Valburn Switchback Party

MODERATE 5 reviews

Valburn Switchback Party is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Austin, Texas that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
223 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

rocky

trail running
8 days ago

This is a part of the Valburn trail system, which I left reviews for the North and South loops already. I'd suggest looking at them for more detail. But this particular part of the trail system is unique for it's switchbacks, as the title states (and I already stated below).

Again, please, don't cut across the switchback. And in fact, when you see two switchbacks coming way too close so as to be one trail, or you see someone has made a "short cut", put some brush, some stick and rocks, to keep the trail maintained.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Nice trail, rocky but fun going around the switch back section.

2 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.

This specific trail also has a VERY steep hill climb. In the middle of all those switchbacks, there is an incline-trail. You're hiking and running and walking and you're getting tired, more and more switchbacks, you need to get home soon- that incline-trail is good for that. But also, it's a GREAT workout. Huge step ups, very long, very steep.

hiking
5 months ago

This is attached to the "Valburn north loop" trail. This trail has almost everything: roots and rocks and trees and shrubs; wide trails and skinny trails; up hills and down hills. But there's no creeks crossing, no lakes, ponds, etc.

But the impressive thing about this trail is in the title. The switchbacks are way cool. Need to practice turning on trail, this is your place. You'll get a great workout if you start out going west rather then south. Up that hill, across all those switchbacks: it's a doozy and a half.

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