Nice little hike with access to Spicewood Valley

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User: tres - 6/13/2007

Location: Upper Bull Creek Greenbelt

Difficulty:  Solitude:
Miles Hiked: 0.90 Mile  Elapsed Time: N/A

Comments: This trail lies in one of the first ravines that mark the transition from the flat Jollyville plateau into the Central Texas Hill Country. The net change in elevation from the schoolyard down to the creek is about 80 feet. Although the passage from the trailhead into the valley is moderately steep, it only takes a few minutes. There are multiple ways through the woods near the pond. The different pathways seem to be bypass routes around ivy and brush. In addition, there is an alternate path heading south from the pond straight up the valley wall. This shortcut to the schoolyard is worth the excursion just to see the 6 ft high boulder that is leaning against a tree. You also get a nice view of the pond if you turn around and descend back into the ravine. I understand how this hike might create mixed reactions. The thick ivy vines, downed trees, and deadwood on the trail provide a sense of adventure, but you will have to crouch low and step carefully at a few points. The pond is a great feature, but has a thick cover of green algae. There is an interesting seating area with multiple benches just below the school, but you may not want to sit for too long when the mosquitoes are out. Ultimately, it's a fun little hike that provides a nice extension to the Spicewood Valley trail.

Area around Upper Bull Creek Greenbelt
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