Trailblazer | 752 pts
What a hidden treasure for hikers in the Austin area! I would absolutely hike this trail again the next time I visit Austin. It's an awesome trail for a great workout -- the elevation change and the roughly 6-mile round trip make this a pretty great trail for training. You hike through a surprisingly lush forest and and the scenery is absolutely beautiful--there are some nice overlooks of the city, too. It get progressively steeper with long runs of stairs winding through the forest along a little creek. The creek is lovely and there are several small waterfalls that empty into pools with little tadpoles and fish. The path itself is mostly rock and packed dirt. There are a few small creek crossings that are wet, but there's no rock scrambling or particularly tricky areas that will challenge your footing, just a lot of stairs. It's probably best to hike this trail early in the morning to avoid the crowds (it is a very popular trail -- don't expect much solitude or serenity), and the heat. Most of the trail is well shaded but bring plenty of water because it can get extremely hot.