Urban Hiking, Mt. Lakeway and the Canyonlands, Rough Hollow, Lakeway, Travis County, Texas

Anyone who likes to hike really needs to download the REI Hiking Project App. That is where I found this great trail system that I otherwise had never seen on some of the more popular apps. Lakeway is one of the westernmost suburbs of Austin Texas, on the shores of Lake Travis. Within Lakeway isContinue reading “Urban Hiking, Mt. Lakeway and the Canyonlands, Rough Hollow, Lakeway, Travis County, Texas”

Urban Hiking- Spicewood Valley Trail, Austin, Travis County, Texas

The Spicewood Valley Trail was constructed in 2005 by the United States Youth Conservation Corps. It took the corps 2 years to complete this 1.3 mile trail but because the trailhead is in the center you end up with a two and a half mile hike if you go both directions. The United States YouthContinue reading “Urban Hiking- Spicewood Valley Trail, Austin, Travis County, Texas”

Urban Hiking- The Inga Van Nynatten Memorial Trail and the Bull Creek Greenbelt, Austin, Travis County, Texas

Austin Texas is known for it’s live music scene, it’s food trucks, breakfast tacos and it’s hiking. Ask anyone where to hike and they will tell you BARTON CREEK! Well I don’t agree. Barton Creek is okay, but there is no challenge and Barton Creek dries up during the summer droughts. Less crowded, much betterContinue reading “Urban Hiking- The Inga Van Nynatten Memorial Trail and the Bull Creek Greenbelt, Austin, Travis County, Texas”

Urban Hiking-There really is one….. Chisholm Trail Crossing, Round Rock, Williamson County, Texas

There really is one…what? A ROUND ROCK! Yes, and from this Round Rock, Texas gets it’s name. Post civil war, cattle drives from Texas to the railroads in Kansas became big business. Jesse Chisholm and his Lenape Indian friend Black Beaver laid out the trail north from the Red River to near Kansas City. InContinue reading “Urban Hiking-There really is one….. Chisholm Trail Crossing, Round Rock, Williamson County, Texas”

Urban Hiking-Barton Creek Greenway, Austin, Travis County, Texas

Barton Creek. Every time I tell people I like to hike they ask “Have you been to Barton Creek”. ugh! Ok Austinians it’s a nice walk, it’s not that good of a hike. A very unchallenging trail except the far end where the “Hill of Life provides some elevation gain. Otherwise it’s a flat trailContinue reading “Urban Hiking-Barton Creek Greenway, Austin, Travis County, Texas”

Urban Hiking- The Unexpected Waterfall-Balcones District Park, Austin, Travis County, Texas

Balcones District Park is somewhat small and is better known for it’s public pool then it’s hiking. It is the southern terminus of the trails coming out of Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. Quincy and I have done the paved trail from here to Walnut Creek Park but it is somewhat boring except for an abundanceContinue reading “Urban Hiking- The Unexpected Waterfall-Balcones District Park, Austin, Travis County, Texas”

Big Bend National Park, Terlingua, Brewster County, Texas

Finally mountains! And mostly desert. All I can say is WOW! WOW! WOW! Big Bend is one of the most amazing places in the United States. From the flat desert the Chisos Mountains rise to over 7800 feet. The Chisos are the only mountain range entirely within a single national park. We started our tripContinue reading “Big Bend National Park, Terlingua, Brewster County, Texas”

Government Canyon State Natural Area, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas

Government Canyon is right outside the City of San Antonio. San Antonio gets some of it’s water from the Edwards Aquifer and Government Canyon sits right on top of a big section of it. This is for protection from development and to preserve the history and another item in the park. Nate is coming toContinue reading “Government Canyon State Natural Area, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas”

Hill Country State Natural Area- Tarpley, Bandera County, Texas

Always , always I am looking for elevation. Someone told me that Hill Country State Natural Area had the best views outside of Big Bend. I looked at the maps of the area and found that the hills here reached up to 2000 feet. Ah Yeah, this is more what I am looking for. IContinue reading “Hill Country State Natural Area- Tarpley, Bandera County, Texas”

Pedernales Falls State Park, Johnson City, Blanco County, Texas

One of the Hill Country’s most beautiful areas is Pedernales (pur-de-nal-iss)( another Texas pronunciation that makes no sense), Falls. It can also be one of the most dangerous! The Pedernales River runs 106 miles, rising near Junction Texas flowing to the Colorado River at Lake Travis. The Pedernales is hyper prone to flooding, rising toContinue reading “Pedernales Falls State Park, Johnson City, Blanco County, Texas”