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As long a hike as you want, and lots of people

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User: Riff Raff - 9/20/2003

Location: Ann and Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail

Difficulty:  Solitude:
Miles Hiked: 4.50 Miles  Elapsed Time: N/A

Comments: 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.

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