Walnut Creek

Austin, Texas

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3 Reviews
4 out of 5
A veritable maze of crisscrossing singletrack spreading out from another maze of doubletrack, this city park offers endless opportunities to get out and spin your wheels. Walnut Creek is a popular North Austin park that has remained something of a secret to mountain bikers, but a map on the Internet (interpreted here) and an ongoing effort by some locals to mark trails and block outlaw extensions is making it more orderly and more fun to ride, and thus a more popular destination. Most of the trails here are fairly easy. A beginning rider could manage the main trail pretty much the whole way around, though some of the side paths that drop to the creekbeds can get pretty steep without warning. You may want to check them out before diving blindly down any of them. Tread: Mix of singletrack and doubletrack.

Walnut Creek Professional Review and Guide

"A veritable maze of crisscrossing singletrack spreading out from another maze of doubletrack, this city park offers endless opportunities to get out and spin your wheels. Walnut Creek is a popular North Austin park that has remained something of a secret to mountain bikers, but a map on the Internet (interpreted here) and an ongoing effort by some locals to mark trails and block outlaw extensions is making it more orderly and more fun to ride, and thus a more popular destination.

Most of the trails here are fairly easy. A beginning rider could manage the main trail pretty much the whole way around, though some of the side paths that drop to the creekbeds can get pretty steep without warning. You may want to check them out before diving blindly down any of them. Tread: Mix of singletrack and doubletrack."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Austin
Distance: 7
Trail Type: Several options
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round, local conditions permitting
Local Contacts: Austin City Parks
Local Maps: USGS Austin East
Driving Directions: Directions to Walnut Creek

Recent Trail Reviews

8/1/2009
0

I have ridden this trail 2-3 times over the last month, and have enjoyed it each time. When I first rode it several years ago, there weren't any signs so it was easy to get lost. Now there are many signs that correspond to points on the map below and indicate the quickest route back to the parking lot. What a welcome addition. The trails are in good shape, but the creeks are empty. The "loop" is about 10 miles. There is a great map here: http://www.austinridgeriders.com/documents/Walnut%20Creek%20Metro%20Park_Kiosk.pdf --Don't pass up the BMX loop.


6/11/2009
0

I haven't been to this trail since 2006, but I'm glad to report that it's better than ever. The trail is very well marked, with clear signs warning you of the difficulty levels, so if you pay attention you shouldn't end up over your head. The creek was low (almost non-existent) but that's to be expected given the amount of rain we've had recently. Overall, this is my favorite trail in Austin. It offers something for everyone, regardless of their skill level. My wife had never taken her bike off-road until our ride. We were able to stay on the easy single track parts and it was well within her abilities.


7/18/2006
0

Lots of maze-like track. It's hard to tell where the main trail is, so bring your GPS & a map.



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