Excellent trail for elevation training.

Great if you require stairs, otherwise switchbacks could have done without them.

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.

Lots of steps. I agree with the hard rating, especially on a humid summer day.

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
20 days 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
26 days 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.

1 month 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.)

1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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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Another hike on this pretty trail.

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 the River Place trail, I was bushed on Tues.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail, very well kept. I love the shade and scenery. I’ve done it a few times and prefer starting at the top, saving a lot of the uphill stairs for the end. Def a good workout, especially on these hot days.

Great hike! Sweet surprise...

Dear people,

Stop Hiking this trail without copious amounts of water during the summer months. Since I live here and run the trail frequently, I know that it is tough for most people. About 5-10 times per year EMS gets called out to extract someone from the trail for chest pain, heart attack, or more often dehydration/heat stroke. Unless you are in very good condition, or have lots and lots of ice water, don’t walk hike this trail when it is over 100 degrees. EMS was here again today, and it took them about 25 minutes to find the dehydrated 40 something male hiker. Be smart.

Saw a mountain lion! About s*** my pants!

hiking
2 months ago

A good hike in the Austin area and a lot of people agree considering the numbers on the trail.

Great experience and well maintained

Cant put any words to post my experience

Beautiful scenery, very shaded, and definitely a great workout with the elevation changes. Only complaint is the trail itself is very narrow and cannot fit 2 people wide. If you're with a group, you'll have to walk single file, and passing people can be tight. If you want lunch, brews, and a great view afterwards, hit up Oasis Brewery 15 mins away!

Love it! Done it about 15 times or so because I have to drive an hour to get to it. Started about two years ago walking it, now I run it and enjoy every second. Not easy, my Fitbit registers that I've done about 130 flights of stairs every time doing it but if challenging hikes are your thing, you will love it.

Nice trail. Beautiful views. Didn’t have the opportunity to see any water because it was dry the day we hiked it. A lot of stairs!

hiking
2 months ago

Really fun trail and hike. Lots of log stairs and a really good workout!

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

It was a great trail. Not too crowded. I work out a few days a week and this was pretty easy. I would rate it Moderate, not hard. It is a bit rocky is some areas of the trail.

Love this trail!

My favorite. Can’t wait to get back.

Really solid trail. Well kept, and gorgeous. I’m a huge fan. Originally I was scoffing at the “hard” rating, but it’s an absurd amount of stairs - so be aware of that. I’d recommend starting 8820 Big View Dr, so you do the majority of uphill at the beginning.

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