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Barton Creek Greenbelt

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Barton Creek

Getting there: From south MoPac, take the Loop 360 exit and head east.  The first light includes a left turn lane which leads you into a parking lot for the office building next to the trail entrance.  Try to park as far to the left, close to the greenbelt entrance as possible.

The Hike: The Barton Creek greenbelt is the grand daddy of all hiking trails within the city limits of Austin. While the start of the trail begins not too far from downtown, it winds its way for about 8 miles through sometimes rough terrain. At times you will be surprised that you are still in Austin.

Most folks tackle Barton Creek in pieces, so we'll present hikes here in bite-sized chunks. As usual, all of the hikes include a topo map with track and GPS points, commentary on the trail, photos and more.


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Nice spring day, not too hot yet!
User: voolevoonye - 3/22/2014  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Started at Twin Falls, to Hill of Life (up & down) and back to Twin Falls. Lots of folks on this beautiful Saturday morning; hiking, running, biking - humans & pets alike! Fun!

User: ValEpiscopo - 11/18/2013  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Hiked around 360 Trailhead, using flashlight. Watched a few climbers on the rocks.
Great Day
User: LAF - 8/17/2013  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes
Started at 360 entrance office park. Headed toward Mopac until I reached the Hill of Life Did the hill 2x's then hiked back to 360. I wore my new lightweight OR shoe gators which I loved!!! Kept all he pebbles out of my shoes. Next time I need to take more water. I use the Nathan Hydration belt only hold 2 bottles. Look forward to extending my next hike.
Beautiful Area
User: Katzfang - 3/16/2013  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Started out at the Scottish Woods Entrance. Walked untill Mopac was in site. Some water was in the creek but limited. Saw a small snake that crossed our path. Beautiful day. Will post pictures later.

Popular and fun
User: Trailmagic - 7/28/2012  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 8.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours
One of Austin's crown Jewels.. I parked a car at the Zilker park trail head and got a shuttle to the top of Scottish woods and the hill of life. Then Walked the trail in one direction. about 8miles. Much of it is the green tunnel like hike in the woods, but it opens to wonder views of Barton creek and notorious swimming holes like Sculpture falls during the hike. There are some social trails along the way that can make it a little confusing, but if you keep the creek close its almost a no brainer. In deep summer go early in the morning, not only for nicer temp's but a bit more solitude possibly. Have fun!
User: cwlatapie - 5/23/2012  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 18.00 Miles Duration: 8 hours

Beautiful and green, as long a hike as you want,  the spring is great to relax in, creek bottem trails lots of heavy rock, lots of bikes, no drinking water,  dog doo on the trails. I will go back to relax in the spring.

User: Ollie - 4/12/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A
User: Ollie - 4/2/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A
Searching for the Cox Ranch
User: Ollie - 3/24/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A

I started from the MOPAC entence and backtracked down stream along the north side of the creek.  I ran across little to no people along the path.  There was a rockslide right at the MOPAC bridge and a few windfalls further down the trail but the condition is decent in most places.  Still could find no indication of the Cox Ranch site.

User: Ollie - 3/15/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A

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