Return to Milton Reimers Ranch

Really beautiful views, trails a bit mixed
User: plectrudis - 1/18/2016  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 3point5stars
Distance: 5.50 Miles Duration: N/A

We hiked Milton Reimers Ranch for the first time today, and it really stands out compared to more run-of-the-mill hill country trails. The trail started along a narrow, deep ravine lined with maidenhair ferns--very dramatic and romantic.  The flora is very arid--most of the plants here bite, from agarita to tasajillo to the copious prickly pear cactus.  Even the live oaks here (Quercus fusiformis) have prickly leaves. When the trail reaches the bluff above the Pedernales, you get a really stunning view of a bend in the river, which had plenty of water for a change and was an arresting aqua-green.  There are tumbled piles of boulders, small gushing streamlets, skeletons of dead trees, and plentiful river views.

The main(?) trail had lots of nice interpretive signage about local wildlife and natural history, and a crushed granite surface.  But we only ever saw one trail marker, which didn't actually correlate to anything on our map, and although we were trying to follow the "primitive" trail, it kept disappearing and merging with the main trail. You can't get really lost, though, as all the trails are roughly parallel, between the river and the park road.

As a side note, the trail(s) touch lots of different access points, all with restrooms and picnic tables.  This has to be the best trail in Austin for people with bladder issues.  Or people who like to picnic a lot.  There were lots of benches, too.  Other than the fact that our trail kept petering out, it is a really remarkably hospitable park.

On a mild and brilliantly blue January day, we saw about 3 other groups of people, mostly rock climbers.  Plenty of solitude, picnic tables notwithstanding.  Will definitely come back for more hiking and for kayaking (before the river dries up again).

User: jimmy peace - 9/22/2014  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 4stars Solitude: 2point5stars
Distance: 2.30 Miles Duration: N/A

hadnt been here in yrs very rugged 

Hiked Rock climbers, ADA and Upper river trails
User: Jack3409 - 4/23/2012  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3point5stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A

All easy hikes. Found some slippery mud on upper river trail the hard way. Was very quiet. Facilities at park not opened fully when I was there

Great hike!!!
User: zoa1066 - 11/1/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Beautiful day and wonderful hike. It was our first visit to the park and we were very pleasantly surprised. Great views along the rim trail. We also walked the base of the cliffs and it was just gorgeous. Quite a few folks climbing and a few fishing but there were definitely places of solitude. We'll be back.
Nice trails, with more to come
User: Austin Explorer - 10/25/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 4stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 4.54 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 46 minutes

This was my first trip to Reimers, so I was not sure what to expect. I hiked the climbing access trails near the river's edge practically from one end of the park to the other.  There were plenty of people in and around Reimer's Canyon where the more popular climbing routes are located, but few people elsewhere.  The trail downstream from the River Level Parking area though was almost deserted.  I only saw one other person on the trail.  If the park's master plan gets implemented this park will have even more in store for us.

User: shbronco13 - 1/21/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: 2 minutes
User: Austinbat - 12/26/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: 5stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours

We walked down the canyon until we could see the climbing wall.  It was really pretty here, but we couldn't tell if there was a trail that would wind down to the river so we decided to hike the bluff.  A really beautiful hike here though in some areas it was hard to determine where to cross the little ravine.  However, we figured it out and went all the way to the beach which is really nice.  The river is gorgeous and our dogs really liked swimming for a bit.  Great place to hike with dogs as there are several places they can cool off and drink water.  Along the bluff hike there are several interesting geological sites.  We saw some small caves.  Next time, I'd like to hike one of the double diamond trails for the mountain bikers.  The topo map drawn next to the difficulty levels seems to offer really varied ups and downs.  Definitely plan on hiking more here.  If anyone hikes down to the climbing wall, please comment on the trails that go off from there.

User: crocodile235 - 6/1/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3point5stars Solitude: 1point5stars
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Hiking Trails Not Great
User: bspross - 2/8/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 4stars Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours

While the Pedernales river was amazing and beautiful especially from the tops of the bluffs, it was difficult to actually follow the trails for hiking.  They look much like deer tracks than trails.  That being said, we didn't pass anyone in a mile or so of hiking which was terrific.

Looking forward to going back
User: perk1963 - 1/28/2007  [View Log Page]
Rating: 5stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
We took the easier paths, from the first parking lot to the river overlook, then down to the river, along the bank, and back again. It was one of the first pretty days of the month so we ran into about a dozen or so people. Didn't have the best shoes on for hiking so we'll be going back with our boots to climb and explore, soon.
User: lancescape - 1/5/2007  [View Log Page]
Rating: 5stars Difficulty: 4point5stars Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
two hikes in one...rough but awesome!
User: Soonhorn - 1/23/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4point5stars Difficulty: 4point5stars Solitude: 2point5stars
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Past the first parking area...Go almost to the river to park. There are trash cans and a small parking area there just before the road takes a huge dive. Mark this waypoint...Part 1 - solitude: Start your hike here by going down the road and taking a right and follow the dirt road till it ends. Cross the gully and catch up with the trail at the base of the rocks on the bluff. This is the double diamond. Follow that trail until you see your car. Part 2: Then walk back to the first parking area -lots of people- (you will see the Alamo on the way). The first parking area is where the Grotto is. Walk down it and then go to the left and puddle around. Watch the mountain climbers. Then go back the other way. Down river. It gets pretty rough but you will find a way to get up and back about 150 yards from your car(waypoint). So much to see. Take a camera and binoculars. You will do this several times...a real 5 star hike.
Very scenic near the cave and river.
User: BANDA - 12/15/2005  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A
I spent a few hours at this new county park the other day and found it very enjoyable. There is some very pretty scenery in the small canyon where the rock climbing takes place, as well as along the Pedernales River. There are many miles of trails that are open for hiking, but hikers may find them a little frustrating because they were designed by mountain bikers, and therefore definitely do not go in a straight line! Some of my favorite areas so far include the Grotto: 30 21.782 98 07.418, the Bluff: 30 21.781 98 07.516, and the Beach: 30 22.082 98 07.870. Also, if you go to the bluff and then walk North about 100 yards, look to the South and in the distance your can see the set for the movie "The Alamo". (Take binoculars.) It will undoubtedly be more crowded on the weekends, but when I was there on a Thursday, I saw perhaps a half-dozen people in the climbing area near the cave, and no-one on the hike/bike trails. It's also a good place for bird-watching.