great in-town hike
Barton Creek - Upper North
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Distance: 7.50 Miles
My husband and I tackled the entire length of the trail, which took about 3 hours. Be sure to stop at the Sculpture Falls for a cool dip in the creek. Another nice feature: nearly the entire trail is shaded. A challenging climb up through rocky terrain at the end gives you your money's worth!
We found the trail very busy on the Sunday morning that we went. Not many hikers, but tons of bikers. They weren't rude, but because the trail is narrow, hikers were forced to stop and wait by the side of the trail for the bikers each time they passed. Also, lots of dogs (not a problem) and lots of dog poop (a problem).
All in all, an interesting, fairly challenging hike -- and a great find so close-in to town.