Barton Creek Upper 11/30/14

November 30th, 2014

Hike: Barton Creek Upper, Austin, TX

Weather: mid 70s, mostly cloudy, pleasant

Hikers: Ian, Court, Josh, Pete, Zoe

Length: 6.49 miles

 

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Court and I met up with our buddy Josh at his house for the hike today.  He can access Barton Creek from his backyard, which is awesome.  He also lives a little further north of the trail head that we have used on this hike before, so we got to see some of the trail that we have never seen.  His two dogs, Pete and Zoe, joined us also.  The weather was great and we started off around 8:30am.

Pete and Zoe

Pete and Zoe

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There were some great views of the surrounding hills at the beginning as we descended to the creek.  The cloud cover made for very nice hiking today and we didn’t work up a real sweat until the end.

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Josh on the trail

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The water was flowing well in the creek and the waterfalls were beautiful.  I took a video of the first falls we came to, which I had not seen before.  I must have put my finger over the mic for the second half of the video because the sound goes out, but you get the idea.

We didn’t have a real plan as to how far we were going to go, but didn’t want to push it too hard because we haven’t hiked in a while and Josh is mending a hurt knee.  We turned around about three miles in and I think that ended up being perfect.

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nice falls, not sure of the name

nice falls, not sure of the name

millipede along the trail

millipede along the trail

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The fall colors in Austin are really starting to show as well.

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Sculpture Falls was beautiful as usual.  The other pics below are from the part of the trail that neither Court nor I had been on.

Sculpture Falls

Sculpture Falls

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cool patterns on a tree that had its bark stripped away by the high waters

cool patterns on a tree that had its bark stripped away by the high waters

Courtney

Courtney

ferns along the creek

ferns along the creek

clear watering hole

clear watering hole

 

The Barton Creek Greenbelt is always a good hike and I’m glad we got to go with Josh and see some new parts of the trail.  I look forward to doing more hiking with Josh in the future as he really enjoys it as well.

green arrow is start and finish.  bottom waypoint is turnaround

green arrow is start and finish. bottom waypoint is turnaround

elevation profile

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