hiking

walking

hiking
4 days ago

Took our dogs here for an afternoon hike. The trail was challenging enough to be interesting for all of us. We were the only ones on it, and it was the perfect length for a dog hike!

trail running
10 days ago

Parking at Bull Creek park. The trailhead can be tricky to find. Cross the creek just to the north of all the big, huge rocks. You have to search the other side of the creek a little, but eventually you'll find the trail head.

Relatively simple trail, with signage. To get onto this trail, and not start running down Bull Creek, make sure and take a right at the first intersection with a sign. The trial itself starts off in the woods, but it gets into the open, with much grass and shrubs. You go in and out of the trees. The trail's not very twisty, and much is dirt flats, but there are roots and rocks so be careful.

The best part of this trail is (for trailrunning) the added mileage you can get. While running the hills and switchbacks at Valburn, the creek at Bull Creek, and the enormous hill at the Bull Creek loop, you can get a little easier, flatter mileage here. And, well, it's rather pretty.

trail running
14 days ago

From 360, take Spicewoods Spring, then an immediate right. The road will loop and go under 360, you'll see the first parking on your left, then a second and a third, pretty close to each other. The second parking has rest rooms, the thrid is right across the road from the trail head. The trail head has two paths, make sure and take the right path, as the left is so overgrown that it dead ends before getting back to the trail.

Way cool trail. I love running out here. Rocks, trees, wide and skinny trails, creek crossings, running on the creek, steps, etc. Want to run on trails that tend to get a little, well, unkempt? These (the Bull Creek system) are your trails.

trail running
14 days ago

I'll be honest: I don't know if I've hiked or ran this exact path. I've run all over these Valburn trails, anfd the Bullcreek trail, and I'm sure I've taken this path. Either way, I know that these trails run through the woods, rocks, by the creek, has overlooks with drop offs, etc. Some are flat dirt trails, some rather rocky, some are right on the creek, and some rock scrambling is sometimes required. These trails out here are amongst the best for a less manicured, more rugged trail system (even if loop 360 and those neighborhoods are right there).

walking
17 days ago

This is a very short and easy walk through a mostly dry grass clearing in Bull Creek park. I gave it one star because there are many other, better trails in this park. There are side trails and trails that connect to other larger trails.

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

I went to the trailhead (In the parking lot behind Indeed) and there was "no tresspassing" signs! Is this trail closed or did I just try to start at the wrong part of the loop?

This was a moderately fun trail. It connects the Valburn loop up with the Bull Creek Trail, and features several views of the canyon and the creek. If you do the full loop, there is a section that requires some scrambling up some boulders, and a steep climb, but aside from that, it is a fairly easy trail to hike or run. The trail is lightly trafficked, so it gets dodgy at times trying to find the path, but overall very enjoyable.

trail running
1 month ago

Ran this morning before much traffic. Eventually saw some other people, two on bikes, then a group of hikers and their dog. I wanted some hill climbing, and these Valburn trails are very good for this.

And oh yeah, today was the first time I saw that VW bus. Near the Vista Mountain Dr and Valburn Dr split (the roads, the trail goes uphill to the streets and there is, indeed, on that uphill climb, a blue VW hippy bus, on it's side, in the middle of the trees and shrubs. How it got there in one piece like that who knows.

hiking
1 month ago

I filed an Austin311 complaint on the overflowing and tipped over trash cans at the trailhead. The nature-oriented signs along the trail are showing signs of wear. There are a few directional signs here and there. The trail winds through some cool sun-dappled cedar breaks, which are always welcome., with some grassy meadows. There are no signs indicating the waterfall, but I could hear it, which led me to it. A nice 4-foot drop. Above the falls, I spotted a few 10 to 12 inch bass in a deeper pool, with a few turtles. Surprising for an Austin green belt, I saw no poison ivy.
Yes, there are signs of wild pig, but in my humble opinion they are no threat. You would have to try hard to get them to hurt you- if you could find them.
All in all, the trail is an easy hike and easy to reach.

on Valburn South Loop

hiking
2 months ago

As others noted, trail not at all marked with many offshoots, some connect to main trail. Needed GPS to follow, however this was our first time, it will get easier when we are more familiar with area. It is in a ravine, wooded and shaded for most part. Not at all busy, we saw one dog who appeared rather lost, and one human, who was not lost .

trail running
2 months ago

This review is the same as the Valburn North loop, since it's all pretty much connected:

This is a trail that's great for adventuring, for exploring with compass/gps/topo map. I ran here today (parts of all the Valburn trail system) and it was very rewarding.

Very rugged trail. Lot's of ups-and-downs; lots of loose dirt, rocks, leaves, etc; flora encroaches on the trail often. And hills-lots of hills. Hills with high step ups, with loose rock, some rather sheer, etc. I've heard lots of wildlife sounds but have yet to see any, the traffic from loop360 probably doesn't help. This is no "family and stroller" trail. No benches, restrooms, scenic spots, etc No signage at all.

I did a lot of geocaching here before I started trail running, so I already knew the trail system somewhat well. But as Luis M said below, if you don't know the trail system you could easily get turned around. But I totally give this a four, at least for hiking and backpacking, and once you get to know the trails it's great for biking and trail running.

trail running
3 months ago

Actually, this is not a "lost" trail, but merely the Bull Creek trail. Problem is, no one ever goes on this part of the trail. I ran this part a few weeks back, and I could tell that there was a trail, but didn't seem much used. Instead of running through the wood on the more defined trails, this trail stay right along the creek and eventually meets up with the more defined Bull Creek trail.

If more people started hiking, biking, running, etc on this, it'd actually become quiet popular I'm guessing.

Terrain is way to soft for a newbie rider and there is zero markings so talk about annoying having to stop and pull your phone out ALL the time

Basic loop. Entrance is kinda hard to spot, the "parking lot" across the road is small and VERY pot-hole ridden- but hey, it's the great outdoors, so who really cares? But...the trashcans where overflowing. I bet they get emptied form time to time, but man was it sorta sad- nature trail and litter galore right at the entrance.

But as for trail running, I only give this a 3 because there are no hills, and no stream crossings, and it's very short (the loop is about a mile). For hiking I'd give it a four but for trail running, I had to run four laps to get in the mileage, and I got no hill workout.

The signage is great, no chance of getting lost. There's a bench on the mini-loop in case you need to rest. While there's some noise pollution, the scenery is very nice. But again, for trail running, this would be good for beginners, as it's so short, and has little in the way of hills and not much technical stuff. The best part of this loop: it's right next to the Bull Creek greenbelt, and just down the road form St Edwards park.