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User: JJohnjacobsen - 3/3/2018  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: N/A
beautiful views of Colorado River
User: fwk2005 - 3/16/2016  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.50 Miles Duration: N/A

The main trail down the hill to the river trail is pretty steep. The overlook point is beautiful.

Nice facility, lots of trails, good birdwatching on the river
User: plectrudis - 12/28/2015  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.50 Miles Duration: N/A

There is a wide range of trails to choose from at McKinney Roughs, which is possibly its best feature--your hike can be as long or as short as you want. 

I took the Pine Ridge to Cypress and returned by Riverside, which means I saw piney woods, open grasslands (loads of little bluestem), and riparian ecosystems. Much of the trails were flattish, but there were zones of intensity going down to the river and back up to the ridge.  I saw 2 other small groups on the entire hike, and no horses.

The negatives are the inexplicable lack of signage at key junctures (despite copious signage overall), and the fact that the map and reality weren't entirely in sync.  I ended up going the wrong way a couple of times because other paths intersect with Pine Ridge and aren't marked on the map, nor are they signed. Plus I took a very big extra loop around the trail because I missed the poorly marked turn-off at the overlook (you go over the crest of the hill, down what looks like at first like a drainage channel).  Also, the map shows the overlook as occurring between markers 10 & 11, when it's actually between 9 & 10.  Similarly, the Valley View Trail intersects with the Riverside Trail between markers 2 & 3; not between 1 & 2, as shown on the map. 

I guess this all sounds a bit titchy, but it was cold, and it was a long hike, and going repeatedly astray made me a bit grumpy.

On a happier note, I saw a couple of ladder-back woodpeckers and (what I think was) a dark-eyed junco, plus a deer.  Birdwatchers should bring binoculars and chill out at the picnic table on the Cypress Trail to enjoy some ornithological action.


Nice hike
User: voolevoonye - 12/28/2013  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 9.11 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 31 minutes

Stayed at the Hyatt Lost Pines last weekend, so started from the hotel trailhead, then Pecan Bottom to Buckeye to Yaupon to visitor center. Then continued on Riverside to Fox Tail to Pine Ridge to Cypress to Riverside to Coyote Road to Deep Sandy and back to the hotel. Elapsed time was 3:31 hrs. Not too many people along the way; most of them rode their horses. Yaupon was completley empty. Overall a nice hike. Visitor center guy was helpful with general info. Note that the main gate is closed on Sundays, so use either the hotel trailhead or Pope Bend or Hwy. 71 trailheads. 

Nice Trip
User: soltex41 - 12/27/2013  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Checked this trail out durring the Xmas break, has nice well marked and maintained trails with a few god views. 

Hot. Very hot.
User: andrewsageek - 7/7/2013  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.50 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
If you can stand the heat, it's still a great hike. I've previously done the northern trails so my party and I decided to do the lower section. As others have mentioned, the Visitor's Center and main gate are closed on Sundays, so you have to enter through the 71 Trailhead. We started on Whitetail and double-backed on Pine Ridge at the pond spur. This area of Pine Ridge is very exposed, so bring plenty of water. Continuing, we went Cypress to Riverside and back to Whitetail.
Park closed
User: texaskdog - 6/9/2013  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours

For whatever the reason the main gate was closed, Sunday at 1 pm, but they said you could enter where the horses do (2 driveways east).  In 3 hours we only saw one group, 6 people on horses.  Really nice trail but don't bother with Yaupon on the west end, long, boring, and steep.  Very hot day for us but we do love this park.  Pine Ridge to Riverside and back on Woodland is a great way to go.  The overlook isn't much.  This was our 3rd hike here in just over 3 years.

User: ValEpiscopo - 5/11/2013  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 8.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours
Hiked Riverside, Bluestem, Cypress, part of Pine Ridge, Bobcat Ridge, Foxtail, part of Ridge, Woodland, part of Bluff Trail Loop, part of Coyote Road, and a portion of Youpon trails.
User: crocodile235 - 4/28/2013  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
McKinney Roughs (Day 1 of 2)
User: Lone_Star - 4/27/2013  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 9.60 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 9 minutes

I hiked McKinney Roughs Nature Park with a group over a 2 day weekend.  This log covers the first day.  The 2nd day log of the other trails in McKinney Roughs can be found here.

We started near the Visitor's Center and hiked various trails around the Nature Park and along the Colorado River.  The trails are very well-marked and maintained.  Some are for hiking only and others double as equestrian trails, so expect a lot of horse poop.  Mountain bikes are not allowed, however, which is kind of nice as it reduces the overall traffic and collision potential.

The trails were flanked by very lush, green vegetation, including some nice specimens of cactus.  I spotted two cottonmouth snakes sunning on a rock and was impressed by a couple of HUGE pecan trees.  The trail surface is rocky in several spots, so its a good idea to wear good boots to avoid blisters and twisted ankles.

Finishing up mapping of trails
User: Austin Explorer - 12/9/2012  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 9.25 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 40 minutes

I came today to knock the remainder of the trails at McKinney Roughs that I'd not done during my previous trips.  I think now I have all of them.  Track file for this log will include only what I did today.

The overcast skys might have prompted some folks to stay home, so there were not too many people on the trails.  More horseback riders than hikers.  Also note, that the main visitor center is closed on Sundays, so if you want to visit you have to start off from either the Hwy. 71 or Pope Bend Rd. trailheads.

Back for more
User: Austin Explorer - 9/23/2012  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 8.53 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 38 minutes

Coppertone and I headed back again to map out the northern half of the park.  Good thing too, because the main visitor center is now closed on Sundays so we had to drive to the Pope Bend Trailhead.

What we found out on this hike was that Coppertone is not fond of horse poop!  She doesn't mind the horses, just the excrement.  When we hike together we might need to stear clear of trails that are shared use.

The Yaupon Trail segment is the newest in the park.  I think it was put into place when the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort took over the north part of the trail and the previous trail in the area became the resort entrance.

It had been years since we had hiked the northern part of the park and things seemed more overgrown and closed in than before.  I think we recalled some more open meadows in the past.

Trails galore!
User: Austin Explorer - 9/3/2012  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 7.14 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 37 minutes

I've lost track of which trails we've done at McKinney Roughs and which we haven't.  So I figured that we'd just start from scratch and start mapping them all.  This is certainly not a one day job, particularly when the temps could get to 100 degrees.

Only ran into three or four couples on the trail.  We almost saw more horses on the dual use trails than people overall.

I had failed to realize how long it had been since I was last at McKinney Roughs.  On the Pine Ridge Trail I hadn't expected to see some of the remaining fire damage from some fires that went through part of the park back in 2008.  Things are coming back, but the scars and dead trees in places are still evident.

We were fairly well spent after 7 miles and the heat rising. Mapping the rest of the trails will have to wait for another visit.

Wonderful Scenery in a Beautiful Park that's Worth the Price
User: estudio64 - 3/14/2012  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes
On Tuesday, we adopted our new dog, Zoey, and on Wednesday, decided to test her mettle with a 3.5 hour hike. The verdict: she loved every step of it, and so did we. The vistas, especially Meditation Point, offer spectacular views of the Colorado River and its surrounding landscape. We also visited the Large Pecan Tree which appeared to live up to its name. 200 years old - goodness gracious. Recent rains left the trails quite muddy, but the scenery was so lovely that we hardly gave it a second thought. The mud offered some easily identifiable tracks, although the only wildlife we saw were hawks lazily sailing overhead. The dog's a keeper, and so is this beautiful LCRA park.
Well worth the drive from North Austin
User: texaskdog - 10/3/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Been wanting to do this one for a year.  So many paths to choose from we asked the nice lady at the desk for recommendations (BTW it is $4/person now but well worth it).  She suggested Pine Ridge to Cypress to Riverside, then back on the Ridge.  Will take 2 more visits to do them all.  Not too many ups and downs and no water crossing, but closest hike to anything in Michigan or South Dakota's wooded areas I've found yet.

Great trails
User: BKanten - 2/20/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.25 Miles Duration: N/A

The trails are well done, with a combination of dirt and gravel that makes for easy walking. The difficulty comes in the elevation changes on some portions but nothing too bad. Plenty of plant diversity. We saw some prickly pears putting out fruit, which was neat, and the flowers were starting to appear. Recent rain made for mud on some portions but the good trail bed limited the problems here. Solitude was less than usual because we walked during an organized event (; usually there are few people on the trails. There are a lot of trails and plenty of distance.

park hours wrong on this site
User: sandew - 5/24/2009  [View Log Page]
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Sunday noon to 5.  Went to hike on Sunday, at 10am, but not open til noon and with the heat, didn't wait....instead went to Bastrop State Park which was open, just down the road off 71.

Nice enough
User: claireBGC - 5/18/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.50 Miles Duration: N/A

We did parts of the Woodland, Ridge, Riverside and Bluestem trails, adding up to about 3.5 miles.  There are some nice overlook points and we saw very few people.  It was somewhat muddy as it had rained just a couple of days before, but the trails were well marked and maintained for the most part.  The Colorado is not the prettiest river to hike along, but overall a good short hike.  Very shady for the most part, which would be nice in the Texas summer.

beautiful hike
User: klyevans - 5/13/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes

On a Wednesday afternoon I saw no one else on the trails. I followed Riverside down to the river (very hot - not a lot of shade on the down hike), looped around to Bluestem, then hopped on Cypress, and finished up with Bobcat Ridge to Fox Tail back to HQ. Cypress and Bobcat Ridge were beautiful and I was glad to get the strong breeze that blew along the ridge. The only thing is that Bobcat Ridge is really sandy in places, which is tough for hiking.

variety of terrain near the Colorado River
User: haggai - 1/31/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Peaceful forest, nice views of the Colorado River from above, and picturesque river terrain. The kids particularly enjoyed looking at the wildlife tracks and the freshwater clam shells down by the river.  And they enjoyed walking around the sand bars revealed by the low-flowing river.

User: stk1618 - 10/18/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 11.00 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 15 minutes
Partially Closed From Fire
User: Riff Raff - 8/30/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.50 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Was my first time here, and got a bit of a surprise at the front gate for the main entrance.  Apparently fire struck recently, and the southeastern portion of the park is closed at the moment.  This includes the Pine Ridge, Whitetail, Bobcat Ridge, Cypress, and Pine Canyon trails as well as the park headquarters itself.  The front gate recommended we use the other entrance on Pope Bend Road, so we drove around to the trailhead there instead.

It looks like we ended up taking the Buckeye, Pecan Bottom,Deep Sandy, Riverside, Bluestem, and Road Runner trails.  With such an extensive trail system, you really need to keep your trail map out and handy at all times.  Even so, I still ended up taking a couple of wrong turns along the way.  Extremely beautiful area with very wide varieties of vegetation.  Saw several armadillos, deer, and rabbits out and about, along with one large snake sunning itself on the trail.  Just a gorgeous area with nice well marked trails.  Only saw two people the whole time we were out, and they were near the trailhead.

Nice walk in the woods.
User: Eveline - 2/23/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A

We did it as a volksmarch sponsored by the Colorado River Walkers.

hidden trail and pond
User: BANDA - 1/15/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Today I went to the Hwy. 71 Equestrian Trailhead, and discovered a trail and a pond that are not shown on the official map. Just after your turn in, there is a trail that goes off to the right, and it leads down into a small canyon with some pine trees, a small pond, and some picnic tables.

I also hiked the Whitetail trail, which leads past another small pond and the "challenge course".

I didn't see another person the entire time I was on these trails!

more trails
User: BANDA - 1/5/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 10.00 Miles Duration: N/A

We said we would return and we did. This time we hiked the Eastern, Northern, and Western trails. Pecan Bottom, Coyote Rd., and Big Sandy offer some very nice walks with huge old trees and the river  to admire, but the atmosphere is altered a bit by views of the Hyatt Regency golf course to the North. Buckeye is a nice hike with several ups and downs along the way.

Yaupon was a bit of a disappointment as about half of it seems to be a pipeline easement, and almost all of it is right next to a road...either Pope Bend Rd., or Hwy. 71, so there is lots of traffic noise along this trail.

Pine Ridge was a very nice hike, and is our favorite in the park so far. It traverses some "knife edge" hilltops and travels along through the pine trees, making you feel as if you are in far East Texas. Nice views of the river valley as well.

Very nice park!
User: BANDA - 12/30/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

We hiked here for the first time today on a beautiful December day.  The trails are all in very good condition, lead to some very scenic places, and we saw very few other people. Most of the people we did see were on horseback, and it was fun to talk to them and their horses. We didn't see very much wildlife, but we did hear an owl as we were finishing up our day. We will return!

Very enjoyable
User: Falchion - 12/2/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
It was a little cold, but McKinney Roughs is very enjoyable. We hiked down to the Colorado river and up to a great senic outlook. We came across a handful of nice people on horseback, but no one else. I look forward to returning and exploring some more of the trails.
Variety of trails and views
User: wdoud - 11/22/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.50 Miles Duration: N/A
I hiked portions of the Ridge, Riverside, and Pine Ridge trails, totaling about 3.5 miles. Very nice view of the Colorado River. Some parts of the Pine Ridge trail were of moderate difficulty, but steps cut into the ascents were very helpful.
Great Hike with various terrain
User: Kane - 11/4/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.80 Miles Duration: N/A
Hiked the Pine Ridge trail, then connected to Cypress and finished with Bluff Trail. All trails offered great views. Only met 1 other hiker on the trails.
I'll definitely go back
User: eljefegrande - 7/11/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.50 Miles Duration: N/A
The trails were well maintained, the staff was really nice. I took the Pine Ridge trail, didn't see a single person for 3 hours.
Long views, beautiful pines
User: Chris and Holly - 2/21/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
We did this hike on President's Day, which was a cool, rainy, gray day. As a result, we were one of only a few people at the park and had the trails mostly to ourselves. The Pine Ridge Trail displays several enormous loblolly pines and a carpet of quiet, red pine needles set against deep green trees. At the top of the ridge we took in long, foggy views of the Colorado River, cattle pastures, and stands of woods. The hike was not hard, but was certaily vigorous, requiring us to climb and descend hills repeatedly. A great day - we highly reccomend this hike, whatever the weather!
Fun way to end the year!
User: donnak - 12/31/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Not a cloud in the sky, temp in the low 70s, light breeze from the north. What a beautiful day. I took the Riverside trail and walked alongside the river - there was one area with lots of rocks that extended out into the river, and we could walk out on the rocks and stand in the middle of the river. That was fun. Then I took a right on Coyote Road, and looped through Deep Sandy and Pecan Bottom trails. Saw two armadillos, one white-tailed doe, and two hawks that made a noisy take-off when I turned a bend in the trail. Thwack! Whoosh whoosh whoosh whoosh! Scared the bejesus out of me. I sat on a log and looked out on the shimmering river, and time just stood still. I walked back onto Riverside and ascended on Bluestem trail to get up to Bluff Trail Loop. The trail was steep but short here, but well worth the effort. Bluff Trail offers lookout points over the Colorado River every few yards. I was standing directly above where I had walked on the Riverside trail - a fun perspective. There was a huge patch of cactus on the other side of the river, and patchwork pastures to the east - varying shades of tan and gold. The rest of Bluff Trail was dry - there was plenty of cactus and the brush was scraggly. Two big black vultures just sat on their branch, watching me walk by them (waiting for dinner?!!). I made it to Ridge Trail. There is a great lookout directly to the right at this intersection. Don't miss it. It's a nice place to rest. Ridge trail leads back to the Visitor Center - it is easy, very level, lots of forest. I chose McKinney Roughs because it was only a 2 hour drive from Houston, and I was looking for something that I could do in one day or less. The actual hike took about 4 hours with plenty of stops to soak in the scenery. I am a beginner hiker - this is a good park to build confidence. I felt safe the entire time. I encountered some people on horseback - which was not a problem at all. They called out before approaching me from behind, so I would know that they were there. I just stood to one side to let them pass. We actually crossed paths a couple of times. The facilities are very nice and clean. Kudos to LCRA. I read that kayak lessons are offered in the summer...hmmm!
Pleasant, well-marked trails
User: seejanplay7 - 12/24/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.50 Miles Duration: N/A
I have hiked McKinney Roughs several times and always enjoyed my experience :) There are several well-maintained interconnecting trails that wind through some delightful scenary. Watch out for the clay-based mud near the river if it's rained recently. A hint: spray your shoes with Pam first, the mud doesn't stick! One feature I like at this park, all the trails have signs that point you back to headquarters ... no guess work.
Mud along the River!
User: txhipowr - 5/30/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 8.00 Miles Duration: N/A
I had the afternoon to myself so decided to revisit McKinney Roughs. It looks like I did the same trails as described above plus I added the northern end of Coyote Road and the Deep Sands/Pecan Bottom Loop. Pine Ridge was great but Cypress, Riverside, Deep Sandy, and Pecan Bottom Trails were very muddy from recent rains. I arrived at the park at 12:30 and left around 4:30 and saw no-one on the trails at all!
A hot day
User: Austin Explorer - 5/21/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.75 Miles Duration: N/A

Despite the heat I headed out to McKinney Roughs to fill in some of the blanks from previous trips. Saw only three other people on the trail, so I pretty much had the trails to myself.

Because of spider webs across the trail I ended up using a broken branch to clear them out as I advanced (a.k.a. the magic wand approach) Two sections of trail had a very short detour around nesting Ground Bees, the first I had ever seen around here.

sloshing through the mud beneath a gray sky
User: manwithdog - 1/29/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Willow and I went out to enjoy a cloudy day in the woods. Bare oak trees against gray skies are among my favorite things during Texas winters, and McKinney Roughs has LOTS of 'em. There was quite a bit of mud on part of the trail, and I couldn't decide if it was tiresome or amusing the way it clung to my soles and built up to a sort of muddy platform shoe...I guess it was more amusing. Lots of birds out today - robins, woodpeckers, cedar waxwings, and all the ones that wouldn't hold still long enough to identify. The trails are really clean - people have greater respect for parks they pay admission to, perhaps. There are loads of trails out here and it would be easy to get out and hike as much/little as you want. Well worth the $3 admission. As an added enticement, Little Thailand (which sits directly beneath the Garfield water tower) is on Hwy 71 as you return to Austin and they serve up some tasty Thai food - the best in Garfield, anyway.
Good Hike ! solitude with the spiders.
User: yeiyel - 7/23/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: N/A
A beautiful summer day 8:30 in the morning. My teenage daughter and I decided on this hike and were not disappointed. The solitude was great. There was a LARGE group of kids at the entrance and I was beginning to rethink picking this hike. But after we started we saw absolutely no one. The trails were well maintained and easy to follow except a couple of intersections. The Cypress Trail along the Colorado River was shady and somewhat cooler than the ridge above. Pine Ridge Trail, is just that, pine trees. Remember the solitude I said was there? Well it was there for the spiders also. If anyone followed us in the afternoon, their way was cleared of spiders and webs. All in all it was good hike, very enjoyable.
A Diamond in the Rough.
User: oceanus - 4/4/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Hey Y''all, Mckinney Roughs is a really nice park! We did a loop hike along the following trails: Riverside to Pine Ridge to Cypress to Riverside to Bluestem to Bluff Trail Loop (West) to the Ridge trail. Sounds like a lot, but it was probably about five miles in length (I forgot my pedometer). Overall, I would have to say the Pine Ridge trail was the nicest. It is very similar to The Lost Pines Trail at Bastrop State Park, but it is much more hilly. Plus, it has much nicer vistas than Bastrop. Further, the pines are occasionally punctuated by Oak/Juniper Savannah. Leaving the Pine Ridge trail and heading down the Cypress trail, the trail begins to descend into the bottomlands of the Colorado River. It became much cooler. Once we were on the Riverside trail we found a spot that allowed us to access the river. We waded out to a small island, took off our shirts and started swimming. I can think of no better way to bring in the Springtime than to enjoy a Texas river. After a while, and with some reluctance, we continued our hike. The Bluestem to Bluff Loop trails ascend a small set of hills, which lead to the Ridge trail. Once again, there were very nice vistas and plenty of spots to stop and take in the view. Overall, it was a really enjoyable hike. We didn''t see anyone until we reached the river, then once again on the Ridge trail; and that''s because there were probably 100 or 150 people at the visitor center. So, if you''re in the vicinity of Austin, you should definitely check this park out.
Great trail
User: schrochem - 3/6/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.50 Miles Duration: N/A
I didn't really know about this trail system until finding it here. LCRA has done a wonderful jobe with setting this up. It looks like there is a lot of educational information in some of their REALLY nice buildings. I didn't get a chance to check them out but will on my next visit. This outing was a nice partly cloudy day in the mid 70s. I passed two horse riders and only two other sets of hikers for the entire hike. They were headed in the opposite direction. I went bobcat ridge to coyote road in a clockwise fashion. That section of the hike is a little less "intimate" b/c coyote "road" is just that. Riverside is nice and has a "boggy" section that was very interesting. I really like the next section along Cypress then Pine Ridge. They are hiking only (trailheads have a terrace blocking horseriders), so the trail is a small single track and winds closely around the landscape. Views of the colorado are refreshing and really entice you to jump in. The pine trees are great to walk among. Some that are in draws are of considerable size. Spring is upon us, os many of the trees were starting to bud and the smell of dogwoods every once in awhile was an added bonus. Pine ridge is the section where there is a bit of up and down terrain when you aren't on the ridge. There is a beautiful view of the valley below and colorado river as it head toward Bastrop. I will definitely be returning to for the northern trail and some of the intermediate trails.
Liked this one as well
User: HikerGirl - 1/2/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A
We did this hike as a group and really liked it. Nice day to get outside & enjoy the New Year.
Lots of varied terrain
User: figment - 7/6/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.60 Miles Duration: N/A
Went here for the first time today, took the Pine Ridge trail to the Cypress Trail, which was the only intersection that wasn't marked, to the Riverside trail along the river, to the Bluestem, to the Bluff Loop Trail, to Ridge for 50 feet, to Valley View, and back to Riverside. The trails were very well marked, except for the Cypress-Pine Bluff trailhead.
I hiked in the park as part of a geocache.
User: outofbounds - 12/27/2002  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.71 Miles Duration: N/A
I stayed on the south side of the park trails. The trails are very well marked and clean. The trails were muddy from the rain but when you check in at the office they will tell you where the bad parts are located. I did not see anyone else on the trails today and that is part of the reason to come to this park.
Enjoyable afternoon away from the city
User: breadolife - 11/2/2002  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
I'm don't hike much so this was new for me. But it was very easy, trails are highly maintained, had no trouble with spider webs, and the overlook was quite breathtaking. I liked that they put a little bench at the top so you could just relax and soak it all in. It's a great trail and I will definitely be back.
Great hike, but caution.......
User: JClair - 7/10/2002  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A
the hike would have been so much nicer if the flooding would not have been going on....went last Friday the 5th and alot of the trail was closed. But as AE was saying, spider webs rule this place and with the flooding the mosquitoes were plentiful and while it was really hot, the humidity was horrible. I will try again in a few weeks, the place is nice, solitude is great, scenery is great also. Also, watch for deer and other wildlife when driving into McKinney Roughs, 2 deer and a roadrunner were standing in the drive when I pulled-in, so be careful.
Enjoyable outing, even with the spider webs!
User: Austin Explorer - 4/13/2002  [View Log Page]
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Being first on the trail has its benefits, and downsides. Walking through cobwebs was a little annoying, but the trails at McKinney Roughs are well maintained and snake through some great terrain.
User: Eveline - 11/10/2001  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A
User: Eveline - 3/25/2000  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A
Lots of hills and ravines. Overlook of the Colorado river.