Brushy Creek MTB Loop Trail - Mulligan and Deception

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Brushy Creek MTB Loop Trail - Mulligan and Deception 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.

DISTANCE
7.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
564 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

over grown

rocky

scramble

trail running
12 days 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.

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