Deception starts from a few different access points. The one I like to use is the Brushy Creek Sports Park parking lot. You jump on the Brushy Creek Regional trail to warm up a few minutes and head west for less than 1/2 mile. There will be an unmarked single track trail on the South side of the trail that heads up into an open field. There is where you will find the start of Deception. Take your 2nd right hand turn after you cross the fence line.
This trail has plenty of twists and turns and rolling hills. There are a few steep climbs but nothing too long. The trail is fairly easy to follow and not too technical. Deception is an out and back trail, but has a few access points along the trail where you can drop off extra water if need be. There are ways to connect the end of the trail back to Brushy Creek as well, but that takes some personal exploration on your end! Start early around sunrise to avoid mountain bikers. Check it out in March/April to see Bluebonnets!
I like starting this run from the Cedar Breaks Park. It is run by the Army Corps of Engineers. It has camping, showers, and RV hook ups as well.
The trail is pretty technical at the 1 mile mark it you head clockwise around the lake. Lots of sharp limestone and all single track. You have some elevation change but nothing too challenging. This trail has tons of great outlooks on Lake Georgetown. I find Spring is the best time to run as the bluebonnets and wildflowers are blooming. On sunny days the lake looks turquoise. Most runners tend to run an out and back while a few will go for the entire 26+ mile loop. This is not fast course so plan accordingly! You can drop aid or food at alternate trailheads that you can find on the map below.
For post run celebration breakfast the group heads over to Monument Cafe in downtown Georgetown!
This is a great 5-6 mile trail in West Austin that offers scenic overlooks of Lake Austin and some of the hill country. There is a spring that runs through parts of the trail and typically has water year round. This trail does offer decent elevation change with a few challenging climbs. Running down by the creek offers full shade and is great in the summer heat. On higher elevations the cypress trees give limited shade, but if you start early in the morning you will not have to deal with overhead sunlight.
When I have visited friends that live in this neighborhood we start from the parking lot by Cups and Cones cafe. This is a good place to start with plenty of parking and options for food after.
*This trail is posted as private property to be used by Steiner Ranch neighborhood members and their guests.
This trail system is about 30 minutes from downtown Austin in the heart of San Marcos, Texas. It is an out and back with side trail options to lengthen the run. The main route, "Dante's Trail" is 4 miles one way making it 8 miles out and back. If you include the trails off of Dante's trail you can get closer to 12 miles out and back.....
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