Wild Basin Trail

MODERATE 164 reviews

Wild Basin Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Austin, Texas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from November until February.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
275 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

nature trips

trail running

views

waterfall

no dogs

hiking
8 days ago

A nice scenic loop trail with views of Austin and a small waterfall.

hiking
25 days ago

Nice trail. Not too difficult and saw lots of parents with kids.

2 months ago

Easy hike rather than moderate. The view of the waterfall is obstructed by trees. I don’t know how people get good photos of it without somehow going off the trail into the no stepping zones and climbing some trees.

hiking
3 months ago

The noisy highway is right next to this nature preserve. There were a lot of families with kids walking the trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail and you could feel different temperatures in different elevations.

4 months ago

Makes it seem easy in the beginning but it definitely takes a challenging turn mid way through!

hiking
5 months ago

Great little looping trail. There was a lot of "split offs" that you could do, which made it confusing BUT thanks to this app we stayed on track to complete the entire loop. The trail is clean, clear and at times uphill. Enjoy the sounds of nature and little water falls.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice short hike. I liked the intervals and partial shade, and it was pretty. Probably nicer when there is water in the waterfall.

trail running
6 months ago

Did some more trial running here. Wished I lived closer- with no traffic on 360, still take me 20 minutes to get here. This place has a great nature center. That has not much to do with trail running, but it's a nice place so I not it. But to my knowledge, there're no restrooms inside, and only one (rather large) portapotty outside.

But like I said before: good creek crossings, and really good climbs up stairs. Need a good leg workout, this is the place to be. Signs are good, trail is super easy to follow, and there's always people there so you'll never feel isolated- but I have yet to see any dogs, if that makes one feel better.

OK,. I'm rambling. I just really like this place. Great nature, great scenic views, great running and hiking.

6 months ago

Nice short hike. Trails were in good condition and well marked.

hiking
6 months ago

You can see the highway halfway through the hike. The waterfall was dry when I went but the area it's in is charming enough. The hike itself isn't difficult at all, just slightly elevated on the way back

hiking
6 months ago

Short but varied, easy in parts, hard in others, well maintained, clean and well marked, there is a creek and a waterfall.

walking
7 months ago

Nicely marked making this an easier adventure. Cute waterfall If it has been raining. Can be a challenge, all up Hill on way back to your car.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail with all types of terrain. Short 2 miles, but with hills and even level trail it's still a good workout. Great views throughout make it hard to believe you're still in Austin.

trail running
8 months ago

This place has it all: wide and skinny trails, rocky and smooth trails, open areas and wooded areas, plenty of creek crossings and plenty of choices of trails. As you can see on the map, it's not just one loop trail, but many trails. They are clearly marked, there are really no off-shoot trails so you won't go the wrong way and get lost.

Stairs. You want a good workout? This place has many and massive stairs to climb. OK, maybe not a super amount- this is no grand canyon obviously. But there're more than enough stairs- some natural rock, some with wooden supports; some are rather short, some you gotta step up a foot at least. If you just walk some of the shorter paths, it could be a somewhat easy hike. But try and hit all of them, and you'll have a great workout.

Also, great scenery here. There's a waterfall, there're plenty of creek areas that look nice, and at the beginning (if you go on the northmost trail), you have some historical markers, a shaded bench, and a great view.

hiking
8 months ago

Not super exciting. Pretty short trail. The waterfall was more of a water trickle when i saw it yesterday. I would rate this easy, not moderate. You can hear the highway for a lot of the hike also.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trails, some decent climbs, but overall not spectacular. Views aren't great, but waterfall is nice. Great for beginners.

hiking
9 months ago

Stunning trail. There's a mix of everything, and enough altitude change that it's a decent workout for a short hike. I absolutely loved the waterfall area...so beautiful! If only you could go swimming in it...Only downside is the noise from 360 and there were a lot of bugs. Otherwise I highly recommend.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail, amazing views and a small waterfall that falls into a crystal clear and fairly still pool of water below. There were more people than I expected but they were polite. Trails were very clean with no trash. Trails seemed very well maintained with pea gravel added for the wet areas. Small creek with crystal clear water and a pretty good current in some areas.

10 months ago

A great hidden gem just outside of Austin.

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