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Barton Springs Creek Trail - East

Intermediate
 3.6 (7)

A popular trail follows Barton Creek ending with the Hill of Life offers an escape from the nearby downtown


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Map Key

3.0

Miles

4.8

KM

Doubletrack

865' 264 m

High

567' 173 m

Low

389' 118 m

Up

112' 34 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Description

This trail follows Barton Creek starting from the trailhead just off the Mopac expressway. The eastern side of the trail is somewhat easier than Barton Springs Creek Trail - West which you can reach at two points by fording Barton Creek. The tread ranges from easy hard-packed sections but there are some rocky and rooty areas, but overall, the biggest obstacle may be the high traffic of walkers and dogs (please share the trail). The trail ends at the aptly named Hill of Life. This is an extremely difficult, rocky climb with 6-12 inch stair steps. It is possible to ride both up and down with the right combination of line choice, strength, and finesse.

Barton Creek is a beautiful greenbelt not too far from downtown. There are two small waterfalls near this trail (Sculpture and Twin Falls), each with their own swimming hole. There are a lot of trees along the trail and together with shade from the cliff and the creek, this can be a cooler area to ride.

Barton Creek is a popular park with walkers so share the trail appropriately.

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Lost Justpastnowhere with improvements by font9a

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  3.6 from 7 votes

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What a difference a couple of months of rain make. When I took my first photo here, a few months ago, the river bed was absolutely dry.
Oct 13, 2018 near Rolling…, TX
Just above Sculpture Falls
Nov 13, 2017 near Rolling…, TX
Tricky singletrack with a view worth braking for!
Jul 28, 2018 near Rolling…, TX
I was surprised to see how dry the creek was. A few weeks ago the water was gushing through here.
Jun 22, 2018 near Rolling…, TX
It doesn't matter how fast I think I'm going. Sometimes I like to stop to enjoy the view.
Jul 24, 2018 near Rolling…, TX

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Nov 11, 2018
Radclif C
Oct 13, 2018
Jesus Hidalgo
Very muddy after the heavy rains. The creek is full of water and rushing. 3.7mi
Jul 26, 2018
Jesus Hidalgo
Jul 24, 2018
Jesus Hidalgo
5.4mi
Jun 22, 2018
Jesus Hidalgo
Beautiful day to try out my new bike. I was surprised to see the river was completely dry. 5.3mi
Mar 23, 2018
Lance Wade
Nov 25, 2008
Lost Justpastnowhere