Town Lake Urban Hike 4/8/15

 

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

 

Hike: Town Lake, Austin, TX

Weather: overcast, low 80s, humid

Hikers: Ian, Court, Biff

Length: 4.92 miles

 

We started out intending to head out to McKinney Roughs Nature Park, but Biff isn’t allowed out there as a lot of the trails are also equestrian trails, so we decided we wanted to bring Biff along and just do an urban hike in town and check out the new boardwalk.  In Austin we are very lucky to have the Hike and Bike trail around Town Lake which was one of our daily rituals when we used to live downtown at Congress and Riverside.  We still get down there probably once a month or so.

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new boardwalk

new boardwalk

The boardwalk was completed in the past year or so, but we had never been on it, as we usually do the trail going the other way, towards Mopac.  We really enjoyed it and the trail on this side is a lot less crowded.  The rails on the boardwalk are decorated with leather belts that have famous local song lyrics imprinted on them.  Interesting art choice.

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turtles

turtles

we looked into living in that building.  glad we didn't.

we looked into living in that building. glad we didn’t.

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We walked up to the dog park on Riverside and 35 to let Biff play with some of the other pups, but he was a bit stand offish and wanted to stay by us most of the time.  What a doofus.

flowers in the trees over the boardwalk

flowers in the trees over the boardwalk

dog park

dog park

After the quick stop we crossed over the I-35 bridge and took the trail back on the other side.  We finished off our normal loop down to the Lamar bridge, back across the river, and then back up to South 1st where we parked.  With the overcast day, the weather was great, and we made it a point to remember this day when it’s 100 degrees in a couple of months.

boardwalk view from 35

boardwalk view from 35

restroom on the trail reminiscent of Mordor

restroom on the trail reminiscent of Mordor

Lamar pedestrian bridge ramp

Lamar pedestrian bridge ramp

bridge art

bridge art

end of trail

end of trail

Austin always growing

Austin always growing

map elevation profile

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