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Hike And Bike Trail

Average Rating:    (2.53 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 17

Dense gravel trail winds through trees and along Town Lake. Trail is flat.

Mostly a running trail. Crowded with pedestrians and joggers during peak hours.
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Trail Directions
Downtown Austin
Trail Length
10 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Pedestrian Gravel Path
City/County
Austin
   


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Review Date
October 24, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: G ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
What a bunch of snobby reviews. If you're anything like me, don't listen to these idiots in their spandex bodysuits. For me, it's about pure calorie-burning exercise and fun, not racing across treacherous terrain in full body armor.

It is often fairly crowded, but it's usually not so bad that you can't ride around joggers. The worst is when people are walking their dogs on a long leash that stretches across the whole damn trail. It makes you want to smash through the leash so their mutts go running. Still, the trail is quite wide and if there's no room to go around a large cluster of people walking their dogs and/or babies, just roll onto the grass to quickly get around.

Yes, it is really easy with negligible inclines, but for me, it's the perfect cap to my riding session before I turn around and go home. The trees keep you nice and shaded from the sun, a view of the lake and, yes, there's also the eye candy most everyone has already mentioned. Go here if you just like riding and don't let Mr. Elitist tell you otherwise.

Recommended Route:
It takes me about 10 miles to go from my home to the Lance Armstrong Bikeway by following Lamar Street. At the end of that nice and paved route, hang a right on Stephen F Austin Drive and then left into a small parking lot that leads to the trail. I head west from there. The trail is easier to ride on than the rocky sidewalks and heavy-traffic business driveways along Lamar.



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Review Date
December 8, 2010

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: rrruuunnn ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Yes, it is classified as hike and bike. I looked it up to make sure that I wouldn't be in trouble. I bike for health and fitness. So the trail is perfect. I believe it was created as a bike trail a long time ago when the trail was new and there weren't many joggers. I moved to Austin for the biking and jogging trails, etc. I live at the entrance to the Town Lake Trail. I usually bike at night. I don't mind the joggers because I get a workout acclerating after braking for joggers.

Today was probably my first time during the rush hour. I usually stay on the right and wait to pass. But I was taking mountain bike short cuts to avoid runners for everyone. One walker moved aside aways from me. So I figured she was just going that way. She said, "your welcome." If it was so obvious, I make it a habit to say "thank you." I was hugging the left side to take another shortcut on my left when another runner got upset and said, "are you serious." I don't like to weave through joggers/walkers anymore than I have to. I don't like to ride through grass because the thorns blew out both tires at one time.

I've always thought that riding this trail to be somewhat hazardous because of blind corners, fellow bikers and joggers combined. So I'm pretty cautious. The Hike and Bike title is outdated. And maybe, most are happy for bikers to be around. But I don't see myself ever riding this trail during the day or possibly at all. I value a pleasant atmosphere. I don't like being the poster child for bikers. I bike for fun not for glory. Which is another reason why I quit racing and clubs 6 years ago. Because people assumed I don't bike for health and were judgemental and gossiped and bully types.

I think I will get a suspension bike and ride Emma Long mountain bike trail for now on.

Recommended Route:
It is possible to lose track of where you are. So keep memory.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Emma Long is a bike only trail that don't allow joggers.



Comments
rrruuunnn (12/08/2010)
Yes, one can ride the 360 or the Barton Creek Blvd, Lost Creek Blvd. I avoid all roads for fear of an accident. Which is what originally lead me to the Town Lake. The road is not worth it. I enjoy my life too much and value a pleasant atmosphere for everyone.
rrruuunnn (12/08/2010)
And when I'm patient and cautious, people make it obvious that they think that I'm slowing down to watch some chicks butt. Come on. Like telling me to pass or almost rear ended my bike with their leg.
rrruuunnn (12/08/2010)
I'm sure most people don't mind the bikers. But I'm a quick learner.
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Review Date
August 11, 2005

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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2.33 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: raoul duke35 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I've been trying to get back in shape, and I've started on this trail as lately its been raining too much to go mess up the Greenbelt.

Well this trail is all about dodging joggers and walkers who will hog the entire path and not move out of your way. "Hike and Bike" is really a misnomer, as its too crowded to enjoy the biking OR the hiking for that matter.

As mentioned elsewhere, you're better off running or walking on this one. Yes, the scenery (both nature and ladies) is very, very nice. However, its so frustrating riding your brakes and dodging people that's it really not worth it.

I'm done with it, Greenbelt here I come.

Recommended Route:
any other trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
greenbelt.



Comments
rrruuunnn (12/08/2010)
Dodging, yes, it's not easy to keep a line between joggers. That's why I hug the side sometimes which pissed off the runner. Even in flight and boat school , the vehicle that is least maneuverable has right of way. A helicopter gives right of way to the airplane.
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Review Date
March 17, 2003

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

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Reviewed by: John Kelley , from Austin

Summary:
This is NOT a mountain biking trail. Seriously now, I laugh when I see people with $500+ mountaing bikes plus $100+ worth of "proper atire" riding down these trails as if they're off on some great mountain biking ride. I can see this trail being fun for a little cruise on the schwinn with Grandma or the kids, but in general, bikers just get in the way of the runners. (to whom the trail is greatly suited) -jk

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Little Walnut Creek



Comments
rrruuunnn (12/08/2010)
Grandma or the kids. That the problem. It is not fun for even them to ride. The place is like a jog only place now. I'm waiting for them to ban bikes. Some runners run faster than I bike. So next, we'll have a speed limit too.
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Review Date
July 14, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: Greggo , from Austin , TX , US

Summary:
Sure this trail is easy (flat smooth ) . The only natural obstacles are the humans and canines . The only place that is really conjested is the part of the trail south of town lake near Zilker , where you actually need to brake for pedestrains . The rest of the trail , especially north of the lake is'nt that bad . Nice views of the city , and you get to go over a few cute wood bridges on the north side . The trail north of town lake is nicer and run althe way from MOPAC to 35 and about a mile east of 35 , where it breaks up . South of the lake the trail runs from MOPAC to just past LAMAR , where it breaks up . You can still make a loop by riding north of River Side then crossing the lake via the ped. lane along 35 .

Recommended Route:
Best parking at 1st street just up from the power plant.
Parking is also right at the Shoal Creek trail head .
Variety of loops of diffent lenghts the the user can do . Can easly cross Town lake at Mopac , Lance Armstrong bridge , 35 , or Longhorn dam .

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Shoal Creek . Barton Creek green belt



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