Lakeway Canyonlands to Rough Hollow Cove
ElevationAscent: 660' 201 m
Descent: -658' -201 m
High: 959' 292 m
Low: 683' 208 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 30% (16°)
Popular runs nearby
Lakeway Canyonlands & Mt. Lakeway Scenic View
5.8 mi 9.4 km • Out and Back • 751 ft Ascent 228.8 m Ascent
Hamilton Greenbelt & Hurst Hollow Preserve
4.2 mi 6.7 km • Loop • 271 ft Ascent 82.57 m Ascent
Hamilton Pool Loop
0.6 mi 1.0 km • Loop • 137 ft Ascent 41.69 m Ascent
Turkey Creek Trail
2.8 mi 4.6 km • Loop • 167 ft Ascent 50.94 m Ascent
1.0 mi 1.6 km • Loop • 122 ft Ascent 37.08 m Ascent
Downtown Austin Tour
6.3 mi 10.2 km • Loop • 106 ft Ascent 32.17 m Ascent
“This fantastic run offers gorgeous canyonland and lake views on the way to a semi-secluded swimming cove on Lake Travis!”— Donovan Acker
Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Need to Know
I would not recommend starting this run in the middle of the day in warmer seasons unless you are familiar with running in heat and know how to pace and hydrate well.
You'll see plenty of trail signs along this entire run. They will all be brown with white lettering. In the Lakeway Canyonlands section of the run, you'll notice the trail signs have the Lakeway City logo on top of the sign, which is a sailboat and sun picture cut out. In the Rough Hollow section of the run, you'll notice the sign color and lettering look the same, but the logo at the top of the signs will be a letter "R" (in fancy font) indicating you are in the Rough Hollow Trail System.
To start the run, make your way to the Lakeway Canyonlands Trophy Trail main trailhead. There is plenty of parking right in front of the trailhead info board on Trophy Drive, or just across the road at the local community swim center. Then set off down the Trophy Trail toward High Trail.
Make sure to use the restroom at the beginning of High Trail as necessary....there won't be any other formal restroom along the way. You can also fill up on purified water at this restroom stop.
The first part of the run from Trophy Trail to High Trail to Rim Trail is pretty easy.
As you go along Rim Trail, pay attention to your Trail Run Project mobile app as not to miss the Rough Hollow Trail Connector.
The Rough Hollow Trail Connector will take you out of the Lakeway Canyonlands area down towards the creekbed and under the Highlands Blvd bridge into Rough Hollow. The connector trail expects you to cross under the bridge to the other side of the creekbed and start up again. The trail is pretty well marked/worn. Once on the other side of the creek and bridge, you'll run upward (short and steep) and find yourself at the top south of the bridge on Highlands Blvd at the Lakeside Greenbelt Trail trailhead sign. From this point, you are now in the Rough Hollow Trail System.
From this point on, the run is pretty straightforward. You'll be taking the Lakeside Greenbelt Trail to the Peninsula Pass Trail. Along this section of the run, the trails will have more deadfall and overgrowth, so be sure to pay attention to your Trail Run Project mobile app. There are also a couple of 'dead spots' for cell reception in the deeper parts of the Lakeside Greenbelt Trail.
The last 50 yards of the Peninsula Pass Trail go down a steep set of mini-switchbacks leading to a rocky/grassy beach in the back of the cove right on the water. The city has put in guideline ropes on these switchbacks to help runners.
If you are staying the day, make sure you give yourself enough time to run back out and complete the loop back to the top of Trophy Trail.
Flora & Fauna
Land Manager: Lakeway, TX - Parks and Rec