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Love this hike so much!

11 hours ago

Beautiful hike, even with the fog!

fishing
12 hours ago

Nice local walk with a decent pond.

hiking
13 hours ago

The entire east side of Rimcrest Drive (facing up hill) is free public parking from Fairmont Blvd all the way up to the trail head entrance. The west side and all of the side streets (the homes), is permit only. Parking is very easy Monday to Thursday, a little busier on Fridays, but can be busy Saturday and Sunday when the weekend warriors are out.

Some new updates-

The stuffed snake I mentioned in my last review is no longer there. In fact, almost none of the sill trinkets, toys- there was even a cow skull- are no longer there.

What is now there are various trail signs. Not very many, but at various forks there are signs, and at the one skinny wooden bridge (bridge? it's about 6 inches wide and five feet long, over a small water area) warning of the bridge. There's one sign with an arrow pointing straight, and looking to the right I noticed a trail- guess they don't want us using that one, I think it meets back up with the main trail almost immediately. There are also a few signs that say "EMS access". That's good- a biker, runner, hiker injures themselves, and there's some EMS access points to make rescue a little quicker and easier. And lastly, a few markers at forks showing either "trailhead" or another part of the trail. The markers do make it feel less intimidating to first time runners/hikers/bikers.

The end of the trail has a marker that simply says "END". Go north on the service road and you'll get to the Regional trail. Go south and you'll eventually get to the neighborhood. But towards the west there are more trail heads. I'm guessing these'll be marked soon, as there are already some signs on them, and they are used frequently.

The trail was mostly dry, saw one spot of water in some shade that was still icy (it's been cold down here, it was 35 degrees [fahrenheit] when I was running), but no mud anywhere. Saw another runner, some bikers, and some hikers. All in all, this trail is quiet possibly my favorite in the Austin area (I really like the Bull Creek&Valburn area, but as for a single trail this one is good).

And oh, the way you get the whole 7.2 is by parking over at the Brushy Creek Sports Park, running the Regional Trail to the trailhead, then the trail itself (Deception/Top Notch), then running the Regional Trail all the way back to your car. But the actual Deception/Top Notch trail by itself is about 5 1/2 miles.

We didn’t have as much time as we would have liked, but we will definitely be back. This trail has lots of gnarly rocks on either side, which I enjoy. There was a little scrambling to be done in the way to Goat Rock especially, but nothing too bad. You can see across Monterey Bay from the top of Goat Rock!

Great Little Trail for a Day Hike. Spectacular Views from the Top

hiking
14 hours ago

Wonderfully maintained trail that showcases some very historical aspects of the canyon. Good for hikers of all levels.

walking
14 hours ago

This trail can be done in a comfortable pace. Not strenuous. The scenic view of the ocean is EXPECTACULAR. We saw people riding their bikes, walking with their dogs, and some horse poop. The entrance is surrounded by poison ivy. I will not bring a kid here. I wore long sleeve shirt, pants, hat, closed shoes and it helped feel a little safer when entering the trail. This was for about 10mins of walking. It was a great walk and great views. PS this walk was on Dec 2017. I am unsure if fires, mudslide, rain have affected the area after that date.

Hiked this monster yesterday and this trail got my attention BIG TIME. After reading all the previous reviews we (a crew of three hiking ladies) were quite apprehensive...were we ready...will we make it? etc.
We felt prepared. We even bought ourselves trekking poles which, by the way, saved our bacon and I highly recommend for this trail.

The trail starts off being somewhat tame raising our confidence. In fact, it only gets really gnarly about 1/3 mile from the summit. At this point the trail basically disappears but there are green posts indicating the direction and sorta showing you which bolder you have to scramble over or which boulders you need to somehow squeeze between. Well we made it to the top but that last part was not fun. If and when I ever hike this again, I will pass on this last part of the trail and go check out the south face which is supposed to be just like the one in Yosemite (but smaller).

The way back was almost worst. Since we were tired (6 miles already”) it just seems tough. Every time we came upon yet another uphill portion of the hike, we would think “this must be the last one...” but NO. Even though we made better time going back (4 hours in but we were taking our time, and 3.5 back but we were worried about getting locked into the parking lot) it is just as hard.

So here are some recommendations:
1. Do not go on a hot day.
2. Take more water than you think you will need.
3. Trekking poles really help a lot.
4. Give yourself plenty of time.

Enjoy.

off road driving
15 hours ago

Very pleasant and scenic drive throughout the Four Peaks mountain range. Light traffic and easy graded dirt road for the most part. Saw one car going by but wouldn't recommend the trail for any low clearance vehicle due to some washed out and rutted in places. Will come back for sure as it was worth the view!

walking
15 hours ago

A nice long loop especially considering the urban area. The trail was mostly flat and almost completely dirt. People walking their dogs, people watering their yards, people out for a nice hike with their families, overall a very pleasant walk.

This trail is just all dry brush with no nice view or payoff. The elevation kicks in about a mile into the hike all at once so be prepared to go uphill around the halfway point.

Tons of dry brush and prickles ankle level so wear pants if you don't want your socks to be full of thorns.

This trail was just okay - nothing special as there is not really a waterfall at this time of year, unless I missed it somehow. Hiked further down into the canyon off trail and that was cooler.

hiking
17 hours ago

We went on a dry day and didn't have to use the rope. Fairly easy trail for hikers and manageable for all who're not afraid of heights and up for a challenge. Beautiful flowers along the way and incredible view for the last part of the trail.

Usually I enter this trail from Lower to Upper Javelina. Initial trail hike begins in wash, climbing west out of the wash a couple miles in. Another option on this trail is to cross the wash east a tad further down and take Alamos trail south back to trailhead merge/resort area. Alamos trail popular with resort guests and dogs as you near end.

Definitely a kick in my booty but lots of fun and laughs.

hiking
20 hours ago

Clean, easy trail anyone can do. I recommend starting at the park and hiking to highway 114 and back rather than doing the levee loop.

walking
20 hours ago

love this place! perfect for bringing the kids of all ages. from strollers to kids on the run. well marked and beautiful.

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