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i thought this was a beautiful easy hike. unfortunately i thought it ended at the barrier that says Trail ends here. found out on my way back that you're supposed to keep going past that to get to the lighthouse. i still enjoyed the beauty but wish it was posted better. beautiful sunny day in Januray, 60 degrees, perfect

hiking
13 hours ago

I took my 4-year old and my dog hiking on this trail today and we really enjoyed it. The trail is clearly marked with white blazes, so it was very easy to find our way. There were lots of muddy spots on the trail, even some puddles big enough that we (and clearly many others) had to hike off trail to keep from getting shoes soaked through.

We had the place all to ourselves—we didn’t even see any mosquitoes, though given the swampiness of the area I’ll bet they swarm like crazy when it gets above 60 or 70 degrees. It was in the 50s today, so we lucked out. It’s January, so bare tree branches gave us a nice view of the river a lot of the time.

To address a previous poster’s confusion, the bluff lookout is just around the little loop in the road from the trailhead at the north end of the trail near the restroom. So you don’t hike to the bluff, you begin the hike at the lookout.

Run this trail a lot. It's closed to traffic in the morning starting at 0630 so it's a good place to run. The hills are intense and it will give you an intense workout.

An incredible hike! Hiked to the top on 1/15 and it was perfect visibility (we got lucky). All ice and snow had melted and it was even comfortable at the summit. With the government shut down, we parked right outside of the gate, and easily hiked the extra .9 miles in. Round trip it was 6 hours, even with a solid 30 minutes at the top. Definitely worth whatever drive you need to make to get here!

hiking
1 day ago

This hike was very enjoyable. There was a lot of varied foliage, which I found very interesting. We did the hike in late fall, which was perfect with the color changes to some of the trees. We saw a tarantula (almost stepped on it), so be careful. We also saw one of those fire moths? Can’t remember the name, but also supposedly very painful to get stung by. We saw deer all over. The trail was fairly easy to follow, be sure not to walk over the stone barriers that people have made. Devils hall was worth going all the way to the end of the canyon. I also found the wind interesting in this area. The ranger said that the winds and weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared for wind.

Very good for hiking, but not for biking. Spent half the time walking or carrying my bike over the rocks. Also very muddy

on Walnut Creek Trail

hiking
1 day ago

Sunday late morning: beautiful, easy, lots of dogs running around happily in the creek, multiple parking lots

Turkey creek is always a go to for me, especially my dog! There are a few downed trees in the path now, and quite a bit of slippery spots if wet.. but other than that it's a nice trail. My favorite time to go is after it rains, it makes the experience a little more interesting with the higher water level in the creek. Definitely prepare to get your feet wet, and meet quite a few dogs along the way!
There are no bathrooms, or water fountains! so be sure to bring lots of water and prepare ahead of time.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful, well kept trail. Quite a bit of inclines if you take the longer path (outer trail). The waterfall, and creek were both very beautiful! I'd suggest lots of water and supportive shoes.. you'll be sore towards the end!

Great, easy hike, some spots were moderate as in having to go up a short/steep incline. Also it has rained recently and I had to jump a bit of water on the trails. No biggie. It’s very clear that on dry days this would have been an even easier hike. I was just impatient and wanted the challenge.
Would absolutely go back.
One concern is, the trails are not clearly marked. They are there and there is a map but when you’re on them and need to make a move to another trail it’s not clear where you are.

walking
1 day ago

First, the falls are wonderful and totally unexpected as this is in the middle of texas! The air is a bit tropical and humid, the climb down to the viewing area at the end of the trail is rocky and steep. I went in middle of August so it was very hot, humid, and miserable. Seeing the falls and the Colorado river was definitely worth it though.

The trail is mostly barren, minimal shade, and the ground is rocky so it's a little rough on the feet and ankles. Dogs are supposed to be on leash and pet owners are supposed to pick up after them however it didnt seem most people were following the rules.

This trail is difficult simply due to terrain being rocky, steep, and being shade less. It's a great hike with a nice reward at the end... only problem is you have to hike back!

Been taking this trail at sunrise every Monday morning with my dogs. One of my favorites. It is well marked and tons of wild life. Saw a coyote and large cat prints in the dirt as well as deer. There are some muddy spots after a rain but it looks like others have made a path around it. I really enjoy our time here.

Great views, especially if you go past the balanced rock and scramble up the other side. Super easy.

We hiked the entire trail system on 1/13/19 as part of training for a rim to rim Grand Canyon hike in April. We loved the trail as a whole. We were very happy to have some decent hill training so close to Dallas. It’s a little confusing combining all of the zig zaggy shorter loops but for the most part, we loved the experience. It was a perfect 37 degrees when we started. We only encountered a handful of hikers throughout the trail.

We will be back and combine some of the shorter trails for increased mileage.

Amazing views, the juice is definitely worth the squeeze! This was a game changer for me, my brothers and I completed it in 7 hours

Hard but so wort it!

Nice walk the river is beautiful.

Great trail to see wildlife. My son and I went here in the fall and saw quite a few deer.

As always I love this trail!

Sunday brisk walk and the start of a fresh new year. Super easy trail. No need for hiking boots, running shoes are better for this trail. There are a lot of bikers on this trail. So be prepared to move “on you left”.

The Creek was too high to safely cross with my small dog this morning. Beautiful day for a hike though, hiked up the north bank to the treatment plant at Lost Creek and back.

This is my favorite trail in Austin. The recent rains have the water up, there are a few downed trees across the trail, and it is pretty muddy in some areas, but it doesn’t make it any less great. Just be prepared to get your feet wet.

Was my first backpacking trip. Fantastic, and a lot of fun! An excellent trip to start out with, but keep in mind that it's 10 miles in, or roughly 20 miles through.

backpacking
3 days ago

Had a blast! Took the fiance out on our first backpacking trip. I'm not sure that the mileage on the trail is correct. If I had to guess it starts at Cedar Bayou, when reading route names and distance, which adds some length. The route from Juniper Point is a lot of vertical incline/decline, but the route is pretty level from there. Loved it, but we struggled a bit. We found several camping sites along the lake shore, and stopped a bit short of the loop. We had a great time camping on a small peninsula about halfway.

Really like this trail. Pretty lake views and cool rock formations.

I believe it’s called Hale Bopp....like the comet.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful scenery with a gorgeous little waterfall and pool (all the rain helps). We did the 1.8 mile loop which was a good length with our 18 mo. In tow. A great little hike right in town.

We went out for a walk and they were closed.

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