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Trail Guide

This section contains information on rides in the Austin area. The information is of a firsthand nature and not based on hearsay or other riders' guides.


North West Austin

Trail Name Location Length Terrain Altitude Fun Factor More Information
Laurel Mountain Trails West
Great Hills Neighborhood
6 miles, networked Rocky limestone, shelves, steps, mostly double track, hard pack Two hundred feet, single mountain Tough climbs, lots of ravines, ridges, some good steps Trail Guide
Jester Mountain Trails West
Spicewood Springs Road, west of Loop 360
6 miles, networked Rocky limestone, shelves, steps, mostly single track, hard pack Two hundred feet, single mountain Nature preserve, tough climbs, long, rocky descents Trail Guide
Edwards Park Trails West
Spicewood Springs Road, west of Loop 360
4 miles, networked Rocky limestone, shelves, steps, mostly single track, hard pack Two hundred feet, gorgeous cliff overlooking Bull Creek Tough climbs, long, rocky descents Trail Guide
Bull Creek High Ridge Trails Closed. West
Loop 360
8 miles, networked Rocky limestone, shelves, steps, mostly single track, hard pack Two hundred feet, single mountain Tough climbs, long, rocky descents This set of trails has been enclosed in fencing and is no longer rideble because it contains sensitive animal habitat.
Bull Creek District Park West
Bull Creek, along Loop 360, Austin
3 miles, linear Rocky limestone, shelves, steps, and raging Bull Creek Few climbs unless you venture up on Jester Mountain (west) or Cat Mountain (east) Austin Park with adjoining nature preserves. Trail Guide
Great Hills Trails West
Great Hills Neighborhood
2 miles linear Some fun single track hidden inside a neighborhood Up and down canyons and ridges Tough climbs, long, rocky descents Trail Guide

North Austin

Trail Name Location Length Terrain Altitude Fun Factor More Information
Walnut Creek North
Walnut Creek Metro Park at Lamar Blvd (275) near Parmer Lane (734)
6 miles, networked Hard pack and limestone ledges Level with a few gradual rollers Travels along Walnut Creek, good for beginners to intermediate. Can travel all the way to Colorado River. Trail Guide
Balcones Park North
Balcones District Park at Duval Road and Amherst Drive near Mopac and Burnet Road (FM1325)
5 miles, linear Hard pack and limestone ledges Level with a few gradual rollers Travels along Walnut Creek, gentle, good for beginners Trail Guide
Cameron Park, Waco North
100 miles north on Route 35, 4 miles east at Exit 325
10 miles networked Mostly single track, hardpack, lots of turns and whoop-dee-doos. Many technical challenges. Lots of gradual climbs and ups and downs Try the "Bobsled Run". Lives up to its name with high banked turns and fast screaming descent. Trail Guide

West Austin

Trail Name Location Length Terrain Altitude Fun Factor More Information
Emma Long Park West
City Park Road, south of 2222, west of 360
4 mile loop Rocky limestone, shelves, steps, mostly single track, very technical No climbs, but lots of ups and downs A city park, lots of technical challenges, ledges, rocks. Trail Guide
Steiner Ranch West
Route 620, South of 2222, North of Mansfield Dam
20 miles networked Rocky limestone, shelves, steps, mostly double track Lots of gradual climbs and descents Scenic, long, wild - an all day affair Trail Guide
Route 360 Bridge West
Route 360 at the brown Town Lake Bridge
500 yard screaming downhill terror Rocky limestone, shelves, steps 500 yards at 45 degree angle down Killer descent! If you enjoy extreme, this is it! Trail Guide
Wild Basin Preserve West
Route 360 north of Bee Caves, south of Town Lake
8 miles of networked trails Rocky limestone, shelves, steps Ups and downs through ravines and ridges The Wild Basin Preserve is off limits, but lots of surrounding stuff is OK. Trail Guide
Cuernavaca Road West
West on FM 2244 (Bee Caves Road)
8 miles of networked trails Rocky limestone, shelves, steps, mini hills Many hills, ravines, gorges, jeep trails. Fun to explore, desolate, no crowds. Trail Guide
Lost Creek Neighbor West
West on FM 2244 (Bee Caves Road, south on Lost Creek Blvd.
6 miles of linear trails, head of Barton Creek Rocky limestone, shelves, steps, mostly single track Lots of gradual climbs and descents Hooks up with Barton Creek Springs trail. Makes an all day ride. Trail Guide

Central Austin

Trail Name Location Length Terrain Altitude Fun Factor More Information
Barton Creek Greenbelt Center
Zilker Park, near Mopac and Town Lake
7.25 miles, linear Mostly single track, hard pack, few technical spots Mostly level, 200 foot climb at MM 7 (Hill of Life) A town park with scenic views and lots of happy people Trail Guide
Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail Center
Town Lake at Mopac, Congress Ave. Route 35
10 to 14 miles, loop Level caliche stone, easy No climbs A town park, lots of joggers and families Trail Guide
Shoal Creek Park Center
Shoal Creek Park along Shoal Creek Blvd. between West 15th and West 38th Street
4 miles, linear Hard pack and well worn trails Level with a few gradual rollers Travels along Shoal Creek, popular, gentle, good for beginners Trail Guide


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