Hill of Life via Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail

MODERATE 131 reviews
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Hill of Life via Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Austin, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 209 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

no shade

Very scenic hike. Not rocky like most trails in the area

hiking
off trail
rocky
12 days ago

hiking
off trail
rocky
17 days ago

It ended up being a great hike, but the trail is not marked well, so we took a completely different route. We did about 7 miles, haha, but again it was a great time. I wouldn't recommend for someone without good balance due to all the rocks and no handrails. Also, there are some big steps. Parking might be a problem as it is residential. It was good for us on an October Saturday at 11a.

hiking
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

This is a nice little trail with a great view of the hill country. It’s a short, easy trail that would make for a pretty afternoon walk.

5 months ago

Running

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

Whole path is rocky and requires you to take big steps at times. Short trail but good workout if you go multiple times.

More modérate/hard than easy. Lots of loose small rocks. Big jumps/steps. But short, sweet, and a great waterfall view at the end pays off!

10 months ago

You won’t be sorry. You can go right to dam or left to falls.

hiking
Fri Mar 30 2018

great hike. Little rough for the kiddos on the way back up..lol. but the water at the bottom made it worth it. great family day in the sun

running
Thu Oct 19 2017

This is the Western trailhead to the Barton Creek Greenbelt, and I dare say, besides possibly the falls (Scultpure falls, Twin falls), this is the most popular spot of the greenbelt. Easy parking on Scottish Woods Trail, and the trailhead on Camp Craft road is very easy to spot. But then the "easy" ends. This is a workout spot. A challenge spot. Though the few times I've been there, I've not seen anyone on bikes (I recall a kid on a bike, actually), I've read and heard that this place is very popular for working on your mountain biking skills. Lots of trail, runners and hikers do repeats on this hill. Starting off, the hill rapidly looses elevation. And it continues, for about a half mile. And it is rocky. r-o-c-k-y ROCKY! Crushed rocks ranging from the size of grapes to watermelons. And there are, well, not ledges, that implies cliffs- but there are lots of spots on the hill where asphalt has been laid down, I guess to slow erosion, but due to erosion the asphalt now has turned into two to three foot drops. Warning: ankle twisting, knee skinning, tumbling head over hills is inevitable if you try and run down too quickly. And oh, did I mention there's almost zero shade? It's a very wide trail, but you could try and do the entire trail right by the treeline and get some shade. But when you get about two thirds or so the way down, the rocks do start to get thinner, the terrain gets smoother, and finally you get to the bottom. But now comes the fun part: you have to go back up. The first time you'll swear it never ends. A half mile's not that long, but a half mile of steep tumbling rocks and two to three foot step ups and, again, almost no shade... it's a beast! This is why it's so popular. Don't let my review scare you. Lots of people hike this a day, they just get tired in the process. Last time I ran this, I made it to the top only stopping to take a brief walk twice. Then I found out I had locked my keys in my car, and had to wait 45 minutes until my wife got there. To pass the time, I walked back down and up again. It wasn't too bad, you'll enjoy it.

hiking
28 days ago

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