Return to Barton Creek - South Gus Fruh

ill go back after a good rain
User: bigtim1763 - 6/2/2011  [View Log Page]
Rating: 2point5stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 4.20 Miles Duration: N/A
User: claireific - 5/30/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: 5stars Difficulty: 4stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 3.50 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

So great! For accuracy's sake, I think what I actually did was more north than south, but the trail marked in my handy guidebook wasn't exactly easy to follow in practice, so we just went with it and improved a bit. We started at the trailhead on Barton Hills Drive (so so sorry if this is another trail altogether) and after making it past a swimming hole, the trail became less and less distinct and more and more amorphous. But no prob, we just kept going alongside the creekbed, moving over boulders, around trees and alongside some really gorgeous cliffs, at one point finding some little springs seeping through the rock and down to the creekbed. We also saw small caves and at one point found a little climbing rope bolted into a 10 foot high rock shelf we were able to scoot up. After the "trail" alongside the creekbed got a little too difficult and steep (I stupidly neglected to bring a pack and was just carrying a water bottle so scrambling got hard) we moved down into the creekbed proper and just moved around muddy or shallow areas of the creek. It was insanely beautiful, all I can say. If you go down to the creekbed like I did, just be aware of all the loose rocks. And obviously, trail marking is nil. I think I saw two the entire time I was in the park. Also, there are lots of people around on a sunny Sunday, and sadly lots of litter. But I loved this hike and my buddy and I already agreed to return soon.

My new favorite Austin Hike
User: texaskdog - 3/14/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: 5stars Difficulty: 5stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 8.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

I've done "upper north" and this was tons better.  We intended to do "Lower" but couldnt find the creek crossing and would up on Gus Froh.  When you get to what APPEARS to be the end just after the creek & waterfall climb up to the top of the rock for the view.  Then youll see a path and follow it and it goes miles further.  Lots of ups and down, a SPECTACULAR view near one of the mountain climbing rocks, just a lot of fun. 

Teenager Hang Out?
User: Ollie - 1/12/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 1star
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: 45 minutes

Entered Barton Creek near the Barton Creek Skyway acess. Nice hike but there were alot of teenagers around and they had started a small fire... just a little odd.

Quite Hike
User: Ollie - 1/6/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: 30 minutes

It was close to dark and it was enjoyable to watch the sunset in the canyon.

Challenging on a hot day!
User: BANDA - 8/5/2007  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 1 minute

We hiked this area from the North. The bridge you refer to is at N 30° 14.535 W 097° 47.372. There is a cache there now called BridgeToTerabithia, although it had been muggled when we were there. (Just the bottom of the container and the log book left.) The bridge is really cool though, and the view is really great.

A pretty enjoyable hike
User: Haleyms - 1/16/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3point5stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
It was nice and quiet once I got out on the more secluded trails. I saw an armadillo and a flock of 20 or so turkey vultures. The creek is completely dry, but overally the scenery was beautiful and the rocks were gorgeous.
User: timkimbrown - 5/30/2005  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Great rock formations. Good swimming along the creek. A very nice trail.
burbling creekwater and peeping cedar waxwings
User: manwithdog - 1/13/2005  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Cooler weather made even an old dog frisky so Willow and I headed out to spend some time amongst the trees. We stuck to the "official" trail mostly though we did stray down to the creek every now and then to look at the waterfalls. One of these strayings took us down to a grassy bank where I sat in the sun and gazed up at the white rockface while Willow swam to and fro with a stick in her mouth. There were a few cliff swallows out. Also could see the remnants of climbing equipment so I guess this is a face folks scale though none were out today. On the return trip we paused beneath some cedar trees trying to get a glimpse of the birds peeping and fluttering above us. After staring up for a bit one landed in view - a cedar waxwing. A whole pack of 'em, in fact. Not the sort of bird you see at your feeder in town, so a nice surprise. I only met 3 joggers on the trail and the sound of MoPac-n-360 was easily dulled by the running water and wind in the branches overhead. What a lovely trail to be right here in town.
Fun with hobos
User: reynoldser - 4/10/2004  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A

Its true, you might stunble upon a hobo camp on trail, but they are usually pan handling during the day.

Beautiful scenery and water falla
User: Lindsey206 - 4/26/2003  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
This hike was really neat, however we kind of got confused about where the trail actually was after a while. We watched the rock climbers hike up the rock face for a little while and it's also nice to sit in the streams next to several small waterfalls.
A wet hike, but very peaceful
User: MattSeibert - 3/23/2003  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: 3point5stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A

Again, I set out on an early Sunday morning, to ensure the most serenity I could afford. I encounter a total of 7 people during the 3.5 hours I spent on this trail, and onyl 2 dogs and 1 bike.

The path does continue on past the first water crossing, which takes you down the bank about 150 yards past the triple-falls which affords a nice view of the falls behind you, and the serene creek streching out before you.

At the first ford of the creek, the water was only about knee deep in the deepest spot. However, at the "Water Falls" ford (at the Gus Fruh access marker on the trail) the shallow spots took me to near waist deep water. I'm 6' tall, so make that about 3' of water. There is also a strong current at this point, so best watch your footing.

I travelled up the trail towards the Gus Fruh access from this point, until I could hear cars, then turned back around. There was a nice rock outcropping to sit on and view the creek below you, but I found the nicest place to sit was actually the log bench right at the creek-side. From here you could hear the fall of the water, and under a tree, was nicely shaded.

My assesment of the hike difficulty is based on the water crossings (and current) and the general condition of some parts of the trail. There are very rocky parts where a twisted ankle is likely if you aren't careful, and some very steep inclines (especially on the impromptu trail that strecthes past the first ford).