I returned to St. Edwards Park to further explore the trails. I went up the hill, and across the ridge again, but this time ventured out to the very end of the red trail that follows along Bull Creek. It was another awesome evening! I can see making this a regular exercising habit along with my routine walks on the hills of Georgetown. There is so much to see and experience in this park. 🙂
If you hike to the top of the ridge at St. Edwards Park, you will get a good workout and also find yourself beneath the buzz of the power lines. There is a road where the park borders the Preserve area that is closed to the public beginning on March 1st. I need to remember to come back earlier in the year next year.
Due to the cold, wet weather and the late start for my hike, I kept it fairly short (a little over 3 miles round trip). Once you reach the 6.25 mile marker, you will begin to hear the splashing water of Sculpture Falls. Follow your ears, and you will be rewarded with one of Austin’s best free swimming holes. If we have had a recent rain, the water will be clear, cool, and inviting. This is a great picnic spot on a nice warm day (unlike the day we experienced today). 🙂
After work today, I drove over to the Barton Creek Greenbelt to hike the Hill of Life. Conditions were less than grand, with the temperature at 37 degrees and an overcast sky with intermittent sprinkles. The good news was that there were only a few people on the trail. The Hill of Life is a great workout – I climbed 551 feet on the trail according to the GPS on my phone. Despite the cold weather, I had to shed my jacket before I got back to the top of the Hill. It was awesome!