often dehydration/heat stroke. Unless you are in very good condition, or have lots and lots of ice water, don’t walk hike this trail when it is over 100 degrees. EMS was here again today, and it took them about 25 minutes to find the dehydrated 40 something male hiker. Be smart.

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