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Great hike... a little busy... we are baby boomers in 50ies and 60ies and made in in. 2 1/2 hours... do doable if de entry fit... we also started at bottom
And walked up and back... well marked but no restroom or potable water... so be prepared

It’s a tough one. We did it last Saturday and took us 3 hours to bottom and then back up. 5 miles of hiking. Great leg workout!

Very basic trail. Great for a beginner.

Well-kept, varied terrain & elevation, scenic trail in the middle of a suburb. Would give it a 5 but very crowded at noon on a weekday—of course, that’s a sign of its popularity, so just the price to pay for a good hike.

trail running
17 days ago

Awesome trail for elevation change, also the views there are spectacular.

Enjoyed the hike. It was a bit busy when I went; however, the trail was very clean.

One of the hardest trails I've done in Austin. None of the stairs are brutal, but there are so many! Would definitely recommend you start at the end with the pond so you can have downhill on the way back.

fun trail, tons of stairs

Very pretty... easy , safe when hiking alone

Great Trail in the Greater Austin area. I parked at the bottom and did the out and back trail, a little over 6 miles according to the signage. Starts out easy, but definitely increases in difficulty closer to the upper trail head. 2,736 steps is no joke. For once the way back down felt a little easier than going up! Took me about 2:40 round trip. (That is with a rest at the top and a few photo ops along the way). Enjoy!

This was a scenic trail that ran along side a river for half the trail and then went up some texas hills. Starting from the bottom, the trail was pretty easy (although muddy from rain) until about halfway when the incline increased to fairly difficult (lots of steps) til the top. This trail took two hours up and back and with a snack break, being a fairly athletic person with a quick pace.

trail running
1 month ago

Awesome once again. Will keep coming back.

Amazing! Coming back to do it again!

been here 3x ...what amazing place to see. during summer time you have to call or visit the website to reserve as its get busy so to control number of people for safety and preservation of such beautiful place!! I went there in January and you can just go no reservation needed but if you want to swim summer time for sure!

really fun trail and well maintained with lots of stairs. It was great for the dog too, but I was bothered by the number of dogs off leash - I counted 18. Minus one star for crowd and off leash dogs, but I still recommend!

1 month ago

Enjoyed the off the main trail excursions. Not many on those off-shoots.

1 month ago

First time on this lovely trail today. Harder than most trails I have been on in the greater Austin area due to the elevation gain and frequent log stairs that require longer strides. I noticed some hikers on the trail using trekking poles which could be helpful especially for the 40 yr. old plus hikers like me. Overall a well maintained trail and perfect for fitness training. It is possible to make it a Loop by doing a short road walk at the end heading back toward to the nature trail entrance which reconnects to the main trail.

Clean, beautiful, shaded canopy. Lots of people and dogs. Felt safe. The water there is very clear. Had a great hike. Path is a bit narrow when passing or head on walking.

Tough hike.....but great workout and scenery!

super short and easy hike. kid friendly. I brought my 2 an 5 year old. They have picnic tables by the parking lot. and the waterfall is great. It was only trickling when we went today but I can imagine when after a great rainfall❤ it's absolutely beautiful.

2 months ago

Beautiful hike with great views of the surrounding hills! It is definitely strenuous due to all of the stairs and elevation climbs. This appears to be a very popular trail now with lots of people entering from both trailheads, and many were accompanied by their pets. If doing a full out and back is too much, you can opt to just follow the main road for about 2 or so miles back to your car once you reach the trailhead.

Beautiful & well maintained out (3 miles) & back

I was in the Austin area for day on business. I got done early and thought I'd try a new trail. The trail was nice and easy to walk. I love the fact that one can leave the paved trail and follow mountain bike trails cross country, through the woods etc to add a bit of a challenge. The trail on the map(in this app) is not very clear when it comes to the turn around spot at the YMCA, by the lake. I ended up going around the lake, over the one way bridge and then along the other side of the lake on top of the hill (nice view). I also left the main paved trail and followed the upper picnic trail going and the lower picnic trail on the way back. There are signs along the trail showing the "off road trails" and they are color coded by difficulty (for mountain bikers, but also very useful for hikers and trail runners). The nice part was, while there were a few people on the main trail on this Thursday in January (windy, but nice temps in the 60's), I saw only one other person using the "off road trails".... The trail does continue further east, but the crossing over the lakes dam is under construction until fall 2017 and closed. There are, however, signs for an alternate route to connect to further trails at the end of the trail (right up at the road, by the entrance closest to the dam). I followed it for a bit, but the north wind got to strong with 40 mph gusts and so I turned around and called it day. I will probably go that way next time when I am in the area (I do come down into the area at least once a month)

Apart from falling in the water at the beginning of the hike, the trail was uneventful and pleasant for me as a beginner.

2 months ago

Great trail! About 3.3 miles one way, we usually bring two cars and drop one off at the end point so we don’t have to do the out/back trail. The elevation changes and stairs are intense and fun just didn’t want to do it twice and walking back through the neighborhood was torcher. I’m not a pro hiker though, so if you can do that trail twice yay for you! Impressive.

super beautiful! Go during the fall and winter season so less people are there.

Love, love this hike! Lots of stairs, long treks up and back down. Just under 6 miles to top point and back.

trail running
2 months ago

This river place nature trail is an Excellent place for early Trails.

The trail provides beauty in nature and a good physical workout. Without the man built steps and a more rocky unimproved trail it would be difficult. I enjoyed it.

The hike to the pool is very short and very easy! We went on a cool foggy / drizzly day which made it perfect since there were few people going in! Took the the time to look up, look around and just take in the beauty! Also hiked down to the river. Most of the trail is easy with a few challenges. The rain made some of the rocks a little slick but just enough to make it fun! Again if there are not a lot people very quiet and serene.

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