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Barton Creek Green Belt

Average Rating:    (3.86 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 64

This is a classic MTB trail. It abounds with rocky flats that you can scream and bounce around on, nice fast and twisty flats, scrably climbs, several creek crossings and great views. The trail is about 8 miles one way and follows the Barton Creek valley. There are several other put-in's where you can get to the trail. There are several areas where you can take some side trips that are steep and scarry rides requing serious tree avoidance. Or not. Your choice. Definatly a do.
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Latitude
30.262625702860727
Longitude
-97.7786636352539
Trail Directions
Trail head is at the end of the Zilker Park / Barton Springs Pool parking lot. It's well marked. Call for closure information if the weather looks bad at (512) 472-1267.
Trail Length
8 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Austin
   


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Review Date
December 1, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: pedalitup ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Dominated by rocks, rocks and more rocks with a few really sweet sections of flow. Numerous interrupting obstacles for honing cyclocross dismount skills. Rapidly decreasing topsoil exposes more rocks like dust in the wind. Several crossings which are some of the smoothest parts. The hill which makes up the last half mile is one interesting thing about this trail, the only place to get a workout or gain appreciable technical skill. The majority of this has long since seen better days and honestly deserves a rest from bikes as it's obviously dangerous for multi use. Toddlers and off leash dogs literally pop up out of nowhere unexpectedly, so be careful please. We're really lucky this is still open from my Saturday experience in December. In a certain state on the west coast this would certainly have been closed to bikes well over a decade ago.

Recommended Route:
Bring your 100mm minimum 29r dually on a weekday to really enjoy this before the inevitable closure. Best to start at the 360 avoiding Zilker which is just a couple crowded, very rocky and flat miles anyway.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
New ones built to take the load off this. . .



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Review Date
August 16, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Trails-of-Fire ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
So this is where it all began, Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop. I did the Mellow Mountain Ride on a Saturday. Damn good thing too, was a long and challenging ride. Had some great water crossings in Barton Springs and a few dry creek beds. It's not too unusual, if you do this ride, to do some hike-n-bike; you'd have to be a mountain goat to make some of the climbs. What goes up, must come down. That'll put a grin on your face, the technicals coming down. Be warned- it will get those disk brakes cooking as you ride them to shave off speed on fast recents. Gravity will befriend you, then tear you up on the climbs. But that's why they call it "mountain biking." Good riding.

Recommended Route:
The park? Hell if I know. Just get in there and ride!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Smithsville.



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Review Date
August 2, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Loraura ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This review is aimed at the beginner rider. As a beginner I found the greenbelt very challenging. Compared to Walnut Creek, the Greenbelt has many additional opportunities to practice new skills that you won't get to practice at WC. Rocks. LOTS of rocks. You will need to practice and learn to use speed and momentum, or pedal-rachetting, to help you over things that will cause pedal strike. I've seen people carried out of the Greenbelt by EMS from pedal strike launching endos. Large rocks force you to pick a line you probably don't like so much, but there are not a lot of options except to go over! I've ridden the Greenbelt main trail on both a hard tail and FS, and for me, FS is the way to go. Much more manageable for a newbie on FS. There will be places you have to walk. The creek crossings are wide and challenging. Golfball sized rocks suck your momentum like quicksand. Being able to lift your front end up a 1 foot ledge will help you stay on the bike more often here. Comfortable positioning while decending ledges also required. All that being said, newbies can still find plenty of ridable trail mixed in with some skill building challenges. Don't be in a hurry. Shoes that don't hinder hike-a-bike are recommended (I clip in always, but have some shoes with rubber soles that are easier to hike my bike through obstacles on than stiff plastic). Lower your tire pressure more than you would for Walnut Creek.

Recommended Route:
Between Zilker and 360 the trail is a little easier than it is between 360 and the Hill of Life.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Walnut Creek



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Review Date
April 11, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: AlexRider99` ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I am wondering if anyone has any idea about the trail called "Dump Truck." I ride the Green Belt a few times a week and one day a friend and I decided to take the slight left going down the Hill of Life. I rode to the top where I saw'll the dump truck, but i was just wondering if there is a way to get back down to the main trail by taking that right. If you have any idea or GPS please reply.



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Review Date
November 24, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: asclepius ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
read dog's review from 2002. he is right on. this is a multi-use trail where pedestrians (and their dogs) have the right of way at all times. When they get out of your way, thank them for being so courteous. as long as you're prepared for that, i doubt you'll find a better mtb trail in a big city anywhere. rocking DH that no one hikes behind toysrus - it hooks up to the "main trial." do not look for signs - find another biker & ask to follow if he/she knows the trail. lots of alternate routes and trails - these r the one you end up walking. It took me multiple rides to get familiar with the "main trail" to be able to go the whole way with dismounts only at creek crossings.

Recommended Route:
depends on what you want. first mile and half from zilker is skippable. consider spyglass drop in - go right - immediate CHAS followed by a couple of crossings to skip the rockclimber walls. once past that - great ride! if you drop in at toys r us or 360 and go to HOL, you miss a fun ride thru the cedar forest thru gus fruh park.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
walnut, emma



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