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User: Jamie - 3/1/2015  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A
User: jimmy peace - 2/22/2015  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A
Great View
User: sswright84@gmaill.com - 3/21/2013  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 0.31 Mile Duration: N/A
It is not a difficult hike, nor is it filled with solitude. But, it is an incredible view. I often take a picnic with me.
Quick trip up the mountain
User: actualattic - 4/4/2012  [View Log Page]
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Had not been here in a several years, looks just about the same. Lots of people out and good views of expensive houses. A good place to take visitors or noobs to Austin.

User: crocodile235 - 7/1/2011  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.31 Mile Duration: N/A
Just too short...
User: mgialusis - 1/26/2011  [View Log Page]
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Very pretty but not what I would consider a hike considering it was so short.  I decided to climb the stairs across the street for the pretty view so it wasn't a waste of time...

Nice but short
User: Melissa-Austin - 10/30/2010  [View Log Page]
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Not bad, very steep at parts, but not very traveled, as I got very scratched up fighting through branches.  Definitely too short for a hike.

Nice view
User: aprylinparis - 5/29/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.25 Mile Duration: N/A
Lots of steep man made stairs. The view was great at the top, but the location was crowded. Good place to take a quick hike to get a good view of the sunset.
Great but too short
User: texaskdog - 3/6/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: 20 minutes

Great view, always crowded.  Too bad it doesnt connect to anything but Mayfield Preserve is an excellent add-on.  3 for difficulty because of all the stairs but they don't last too long. 

User: HKB77 - 1/18/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 0.31 Mile Duration: N/A
Great views
User: Daniel N - 1/16/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Mount Bonnell is a must do in Austin. Make sure and take the tangent trails because there is some great exploring and even some solitude if you look a little.

User: DBrown - 7/28/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.30 Mile Duration: N/A

hike down the trail from peak. after a while, head towards the river, down the mountain. you will eventually reach a path that runs the width of the mountain and has a nice overhang which may shelter you from the sun

Hot view...
User: Ollie - 6/12/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A

Don't hike in the middle of summer.

Austin must-do but nothing 'special'
User: strontium87 - 4/10/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A

So much trash around there; spent a lot of time cleaning up.

User: tyan - 7/19/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 0.30 Mile Duration: 10 minutes
Rite of Passage
User: bspross - 6/22/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 0.31 Mile Duration: 20 minutes

Mount Bonnell is a rite of passage for anyone that lives in Austin or has moved to Austin.  I can't count the number of times I've been up there.  There is one house that is now encroaching and that is sad, but the views are still remarkable.

Highest point in Austin
User: reynoldser - 6/10/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A

Nive view.

Great quick view
User: omgjoz - 5/24/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: 1 hour

I climb this hill every time I go to Austin, usually before I adventure into the city. It has some great views! I suggest taking the senic route (Scenic Rd) which goes along the hills/shore of the lake.

good views, nice outdoor stairmaster
User: barefoot mcgraw - 8/29/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.50 Mile Duration: N/A

i stupidly brought my parents here without bringing water. we were all dying of thirst after climbing the stairs. fortunately we made it back down alive, and then on the way to barton springs (yes, i was taking them to all those Places To Take Visitors) we discovered Uncle Billy's. dad enjoyed the local beer, mom and i enjoyed the water. ahhhh. the bbq was good, too.

oh, but this entry is about mount bonnell. right, well, what more can you say? excellent views of rich people's houses. i mean, you can still sort of see downtown, and of course the water below looks nice, if you can get a peek at it past the other sightseers.

User: lancescape - 1/4/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.50 Mile Duration: N/A
Beautiful lookout area -view of the city
User: christiniprosperity - 10/15/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: 1 minute

You have to go!   Gorgeous views of downtown Austin and Townlake.

Less of a view
User: Austin Explorer - 8/26/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.33 Mile Duration: N/A
Came to find a cache in the park. Surprised to find a new house just south of the peak that blocks part of the view from the lower parts of the peak. Never heard a word that this eyesore was going up and wonder why the new fenced off property includes part of the railings that used to keep the public from venturing to the cliff's edge. Was that not on public property?
Views of the Rich
User: Riff Raff - 6/4/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.30 Mile Duration: N/A
Been a long time since I'd been here. They seem to have put up a fence finally, to cut off access to the trails just under the bluff where kids typically go to take drugs and have sex. Not that I ever did of course...:-) Lots of people around, and the famous hundred steps going straight up at the beginning. Take a right from the summit to wander down along the bluff for some better views of rich people's homes and such.
Just a great view
User: big tex - 5/30/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: N/A Solitude: N/A
Distance: 0.30 Mile Duration: N/A
You saw it on Real World-Austin so go see the view.
Good Views, No Privacy
User: rnlott - 3/14/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.31 Mile Duration: N/A
Nice views of Austin, Texas. No solitude. Smell of beer. City needs to clean trash.
User: dwood128 - 1/28/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.31 Mile Duration: N/A
breath taking views
User: zhean- - 8/11/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
me and my husband visited mt. bonnel after i arrived from philippines. it has a very nice view of the lake/river(dunno) and u can see the downtown austin... we took pictures too.. but it is kinda scary coz of the stiff cliff and the only boundery from the small walk trail and the cliff is just a iron chain, and i even saw one girl studying and sittin on the edge of the rock beyond the chain.. i felt chill for her... but in all it's a very romantic place, good for couples.
Sunset and a Proposal
User: Mercurial Dragonfly - 2/27/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.25 Mile Duration: N/A
Second visit to watch the sunset. Very crowded. Met a couple and their photographer re-enacting their proposal. Too bad there's a building going up that spoils the view of downtown Austin.
Popular on Valentine's Day!
User: Mercurial Dragonfly - 2/14/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.25 Mile Duration: N/A
First visit for both me and my date. We were there about 11 a.m., and it was already crowded.
User: brian724 - 1/22/2005  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 0.31 Mile Duration: N/A
Often crowded, but always fun
User: Austin Explorer - 1/31/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.60 Mile Duration: N/A
As usual, there was a crowd at the top, so don't expect any solitude here. The farther from the lookout pavilion you go, the more the crowd thins out. The trail here is short, but can be very steep in places. Watch your step!
Great sunsets
User: maxrebo - 11/19/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A
Can be crowded, yet still fun
Nice view
User: jetzm - 8/10/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.50 Mile Duration: N/A
Easy hike, quite crowded, but nice view.
Great Views and Some Rocky Walking
User: woodrg0 - 7/15/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.50 Mile Duration: N/A
Take the steps to the top of the mountain and then start exploring. There are a few well-worn trails, which are all very short, but offer different views of downtown and Lake Austin.
Lots of steps to the top, with a great view
User: figment - 5/14/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.20 Mile Duration: N/A
Mount Bonnell is a small park on top of one of the tallest hills in Austin. There are about a 100 steps to get up to the top, or head to the right from the parking area to find a less steep trail. From the top, you can see Lake Austin, the Loop 360 Bridge, and downtown Austin, along with lots of expensive houses.
More trails than you'd think.
User: Centex Trekker - 3/13/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.60 Mile Duration: N/A
I was here with my daughter and niece.