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Talleyran Park

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Getting there: From Highway 183 in northwest Austin, take the Spicewood Springs exit and head south on Spicewood Springs Road. Continue on the road as it turns into Old Lampasas Trail. Turn right onto Talleyran Drive and head north. Look for the park on the right after travelling several blocks.

The Hike: Talleyran Park is a great little neighborhood park featuring a nice, short trail in addition to the typical playscape and baseball field. To the City of Austin it's known as the Northwest Balcones Park and much of the trail resides in the adjacent Upper Bull Creek Greenbelt. The trail begins just behind the baseball field at the waypoint marked "Trailhead". A sign here indicates that the Northwest Travis MUD #1 sponsored the effort to build the trail, which was spearheaded by Ryan Odom as an Eagle Scout project.

The trailhead resides near a baseball diamond in the park.
The trail quickly enters a flat, but rocky stand of Juniper. In a short distance the level path makes a rapid descent towards the creek that runs through the park. Near the waypoint "Rock" the trail passes near a large rock face that is exfoliating large boulders that break free, slide downhill in geologic time and break up into smaller boulders in the process. The difficulty rating for this hike would be far higher if most of the trail terrain was like this.

The trail gets quite rocky as it descends from the trailhead to the creek bank.
Up to this point red arrow trail blazes marked the direction of the trail. As the rocky slope becomes more gentle the trail blazes should not be followed. There appears to be an effort to change the path of the trail. Look for bright yellow and orange surveying tape tied around branches that mark where the new trail segment will be. The trail blazes say to go right, follow the tape to the left.

Did I mention that it was rocky here?
The new trail segment looks like it will be an improvement over the old route. But both end up at the same spot at the bottomlands of the creek floodplain. Here the trail flattens out and becomes less rocky. Occassionally the sky opens up over the trail, but tree cover is the norm for much of the hike.

Once along the creek bed the trail flattens out and even opens up a bit in places.
You'll spot a rock border which highlights a creek crossing on the left. Keep heading south on the main trail and we'll get back to this point later. The trail continues south until it runs into Old Spicewood Springs Road, marked on the map by the waypoint "Trailhead". Both the St. Edwards Park and Upper Bull Creek trails are tantalizingly close to this spot and one is tempted to try and connect two of them to create a longer hike. It's not certain that the direct routes would entirely traverse public property however.

Despite some openings, much of the trail enjoys heavy tree cover.
A disturbing sight near the turnaround point is the back fence of a miscreant who appears to be tossing over trash and debris out of his yard and into the park. His out of sight, out of mind attitude is disturbing to say the least. Outside of this one aberration the park is mostly devoid of trash.

A careful examination of rocks uncovered several fossils of sea creatures that used to live here.
Backtracking from the turnaround point a far more elaborate creek crossing can be found to the right. There is a large mass of rocks piled up and stacked to create a set of stairs that descends to the creek bed and back up the bank on the opposite side.

This well built rock staircase makes crossing the creek easier.
From here the trail turns to the north and parallels the trail on the opposite side of the creek. The east bank is more evenly wooded and a large number of doves seemed to find the area to their liking. One dove appeared to have nested quite near the trail. Despite never seeing where the nest was the maternal dove shook and quivered on the ground, pretending to be injured so as to lure me away from her young. As I continued to hike along the trail she would fly forward, land, glance back to make sure that I was still following and recommencing her dance. I stopped at one point and just waited to see what she would do after flying around a corner of trees. In a short period of time she doubled back, peeking around the corner and enticing me further.

The trail returns to the original creek crossing that I passed up on the initial leg of the hike. The crossing here is not as elaborate as the one at the southern end of the trail, but it presents no problems for crossing, particularly given that the creek was dry during our visit. From here I backtracked to the trailhead, passing through the boulder field one more time.


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By texaskdog on 3/21/2015
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 45 minutes

No one out there today, it was raining.  Don't forget when you get to the SE corner you can take a side trail on the hill by Old Lampasas and connect to the Canyon Vista MS trail

Talleyran Park Trail
By Melissa-Austin on 10/17/2010
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.20 Miles Duration: 30 minutes

This was a nice short hike, with a rocky decline in the beginning & incline in the end.  The creek was completely dry.  The hike was mostly shaded, but there were some spurts of sunshine.  It was completely solitude until the very end when I crossed someone with their dog.

Park on the street by the ballpark & walk behind it to get to the trail.

Better than I thought it would be, longer too
By texaskdog on 3/28/2010
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 45 minutes

Park by the baseball field on the street, or if you must park in the lot, walk the street.  Path itself was great, definitely close to 2 miles hiking the topo map shown.  Come back on the eastern end and when it forks, go to the RIGHT and you'll find an even better trail that ends near the bottom of the hill you first came down.

A sense of rural Texas
By tres on 6/12/2007
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.20 Miles Duration: N/A
Along with the bigger and busier St. Edwards Park, this trail conveys the spirit of rural Texas Hill Country. My favorite section is the east leg of the loop around the creek--you feel completely isolated while walking through the forest. Another noteworthy point of interest is the overlook with its shaded throne sitting above the (often dry) creek bed. The pond shown on the map is typically dry, even when there is water in the northern part of the creek. However, the view of the trees is quite satisfying unto itself. In contrast to the general description above, I did not see any surveying tape or other flags on the trail as of June 2007. The trail seems pretty "set" at this point, although there are one or two potentially confusing points as you descend from the trailhead into the valley. The net change in elevation on this trail is about 130 feet. If desired, you can extend the hike by linking up with the nearby Spicewood Valley trail. It's about a 10 minute walk along a sidewalk from the Talleyran Park trail "turnaround" on Old Lampasas Trail to the Spicewood Valley "turnaround" on Scotland Well Drive.
Great neighborhood trail
By Austin Explorer on 8/3/2003
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.20 Miles Duration: N/A
This is one of the better non-paved neighborhood park trails that you'll find in Austin. Starts off easy, gets rough with the rocky descent to the creek bed and then levels off somewhat. Most of the trail is well covered, with a few openings.
Hard to find, difficult beginning
By figment on 4/21/2003
Rating: N/A Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
This trailhead is located behind the baseball diamond in the neighborhood park. It was a boy scout eagle project, and the trail down the side of the hill is rough. The trail is marked with reflectors, but it is still easy to lose your way. At the bottom of the hill is a nice creek. There is a lot of the upper bull creek valley to explore at the bottom of the hill, but I have barely begun.
Well marked
By 4genatxn on 4/12/2003
Rating: N/A Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A
It starts off looking easy, but that's just to trick you into starting. Once you're in the woods, it rapidly turns into a hazardous endeavor. You'll need a stick.
Looks can be deceiving!
By Centex Trekker on 4/12/2003
Rating: N/A Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A
Starts off easy, but don't try if if it's wet; you be walking in a waterfall.

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