Spicewood Valley Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews
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Spicewood Valley Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Austin, Texas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
177 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

cave

lake

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Nice little trail! There wasn't a single other living soul out there except for the wildlife, of which there was plenty! Even saw a doe and her fawn, as well as a hawk. Plenty of shaded trail, which was welcome in the summer heat.

trail running
3 months ago

Three trail heads, but the only one with signs is in the middle of the twisty streets of the neighborhood. There's a park at that trail head, the other two you gotta park n a parking lot or dead-end road (also somewhere back in the neighborhood) and then find the trail.

As for trail running itself- this trail has many offshoots, but the problem is that there are hardly any signs, a few "markers". There is a creek but the main trail doesn't cross it, you gotta take an offshoot trail to cross the creek. Also there are some benches, but they're way back in there, and the trail then leads up to the back of an elementary school- you don't want to be a random person "sneaking around" behind a elementary school at the wrong time!

But back to the trail. It's got pretty good stuff- lots of rocks and roots, but few twists and turns until you get off the main trail. And yeah, the offshoot trails are good for exploring. The middle trailhead has a great set of stairs to climb for a workout, and near the end (the northside) there are some stairs. And at that northside, you have some awesome, large, rather breathtaking rocks and algae and such. fun for trail running, if you're into not just running but also some scrambling up rocks.

The trail is rather short, the signs not there, but the offshoot trails make this worthwhile.

hiking
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6 months ago

Very nice is it part of balconies canyon land

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hiking
10 months ago

A very nice and little used trail.

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hiking
Monday, October 03, 2016

This is a great trail with lots of interesting features, including waterfalls, an old dam, an old tree house, a small pond, the old foundations from small houses or cottages from long ago, majestic oaks, and plenty of wild life. I started at the trail head at the substation near Spicewood Springs and Scotland Well. You can also start at Canyon Vista Middle School or Mountain View Park. The fork towards Canyon Vista is accessed by crossing the old dam. That trail is somewhat overgrown and hard to find at times, but had a small pond along it. The main trail (north to south) is very well cared for, and has a lake and a waterfall at the north end of the trail.