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Backpacker Magazine – September 2010

Local Hikes: Austin, TX

The best hikes near Austin, TX.

by: Shannon Davis

Barton Creek Greenbelt. (Patrick Byrd)
Barton Creek Greenbelt. (Patrick Byrd)

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» Barton Creek Greenbelt Austinites don’t even have to leave city limits for a legit hike. “From Hill of Life trailhead, go 8.5 rolling miles through woods and crags to the swimming hole on Barton Creek,” says president Bill Talbot. “Then hit Shady Grove for live music.” Miles from city center 3; Trip ID 39465

» Lost Pines Trail, Bastrop SP Beat Lone Star heat by cruising this soft, loamy trail shaded by the area’s “lost pines,” an isolated stand of loblolly pines in an otherwise barren, arid landscape. The 8.5-mile Lost Pines Loop tours the forest and passes primitive camping. Miles from city center 33; Trip ID 7758

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nick H
Jun 22, 2012

i went on this hike today with my wife, we were expecting to find watering holes, a creek, rapidsand some falls like described in the article and on the trip id 39465, but instead all we found is a dried up creek bed and a small puddle of water. the overall hike was alright but would have been much more enjoyable with the water. heard rumor while hiking there that during the springtime it is lush but during the summer and winter it is dried up. you may want to look into that and add that to the article so that others dont go there expecting to swim.


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