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Austin Explorer's Logbook


Total Log Entries: 176 (Rank: 4th) [List Them] [Map Them]
Total Distance: 612.68 Miles (Rank: 4th)
Average Distance: 3.48 Miles

Average Rating: (3.11)
Average Difficulty: (2.00)
Average Solitude: (2.62)

Earliest Log Entry: 4/7/2001
Latest Log Entry: 1/25/2015

Average ratings are based on the published values and not the values entered in your own log entries.


Rougher Terrain

The Vista Loop and Fern Del trails are rougher, but also a bit more covered by vegetation. Here the trail follows along the contour line of a ridge. [Friedrich Wilderness Park]

Log Entries

Caching and hiking
Steck Valley Greenbelt - 1/25/2015  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 0.60 Mile Duration: 26 minutes

Coppertone and I found five caches along the trail here on a recent visit back to attend a friend's wedding.  We had seen this greenbelt on the maps, but had never visited before.

We parked on Adirondack Trail, at the end of Steck Avenue.  The trail starting here is a bit more informal and at times appears more than a path along the creek bed.  The trail is a bit more defined after it meets up with the trail coming in from Hyridge Drive.

Due to recent rains the creeks were flowing a bit more than normal and so we were unable to make it all the way to the trailhead on Great Hills Trail and had to turn back.  If we had been in hiking boots we would have given it a shot, but we were wearing our only pairs of non-dress shoes so retraced our steps back to Adirondack Trail.

Peninsula hike
Mansfield Dam Park - 12/28/2013  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Coppertone and I went to the park today and hiked about 5 miles, but barely a foot on the park's official trails.  Instead, we hiked the peninsula leading to what is typically known as Sometimes Island.  The recent drought have exposed a large spit of land that used to be under the lake.  Water levels now are low enough that there's a continuous land bridge from the park.

We spend a few hours looking at shells, the foundations of the old tramway that was used to construct Mansfield Dam and logging a couple of caches.

There's not a trail on the peninsula, but there's relatively sparse vegetation that's taken root, even with the extended drought, so there's little or no resistance to meandering in any direction that you want.

When the spring rains come (hopefully) the land bridge will resubmerge and your opportunity to explore this spot will disappear with it.

Car Companions
Johnson Creek Greenbelt - 11/20/2013  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Cars will be your common companion along much of the route.  Traffic noise is ever apparent, but this trail is a convenient way to get down to the Town Lake hike and bike trail.

Combined Mueller Greenway
Mueller Trails - 11/19/2013  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.29 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 39 minutes

Walked the trails of Lake Park and then the connecting area north to the Best Buy. The weather was fairly pleasant today so I thought I get some walking in before lunch. Not sure if all of those areas should be treated as one trail or not.

In addition to the ubiquitous ducks around the pond I spotted a small flock of green parrots, who must be the descendants of escaped pets. Not native, but still more pleasant than the grackles!

Walking on water
Greenway Primitive Trails at Bee Cave - 11/3/2013  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.50 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Nice little trail system in an area outside of Austin without much of a choice.  Coppertone and I hiked every trail segment, though GPS problems resulted in us losing all of the Orange Route trail segment somehow.

With the recent rains there were a couple of segments, particularly in the northern Orange and Red Trails that werevery wet from flowing water.  In one case the water flowing down a trail leading to a creek made it look like a creek tributary rather than a trail!

We also suspect that some frogs along the creek greatly appreciated the recent rains.  They making quite a noise in spots.