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Mapping the western part of the trail
User: Austin Explorer - 3/16/2013  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.60 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 47 minutes

Coppertone and I walked the western portion of the trail that we had not yet mapped out.  The western path we hiked is all paved and makes for easy walking.

Though not a tough hike by any means we experienced an equipment malfunction that had us making decisions on how to proceed.  Coppertone's boots started to come apart as the soles separated from the boot.  Her boots were old, but we had no warning that they were on their way out.  Halfway through the hike she removed one, then both soles and walked the rest of the way in the boots with no souls (soles).  At times we planned how to have me walk back to the car and pick her up, but she made it all the way back.

Our first stop after the hike was to REI to purchase a new pair of boots.  REI was kind enough to let her wear the boots out of the store.

close to home. more track than hike
User: bigtim1763 - 4/28/2011  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Mapping out new eastern segments
User: Austin Explorer - 10/9/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.57 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 14 minutes

I headed out today to map the newer section (well, new to me) of the trail east of Great Oaks Drive and some of the feeder trails that link with it.  While I was at it I also logged about 6 geocaches along the way.

The trail is almost all paved, save for a small segment here and there that is gravel or hardpack.  This is really a hike and bike trail and not a hiking trail.

I got a chuckle out of the parents warning their children to get away from the high grass on the edge of a field on which they were playing because there were snakes in there!  What a wonderful way to imprint negative views of nature on your kids by scaring them with exaggerated tales of anything not managed and manicured.  Just great.

great paved walk
User: sandew - 4/3/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 20 minutes

new "BCRT" cement markers were put out today starting from Twin Lakes park to the Brushy Creek lake, marking only 2.75 miles (they are in 1/4 of miles, slly should have been no less than 1/2 mile).  I don't know where the 5 miles or 4 miles as the cedar park website comes from, round trip, it's 6.  If you go east past the dam, it's in Round Rock and then called Lake Creek Trail, I belive as we were walking to the dam and saw a cement marker "24", as the trail goes all along Hairy Man Road (Brushy Creek Road or 174).

Lots of Bluebonnets in the sunny parts of the trail, bridges and nice waterfall near the Twin Lakes park.  Quite a bit of walkers/runners and bikes today, not too many dogs (which have to be on leashes).  Will take my camera next time!

Okay for bikes and families, kind of dull for hikers
User: texaskdog - 3/6/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.75 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 40 minutes

We walked from Great Oaks to the Dam.  It was okay but so close to the road.  It does head further east and to a big park west of the dam.  I'd love to come back with my bike, and this would be great for runners and families.  I didn't enjoy it much for a hike.

Brushy Creek Regional Trail is a peaceful place
User: lloydhb - 8/30/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: N/A

www.youtube.com/watch

User: chiricana - 4/25/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours

Better for bikes

User: henryfamily - 4/25/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours
User: jojodow - 3/19/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Nice walk
User: karlye72 - 8/23/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.25 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Walked this trail this morning from 10:15-11:45.  My dog and I walked from Creekside trail head to the middle of the dam.  It was a pleasant walk with nice shade and nice people.  They provide poop bags but not so many garbage cans.  There are a lot of emergency call boxes if something should happen.  There were quite a few bikers but were good about calling out their position.  Bring your own water and wear sunscreen.  There is shade but for long streaches you'll be exposed to direct sun.  Parts of the trail run parralles to CR 174 so you'll not feel very secluded but the scenery will compensate for the traffic noise.  I look forward to walking my dog there again soon!

 

Jogged It
User: bspross - 5/12/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 12.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes

This was a pretty good run.  This trail would be awesome if it continued (which the rumor is it will some day).  There are water stops which works well for those hot days.  We ran it on a Monday morning so the solitude was pretty good; however, my guess is that weekends are very busy, especially at the parks throughout.

Crowded but pleasant.
User: xoxolat - 5/29/2007  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.25 Miles Duration: N/A
Brushy Creek Park's popularity has boomed over the past few years, especially since they opened the free waterscape during the summer. (We go here often--especially when it's boiling hot outside!)

There are a LOT of families here, so expect a variety of people on the trail--from individuals, to couples, to dogs, to groups of teens. And they are all doing something different--walking, jogging, practicing sprints, biking, or just sauntering along.

It was very pleasant, but I felt that most people on the trail were a little too serious. (Dare I say...borderline snobby?) That sounds like an odd thing to say, but everyone is usually very friendly and talkative on the hiking trails and the people here would barely crack a smile.

Regardless, the trail was very easy, well maintained, and quite pleasant. Brushy creek is fascinating with its quiet, rushing water.

Nice, easy walk in the suburbs
User: spacecitygirl - 1/21/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.25 Miles Duration: N/A
I discovered this trail over a year ago and I really enjoy this hike because the trail is well paved, with crushed granite. The first part of the hike, is through a park area, with a pool, tennis courts, playground, and open fields for baseball and soccer. As you go further down the trail, you walk along the path of Brushy creek. There is a lot of shade along the creek, to keep you cool on a hot day. I enjoy this trail especially after a light rain, when you can hear the creek rushing. There is a small cemetary toward the middle of the trail, with a plaque, and grave markers. The trail is very busy on weekends, and during the evening. A lot of families, mountain bikers, and joggers use the trail. Early in the morning, around sunrise, and late in the evening, as the trail clears out, I have spotted deer coming out of the wooded areas to drink from the creek. The trail is pretty easy, with only a few hills and inclines, until you reach the dam that creates Brushy Creek Lake Park. Anyone can easily walk this trail, but I have seen young children get tired, and their parents have to carry them. There are restrooms and water fountains at the trailhead, but no other water along the way, so you might want to carry your own. If you go through this park, and over the dam to Brushy Creek Lake Park, they have restrooms and water there too.
User: toobsox - 1/1/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 2 minutes
Very nice park and trail.
User: wdoud - 11/2/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Ethel and I walked opposite directions, so we wouldn't have to double back. Only met a few people. There was a construction "zone" near the road at about marker 9, so I had to wait at the yellow tape for a couple of minutes to let a front-end loader get out of the way. We'll go back there again soon and I'll get some photos.
Nice Walk
User: Eveline - 6/24/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A
This was a volksmarch event that started at Brushy Creek Lake Park. It was an out and back. It was raining when we started, but cleared up before we finished. Good trail. No bikes today, but several joggers who didn't mind splashing us on their way past.
Looking forward to the expansion
User: Riff Raff - 2/4/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.25 Miles Duration: N/A
Walked the full length of the trail as it is currently, plus most of Brushy Creek Lake Park for good measure. It really is a lot like the Williamson County version of the Town Lake Hike and Bike trail. With vastly fewer people, of course. You'll see lots of joggers, cyclists, dogs, strollers, tricycles, etc. Nice easy walking, with about half a dozen bridges crossing back and forth over Brushy Creek (and an emergency call box at each bridge). Take note that at the intersection with Great Oaks, Brushy Creek Road is actually called County Road 174. And the park you're looking for at the Eastern end of the trail (so far) is Shirley McDonald Park.
Nice walk in Round Rock/Cedar Park
User: eeboaz - 6/4/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.25 Miles Duration: N/A
This is a fairly nice walking path between some Round Rock parks and Cedar Park's Brushy Creek Lake Park. There's a nice quiet pond about half way on the trail. Be sure to go early in the day to escape the heat and a lot of the bicyclists. Traffic along Brushy Creek Road is annoying as the trail runs right along since of the road for a majority of its length.
First time for everything
User: ejboaz - 4/21/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.25 Miles Duration: N/A
This was the first time I had ever hiked Brushy Creek Trail, quite enjoyable for the most part and saw a great deal of nature's wonders. The only things that could have made that trail more enjoyable for me is less traffic on the road and people cleaning up after their dogs.
enjoyable hike good for families
User: lordrahl - 4/10/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.25 Miles Duration: N/A
User: juanjochieh - 4/3/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
User: texsunrose - 3/18/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Very nice...easy...beautiful trail, saw Great Blue Heron and deer
The rain held off
User: Austin Explorer - 2/20/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.25 Miles Duration: N/A
Finally got around to hiking the length of the trail as it exists today. When they get this trail finished it will provide quite a bit of mileage across the county. It's a fine hike and bike trail, but doesn't hold much for those looking for solitude or rough trails.
User: nocman - 1/25/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A
Very nice and quiet (cept for rush hour traffic).
Wide crushed granite trail in Williamson County
User: figment - 1/16/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
The Brushy Creek Regional Trail is a hike and bike trail, similar to the Town Lake trail, but much less crowded. Dogs, bikes, and joggers frequent this trail, which runs along the banks of Brushy Creek. This trail is flat, and connects several parks. I haven't hiked all the way through both ends of the park.
Lots of people.
User: Centex Trekker - 2/9/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Good bike trail. We were here the day after it snowed.