Lakeway Canyonlands to Rough Hollow Cove
ElevationAscent: 660' 201 m
Descent: -658' -201 m
High: 959' 292 m
Low: 683' 208 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 30% (16°)
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“This fantastic hike offers gorgeous canyonland and lake views on the way to a semi-secluded swimming cove on Lake Travis!”— Donovan Acker
I would not recommend starting this hike in the middle of the day in warmer seasons unless you are familiar with hiking in heat and know how to pace and hydrate well.
You'll see plenty of trail signs along this entire hike. They will all be brown with white lettering. In the Lakeway Canyonlands section of the hike, you'll notice the trail signs have the Lakeway City logo on top of the sign, which is a sailboat and sun picture cut out. In the Rough Hollow section of the hike, you'll notice the sign color and lettering look the same, but the logo at the top of the signs will be a letter "R" (in fancy font) indicating you are in the Rough Hollow Trail System.
To start the hike, make your way to the Lakeway Canyonlands Trophy Trail main trailhead. There is plenty of parking right in front of the trailhead info board on Trophy Drive, or just across the road at the local community swim center. Then set off down the Trophy Trail toward High Trail.
Make sure to use the restroom at the beginning of High Trail as necessary....there won't be any other formal restroom along the way. You can also fill up on purified water at this restroom stop.
The first part of the hike from Trophy Trail to High Trail to Rim Trail is pretty easy.
As you go along Rim Trail, pay attention to your Hiking Project mobile app as not to miss the Rough Hollow Trail Connector.
The Rough Hollow Trail Connector will take you out of the Lakeway Canyonlands area down towards the creekbed and under the Highlands Blvd bridge into Rough Hollow. The connector trail expects you to cross under the bridge to the other side of the creekbed and start up again. The trail is pretty well marked/worn. Once on the other side of the creek and bridge, you'll hike upward (short and steep) and find yourself at the top south of the bridge on Highlands Blvd at the Lakeside Greenbelt Trail trailhead sign. From this point, you are now in the Rough Hollow Trail System.
From this point on, the hike is pretty straightforward. You'll be taking the Lakeside Greenbelt Trail to the Peninsula Pass Trail. Along this section of the hike, the trails will have more deadfall and overgrowth, so be sure to pay attention to your Hiking Project mobile app. There are also a couple of 'dead spots' for cell reception in the deeper parts of the Lakeside Greenbelt Trail.
The last 50 yards of the Peninsula Pass Trail go down a steep set of mini-switchbacks leading to a rocky/grassy beach in the back of the cove right on the water. The city has put in guideline ropes on these switchbacks to help hikers.
If you are staying the day, make sure you give yourself enough time to hike back out and complete the loop back to the top of Trophy Trail.
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