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Violet Crown Trail



5.5 mile 8.8 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 150' 46 m
Descent: -392' -120 m
High: 700' 213 m
Low: 457' 139 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)


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Trail shared by Cindy Abbott

This is the Violet Crown Trail using the route that only crosses the creek once and follows the BCGB

Cindy Abbott

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

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Park closures take place after heavy rains, and heavy flooding on Barton Creek. Please respect the trail and decline from trail use during wet conditions.


The Violet Crown Trail refers to a portion of the Barton Creek Greenbelt main trail that starts at the BCGB trailhead near Barton Springs to the Violet Crown Trailhead at Brodie and 290 near Spec's.

The Hill Country Conservancy, an Austin non-profit, organized and built a 1-mile portion of trail that connects the Barton Creek Greenbelt to the Brodie/290 intersection, allowing for the connecting of a major trail network to South Austin and Hays County in the future. Additionally, the Hill Country Conservancy raised funds to install much needed steel Violet Crown and Barton Creek Greenbelt trail markers that aid in route finding.

The Violet Crown Trail portion of the Barton Creek Greenbelt is maintained by the Austin Ridge Riders Mountain Bike club, a local Austin non-profit. This trail is fairly technical, with quite a few rock gardens, rock ledges, and roots. Navigating Barton Creek when it is high and flowing can be done by following this route. With this route, the only creek crossing is the main creek crossing about 2.5 miles in from the start at the Violet Crown Trailhead at Brodie Lane. Be aware of heavy foot traffic during peak times on weekends and afternoons on weekdays.


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Dec 23, 2019
Natalia King
Aug 18, 2019
Chad Noe
Jul 24, 2019
Filip Masquillier
May 25, 2019
Billy Wallace
Out and back 11.9mi — 2h 45m
Oct 27, 2018
Ron Mccarty
Rode while others hiked. Did part of bctw 3mi
Sep 28, 2018
Ryan Gonzalez
Aug 12, 2018
Ryan Gonzalez
Jul 16, 2018
Bryan Prejean

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Beautiful day on the Violet Crown Trail (Barton Creek Greenbelt)
Dec 8, 2015 near Rolling…, TX
One of the more technical sections of the Violet Crown Trail.
Jan 22, 2016 near Rolling…, TX
This picture is taken looking north on the Violet Crown Trail; this is one of the more technical spots on the trail.
Jan 22, 2016 near Rolling…, TX
The iconic "Elephant's Butt" feature on the Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail.
Jan 22, 2016 near Rolling…, TX
Smooth patch of trail
Nov 13, 2017 near Rolling…, TX
Watch out if you're coming pretty fast around the corner! There's no bridge here. You have to carry your bike and climb up and down this dry creek bed.
May 20, 2018 near Rolling…, TX

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