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Took the hill trail for the first time this morning and really enjoyed the experience. Since I had time to kill, I started wandering trails to see where they may lead. Ended up crossing the power line into the preserve and coming out at the trail head to Jester Mountain off Gutherie and Aralia. I was actually happy to see the City is providing limited access to the Balcones Preserve lands. Many, many warblers as you ascend to the higher areas. Saw a birder, another lone hiker, two mountain bikers, photographer, and two families. Great day to be out!
I wandered into the preserve from St. Edwards and did not see any signs for the need of a permit...Hmm? I should have actually read the sign. Makes sense, I guess. As a passive user sticking to the trail, you might be able to talk your way out of any citation if you bump into City personnel. Seeing that Feb-Jun is the breeding season for the golden-cheeked warbler, it's probably not a good idea to get caught in the preserve without the proper authorization during those months.
Looped a portion of this one in with the hill trail this morning. Creek was flowing, but slightly low. Beautiful riparian corridor of limestone bluffs and large sycamores. I don't this portion of the creek ever runs dry
This is a gem of a little hike and allows an excellent glimpse of the attributes driving conservation efforts within Austin and the Hill Country. My dog absolutely loves the numerous creek crossings and meeting all the other dogs and people along the way. Most folks were out with their dogs and there was one group seeking a glimpse at the all elusive warbler. I was able to hear at least 7 golden-cheeked warblers while hiking around the loop and near the parking area. Only a couple were using the primary call (call I), with the majority using the secodary (call II), and call III every once and awhile. Between mile markers 0.5 to 1.5, there was a warbler near each of the quarter-mile markers, typically on the opposite hillslope as the previous one. The trail is well defined and lined with limestone rocks. It's encouraged to stay on the trail and respect the habitat of rare and endangered species found in this area.