After hiking Friedrich Wilderness Park in the morning, my friend and I headed over to Eisenhower Park to get some additional mileage in. Like Friedrich, Eisenhower is small, but it has some challenging hills. You can also go up to the top of a wooden observation tower and get a nice overview of the park and surrounding area.
Unfortunately, my friend was feeling very well, so we cut it short and didn't hike all of the trails.
2013 was an incredibly ambitious year for me hiking-wise, so it was nice to end the year with this "short but sweet" hike. I want to thank Austin Explorer for creating this awesome website for everyone to log their hikes. To the hiking community, hike on!
I come here all the time and i love it. Been hiking at Eisenhower since i was 12. Definitely a great way to spend a cool day!
Brought my "60 hikes book" but they offer a better map at the trailhead for free. Took the HIllview trail which gets VERY steep along the right/west side of park. Took the Red Oak which I didn't enjoy as much but Hillview was great. Tower offered a nice view. Came back on Yucca to the east til it hit Hillview. Lots of people for a Wednesday morning and at least a dozen large planes flew over. VERY well marked at every intersection so don't worry about getting lost. I'd love to hike this more if I didn't live in Austin.
I love this place! It is close to my house and I like how they pack so many different types of trails in such a small area. I tend to avoid the paved trail though, which also is the most heavily used. Good place to go for beginner hikers and vets alike.
There are many trail types available - from naturally rugged to paved with frequent sitting areas. Admittedly you can hear traffic at times and do run into others, but neither has been enough of a problem for me to stop coming. I enjoy the well maintained trails and the view from the tower. For those with kids, the rock climbing playground area to the right of the trailhead is frequnently empty for an added adventure. Maps are available at the trailhead to help to set your route. On this day, I took Hillview (natural, rugged) to Red Oaks (natural with a wooden bridge) to the paved path to and from the look-out tower. The hike took a while, as I frequntly stopped for photos.
Hiked the trial for the first time today with my brother. We stayed on the natural Hillview Trial and merged with the Red Oak trail ( nice bridge). If you find yourself out there take the time to see the Observation Deck (nice views). Not recomended for small dogs. Very nice and maintained Park.
This park is close to our house and we try to walk it with our black lab Harley.
Not too many views, but the overlook was nice. Kind of crowded on the top. Lots of dog poop
this is my "daily" hike...it's near my home so it's super convenient. i love the hillview trail (natural) then hit redoak up to the tower and back again. it gets my heart rate up enough so that i feel like i'm getting a workout. i can't stand the gym so this is perfect for me.
Dogs are welcome, watch for their poop when walking the unpaved path in the dark.
Hiked all of the trails, doubling back on some. The paved trails are easy and popular with joggers and walkers. The natural surface trails were rougher than I expected, particularly on the west and north side of the park. No complaints here! If you stick to the paved trails the difficulty rating is closer to a 1.
The biggest surprise was the Christian rock concert on Sunday morning that took place near the parking lot! Thankfully the sound did not travel too well into the back of the park. Don't expect too much solitude on a nice day like it was today.