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

Cool place with great views. Main trails are very wide and easy, but there are spots where the trail crosses wide swaths of granite where the trail isn't well marked. Due to recent flooding, we were unable to hike one segment of the loop, and had to take a trail through a canyon. This trail was quite rocky and rough.

backpacking
13 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.

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

hiking
27 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!

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

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

The hike is worth seeing the falls. Like the description says it's gets a bit tough at the end, but most of the trail is flat and in the sun. There are bits of shade under patches of cedars, but it is mostly sun. There are not any picnic tables but there is a nice platform with bench seating. Bring lots of water, snacks, and good shoes. You cannot access the falls, but the Colorado River is very near. It is a bit strap and muddy to get down to though. Looking forward to my next opportunity to hike again!

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

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

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.

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.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Gorman Falls is pretty amazing. Most don’t picture lush green vegetation when you think of Texas.

I’d recommend going early in the morning (say, before 10am) because the light cuts through the trees and hits the blue/green travertine deposits just right.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail. Really densely wooded, pretty, but hot. Fluctuations in elevation and lots of stairs. Great work out!

hiking
2 months ago

falls were beautiful!! the trails were just rock and cactus.

trail running
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

walking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

It was really great, especially with my dog. There are quite a bit of rocky areas, but the trail is marked well. There is a severe drought right now, however, which made the river very, very low. The areas that were supposed to be river crossings were very shallow, and only one of the springs were active. Overall, we really enjoyed ourselves.

hiking
3 months ago

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

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