Wild Basin 6/20/15

 

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

 

Hike: Wild Basin, Austin, TX

Weather: HUMID, overcast, mid 70s

Hikers: Ian

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.

trail head

trail head

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.

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creek crossing

creek crossing

tiny mushrooms in the middle of the trail

tiny mushrooms in the middle of the trail

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.

 

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Court's homemade granola.  I didn't eat the mushroom though.

Court’s homemade granola. I didn’t eat the mushroom though.

trail still wet from the rain

trail still wet from the rain

view of 360

view of 360

map elevation profile

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