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Walnut Creek Park

Average Rating:    (3.78 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 45

This trail is great for beginner to advanced riders. There are some awesome singletrack sections as well as challenging hills and "step/shelf" downhill areas. There are about 4 - 6 creek crossings which can range from 6"-14" deep depending on the rain conditions. The track is about 80% dirt and 20% sandstone rock (hills). Several highlights include a natural "half-pipe" style section of singletrack as well as a steep "tree root" downhill affectionately named "Endo Valley". Riders of all skill levels can cater a ride to suit their level of experience so nobody should be left at home. The trails are VERY winding and some have a tendency to confuse riders sometimes into getting lost. It may take several rides to get used to the trail layout until the signs are installed but either way it's a fun ride. Downsides to this trail are small but can be significant to some. Crowds are common during the summer because of the open public swimming pool and baseball fields. Parking can be a bit of a pain on these days but never impossible... besides, we're all bikers there to enjoy the same thing. Even with a packed parking lot the trails still seem empty so don't let a lot of cars in the park discourage your ride. The other point to consider is the present lack of signs on the trail (as of 5/2002). The local "Austin Ridge Riders" bike club is working hard with park officials to include signs in the park very soon to designate mile points as well as GPS coordinates. That should take place late 2002 or early 2003. You can contact the Austin Ridge Riders (http://www.io.com/~arr/) for more information on the status of the trail signs in Walnut Creek. If anything, you can still contact them to thank them for their hard work and dedication to bikers and trails in the Austin area.
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Latitude
30.403971532295333
Longitude
-97.68708229064941
Trail Directions
Walnut Creek park is located at 12138 North Lamar Blvd., past Braker Ln. and before Yager Ln. (NORTH AUSTIN). If travelling North I-35, exit West on Parmer. Turn left at the very first traffic light after the overpass and onto Lamar. After passing one more traffic light you will see the sign (on your right) indicating the park entrance. There are several parking areas near the park pool and on either side of the streen. There are several trail entrances so it's best to watch riders and pick one for yourself.
Trail Length
11 - 14 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
North Austin / Round Rock
   


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Review Date
January 14, 2016

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: voodoochild ,  Racer

Summary:
Tedious, confusing, flat, and the opposite of the concept of "flowing".

I laugh when I see someone saying that this plays has "flow." I must have been riding in a different park.

Most the turns are too close together to get any kind of flow together -- unless when you're in a flow state you're riding at 5mph... IMHO, the majority of corners are bone flat or off-camber. It feels to me as if the place was made by and for walkers, not cyclists.

Unless you ride this place with an experienced local, putting together a decent route is a total puzzle. What "markers" exists aren't all that helpful.

The only positives I can find are: the folks walking the trails are nice and share the space politely and there's a pool in the park.

Recommended Route:
None that I can figure out.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Still looking.



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Review Date
March 4, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: doctadocta ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is my kind of trail. Scenic, winding, a few jumps. shaded, relatively smooth surface, straightways to gain speed, climbs and sharp turns to take it away, technical parts and drops that I can't yet attempt at my skill level, banked curves, and lots of forks so you have many options on how to tackle it. The trail was very well maintained and the other riders I and joggers I encountered where nice. I am a rookie rider, and this trail was perfect for me. The trail I started on near my house is technical and rocky so finding out that this one was only about 15 min away was good news and I will be riding it frequently.

Recommended Route:
Same as everyone else, just start off by following the arrows.



Comments
doctadocta (03/06/2013)
After a few more goes at it I just want to point out that following the blue dot arrows will not take you through everything that walnut creek has as some other posters have implied. There is much more to be seen and ridden with the blue dot trail only being like half of the trail or even less. My suggestion is to take a pic with your phone of one of the area maps, and use a trail making app to make sure you cover it all. Lots of it is not marked with signs still and some of those sections are really fun to ride.
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Review Date
March 2, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Hagen ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Excellent trail system. It flowed very well. It almost seemed like there was no up hill at all. We rode for about three hours and didn't double back on a single trail. Yet there was still a lot more trail that we didn't even touch. Had a good downhill run, a lot of swoopy switch backs some jumps and a few river crossings. I highly recommend this trail to anyone that is within driving distance. Even if you aren't it definitely warrants a special trip. We had riders of all levels with us, from day one beginners to quite experienced guys and we all had a blast. Well worth the drive down. All the people encountered on the trail were very gracious and extremely nice as well, bikers and walkers.



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Review Date
December 2, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: pedalitup ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Forget previous testro fueled opinions these trails are for beginners only. Remember this is not a lift assist sport park where you can roll without a crank set.
If you're actually able to pedal a bike independent of gravity assisted speed, this system offers a surprising level of challenge. Ridden at speed, these trails take on a whole new life. The predominantly smooth surface contributes to a great sense of flow without a lot of momentum sapping hurdles. This park is thus geared to more athletic types with bicycles than slack head angle FR/DH rigs more suited to BS or motocross oriented Emma Long. In fact there's really only one crossing drop needing rear suspension in the entire 200 acres. Two or three trips were sufficient to figure out how to connect all the flow sections like log, tangle, bmx etc into a nice long loop without too much confusion. Once route experience is gained this place rocks. That being said I give this an overall rating of 5 as long as I keep the speed high enough so it works. Otherwise it's really easy 2 or 3 like the reviewer with kids said before.

Recommended Route:
Head north from the lot carefully following blue highlighted arrows to access the entire system without repetition.



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Review Date
October 26, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: swl7 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Trail that can be taken serious or for recreational leisure. Depending where you go, how intense you ride it, and your condition, you get different results. Some people might not regard this trail as being "technical enough" or challenging, but you can make it challenging. The scenery is great, a lot of combinations of downhills, single track, climbs.

Recommended Route:
the one everyone else takes



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