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User: bspross - 1/26/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

I always think it is amazing that Wild Basin is right in the middle of Austin.  It is so peaceful, minus the few times when you can see the new construction on 360.

Good in the city
User: caspalding66 - 1/19/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: 3 hours
Good hike in the city, great views
Nice hike for the kids
User: ANDYROOSKY - 10/20/2007  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

This is a good hike with good amounts of shade.  It's nice because it has informational handouts about the vegataton and other interesting notables....Good for kids who are starting to hike themselves because it has plenty of spots to sit and rest with a decent overlook spot. I thought it would be more difficult than it was however was able to carry my 2 year old daughter and my 8 month pregnant wife was able to hike the inner circle trail which was fun....

User: lancescape - 5/30/2007  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3point5stars Difficulty: 4stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
User: silvershark1998 - 4/29/2007  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Well the wife and I sweated this one out. Really liked the trails very well organized. Thought it was great that they had a safety log of those going in and out just in case trails need to be cleared. Next time later in the day, as the sun can be a real scorcher midday on this trail. Liked the waterfalls, it was absolutely beautiful. It was very calming and soothing
Nice hike close to home
User: Ruslanchik - 3/25/2007  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
This is a nice little walk for an afternoon. The Arroyo Vista loop would be great for young kids, but the other paths, farther from the trailhead, might be a little difficult. The interpretive pamphlet provides a nice introduction to common Hill Country flora like the Ashe Juniper and Plateau Live Oak. The best part is definitely the falls, which were flowing nicely after the recent rains.
User: aggiehiker - 2/15/2007  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Only saw 3 or 4 people the entire time. Parking can be difficult, so be prepared. I thought that the trails were hard to navigate at first, but once you get away from the visitor center they are very well laid out.
Great Trail for Kids
User: Rajun Cajun - 6/16/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: 2stars Difficulty: 1point5stars Solitude: 3point5stars
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
I liked the trail. I'm guessing the fall/winter is a better time to go because the falls weren't falling. Good place to break in youngsters on the necessity of preserving our natural habitat. Challenging for my four year old but she kept up fine.
ROT Rally
User: Riff Raff - 6/3/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Hiked a bit longer than I normally do out here, taking the outer loop with the Madrone trail and then repeating a loop of the Ledge and Creek trails before heading back. Saw a total of four people on the trails this Saturday afternoon. It was ROT Biker Rally weekend though, so at times I almost felt like the bikes passing by on 360 were rumbling there in the basin with me. ROFL.
User: sjs - 5/20/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 2point5stars
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Lovely area within Austin
User: Riff Raff - 4/9/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Hiked portions of each of the four loops (yes, there are four of them). Very nice weekend day, so actually saw a few people out and about. Probably a dozen total, which is relatively high traffic for this area. Take note that the spur trail marked "Side Trail" on the map is now closed, for habitat restoration.
Beautiful Views!
User: rnlott - 3/14/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3point5stars Solitude: 1star
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
My family and I hiked this. The overlook views are pretty, just need to tune out antennas and noise from Loop 360. Good ascents and descents. Bee Creek Waterfall was interesting. No wildlife seen.
Beautiful scenery and pretty challenging
User: Haleyms - 1/21/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3point5stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
I was very impressed with the trails here. They had good ascents and descents and beautiful scenery.
Very nice area off 360
User: Riff Raff - 11/1/2005  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Was completely alone on the trails today, apart from the ever-present drone of traffic on 360 and a traffic helicopter. Hiked the big outer loop (to the Madrone Trail). The Madrone Trail has a decent ascent to it which is why I like it, even if I do end up practically in the back yard of three rich people hillside homes at one point there. Saw a deer, and have seen a tarantula there before also.
User: Texpride12 - 9/6/2005  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3point5stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
I hiked this trail today and enjoyed it very much. Started hiking towards the overlook once we started and we were able to stop and enjoy some views of the canyons. As the trail decends the Trees begin to surround you. The trail down to the creek trail becomes a bit steep so watch your step. The climate has been a bit dry so the water in the creek beds was stagnent and rather low but I'm sure after a good rain it is running and a lot more pleasant. The hikes back up on the falls trail or through the woodland trail are rather steep. It took us about a hour and half to trek all of the trails over a total of about 3 miles. I would def. recommend this hike. We enjoyed it very much. Maybe I'll get the chance to go back after a good rain and catch more wildlife.
Beautiful scenery
User: jkerr57 - 6/23/2005  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 1point5stars
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
A long stretch is near enough to the highway that traffic sounds provide a constant distraction.
User: marakristina - 5/1/2005  [View Log Page]
Rating: 5stars Difficulty: 2point5stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A
User: Riff Raff - 4/7/2004  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 3point5stars
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Hadn't been out here in a while. Noticed that they've added another marker or two in the inner loop trail, so they're working on things as always. Saw a couple more areas marked for reclamation than I remember also. Hiked the big loop (out to the Madrone Trail) and never saw a single person the entire time on a weekday evening.
Fairly secluded yet easily accessible
User: Riff Raff - 9/22/2003  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
This park is wonderful for a quick hike of an hour or two. I went immediately after work and left at sunset, after hiking the big loop (minus the Madrone Trail which I'm not quite sure they want people on unguided and plus the Ledge Trail that I may have accidentally taken). On this weekday evening, I saw a grand total of two other people the entire time. The trail itself is outstanding, covering a wide variety of vegetation once you start plunging into the basin itself.
I only saw 12 people in 1 hour.
User: Centex Trekker - 7/5/2003  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 3point5stars
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
A very nice hike
User: HikerGirl - 4/27/2003  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: 4stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
I like this preserve very much! Have been back on numerous occasions during heavy foot traffic time to very solitary times. People are very friendly and the hike is a very nice workout. Go after a nice rain so that the waterfall will be flowing nicely! Have seen deer and a snake or two!
Creek Trail is pretty
User: figment - 4/17/2003  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: 4stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Definitely try the Creek Trail at the bottom of the basin, it's very pretty. Can be a little muddy, though. To get away from everyone, cross Bee Creek to the Madrones Trail, I've seen deer on that side of the basin.
Near the House...But Too Close to 360
User: Eat Your Veggies - 4/12/2003  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: 1point5stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Hubby (no user name yet) and I decided to hit a trail close to home, and after driving past Wild Basin for the past six years, finally decided to check it out. The hike is fairly easy and very enjoyable. The views of the immediate Austin hill country are wonderful...however, the proximity to a major Austin highway (360), didn't allow us to fully enjoy the natural surroundings. During our trek (10:00 a.m. Saturday), three ambulances, a fire truck and countless amateur drag racers made us quickly realize that we were still in the Austin city limits. Still, this little piece of visual heaven is not to be missed. In spite of the less than perfect natural soundtrack, we will definitely be return visitors.
Educational and somewhat challenging
User: Austin Explorer - 5/19/2002  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 3point5stars
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Brought my visiting aunt and uncle here since they enjoy the outdoors and nature. The interpretive trail is very interesting and provides an opportunity to attach a name and description to plants and animals one often sees in this part of the country but may not notice. The portion of the trails near the creek are well shaded and offer some relief from the Sun, though the upper trails are more exposed.

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