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Mount Lakeway Trail

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Austin, Texas

Mount Lakeway Trail is a 6.9 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Austin, Texas that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.9 km Elevation Gain: 281 m Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

This fun and challenging trail offers a variety of settings: wooded, shaded, rocky, and exposed hilltops and ridges. There are many junctions to hop trails and explore different sections of the greenbelt.

hiking
rocky
1 day ago

mountain biking
off trail
private property
rocky
3 days ago

hiking
rocky
6 days ago

Hard trail. Spaghetti trails throughout. Easy to get lost when not following this map, but easy to use marked signs. Don't go in the hottest part of the day. Go early in the morning. Not much water. Switchbacks.

hiking
28 days ago

Lovely, isolated trail! its a great workout with not too many people. Some nice views and lovely foliage. My boyfriend loves cycling and says it would be a great mountain biking trail. We saw lots of bikers

mountain biking
no shade
1 month ago

no shade
off trail
rocky
1 month ago

constructions has thrown trail off ,dont trust map, very confusing

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Canyonlands or Mount Lakeway Trails is a nice location near Lake Travis Schools in Lakeway. There are several different trailheads. I’d say this is moderate as some areas are very rocky, you get your heart rate going but can still keep a conversation. It is heavily wooded and rocky in some areas and other areas the path is flat gravel. Little areas of water and tiny waterfalls are pleasant. There is construction going on and you can head that in the distance, but you can still hear the the bears and wildlife area. I definitely want to come back and check out the other trailheads here. Wear some good shoes as it can be slick.

running
4 months ago

All the construction absolutely detracts from the enjoyment of this trail currently. However, the single track and switchbacks up and down the hills make for a great afternoon. We went all the way to the Falconhead West Primitive Trail trailhead, making for about 13 miles and 1900ft. if vertical gain round trip.

hiking
5 months ago

Go home AllTrails app, you’re drunk. After mile 2.3 the app trail is no longer consistent with the real trail. With the new power lines and construction, this hike isn’t worth it. While the trail is well maintained, directions are confusing and the views aren’t great.

hiking
5 months ago

This was my most frequented trail for awhile because it’s within 15 min of my home but it’s absolutely shredded by new road construction and maintenance on the alreadly-obtrusive power lines. It’s depressing to have to cross 50 yards of decimated forest and try to pick up the trail again on the other side while listening to utility workers shouting over machinery. The 5.4 mile consists of hiking only to the peak of Mount Lakeway and back, and I completed it in about 1:45 hr many times. The longer distances given is the out-and-back if you proceed to follow the trail over the top, down the other side, and on through to where it runs along Hwy 71 before hitting Serene Hills Drive. I’ve completed that once in about 4 hours’ time. I wouldn’t recommend going that far anymore, though, as the other side of Mt Lakeway is even more destroyed and big sections of the switchbacks are completely plowed away and others are blocked by piles of unstable rocks. My main previous issue was that it got more use by mountain bikers than hikers and with some places being so narrow it could be a little sketchy trying to step out of the way, especially if someone came up on me at a high speed. A lot of them don’t expect to come across foot traffic that far out, and sometimes they could be in very large groups forcing me to have to stop and wait for several minutes at a time. That’s probably no longer as big of a hazard now though as I’m pretty sure this trail is pretty much screwed for bike usage. If not the front side of Mt Lakeway, the backside is definitely ruined.

walking
off trail
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail. Horrible trail markers - very confusing and complex set of trails AND NOT represented in the App. Bad on Trail Host and not a new critique

hiking
6 months ago

Confusing AF. Get lost every time.

6 months ago

We did out and back and clocked 5.4 miles. I am not sure where the 7 plus miles comes from that is given in the summary. Even if it is hiked point to point and you took an Uber back to your starting point it would not be 7 miles can anyone explain this? Fun trail on a beautiful day

Beautiful hike if you can get past the construction and telephone lines. Found a side trail not on the Canyonlands map that was nice (large loop). It was low enough in elevation to get out of the construction sounds, and had a small creek.

The trail itself is quite good, and it's got some really good distance for such a close trail. Lots of great incline, and well maintained, some shade. Overall, quite enjoyed the trail. It seems like it's also favored by mountain bikers, as I saw several on the trail. The real shame, and the reason I took off stars, is that the encroaching development from all sides really takes away from the natural aspect of the trail. Between the big power lines, the road that's being built on the hillside, and the other road that's being built that cuts through the trail, it's really clear that this area is getting gobbled up by suburbia, which is a real shame. I love that there still is this much land that is undeveloped, but it's hard to get too lost in it when you see the development so frequently. Additionally, do note that the 7.4 mile length is not accurate if you take into account the fact that going up and down the hill is full of switchbacks, which significantly increases the true length of the hike. That length is exactly right as the crow flies, or with a lower resolution GPS device. However, if you use the AllTrails recorder or Apple Watch, it will record a much higher amount at something like 10 miles, as you are constantly going back and forth with small switchbacks that aren't reflected in the map. This trail took me 5 hours to complete end to end which was much higher than what I had planned, based off the 7.4 mile description. As always, be prepared and remember that every mile you hike in is another mile you have to hike out!

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

it was a good hike but not alot of scenery or views we just did the serene loop portion which was easy enough for a 4 and 7 yrs old. dogs on a leash.

running
9 months ago

Take out the powerlines and this is easily a five star, moderate trail. For time sake I didn’t make the full 7 miles. Ringing the bell at the top was a cool experience. Felt like I was the first one up that morning. Despite all of the new construction, the view is worth the effort. Try to make it up before sunrise. I caught some purple sky and wish I had my good camera and a tripod. I was mostly running and the switchbacks came in handy many times when I needed a break from going vertical. You can make it as hard or as easy as you want. Good workout.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice little workout. Easy to miss the gong though if you’re not looking for it.

hiking
Sun May 19 2019

Interesting trail but a lot of power lines spoil the impression.

hiking
Sun Apr 28 2019

Underrated trail. Variety of environments and inclines.

Mon Apr 22 2019

Verry pretty but trails are not clearly marked with lots of other trails crossing at intersections. Easy to get lost if not paying attention.

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