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10.5 mile 16.9 kilometer loop
80% Singletrack


Ascent: 408' 124 m
Descent: -403' -123 m
High: 697' 212 m
Low: 615' 187 m


Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)


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A great outer loop covering most of the trails at Walnut Creek Park.

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This neat trail system located in the Austin metropolitan area is great for all riders. It has a good mix of creek crossings, rocky inclines and declines, limestone canyons and lots of shade from thick forest. The trails consist of mostly hard-packed dirt and loose rocks.

This outer loop covers most of the Walnut Creek Trail System, including the BMX Loop around the awesome Dirt Jump Track. The loop also includes Mark's Art, Tangle of Trails Loop, Log Loop and Servere Consequences Loop.

Following the markers with blue dots will cover a majority of the trail system. At any point, follow the "P" on the trail markers for the way back to the parking lot.

Need to Know

Walnut Creek is a "no leash" park for dogs, so be on the lookout for them and their humans.

Crowds are common because of the open public swimming pool and baseball fields. Parking can be a bit of a pain on these days.

The main loop is well-marked, but there are quite a few trails that are not.


From the parking lot, a rider has the choice of either riding down the entrance road and after crossing the bridge, to your left is the BMX Loop and to your right is Windy Loop. The major trailhead starts just right of the swimming pool area. Straight on the Pool Lot Trail will lead down towards the major creek crossing.

It's best to take the 1st right just after the trailhead and take the Walnut Creek Park Trail. Be on the lookout for the sharp left for the Six Point Six Loop, then the Tangle Wild Trail that are northeast of Walnut Creek.

At the major creek crossing, go west on the Shady Springs Trail, which leads you to the Point 446 to 604 Trail / downhill on the Power Line Hill. From here, take the Log Loop, then go up Powerline Hill to find the Tangle of Trails Loop and Mark's Art. Take the Shady Springs Trail following the "P" markings. These will take you across the creek, right on Point 218 to 236 Trail, and then right for the Servere Consequences Loop. After that loop you have the option to take either the 1st right, which follows the technical section along the creek, or to head further up to the Service Road Trail. If you've chosen the latter option, go right and follow this trail all the way to the Entrance Rd, then take a left to the parking lot.


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Mar 21, 2019
Lost Justpastnowhere
Jan 20, 2019
Lee Horner
Jan 8, 2019
John Jackson
Really really muddy went for a hike instead of a ride
Dec 24, 2018
Bozack Jones
rode it a million times. no big descents or hucks but it is tons of fun. best roller coaster in Austin 7.9mi
Dec 15, 2018
Paul Foster
Fun trail system but watch out for dog poo and the creatures laying the steamers!
Dec 13, 2018
Derrick Davis
Cold and windy 11.5mi — 1h 35m
Dec 1, 2018
Matthew G
Nov 29, 2018
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Great ride in Austin. I drove from Houston and in my opinion it was worth the ride. There are numerous crossings, most of them in the first half are not clearly marked with the exception of those above mentioned (Tangle, Six Points, BMX, Log, etc.) so we decided to make a right on almost every intersection. We entered into a handful of technical sections: descents, rocks, roots, nothing to be concerned about. If you are not in the area, you better make sure there has been no rain because the soil seems to be the kind gets tacky and slippery when wet. Lots of people, hikers, riders and dogs. Mar 18, 2018
Karim Bekka
Karim Bekka   Wyoming
A fun trail system in Austin. Signage isn't the best. I ended up riding the same loop multiple times by accident. I got stuck on a paved path and ended up at an apartment complex, then lost in a neighborhood while trying to find my way back to the single track. I had to backtrack down Metric Blvd to get back. Overall very fun. The bmx track is sweet, just be wary if you are on a mountain bike as you can tear up the lips of the jumps. So be sure to skip it if you can't make it as it ruins it for the bmx'ers. This trail system is definitely a "must ride" if you end up in the Austin area. Mar 30, 2018
When I'm in Austin, this is my go to trail system, I'll ride it every other day while I'm in town. It's a pretty extensive park and there are a lot of way to combine the trails for unique rides. Markings are almost no existent so you just go where the wind takes you until you learn the park. The surfaces can get really dry in areas, but you can look and tell where it's bad. I'd like to see more trail jumps and features with true MTB geometry. There is a BMX jump park hidden in the cut, but it's more for 24" dirt jumpers than MTB. Over all though, if you find yourself in Austin, ride Walnut Creek it's a blast, then go grab an after ride meal at Balkan Cafe & Grill just south of the park on N. Lamar Sep 7, 2018

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