An urban oasis, Austin’s Barton Creek greenbelt is only five minutes from downtown. Enter at the trailhead located across the street from Taco Deli on Spyglass Drive. The route starts with a rocky downhill path that leads you to a dirt trail running parallel with the creek bed. If you’re lucky, there will be some rushing water, which makes for a peaceful experience. Surrounded by greenery and rocks, the greenbelt makes you feel like you are miles from the city. This route is also very dog friendly, so if you have a four-legged friend that enjoys the outdoors, bring it along! I normally hike out about 1.5 to 2 miles, then turn around and head back, but if you’re feeling extra adventurous, extend the hike as long as you want (the trail continues for some six miles). The trail has mile markers, an occasional primitive bathroom, and is great for big groups.
I recommend this route on Saturday mornings around 8 a.m. so the sun is up and the temperature is manageable, regardless of the time of year.
Mileage: approximately 3 miles (or however long you want to make it)
Starting elevation: 508 feet
Max elevation: 577 feet
Climb: 69 FT
View the route here: www.mapmyfitness.com/routes/view/316122169