Pennybacker Bridge Overlook Trail
ElevationAscent: 18' 5 m
Descent: -8' -2 m
High: 598' 182 m
Low: 588' 179 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)
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“A short trail that climbs to an amazing overlook of Lake Austin/Colorado River and the Austin 360 Bridge.”— Karl W
Parking is available on the west side of the road immediately north of the bridge. The parking is pull-in with some space to back out/maneuver when you leave. It's easiest to park when heading south on 360—it's a major road. There is room for quite a few cars, but it is a popular trail, so it can fill up.
The trail begins roughly in the middle of the parking area next to a trash can and a sign with rules. After heading into the woods a very short distance, the trail turns south and immediately begins climbing the cliff. There are some rock ledges to step over that can be a bit sandy, and thus slick. However, it's a pretty easy trail overall. There is a parallel trail a little farther in the woods that seems to be an amalgamation of informal paths around these small stone ledges/steps. The top of the cliff is level and fairly clear of trees so there are unobstructed views of the bridge and river. You can continue a little along the edge of the cliff, but the highlight is this viewpoint. Sunsets are perhaps the best time to go, but there will be people taking couples shots and/or selfies all day, every day.
Land Manager: City of Austin - Parks and Recreation