Valburn North Loop

MODERATE 6 reviews

Valburn North Loop is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked loop 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 and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
321 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

trail running
14 days ago

Am I the only one who likes these trails? lol, anyway.

Ran this morning before much traffic. Eventually saw some other people, two on bikes, then a group of hikers and their dog. I wanted some hill climbing, and these Valburn trails are very good for this.

And oh yeah, today was the first time I saw that VW bus. Near the Vista Mountain Dr and Valburn Dr split (the roads, the trail goes uphill to the streets and there is, indeed, on that uphill climb, a blue VW hippy bus, on it's side, in the middle of the trees and shrubs. How it got there in one piece like that who knows.

hiking
1 month ago

trail running
1 month ago

Wow, am I the only one on alltrails who takes this trail? three reviews in a row! Hope I don't look too silly. This review is the same as the Valburn South loop, since it's all pretty much connected:

This is a trail that's great for adventuring, for exploring with compass/gps/topo map. I ran here today (parts of all the Valburn trail system) and it was very rewarding.

Very rugged trail. Lot's of ups-and-downs; lots of loose dirt, rocks, leaves, etc; flora encroaches on the trail often. And hills-lots of hills. Hills with high step ups, with loose rock, some rather sheer, etc. I've heard lots of wildlife sounds but have yet to see any, the traffic from loop360 probably doesn't help. This is no "family and stroller" trail. No benches, restrooms, scenic spots, etc No signage at all.

I did a lot of geocaching here before I started trail running, so I already knew the trail system somewhat well. But as Luis M said below, if you don't know the trail system you could easily get turned around. But I totally give this a four, at least for hiking and backpacking, and once you get to know the trails it's great for biking and trail running.

trail running
3 months ago

Ran here again lately. Very good place for running. You get a mixture of dirt trails, pebble trails, rocky/rooty trails. And plenty of hill climbing. Want some creek crossings? Just head to the nearby Bull Creek Greenbelt.

hiking
6 months ago

I give it only four stars, because it has everything- wide trails, skinny trails, rocks, trees, flats, hills, etc. except a creek. But the trail is great for biking, hiking, or trail running. Terrain changes from shruby, wooded, leafy (during the Spring, at least) forests to wider rocky trails. And yes many side trails.

There are absolutely no markers, so novice and/or casual hikers beware. Be sure to bring your directional devices (GPS, map, smartphone, etc.). It is rather secluded back there, and it intersects with the switchback trail. Also right across the road (northwest) and the creek (northeast) is the Bull Creek greenbelt.

Soapbox: Please stay on the trails, don't cut across the switchbacks; do put rocks and branches where you've seen other cut across the switchback, to preserve the switchbacks. They make trails awesome. OK, soapbox over, Thx for listening :)

hiking
6 months ago

This was fine as an exercise trail. I didn't find many interesting features, (I didn't find the abandoned bus which is out there somewhere). There are plenty of side trails, and a south loop that I haven't hiked. Great exercise with lots of elevation changes. Feels secluded.