Brushy Creek Mountain Bike Loop Trail

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Brushy Creek Mountain Bike Loop Trail is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cedar Park, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

7.4 miles
364 feet



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


old growth

over grown



trail running
12 days ago

Upon running again a few weeks ago, I thought of some "advice".

About a mile into the trail, you'll see a stuffed snake, or something like that. When you run a little further and you should see it again on your right. If you're like, "This is too much, not what I planned for!" this is a good place to turn around, before you've gone so far that turning around is pointless and you gotta go the next 3 or so miles.

Also, right around mile five, just after you hit the dirt up-down right next to the Brushy Creek regional trail: on your right you'll notice a bridge. This is also a place to get out. You don't have time for the next two or so miles, or you're getting tired, or whatever, just take a hard right towards the bridge, and then you're on the Brushy Creek Regional rail. This is also a good place to enter the trail. I'll often run the easy trail on the south side of the regional trail, and it goes under the bridge, then I hti Deception for the last two miles of harder trail.

22 days ago

1 month ago

Another fav for trail running! I don’t get a ton of elevation from it but super technical.

trail running
1 month ago

Ran again yesterday. As usual, it was awesome.

While the title here says "Mulligan and Deception", I discoverd yesterday that while Mulligan is a part of the Brushy Creek MTB trail system, it's a smaller section just to the east of the Deception trailhead. The map here doesn't even have the path marked for Mulligan, just Deception.

If you want to do Mulligan, park at the sports complex, and when you cross the very first bridge on the way to the Deception trailhead, take a left. There's a smallish, smooth rock in the grass right at the trailhead that has the word Mulligan painted on it. The rock is easy to miss amongst the tall grass, but the trailhead is easy to spot. Anyway, this trail is rather short, but it is still a good trail for biking and trail running. Lots of turns, switchbacks, tight spots, climbs, etc. It's like a mini Deception.

trail running
2 months ago

The closest parking is actually on the cul-de-sac at the end of Dodge Cattle Dr. Make it easier on yourself and park where the trail starts on the map here, at the sports complex. Half a mile's jog and a left into a grassy field get's you to the trail proper (the trail itself is the second actual right into the trees)

I do trail running. The first time I ran on this trail I was surprised. I must admit: this, for me, is the most physically challenging of any trail I've ran here in the greater Austin area (including Georgetown and even a rugged trail system up near Belton). Limited signage; no benches, rest rooms, doggy bag stations, water fountains; various marked and unmarked forks; the switchbacks seem to connect sometimes and the trail might disappear due to leaves and/or rock. This is NOT a trail for strollers and families! The only "easy" part about this trail is that there is a lot of shade.

OK, now for a very quick summary: three sections to the trail. The VERY beginning is mostly flat and dirt, but after the introduction:
1) A mixture of flats with dirt and small rocks, larger rocks with large ups&downs, a few minor climbs, and lost of twists and turns. This part is mostly smaller rocks to the feet, but you do have to climb onto a few rocks, go through a few tight spots.
2) This is the hardest part. The trail turns into almost exclusively stone under the feet. The hills aren't steep, but they're long. Lot's of hair pin turns, some spots are sheer (don't slip), more tight spots and large rock climbs. But mostly, it's all stone to the feet and the uphills that get you.
3) You'll FINALLY notice some wooded areas. Ahh, dirt under the feet. You're mostly outta the hard part, though a few rocky climbs are still to come. Some parts here are very BMX friendly, and very fun to run.

If you do finally make it to the "end", you'll discover there's no single trail back to the Brushy Creek Regional trail. Pick a larger trail, and you're sure to get there. Go down a skinny trail through the woods, and you'll find yourself back on Deception ("Deception" is the actual name of this trail), possibly running the thing again backwards!

For dirt biking, I think this trial is good, though I say this as a person who doesn't bike. But as one who runs, this trail is quiet possibly the best overall workout you'll get, the trail with the most varied terrain.

mountain biking
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