Austin: Enchanted Rock

This 6.4-mile loop circles the best scenery in Texas Hill Country: amazing pink rock formations, picturesque ponds, and a giant granite dome.
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This 6.4-mile loop circles the best scenery in Texas Hill Country: amazing pink rock formations, picturesque ponds, and a giant granite dome.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 10.4

Waypoints

East LoopTrail

Location: 30.5148372650146, -98.812385559082

©Lorraine Pace

AER001

Location: 30.4964904785156, -98.8249206542969

Follow Outer Loop Trail (dirt track) through metal gates W of parking lot. In .2 mi., R @ Y up rise along wide gravel trail

AER002

Location: 30.5036792755127, -98.8323364257812

Photo op: Pass giant pink-granite monoliths, each bigger than a school bus. In .2 mi., turn R @ Y

AER003

Location: 30.509464263916, -98.8269271850586

L @ Y

AER004

Location: 30.5152454376221, -98.8129425048828

Trail winds SSE. In .4 mi., trail passes Buzzards Roost and giant slabs that tumbled from the cliff face

AER005

Location: 30.5079288482666, -98.8086395263672

Cross golden bottom of Sandy Creek. Trail swings R, following creek SSW; purple bluebells decorate banks in summer

AER006

Location: 30.5019416809082, -98.8139572143555

R @ T onto Turkey Pass Trail, passing covered shelter. L @ Y in .2 mi. Option: R @ Y leads .1 mi. to Freshman Mtn., a dome with excellent views of neighboring granite formations

AER007

Location: 30.5097408294678, -98.8148727416992

L @ Y

AER008

Location: 30.5048904418945, -98.8215713500976

Continue SSE through Echo Canyon, a mixed bag of fractured rock, scrub oak, and cactus. Scramble up Enchanted Rock ahead to L for amazing 360-degree views. Fact: Vernal pools on top support delicate fairy shrimp (think sea monkeys)

AER009

Location: 30.498197555542, -98.8191375732422

R onto road @ looped parking area, following .4 mi. back to trailhead