Vista Knoll Loop is a 0.9 mile loop trail located near Leander, Texas and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Scenic views of Lake Travis, varied terrain and good wildlife viewing potential. This is a slightly longer trail in the Warbler Vista area of the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Unlike the Cactus Rocks trail, there are no interpretive markers along the route. However, it is still a nice trail to hike, with changes from open to wooded areas, and great views of Lake Travis in the distance. Because this is a NWR, no pets, bikes, or off-trail exploring are allowed. Park hours are sunrise-sunset.
Don't see anything from Rt 1431.
Nice hike, took plenty of water.
This is on my way home so it's easy to stop off and spend an hour doing a light workout and decompress. It's not too hard and has awesome views. If you happen to be there when the sun is setting it's very pretty.
I love all of the trails at the Balcones Canyonlands Wildlife Refuge. the Vista Knoll Trail is moderate with Rocky Terrain and a gorgeous view of parts of Lake Travis. Completely worth the 26 mile drive from my house.
Loved the views, trail had good markings pretty clear path and benches really great trail definitely worth the drive!
This 0.5 mile loop is only worth the trip if you also hike the Cactus Rock (1.5 mile) and the Ridgeline (1.4 mile) as all three come together at one point. The Ridgeline is probably the most technical of the three but all provide good canopy and views. It's a nice hike. We ended up hiking 3.78 miles in total in just over 1 hr and 50 min. No pets are allowed.
Moderate hike nice view of Lake Travis. But in the future the view could be marred by the 1800 home sub division and commercial development proposed for that area. :-(