Off of the soap box and onto the trail. I’ve been sitting on this post for a busy couple of weeks. For those that have the pleasure of experiencing the Barton Creek Greenbelt you’ll agree with me that it’s an amazing escape from an even better city.
Less than two miles from the capitol there is a trail that takes you along the creek bed for more than 7 miles. Last Saturday we did the full trail; almost 15 miles. You can park at the Barton Springs Pool and start the hike there. The trail follows along the creek past Highway 360 and MoPac for about 7.5 miles. We park at the pool, hike to the end, and come back to get to the full 15 miles. Get there early and you won’t have to fight the crowds or walk miles just to get to the trail from your parking spot.
Luckily we had some rain in the preceding days and there was some water in the creek. Everything was really dark green and full of life.
There are several places along the trail where you’ll encounter rock climbers of all talent levels. I don’t have any good pictures of the climbers from that day, but here’s a few of the rock faces along the trail.