Saturday, June 20th, 2015
Hike: Wild Basin, Austin, TX
Weather: HUMID, overcast, mid 70s
Length: 3.18 miles
Court had gone up to Waco the evening before to visit her PA girls, so I was on my own on this hike. No pets allowed. Sorry Biff.
I hit the trail around 8:30am and the parking lot was totally full already. I parked on the side of the drive, which I later realized was actually in a fire lane. My bad. But considering how full the parking lot was, I only saw about 7 or 8 other hikers, mostly bird watchers. Guess they all took their own cars. I haven’t been out to Wild Basin since I was probably in elementary school on a field trip, so this was completely new to me. There are a couple of creek crossings and the trail actually has a couple of steep sections as well.
There are several loops you can make through the park and I did them all, save one small connector trail. There are some nice views of the woods of West Austin and then the trail goes down into the valley and to a gorgeous waterfall/grotto. The trail is well maintained and I actually came across a team doing trail maintenance at the end of the hike. I thanked them graciously, as that is hard work. Good views, good trail, overall a fun short hike. I’ll be back.