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I liked this trail very much. It is a very easy trail, not what i would consider a “primitive” trail, which is my preference. The city did a great job on this trail! I liked it because the entire trail was shaded. I did not like that the trails were not marked very well and just couldn’t tell which trail you were on or was about to get onto.

Really pretty, not crowded. Easy hike and well-maintained trail.

Very well maintained and the trail markings are great. A lot of benches here and there. Quite a few steps and Rocky areas but the overlooks totally make up for it. I suggest making a visit to the waterfall. it's pretty cool but not much water.

Lovely location specially for walking dogs and family relaxing. Beautiful

hiking
21 days ago

At the beginning the trail splits up into a crushed gravel walking trail and a natural surface semi rugged trail. Both trails virtually run parallel with each other. A bird watching blind, a few waterfalls and wildlife make this a relaxing hike

mountain biking
29 days ago

Awesome trail for beginners. Lots of varying terrain including nice stretches of open, moderately roller coasteresqe hardpack with manageable but challenging (for begginers) semi sharp turns/switchbacks and steep rocky/rooted inclines/declines. The guide indicates a 1.3 mile trail but it's considerably more with all of the interconnected sidetrails of which their are quite a few. This will be my go to trail until I'm ready for the more technically difficult challenge of Brushy Creek (where I spent half of my time pushing my bike/or on the ground).

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is marked fairly well. There were a number of beautiful spots to enjoy the view. There was road noise for a good portion of the trail.

trail running
1 month ago

I had good time running this trail, it's easy to get a little turned around but there's no way to get off the trail. it's a wildlife and nature preserve so it's quite clear where the dont want you to go. The creek is pretty and it really makes you feel like you're away from the city.

Parking is easy to spot, on the north-west side of the road, just north of the bridge. There are no restrooms, benches, water fountains, etc but there is a garbage can which, well, is usually very full and thus not collecting all the trash. But as for the trail itself-

Immediately you climb lots of feet- really steep, high steps, slick rocks, loose rocks to slip on, etc. But this somewhat treacherous climb must be worth it, because lots and lots of people come here everyday. You'll see people in wedding dresses, formal attire, graduation gowns, etc. with photographers in tow, some with rather expensive looking equipment, because the view is spectacular.

But then you hit the fence. After the climb, you see the view. After the view, go west and you'll shortly come to a fence that's cut. Well, supposedly, it's not private property, you're not trespassing, etc. when you go through this fence. There are signs elsewhere saying "no trespassing" but here, well, I guess the gate people didn't want to climb or something. After the gate, the trail goes for a ways. Plenty of scenic views; some trails to the north that go into the forest, but quickly hit the no trespassing fence; and plenty of trails to the south but, of course, they're on the edge of the cliff overlooking the river, so they're rather precarious. Looking for some scrambling or some danger? Try and hike/climb down to the river without sliding. Have kids, or just want a nice hike? Stay on the main trail, and all should be well until about the last quarter mile, where it gets a bit "woods", the trail is a little hard to see, but the loop at the end is short and you're headed back to the bridge.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked all the trails forwards and backwards. As always, this trail system delivers the "outdoors hiking" goods.

Great hike! Sweet surprise...

on Cactus Rocks Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Nice shaded hiking trails, we hiked Cactus and Ridgeline Trails. A lot of elevation changes, so made for a good hike.

on Cactus Rocks Trail

trail running
1 month ago

Short but decent trail. Couple of technical sections some fun little climbs.

on Walnut Creek Trail

1 month ago

Beautiful, natural scenery. Mountain bike trails range from easy to difficult. Can be busy at times.

nature trips
1 month ago

Very pretty view as you walk above and along the water. It is Rocky climbing up at first but quickly becomes even and easy from there. There are a few areas with a trash bag set out that are more than overflowing with water bottles/trash, but other than that a very nice, simple trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Enjoyed this trail

hiking
2 months ago

PERMIT ONLY MARCH-JULY

Bull Creek Preserve Permit Overview

Bull Creek Preserve Entry Permits are issued in January & February each year, just before the golden-cheeked warbler breeding season begins in March.
A permit is only required March-July. The trail is open to all users August through February.
Permits are issued January-February each year.
Permits are good for three seasons so a permit issued in February 2015 will expire August 2017.
Learn how to earn a renew a permit here:www.austintexas.gov/ecoweb

2 months ago

Great trail, not very technical for hiking but dog and family friendly. Lots of side trails to explore and wander. Watch for mountain bikers coming around corners but everyone courteous.

hiking
2 months ago

short but very beautiful and peaceful

hiking
2 months ago

short but very nice view

on Wild Basin Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice hiking trails. Moderate level.

Ignore the power lines, and get a third of a mile into the trail and you will be rewarded with a heavily wooded lightly traveled trail area. Weekdays on the late afternoon offer an eerie low light secluded experience that has a bit of a Blair Witch feel to it...just not disappointing as the movie.

I went on a Tuesday morning and it was mildly crowded, but still lovely. There are many areas where the trail splits with no trail markers, however these all lead back to the same trail for the most part. The falls are small, though beautiful, and make a great little swimming hole.

Technical trail, lots of rocks, roots and stairs on stairs on stairs! Beautiful. The river was dry so no waterfall but still gorgeous.
plenty of people on the trail during the week. I felt safe running alone.
Bring water!
There is no turn around point for the shorter trail. The trail is well marked with signs every .25 miles

hiking
3 months ago

This is an easy trail with some very pretty water features and creek access. There are great offshoots that make it a little more exciting!

Beautiful wooded trail with enjoyable but tricky-enough elevation to keep you interested and smiling! I didn’t run into a single other person, which was surprising on a Sunday afternoon. The trail is fairly well marked but can be hard to follow at times because of the rocky hillsides. I will definitely go back!

Great View , loved the hike.

Lots of great options- I just let my dog lead the way and took several side trails. Lots of flat trails that are easy and lots of opportunity to get to the creek.

If you are ok with hanging out under power lines, this might be tolerable. However, that’s all I could see and the size and volume of power structures was a total turn-off when there are so many more places to go on a great hike in the area.

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