Dominion at Great Hills Trail

HARD 51 reviews

Dominion at Great Hills Trail is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Austin, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
232 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
12 days ago

None of the parts of this trail are particularly hard, but you'll feel a bit tired after this trail, as the trail is consistently moderately strenuous.The trail is well marked, and there is very little traffic out here -- you might not see anybody else on the trail.

3 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

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!

4 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

It’s hard to get your footing at some points but the view were with it. The trail labeling needed some help too. But overall fun!

trail running
6 months ago

Seeing I had only run around 3 miles with the blue, red, and bike trail, I looked at the map located at the trailhead, and noticed that if the map is correct (which it is), I can go east just after the beginning of the blue trail going north and get more mileage.

This was really good. Lots of ups and downs, some pretty technical. Lots of changes in scenery, too. In one spot, there's a small grassy clearing that has a fire ring, picnic table, and a sign with arrows painted "Huntsville, TX 162 miles" "Sand Diego, 1,000 [something] miles", "Norway, 5006 miles". It was kinda neat. And there where plenty of switchbacks. Basically you go east for awhile, and you'll be going down down down. You'll finally notice you're climbing, and that's when the more regular switchbacks begin. If you want a good hill climb here, you'll pass the powerline road several times.

The trail back here is hard to see at times, sometimes it seems to go away all together, and there's very limited signage. But really, there's roads all around you from the neighborhood so it'd be hard to get lost. After a year of constant trail running on several different trails, I've learned to navigate these hard to see trails. So if you're new to all this or don't do it very often, you might find yourself frustrated.

trail running
9 months ago

Pretty area—great hills—technical terrain. Just very poorly marked. I prolly won’t do this one again. But glad I tried it once.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail consists of 2 loops, the black trail as marked by the map, then going on to the red trail, thus totalling 2.8 miles. I would rate is a moderate, not hard. Towards the end, the red trail was difficult to find and had to rely on GPS. This is part of a larger trail system and will be returning to explore further

trail running
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Ran here again the other day. It's awesome. Plenty of ups and downs, trail twists and turns, rocky and rooty, lots of step ups, gotta shimmy between trees and rocks sometimes, tree branches and plants getting you, etc. And if you look at the map at the playground where the trail starts, you can see that there're more trails, all those bike trails. But even with those extra trails, the added mileage isn't a lot. More than other trails, but to get anywhere above 10 mile you'd have to repeat sections of the trail- which, I guess, is rather normal in trail running.

For trail running, this is a pretty good workout. For the casual hiker, be prepared to be a little out of breath, even if you only take the easy green or blue trails.

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

This trail definitely earns its "hard" rating due to rocky, uneven terrain that requires careful planning of where/how to step in many places. It was quite slippery in many places, too, so we had to find walking sticks to help us complete the hike. We brought water shoes for the creek crossings but did not need them due to it being a dryish season, but do be prepared. Very beautiful scenery and variety of vegetation. I've never seen a trail so well marked as these: clear markers every time we were starting to wonder if we were really on a trail or not, and arrow signs at all the trail intersections. We parked on the road by the playscape and hiked the Main Loop, River, and Jack's Wager trails and a little bit of the "biking" trails. (You would need to be a very advanced mountain biker to bike those bike trails. We saw a lot of blood dripped in one place that we assume was from a bicyclist that didn't fare so well.) You can't see any houses from the trail 95% of the time. It's truly a hidden gem inside of a neighborhood. We had the place to ourselves and it was an awesome, peaceful hike!

hiking
Thursday, June 08, 2017

Surprisingly nice trail in the middle of the suburbs. In spite of the fact that you're never very far from a residential neighborhood you'll definitely get some peace and quiet.

Points off because the trails are really poorly marked. This is exacerbated by the fact that the trail loops back on itself so much that you can end up completing the same stretch twice if you're not careful, or ending up on one of the side trails that can easily add a mile to your hike.

It's a difficult hike, but that's what you're going for, if you're looking for a peaceful nature walk, this isn't it.

trail running
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I went to do some trail running, and boy did I ever get a bargain! First things: you park on the street; there's a small, mostly maintained playground at the entrance with toys for kids; and right next door (south) is a field where you could easily kick some soccer balls, throw around a football, etc. But the real fun:

Just behind the playground is the entrance to the hiking/biking trails- there are a few short hiking trails at varying distances, but there are a lot of biking trails, and it can get confusing if you decide to go far back into the trails (some of the markers are either hard to spot or gone). There is a giant map at the entrance which is accurate; and most (emphasize: most) of the trails are clearly marked so it's easy to get back to the main trail head.

Don't be deceived: The trailhead seems simple at first, before getting into the woods. But the whole trail is full of ups and downs, rocks and trees and roots, twists and turns, and far back in the trails there are creek crossings. It's kinda like, "How far you wanna go?" The further back you get, the more stuff there is. The only thing is the lack of any longer, steep hill climbs, but there are good elevation changes none-the-less. For the hiking, trail running, and trail biking enthusiast, this is your place.

hiking
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Great trail with markers to keep you on track. Entrance to the trail is thru the children's playground.

hiking
Monday, February 20, 2017

lots of trees a small creak lots of ups and downs loved it!

hiking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

This is a well kept Network of hiking and biking trails off Spicewood Springs Rd. It changes in elevation frequently as it more or less follows a windy little creek nestled in a valley next to the Great Hills Country Club. There is evidence of wild life, and it feels very secluded as I only saw one other person (a biker) during my hike.

On the plus side, this is a secluded area with a lot of trails. The trail is very windy because there are a lot of elevation changes. Some nice caves and other natural features. On the negative side, the biking trails cross the hiking trails frequently, so it is very easy to get lost on the wrong trail if you don't pay close attention. All in all, an enjoyable hike.

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4 months ago

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