Upper Barton Creek Greenbelt
ElevationAscent: 299' 91 m
Descent: -299' -91 m
High: 851' 259 m
Low: 568' 173 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
Current trail conditions
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“A great day run to explore the swimming holes, falls, and sculptured rock areas of upper Barton Creek Greenbelt.”— Donovan Acker
This run starts off at the "Hill of Life" just off the crossing of Scottish Woods Trail road and Camp Craft road. If you have already done the downtown day run around Lady Bird Lake Trail and the lower loop run of the Barton Creek Greenbelt, then this challenging run will round off the hat trick !
For families and casual runners, Barton Creek Greenbelt’s Hill of Life Trail section of this run is one of Austin’s great gifts for invigoration and time in nature. It’s tucked within junipers and oaks, and connects with a variety of paths leading to tranquil creekside spots.
The overall run is well worth the effort as you'll be completely immersed in the best greenery and running the Austin area has to offer.
You'll immediately begin descending "The Hill of Life" section of the run which covers three-hundred vertical feet in just over a third of a mile, and includes numerous obstacles, including loose rocks, limestone ledges and concrete erosion-block steps (up to a foot in height), plus plenty of roots and ruts.
Once you have descended to the creek area, the run is pretty straightforward as it winds around toward Barton Creek Falls and the sculptured rocks area for a nice rest/swim if you wish.
This run is definitely not for people who want a "lazy day" of running. Come ready for a workout and to enjoy working hard for your running experience.
Land Manager: City of Austin - Parks and Recreation
May 14, 2019: Govalle Pool Parking Lot Closure: May 15 to May 30, 2019
May 13, 2019: Lifeguards Needed! Hiring Event on May 14th