Slaughter Creek Trail
ElevationAscent: 177' 54 m
Descent: -178' -54 m
High: 1,002' 306 m
Low: 857' 261 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)
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“This is an easily accessed multi-use trail that is especially beautiful in the spring.”— Earl McGehee
Be sure to take note of any other restrictions posted at the trailhead.
This is an easy trail through wooded areas and fields with gentle hills. The trail is well marked, and there are numerous signs pointing out historic areas and providing information about the water conservation studies done here. The majority of the trail is NOT shaded, so start early on hot days and bring water. There is a small pond near the end of the trail and, despite the name Slaughter Creek, it is not visible from the trail. Paleo Native Americans frequented this area in the past as it was a good source for flint to make tools.
The trail begins with a fairly straight section that runs along the edge of a wooded area. It then becomes a pleasant shady trail as it winds through trees. After passing through an open area, you'll return to a tree-shaded section of the trail that passes through an area that served as a dump for the ranch – You'll find some discarded equipment and old rusting household items. You might see some wildlife while you travel in this wooded area.
At about 0.7 miles, you'll be in an area of mostly open fields that can be covered with wildflowers in the spring.
At a little more than 2 miles into the trail you'll have to make a choice: 1) take the right fork for a side loop of almost 2 miles to see more forest and fields but not many markers, or 2) take the left fork for the bypass to get back to the trailhead about 0.8 miles away.
After the side loop returns to the trail, you'll skirt a hill on your left where you can see equipment used by the City of Austin to measure rainfall and water usage. To the right is Slaughter Creek, but don't get too excited because it is usually small and not visible from the trail. Watch for the signs that tell you about the Native Americans that frequently visited this area to collect flint for making tools.
Finish your run back at the old ranch house that was occupied from the 1850's until the 1950's. Take a moment to see the family history with photos on the sign behind the house.
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Land Manager: Austin Wildland Conservation Division
Sep 7, 2016: Wildland Memories
Jul 22, 2016: Wildlands Volunteer Spotlight Summer 2016