Towne Lake Austin Trail

EASY 18 reviews
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Towne Lake Austin Trail is a 10.1 mile loop trail located near Austin, Texas. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
10.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
406 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

mountain biking
6 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

mountain biking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

trail running
2 months ago

Parking is most abundant at Zilker Park. Elsewhere, you could be driving the streets of that part of downtown Austin for hours and never find a single good spot. This trail has plenty of restrooms, water, exercise equipment, water craft, etc. along the way. Trail is very wide in most places, and very VERY wide in some places. Very well marked, and well maintained. But if you're looking for a wilderness experience, go elsewhere. The scenery is nice, nice trees and flowers, a nice lake, cool looking urban buildings and sculptures and other stuff. But it's in the middle of an urban area, right next to busy roads most of the time. You will never not here cars and construction and such. But hey, sometimes you don't need a backwoods, rough hike- just a nice stroll which this is. And almost all of it is shaded.

As for trail running, well, it's not really for trail running. I've run here a few times, and mostly it's good for those long continuous runs (versus running slower due to high stepping over roots and rocks, twisting and turning of the trail, ups and downs, etc) It's still a good place to run, if...

If you don't mind what seems to be hundreds of people. People with strollers, people with dogs, people running, walking, biking fast and slow. Half the people don't move out of the way, some of them can be in groups of two or three and somehow take up the entire 10 foot spread of the trail- but that's less about the trail and more about people just don't care.

I give it a three- I would give it a two for trail running, but the amenities, and the general "serenity" it somehow has, even despite all the people and cars and such, I guess it's worth an extra star.

walking
4 months ago

6 months ago

Pretty crowded on a Saturday morning, which is good since there are very few signs along the way. The part east of 35 and north of the lake is tricky and will have you looking at your map for guidance. But other than that stretch it was a nice easy walk.

hiking
8 months ago

walking
10 months ago

trail running
Sunday, August 28, 2016

Love this trail. Started at 7 am on Sunday. Trail was populated with many people already. Lots of fit humans running fast. I ran 1/2 of the tail and biked the other 1/2. Did pull-ups push-ups etc on equipment. Had a great time. Good views. Only complaint is not marked very well.

walking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Friday, June 10, 2016

Thursday, June 02, 2016

walking
Monday, February 22, 2016

mountain biking
Sunday, January 17, 2016

Monday, March 30, 2015

Friday, April 05, 2013

walking
Sunday, January 06, 2013