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15 hours ago

fairly easy - but a maze of trails (with the map only being at the trail head it is easy to feel lost, BUT YOU'RE NOT, just stay on the path) lots it elevation change - gorgeous waterfall and creek. Strongly recommend if you're looking for a an hour (or so) hike.
No bathrooms or trash disposal along trail so prepare - also a variety of things prohibited - so leave the picnics and furry friends at home!

Great hiking in Austin!!

I live right next to the park so I go there almost everyday to walk my dogs or just to go to get my nature fix. I love this little piece of paradise. Great trails, beautiful creek. My dogs love it too. They can swim in the creek and run around in the woods. There’s abundant wildlife and spring flowers everywhere. Also a good birding area and It’s terrific for bluebonnet photos!

Open, well-marked, right in Austin.

4 days ago

No public access

4 days ago

Short and sweet

Very basic trail. Great for a beginner.

Good one but route post/pillars are not much helpful

The park was fun but I was expecting more from the reviews however I did not Adventure all of the trails unfortunately, and I didn't have my pup and being an off the leash park I probably would have enjoyed it more with her. the only thing is parts reaked of dog feces and there was feces bags everywhere. idk if that was the rules and park clean up picks them up but I hated that aspect. the water was not clear where I went like the images depected on some pages. However if you are local it's a fun hike.

Very busy loop. An urban trail at best.

Great hike, then a quick dip in the falls! When there’s water.

I don't understand the lack of love for this trail. Is it because it lacks signs and amenities? This is a rugged trail that just so happens to open up to wilderness behind an over-developed shopping center. Someone here said this wasn't a trail good for exploring but I think the lack of signage and strange layout makes this perfect for that purpose. If you want a trail that is more straight forward and easy, this is not for you. If you're up for some fairly rugged climbing and some wondering, then you'll feel right at home.

trail running
14 days ago

So I actually parked at the Randalls between 35th and 38th St. So I have no idea where you could park at 29th St. The trail goes through a few parks which have rest rooms, benches, playgrounds, etc. And there are doggie poop-bag stations all along the trail. But as for the trail itself-

The trail goes from concrete to gravel to cracked asphalt to gravel back to concrete (not in that order). You're mostly surrounded by trees, a hillside, lots of grass, and of course Shoal Creek itself (which today was very, very low on the water level). There's a creek crossing, but there's also a smooth, new concrete path next to the creek crossing, in case you don't want to trapse across the rocks. There are several forks in the trail, most of them take you to roads, but some are just at parks where the trail circles the park.

At Pease Park, there is a fork in the trail, and if you take the fork onto the trail with all the wood chips, you get into some actual woods (though still you're in the city and it's noticeable), the trail has a few swithbacks, the trail gains some pretty good elevation and there are several forks, etc. It's like they took trail system from a big wilderness park, and shrunk it down to about an acre.

After Pease Park (if memory serves, today was my first time running this trail) you get into a more noticeable city environment, and you get right next to the creek but on a raised concrete trail. There are several road-bridges you go under with homeless people and graffiti (in open daylight it's completely safe). Around 5th St, the trail is barricaded, as they are working on the trail in that section, making is look new and swanky. That section was fun to me, though, because I had to search for stairs, a way across, ran across some bridges, etc A miniature city adventure.

The trail had plenty of people, but nothing too bad. I could see on a holiday it being very crowded. There where bike riders and dogs on and off leash, other runners, etc. All in all, for a typical city trail, it was pretty good.

Kristen and I hiked to this from downtown hotel to do something different. Spring had started many beautiful greens and purples and whites. Not much water in creek. Short trail to rough to run much but pretty and close to town.

Stairs and more stairs. Great place to train for our upcoming JMT hike. Trekking poles were not a bad idea.

Very pretty... easy , safe when hiking alone

Brought my two dogs, so much goose poo and mud piles all over the trail. lots of bikes, kept having to get off the path into the grass/mud to let them by. Most never warned me they were coming up and startled my dogs. I wouldn't have minded too badly if they just warned me. Came across a dead dog in the field, and there were no rest spots to stand or sit and let the dogs breathe. It was ok, only will use if it rains again.

My pup loves to swim and the swimming spots were so beautiful and there was clear water. The hike wasn’t too long but it was beautiful!!

20 days ago

Nice loop outside my office building. Easy to take a lunch lap or two. Good scenery. Nothing too special. There’s often people paddle boarding in the summer months but you need a pass for the gym next to it for access.

22 days ago

The trail is nice and would make a nice trail run. you can do loops depending on what distance you are wanting to run. Nice ups and downs and the trail itself maintains good footing.

Only flaw I noticed is that the description details a waterfall. this particular loop section does not have a waterfall, so don't go expecting to see one on this particular route.

I stumbled upon this place when I was driving around Austin. Its a great park and a fun hike. Very interesting stream and falls. Like walking on the moon!

trail running
24 days ago

This trail is great for it's variety of surfaces in a small place. I like that there are small trail loops that can be combined into a great workout while still being near your car/water.

mountain biking
26 days ago

Not for hiking!

I wasn't aware to day was a holiday. There where a lot of people out there today! It's kinda cool to be running and jumping and ducking along the rocks and trees, and people look at you like you're nuts.

trail running
28 days ago

I wasn't aware that it was a holiday today. But upon running (no pun intended) into a lot of people along the way on the trail, including a family from my church, I soon figured out something was going on. It was a good run.

Flat trail, gravel path on some stretches. Dense brush (cedar and oak) for most of trail, but walking along residential area and busy road in parts. No views, no water feature. Peaceful trail, good for jogging. Dogs had a good time. Enjoyed catching glimpses of disc golfers. Took a half hour to do outer loop trail. Suburban feel.

Moderate with different elevations. Good access to the river. Great secluded woods within the city.

some parts are really nice and some parts are awful

1 month ago

Closer to easy than moderate, kinda rocky but really enjoyable and close to home! Not sure where the dead ends are, as it's a loop. Maybe he's talking about where the trail meets the neighborhoods at several locations, but its really not that difficult to navigate.

Not really moderate... easy trail, not really sure where it really ends though....I followed the all trails guide, but it definitely continues past where the end is listed. Nice views, but the bridge is the main attraction of the hike and to get up to the view point is more of a short climb than an actual hike.

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