Northern Walnut Creek Trail

MODERATE 2 reviews

Northern Walnut Creek Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Austin, Texas that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
252 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

trail running
6 months ago

So yesterday I decided to take all the offshoot trails. This wide, mostly flat, concrete trail through woods, parks, and a little neighbohood has all sorts of trails in Walnut Creek park, but then when you get past Gracey Woods, there are only a few offshoot trails.

All the trails I took are to the south of the trail except one. The one trial to the north, just before you hit the park-n-ride, was rather short and led me to some tents (probably a homeless camp). The trails to the south, though:

The first two or three trail climb almost straight up, and end rather quickly at an apt complex. Good for a short, steep, sorta scrambley hill climbs. The third or fourth trail, though, took me further back into the woods, still gaining some good elevation. The trial forked a few times, the trails either dead ending in the woods or at the apt complex. But stay to the west and this trail does run by the creek, high above it. Back to the main trail, the next few trails after this one leads into some sparse trees, some of the trails are short, the one with the "no motorized vehicle" sign looped back to the main trail; and the final trail was comparatively longer, ran along side the creek with some neat rocks formations, and went across the creek- but when I got to a fork and heard some loud banging, I decided to turn around.
Then you get to the trail going north, which winds through the woods a very brief way, hits a clearing, and you spot the tents.

I'm sure there are more trails back there, none maintained by the city or the parks&recreation people most likely. But if you want to mix it up a little, these trials give you a break from the down-and-back concrete trail.

trail running
6 months ago

Concrete trail through mostly woods, starting in the Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. Trail head is easy to locate- turn into the south/west parking lots (there's one road through the park). Going west through the parking lots, it's hard to miss the large, open area with a highly visible concrete trail and steel handrails, on the west.

The trail is entirely concrete, except the three or four large, flat wooden bridges. The trail is rather wide with a yellow stripe in the middle. No large hill climbs, no scrambling, no twisty-turny, up-and-down stuff, no rocks and roots, etc. Just a regular concrete trail, but the scenery is very pretty. Lots of walkers, bikers, joggers here, plus dogs and strollers and kids too. Strangely enough, there are only benches and such at the trail head, then about a mile down a Gracy Woods park. But that's it.

The cool part about this trail is that the Walnut Creek Park itself has a lot of hiking and biking trails, with all the ups-and-downs, twists and turns, etc. the real "hiking in the woods" experience. So you can go down this concrete trail as kind of a landmark, and take any one of the numerous sidetrails into the woods. Most trails eventually loop back to the concrete trail, but not immediately- one turn and you could go deeper into the tangle of trails away from the main trail, so be careful if you wanna stick close to the main trail.

All in all, there's enough variation- plain old woods, some large wooden bridges, the creek, open grassy areas, play ground, train tracks and streets overhead, , etc for this trail to be not too boring.