Bull Creek hike - high and dry - 7 rugged miles

Niles Seldon @nilesseldon

Bull Creek Greenbelt - Austin, TX
5300 Old Spicewood Springs Rd

Sun, May 5, 2019 at 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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Located in the shadow of Capital of Texas Highway Loop 360, the Bull Creek greenbelt ( is a favorite hiking destination in northwest Austin. The greenbelt surrounds a segment of Bull Creek known for its scenery, containing natural springs, waterfalls, swimming holes, and towering limestone bluffs. Today's hike will be a complete loop (7 miles on rocky terrain), with a goal to keep dry by bypassing the creek crossings. (Some may choose to get wet and go straight thru the water.) The route will take us high into the bluffs and make use of neighborhood streets to complete the loop without drama. Hikers should be able to climb 50 flights of stairs without difficulty, traverse a 4-foot boulder, and should not have an irrational fear of heights, although the route is not dangerous. No pets please. We'll take a break near the 4-mile mark, with water and restrooms. Typically we gather for lunch afterwards. If not already a member, consider joining the Sierra Club (not just the Meetup group) and help us protect the environment