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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
4 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
12 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.

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

trail running
26 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
26 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.

Easy relaxing walk...would be a great place to go fishing if there were not so many families swimming. The waterfalls were non-existing due to lack of rain. Trail was EASY! Trails were not marked so it was hard to tell which trail you were on. Lots of people. And this was on a Monday afternoon walk.

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.

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.

walking
1 month ago

Nice for a leisurely walk with your pet, decent scenery. Not my favorite of the choices of hiking around Austin, but the falls were nice.

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.

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.

This was a moderately challenging hike, nice elevation and scenery changes.
Just a few things— the loop was closer to 6 miles (not 5.3 as it’s listed).
The route is not intuitive, you must rely on the map to find your way. Even with the constant use of the map, I still got a bit lost at times.

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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