As I see it, there are exhilarating once-in-a-lifetime-view hikes, and there are exercise hikes (and, of course, sometimes something in between). Hiking Desert Vista Trailhead was squarely in the exercise hike category.
It was raining in Austin, and as I got closer to Inks Lake State Park, the clouds began to break.
Pace Bend Park is enveloped by the Colorado River making for great views, with plenty of camping and picnic areas.
If you’re looking for an easy informational hike and killer views on Aspen Mountain, this is it.
The hike was much more difficult with less traction, and caused greater wear on the trail than a dry hike would have.
A popular Aspenite exercise trail, Smuggler Mountain Road is a public artery leading to a trail head for additional trails which traverse Smuggler Mountain.
Gains as steep as 100 ft, plenty of small technical obstacles, sweeping views, and a bunch of different habitats make this is a fun place to explore.
If you’ve ever wondered what particular plants and animals are while hiking in Texas, I highly recommend cruising this trail.
This trail system could easily be an all day adventure, especially if hiking instead of biking.
To my surprise, cardinals were singing, the creek was babbling, and the Greenbelt was alive with activity!