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Shoal Creek Trail

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Trail

4.0 mile 6.4 kilometer point to point
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 171' 52 m
Descent: -48' -15 m
High: 565' 172 m
Low: 442' 135 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)

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Trail shared by Caleb Joyce

A fun inner city trail that isn't nearly as congested as Town Lake.

Caleb Joyce

Features River/Creek

Family Friendly This trail rims a creek. Turtles and fish can be seen from the trail. You'll also pass through Pease Park which includes a playground.

Description

You can start at either end and make this trail an out-n-back. Starting from Lady Bird Lake, you'll travel through the city avoiding all roads and cars on a nice wide paved path. About halfway up, the trail turns to decomposed granite (an Austin favorite trail material).

Just past Pease Park, the trail becomes a bit more rugged. Towards the end you'll travel next to some steep cliffs that overhang above you. Just past the cliffs, you'll pop out at 31st Street. Have a little more in you? Head left on 31st Street, and after a few blocks, you'll see the trail picks back up on the left.

The trail ends at 38th Street, have a friend pick you up or head back down to the city and buy yourself an ice cold pint.

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Feb 24, 2019
Amanda E
1.6mi
Nov 5, 2017
C W
Jun 28, 2017
Chanaka Dooldeniya
Mar 27, 2017
Ross Karnes
The path is closed near 6th street 8mi

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Lower Shoal Creek Trail....half a block from the downtown Austin REI store!
Sep 25, 2017 near Austin, TX
Lower Shoal Creek Trail....just a block or so from the downtown Austin REI store!
Sep 25, 2017 near Austin, TX
The newly remodeled section of Shoal Creek trail... south end
Nov 21, 2017 near Austin, TX
Lower Shoal Creek Trail....half a block from the downtown Austin REI store!
Sep 25, 2017 near Austin, TX
Deep Roots Garden along the Lower Shoal Creek Trail. Open to everyone... nice benches and shade for snack/lunch.  Right by the REI store parking lot in downtown Austin (nice spot to park to do this trail)
Sep 25, 2017 near Austin, TX

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