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Quieter Walk from Roy G Guerrero Park, Awesome Boardwalk
User: plectrudis - 11/7/2016  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.01 Miles Duration: N/A

I've started doing the Ann & Roy Butler hike-n-bike trail on the south side of the lake, starting E of I-35 at the Roy G Guerrero Park. This has a couple of advantages:

(1) It's a heck of a lot less crowded than the main stretch of the trail, east of Mopac, with a somewhat more chill vibe.

(2) You get to walk on the lovely boardwalks that the city constructed over the lake.  

You can get an ~4-mile walk between Guerrero Park and East Bouldin Creek, including some really nice lake and city views.  Not a lot of shade, but for an after-work walk, that's not so important.

Great for runs. Get there early!
User: heatharcadia - 2/21/2016  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 10.27 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 52 minutes

My dad, his friend, and I all met up at this trail to run this morning. We parked under Mopac (them along the street, me in the parking lot that is reserved for Austin High during the week) around 6:30 am on a Sunday and while there were many cars already it wasn't full close to full. When we finished nearly two hours later, this had changed: It was packed in the area we had parked. Needless to say, this isn't a place to go for solitude, but I like it because it's fun to see everyone out enjoying the area differently (walking, running/jogging, biking, boating).

Our mileage varies from the one shown on here because with the addition of the Boardwalk we were able to run all the way to Pleasant Valley and cross on the dam. After crossing the dam is the area with a couple of murals (mentioned above), so it's worth it to do these extra miles, both for the fitness and the sights.

The trail is easy, mostly granite gravel with a few paved parts. It's really nice to run on. There are a lot of neat sights, such as good vantage points of the downtown skyline, sculptures, the Stevie statue, and and some cool graffiti murals.

Convenient & Pretty, But Crowded
User: plectrudis - 11/29/2015  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A

We walked from Mopac to S 1st and back again--a very pretty hike--the bridges offer lovely views of downtown.  But the trail is REALLY popular, to a degree that can be rather off-putting.  

However, for those looking to squeeze in an after-work hike before sundown during the short days of winter, it's too convenient to pass up. And if you're a woman hiking alone, those crowds do represent safety, so that's a plus as well.  

Great new boardwalk area.
User: Eveline - 6/28/2014  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A

We did not walk the complete loop.   We walked from the Congress Street Bridge to Pleasant Valley Road.  About a fourth of the distance of that on a boardwalk.

My annual hike & bike b-day loop!
User: voolevoonye - 2/21/2014  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 10.43 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 14 minutes

This has become a b-day tradition - taking a day off from the office and going to explore the good old hike & bike trail. I usually start at Deep Eddy or under MoPac bridge, cross to the south bank, cross again on Pleasant Valley bridge, and get back to Depp Eddy. The new boardwalk was not open yet when I did my 2014 loop (that was in February), but I read online it will be open June 2014. I love this trail; it was the first I hiked when I came to Austin back in 2002 and it's always nice to come back, even just for a short section, either for a run or a ride or a walk!

Great Long Hike
User: sswright84@gmaill.com - 4/13/2013  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 10.50 Miles Duration: N/A
User: ValEpiscopo - 4/7/2013  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Hiked loop from Mopac trail head to Lamar bridge. Dusty. Good place to go after rain.
Walked it again
User: Eveline - 3/30/2013  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A

This time we walked it with our kids.

Did another loop around the lake.
User: Eveline - 7/7/2012  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A

Just learned they changed the name of the lake from Town Lake to Lady Bird Johnson Lake.  Trail is still the same great trail no matter what the name.

User: crocodile235 - 10/1/2011  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Holly Shores and Festival Beach
User: fiftyandfat - 1/16/2011  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Was rainy all weekend so hiked Lady Bird Lake. Adding goal of hiking all of Lady Bird Lake trail to my 'to do' list for this year!

Easy walk--who hasn't done this yet?
User: swedegirl5 - 2/1/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.20 Miles Duration: 55 minutes

Enjoyed watching the winter water birds, especially the swans.  I haven't walked Lady Bird Lake in a long time because it is usually so crowded.  This month, however, I am going to take a different hike/walk a day, all over Austin. This is an easy place to start and get into the mood--I have been inside a gym too long!

Great!
User: texaskdog - 10/22/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Originally thought it was a bit overrated, but youre always seeing water and a beautiful view of Austin. 

I love austin
User: TristanPieper - 4/21/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 7.20 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 35 minutes

Anyone who ever omes to Austin should always hike this trail once before leaving.

family hike
User: Marshall - 11/1/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 7.20 Miles Duration: 4 hours

took my wife and kids, there are a lot of people on trail and around lake but it was a nice day hike great weather.bring your dog or you can rent a kayak by the hour

Short walk with my dad
User: Riff Raff - 9/28/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.20 Miles Duration: 2 hours

My father was in town and wanted to go on a short walk, so we went from Mopac to the Lamar foot bridge (and I then walked back to pick up the car while he browsed at Book People).  Some more interesting sounds than usual, since the Austin City Limits festival was playing on the opposite shore.  Apart from that, the usual hectic trail activity.

Great trail with lots of activity
User: Eveline - 6/28/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A

You are never alone if you walk during the daytime.

Circled Town Lake
User: Eveline - 7/14/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A

This was a well traveled route, lots of joggers, bikes, dogs, and people of all speeds.  LOL. 

Love it!
User: aggiehiker - 2/16/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A
My favorite trail for a Saturday morning. Go run for a 4 miles and then stop off at the Farmers Market on Congress. Not really a hiking trail per se, more of a trendy place to work out and enjoy Austin.
Nice Training
User: big tex - 5/30/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Good for running, biking, walking, general training. check out the bats under Congress Street Bridge.
Less traveled areas
User: Riff Raff - 5/26/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Had a class get cancelled today, so took a spur of the moment walk around the lake. Went from South 1st Street to I-35 and back, which was a nice change of pace from the areas that I usually see on this trail. Stuck to the north side of the lake for the section between Congress and I-35, to avoid being bumped onto sidewalks and such.
The Expressway
User: Riff Raff - 5/11/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.10 Miles Duration: N/A
Had been awhile since I'd been here, so went from the Mopac bridge to South 1st and back. If you like watching people I'm sure this would be an excellent walk for you, as there is never a shortage of people around you. Parts of the trail near Neff Point are closed currently for renovations (and will apparently reopen after May), so the trail was detoured through Zilker from the narrow gauge train crossing over to the footbridge.
National Trails Symposium
User: Eveline - 10/22/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A
We hiked the downriver section of the trail. I had never been that way before.
Loved It
User: Lloyd - 8/15/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A
What's the deal with quiet and solitude? Way overrated IMHO. I like people and this trail's got 'em. But it's not really so much of a hiking trail as it is a "fitness" trail. I like seeing the out of shape folks (young & old) attempting to regain their former vigor. And it doesn't hurt to get a little inspiration from the beautiful people that make up about 75% of the walker/runners. But both types mix nicely here. I do wish that EVERY dog walker would pick up the 'gifts' left behind by their pets, and, let's face it, this is a 'biking' trail in name only. With so many people, serious biking is out of the question, and most true bikers know that. Besides which, the dust they stir up often ends up under my contact lens. Ouch! Generally speaking however, most of the bikers are pretty good about giving way to the peds. Mile markers every 1/4 mi on the 4 mile circle from Mopac to the S. 1st St bridge. Very handy. So, looking for a quiet hike where you can commune with nature in solitude? Not here. Want to people watch while firming up and trimming down. This is the place!
Short Loop
User: Riff Raff - 4/15/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.90 Miles Duration: N/A
Ah, Spring on the town lake hike and bike trail. So many people sometimes you almost feel like you're walking in a mall...:-) It's kind of a nice chagen of pace sometimes though from the more solitary hiking.
As long a hike as you want, and lots of people
User: Riff Raff - 9/20/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Town Lake is by far the most popular trail in Austin, so as long as you stay West of Congress on the more traveled portions you'll never be out of sight of (a whole lot of) people. I imagine this may be comforting for the solo female walker/runner. Today, I instead hiked from Auditorium Shores to the north side of town lake and then east past I-35 a ways to mile marker 5.75 which occurred at a baseball field where the path turned away from the lake shore. East of Congress is obviously the lesser used portion of the trail and can be quite nice for something different, without as many people. It's too bad that the trail doesn't have more frontage on the southern portion where you currently are forced to walk down Riverside.
Great way to get to know (part of) Austin!
User: shuttlebus - 8/31/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 10.16 Miles Duration: N/A
Did today the "full" version of Town Lake loop, from Mopac footbridge to Colorado Dam on the southern shore, and back from the Dam to Mopac on the northern one. I'm new in town (a little bit more than a year now - yes, I still consider myself new)and never did all the loop; never got farther than Congress bridge. Met a very few hikers/runners east of 35. Recommended as an "introduction walk" for new-in-town like myself.... By the way, thanks for a wonderful site!
A long And Cool Hike
User: theflea - 7/24/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
The trail at Town Lake is pretty long. When you are hiking or biking you have to be careful not to run into anyone, because there are lots of people on the trail. The bikers are the ones who should be more careful. There are some big uphills and downhills, plus there are some sharp turns. Overall, it is very nice. I stopped at the concert that was going on yesterday. That was pretty cool because there were a lot of people there. The breeze felt great. Then I started around the lake. We went under the Mopac bridge and it was very dark. I walked around most of the trail. I thought, what a long and cool hike.
User: simtrav - 5/13/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Shows beautiful downtown Austin!
User: Lindsey206 - 4/27/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
This a great hike if you like to be around a lot of people. WE could hear the bats chirping as we walked under the Congress Avenue bridge. Many people were canoeing and kayaking on the lake. I think we're going to go back and rent one on another weekend.
User: Eveline - 12/22/2002  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A
User: Eveline - 8/25/2001  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 7.20 Miles Duration: N/A
User: Eveline - 12/23/2000  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.80 Miles Duration: N/A
User: Eveline - 7/27/1998  [View Log Page]
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Duplicate entry. Won't delete.
User: Eveline - 7/27/1998  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.80 Miles Duration: N/A
Had lots of company. The trail was full of people.
User: Eveline - 8/9/1997  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.80 Miles Duration: N/A
User: Eveline - 7/20/1996  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.80 Miles Duration: N/A
User: Eveline - 2/26/1995  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.80 Miles Duration: N/A
Lots and Lots of people.
User: Eveline - 3/27/1994  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.80 Miles Duration: N/A
Very nice trail.