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trail running
3 hours 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

love this trail

Good trail - sat at edge of window - was dry at that time

very easy. lots of store fronts. lots of stop and go.

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.

17 days ago

My awesome 9yo son John said “it was pretty cool”.

This is our first time to Big Bend. The views from the Window Trail were amazing! Had to deal with a little flooding, not a biggie tho. Overall great experience. .

18 days ago

Great hike with views from in the basin up towards the walls of the surrounding peaks. Spotted lots of wildlife on this trail including roadrunners, rattlesnake, and a bear. Another hiker said they spotted a golden eagle and I could hear something above but never saw it. Started from the bottom of the campground so that took some mileage off and the change in elevation is spread out over the whole hike so it never seems too tough. GPS has distance at 4.9 miles and took just over 1 hour each way.

Nice and hard. Not 5 stars because the natural slope would be better than stairs.

22 days ago

This trail was not what I expected. You will cross the backtop going up and over the dam. I used this app’s map to guide me on this hike. I got confused a few times since my directional since is not the best. You will have a few areas where you may feel like giving up, and the mileage on this trail is what you make of it. I ended up hiking 28.43 miles total over 12h 35m 33s time period. This is something I would have never ever done on my own accord. I this was something I felt led to do. All I can say is be prepared for this walk. I had 2 gallons of water in my pack that lasted me the entire walk. My post below was after my walk to my social media platforms. This was an experience I will never forget or ever do again

It was awesome! Loved this trail.

We covered about 8 miles. The sun was a beast in some areas. I thought it was more than a moderate trial.

The end of the trail is a dramatic View! Just beautiful. Didn’t see any bears

Ok. Didn’t make the last 50 feet. For rock climbing, brave souls, the last 50 feet is probably worth it! But for safety minded folks, we chose to stop just short of peek. Worth the climb!

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!!

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.

trail running
1 month ago

Nothing moderate about this trail - it's easy. Great scenery, plenty of space, and well groomed non-technical dirt trail. Some sections are engineered (boardwalk, paved). In addition, plenty of options to add on distance if you're looking for a longer day. I ran 7 miles out from Barton Creek Pool lot and could have completed the loop at probably 8-9 miles. Just note - if you park at the pool, there is a $5 fee after 8am.

trail running
1 month ago

Fun trail and well marked. Ran the first three miles during the early morning hours with light trail traffic. For runners, I would recommend trail shoes as some sections were a bit technical (rocks, roots, unstable footing). If you are looking for a trail where you don't need to watch your step, I'd recommend the Lady Bird Trail.

Loved this hike! Great steady hike up the mountain with plenty of shade. I hiked in early am so the first three quarters of the hike was in the shade with the mountains blocking the sun. Once I got past the bear canisters, majority was in the sun and the trail got a lot rockier. I was a little freaked out by all the warnings about the 25 ft scramble at the top from other reviews here on AllTrails...WAY over hyped. Not that challenging or intimidating and afforded breathtaking views. I can easily see why this is the top rated trail in the park...it’s awesome!

1 month ago

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

trail running
1 month 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.

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