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Great hike in November. Natural setting, and had perfect weather. Week of Thanksgiving so quite a few people out on trail, but not too crowded to enjoy. All the stairs provide some good exercise. Good place to do some warming up in Austin if prepping for a more serious hike.

Wife and I went on hike there today. The trail is really nice and the views of the river are great. Really enjoyed it, will return.

Tough hike. Lots of stairs up . Local resident gave us a great tip when we arrived at the top of Canyon Trail. He suggested we walk back down the highway to the little fern trail instead of coming back down the trail in the same direction. Saved us more exhausting stairs and little fern is nice trail.

My husband and I hike a different trail every Sunday with our Great Pyrenees and Heeler. This one was a gem, such a cute little area. The check in staff are ULTRA friendly and the gift shop is small but had some cute post cards and T-shirt’s. VERY clean facilities. The trails were easily mapped and easy to hike. Lots of photo opportunities throughout. Roads throughout the campground/park are very narrow and winding, barely wide enough to fit two cars so if you’re in a larger vehicle, drive with caution.

10/10!

Not my scene. Great distance trail but not too many views or sights to see. Seemed more of a trek trail.

Perfect fall hike. Don’t miss seeing Monkey Rock

Great hike. Lots of loose rocks though.

This was much more challenging than I expected, but a great hike and an even better workout. The trail constantly takes hikers up and down inclines. Bring more water than you think you'll need. Most of the trail is shaded, but in the summer, it's still hot and there are plenty of stretches where you'll be exposed to direct sunlight. The views are decent, but the roller coaster-like terrain is what makes this one unique.

Fall colors still around good time to take a hike

Great workout

hiking
15 days ago

great trail. challenging for a little bit, but overall not too difficult. weather in November was beautiful. we did the east trail for 4.5 miles. very very rocky so good shoes/boots are needed. feet get wet at times. good overlook views in two spots. ranger people were all very friendly. get their early for parking space.

Surprisingly nice hike. Varying terrain - ups & downs, rocks, creeks etc. Not for one that has not hiked before.

Had a great time with grandson

Great for short strenuous workout hike and training. Several elevations changes. Nature stairs.

nice crisp morning.

Part of the hike you go along Guadalupe river. Really pretty hike.

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

4 mile hike. was steep in some areas. has to stop and rest. had to cross a few creeks. one climb was tough and the decent was steep. definitely worth it. the view was beautiful

great trail! some steep areas and long upward climb but a beautiful view. definitely worth it .

Great trail with stunning views and plenty of contour. Three caveats: 1. You will get your feet wet crossing the stream in several places. 2. There are long stretches with no shade, so it can get brutally hot. We baked here in early November. And 3: it is crowded here in the fall, even during the week. That said, we really enjoyed this hike. Took us 3 hours.

backpacking
1 month 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.

Gorgeous!

We did this hike at a very leisurely pace and stopped to play in the streams and fall foliage so it took us about 3 hours to complete. The leaves had started turning (first weekend of November) and it was pretty but probably in two weeks time more reds will start coming out. It was a good distance and fun walking through streams with some uphill parts which made it slightly more challenging. Try to go early in the morning (I think park opens at 8?) to ensure you’ll get in. We went around noon and the park was completely full so we spent some time at the winery down the road which was also beautiful. On the way back we tried our luck to get in and were lucky enough to get in but if you’re only there for a day I wouldn’t risk it. I would also suggest hiking it in water shoes or teva/Chaco type sandals. A friend of ours went in tennies but another friend and I got to walk through all the streams with our tevas which made for a very refreshing trip. A nice little gem in the Texas hill country!

Amazing scenery and wonderful hiking trails. The trees (early November) were already starting to be yellow, orange, and even some red. Well worth the trip from Austin for our 9.41 miles! (This trail + part of West trail to the spring, then down the East-West trail)

Short hike straight up. Don’t forget to stop every couple minutes to look back. It’s gorgeous!!!!

great trail! first time hiking this trail. beautiful foliage and view of the river, trail was clear and great for dogs. you can check out the canyon lake spillway and Overlook Park while you're there. they are all relatively close. great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. will definitely go again.

wonderful little trail. It does need to be marked better. Blaze those trails.

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
1 month 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.

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