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.
I stumbled onto this trail a few years ago on a long run with some friends. It is great for those that live on the Eastside! The one way I have found to access it is along the gas pipeline on Tannehill Dr just North of 969/East MLK.
The trail follows the pipeline for just under 1 mile and then you have the option to move onto single track or stay on the pipeline trail. If you look at the map and see the straight line, that is the pipeline. There is a flat jeep road that parallels the pipeline that is where you run.
The rest of the trail winds through the cedar trees and has a few short but steep climbs. It can be a bit confusing because there are many intersections that look similar. I used the tin box (see slide show) as a point of reference at one of the intersections.
I am not sure if I would recommend running alone out here. There are what appears to be a few homeless camps set up within the woods. I didn't see anyone, but I would at least take your dog. You can see from the slide show that parts of this trail have been turned into a dump, but the majority of the trail is nice.
Overall it is a great option for those that live on the Eastside and want to be able to hit up single track starting from your house. Length is about 4 miles without overlapping.
This trail starts at 6701 Lakewood Dr in West Austin. The parking lot is across the creek from the trail so be prepared to cross it! It is typically only ankle deep. This route has one of the steepest (only about 100 meters long) climbs in Austin and most people have to walk or scramble up. Once to the top of the hill you take a left and that takes you out on the rest of the trail system. This is completely single track and parts are windy. This trail follows along 360 highway and offers many scenic overlooks of the Hill Country. This course is not marked by the city though so join us for a guided run! This route is challenging based on the rocky and steep climbs.
Good for all levels, especially moderate to experienced trail runners.
Large parking lots and public restrooms at the Barton Springs Pool and 360 Bridge access points. Street parking by the Hill of Life access.
The heart of trail running in Austin– the Greenbelt has numerous access points, the most used being those at the Barton Springs Pool, the 360 Access point, and the Hill of Life. With a ~7 mile long trail offering numerous branching trails, the Greenbelt is great for runners of all levels.
Up to 11 miles on intermediate loop. Most intersections offer arrows on the fastest route back to the parking lot so if you are looking to get lost for a bit you can and not be worried about finding your way back home.
Perfect for beginners, but still enjoyable for experienced trail runners.
Large parking lot, bathrooms or port-a-john, swimming pool during the summer.
This is a very popular trail in Austin because of its central/north central location and moderate difficulty. Many mountain bikers and trail runners both use this trail system. This is a perfect option for someone looking to test out trail running as the trails are fairly flat and not nearly as rocky as Austin's western trails such as the Barton Creek Greenbelt. You will have sections with lots of roots though, so beware! Also, keep in mind that these trails probably should be avoided during rain. The mud cakes up nicely on your shoes and is not fun to run on.
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.....
This trail starts in Travis Country at 3904 Travis Country Cir. There is not a specific trailhead, but only a crushed granite path that comes out of the woods on the North side of the street. This 5 mi loop has a mixture of jeep road and single track. This route also offers plenty of hills and a few water crossing, so be warned! This trail is not marked or maintained by the city for the exception of the mile long stretch along the creek. This course is rated 3.5/6 based on elevation change and technicality.
"Dump Truck" is a challenging route that has one main climb depending on the way you run. Run down Hill of life and connect onto the "main trail". Head south until you pass the trail mile marker 5.75 and then you will take a left turn uphill. This trail winds its way up and can be muddy when raining. You will arrive up to a gravel jeep road for a short .25 mile stretch that leads you out to a neighborhood road where you take a left. You run .25m mile on the road to the community mail boxes and the trail reconnects behind them. Run about 50 meters and you will take your next left. If you stay straight you will run into a dead-end where you will find the old dump truck. This next section is a pretty single track stretch where you have the best scenic overlook on the trail. Once you pass the overlook you are just a short .5 mile to the finish.
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