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Total Log Entries: 15 (Rank: 20th) [List Them] [Map Them]
Total Distance: 73.23 Miles (Rank: 15th)
Average Distance: 4.88 Miles

Average Rating: (3.57)
Average Difficulty: (2.21)
Average Solitude: (2.94)

Earliest Log Entry: 12/23/2015
Latest Log Entry: 1/21/2017

Average ratings are based on the published values and not the values entered in your own log entries.

Photos

Another view of the hills

I never get tired of views such as this. [Balcones Canyonlands NWR - Warbler Vista]

Log Entries

Good trail for observing plants and animals
Buescher State Park - 1/21/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.71 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 23 minutes

Most of the trails at this park are closed due to the fires, but the blue trail is still open and it makes the trip from Austin worth it. Most of the trail is shaded. You'll see a ton of plant and animal life (I saw many lizards and toads among fallen leaves) and it smells really nice.

There are a few times the trail crosses a small creek. Be aware of this: You'll get a little muddy and perhaps wet depending on how much the creek is flowing and how good (or not good) you are and leaping from shallow are to shallow area.

The short CCC Crossover Trail is also open. It's a super quick hike, but still interesting. The stonework is fun to look at, especially since portions of it have been overgrown with moss and lichen. 

The park is rather quiet. I know there were a lot of people there while I was, but I didn't see many others. (Perhaps they were all near the camping areas.)

At the end of the blue trail there is a scenic overlook, which is a nice place to watch the sun set. You can also get to this area by driving on the main park road.

Good jogging trail with interesting sights
Mueller Trails - 1/2/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 3.01 Miles Duration: 34 minutes

I went out to the Mueller Trails to jog today (my last day of vacation before I have to return to work-- boo hoo). I began at Mueller Lake, looped around, and jogged down to the Southwest Greenway portion of the trails. 

Most of the trails I jogged on today were crushed granite. They aren't very wide, which poses a problem when a lot of people are using them (there were many people out this morning), walking side-by-side. There were a couple of time I had to jog off the trail to pass around groups. Still, I enjoyed my jog. This is not somewhere to go if you want solitude.

The two ponds I jogged around (Mueller Lake and the pond in the Southwest Greenway) were nice to look at. The one in the Southwest Green way has some nice man-made waterfalls. 

The Southwest Greenway area was especially interesting: There are gardens with signs telling about them (it looked to be native plans and educational information about them-- I'll have to come back in the Spring to see them in their glory) as well as three large metal sculptures: A sphere, a rocket ship, and a spider.  

Good jogging path!
South Walnut Hike & Bike trail - 12/30/2016  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 8.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 28 minutes

I began at the YMCA and went north all the way to the Johnny Morris Rd trailhead, where I turned around can came back. This whole trail is paved and rather wide, which makes it nice and easy. I'm going to come back and jog it soon, hopefully the full length. I passed a few cyclists, but not many people were out today (probably due to the on-and-off-rain).

The half of the trail I did today wound through some wooded areas and there were a couple of nice overlooks of the city skyline, so it is a visually interesting hike/bike trail. 

Great hidden gem!
Spicewood Valley Trail - 12/24/2016  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 3.26 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

This is an interesting and diverse trail. You are often reminded you are in the middle of a neighborhood when you hear cars or see homes on either side of the canyon, but it is still an enjoyable, peaceful hike. There are several waterfalls which are nice and the rock ledge of the canyon is interesting. In wetter weather you can spot springs. If you follow a small side trail leading into a field you can see an old rusted and wrecked car.

I'm not sure if it was because it was drizzling most of the day today, but I did not see a single other person on this trail today. But use caution when hiking this in wetter weather: There are several places where the trail passes over large stones, which get slick when wet and covered in a layer of fallen leaves.

I parked by Mountain View Park and used the trailhead that is in between two homes. I first hiked the northern portion of the trail then doubled-back and hiked the southern portion. Reading logs here, I see that there is more to this trail system on the other side of the creek, near the middle school. I didn't cross the creek on this hike (I couldn't find a dry enough area to do so), but just sticking to the side I entered on I still had a great time. I highly recommend this if you are looking for a short hike in town. 

Worth returning to
The Canyonlands - 12/22/2016  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.32 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 24 minutes

I was looking for a new place to hike and found this area. I didn't end up doing all of the trails, so I'll have to come back. I encountered several mountain bikers and a few other hikers/trail runners, but for most of the time I was alone. There are nice water features to take in (multiple small waterfalls) and good views.

I began to go up the Mt. Lakeway trail (which connects to the Canyonlands trails), but turned around before I got all of the way up because I didn't know how long it would be and I was running out of water. I'll have to return with more water to do that whole trail and finish the parts of the Canyonland trail that I skipped! 

What I didn't like: You could hear (and in some places, see) construction work going on, building new neighborhoods on the sides of nearby hills, and near the start of the trail there is some kind of treatment facility that stinks up the area. But the trails are varied enough and interesting, so I still enjoyed myself.