Barton Creek Green Belt - TRAIL

Barton Creek Green Belt - Trail, Austin, Texas

This is a classic MTB trail. It abounds with rocky flats that you can scream and bounce around on, nice fast and twisty flats, scrably climbs, several creek crossings and great views. The trail is about 8 miles one way and follows the Barton Creek valley. There are several other put-in's where you can get to the trail. There are several areas where you can take some side trips that are steep and scarry rides requing serious tree avoidance. Or not. Your choice. Definatly a do.

User Reviews (64)

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pedalitup   Cross Country Rider [Dec 01, 2012]

Dominated by rocks, rocks and more rocks with a few really sweet sections of flow. Numerous interrupting obstacles for honing cyclocross dismount skills. Rapidly decreasing topsoil exposes more rocks like dust in the wind. Several crossings which are some of the smoothest parts. The hill which makes up the last half mile is one interesting thing about this trail, the only place to get a workout or gain appreciable technical skill. The majority of this has long since seen better days and honestly deserves a rest from bikes as it's obviously dangerous for multi use. Toddlers and off leash dogs literally pop up out of nowhere unexpectedly, so be careful please. We're really lucky this is still open from my Saturday experience in December. In a certain state on the west coast this would certainly have been closed to bikes well over a decade ago.

Customer Service

Bring your 100mm minimum 29r dually on a weekday to really enjoy this before the inevitable closure. Best to start at the 360 avoiding Zilker which is just a couple crowded, very rocky and flat miles anyway.

Similar Products Used: New ones built to take the load off this. . .
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3
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3
Trails-of-Fire   Weekend Warrior [Aug 16, 2011]

So this is where it all began, Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop. I did the Mellow Mountain Ride on a Saturday. Damn good thing too, was a long and challenging ride. Had some great water crossings in Barton Springs and a few dry creek beds. It's not too unusual, if you do this ride, to do some hike-n-bike; you'd have to be a mountain goat to make some of the climbs. What goes up, must come down. That'll put a grin on your face, the technicals coming down. Be warned- it will get those disk brakes cooking as you ride them to shave off speed on fast recents. Gravity will befriend you, then tear you up on the climbs. But that's why they call it "mountain biking." Good riding.

Customer Service

The park? Hell if I know. Just get in there and ride!

Similar Products Used: Smithsville.
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5
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4
Loraura   Weekend Warrior [Aug 02, 2011]

This review is aimed at the beginner rider. As a beginner I found the greenbelt very challenging. Compared to Walnut Creek, the Greenbelt has many additional opportunities to practice new skills that you won't get to practice at WC. Rocks. LOTS of rocks. You will need to practice and learn to use speed and momentum, or pedal-rachetting, to help you over things that will cause pedal strike. I've seen people carried out of the Greenbelt by EMS from pedal strike launching endos. Large rocks force you to pick a line you probably don't like so much, but there are not a lot of options except to go over! I've ridden the Greenbelt main trail on both a hard tail and FS, and for me, FS is the way to go. Much more manageable for a newbie on FS. There will be places you have to walk. The creek crossings are wide and challenging. Golfball sized rocks suck your momentum like quicksand. Being able to lift your front end up a 1 foot ledge will help you stay on the bike more often here. Comfortable positioning while decending ledges also required. All that being said, newbies can still find plenty of ridable trail mixed in with some skill building challenges. Don't be in a hurry. Shoes that don't hinder hike-a-bike are recommended (I clip in always, but have some shoes with rubber soles that are easier to hike my bike through obstacles on than stiff plastic). Lower your tire pressure more than you would for Walnut Creek.

Customer Service

Between Zilker and 360 the trail is a little easier than it is between 360 and the Hill of Life.

Similar Products Used: Walnut Creek
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4
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3
AlexRider99`   Cross Country Rider [Apr 11, 2011]

I am wondering if anyone has any idea about the trail called "Dump Truck." I ride the Green Belt a few times a week and one day a friend and I decided to take the slight left going down the Hill of Life. I rode to the top where I saw'll the dump truck, but i was just wondering if there is a way to get back down to the main trail by taking that right. If you have any idea or GPS please reply.

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5
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4
asclepius   Weekend Warrior [Nov 24, 2010]

read dog's review from 2002. he is right on. this is a multi-use trail where pedestrians (and their dogs) have the right of way at all times. When they get out of your way, thank them for being so courteous. as long as you're prepared for that, i doubt you'll find a better mtb trail in a big city anywhere. rocking DH that no one hikes behind toysrus - it hooks up to the "main trial." do not look for signs - find another biker & ask to follow if he/she knows the trail. lots of alternate routes and trails - these r the one you end up walking. It took me multiple rides to get familiar with the "main trail" to be able to go the whole way with dismounts only at creek crossings.

Customer Service

depends on what you want. first mile and half from zilker is skippable. consider spyglass drop in - go right - immediate CHAS followed by a couple of crossings to skip the rockclimber walls. once past that - great ride! if you drop in at toys r us or 360 and go to HOL, you miss a fun ride thru the cedar forest thru gus fruh park.

Similar Products Used: walnut, emma
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4
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4
mttlv   Weekend Warrior [Oct 07, 2010]

Nice trail. Good parts for all skill levels. If you put in at the loop 360 access point, you get to some pretty techical stuff right off the bat. The elephants a** is a large rock face that is really slippery when wet. there are several good 1-2 foot drops in a row a little after you get going. Be careful as you go further down the trail. There are alot of offshoots that you can get lost on.

Customer Service

Toys r us access point to hill of life

Similar Products Used: City park.
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5
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4
vwzkc   Weekend Warrior [May 02, 2010]

i think most people are probably reviewing the main trail to the hill of life but there are so many trails. the main trail is rather boring and yes there are alot of peds but go off and ride some of the unmarked trails on the hillsides and its a whole new experience.

Customer Service

toys r us to the sweet 16

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5
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4
MattG   Weekend Warrior [Jan 29, 2010]

This is the best all round trail Austin for intemediate to expert riders but will suck if you are only used to riding basic dirt or hardpack trails. It will also suck if you try and ride this for the first time without any ideas on where you are going. The mail mtb trails are not marked. Go visit www.bikemojo.com to hook up with a local who are always happy to show visitors around. Great trails, great weather, great scenery. Barton Creek is Austin mtbing at its best

Customer Service

Start from Spyglass entrance. Do Toyrs r us and the Office climb then follow the backtrails through to Hill of Life the the north side trails

Similar Products Used: City Park, Rocky Hill Ranch, Walnut Creek, Reimers Ranch
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4
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3
rd1034   Cross Country Rider [Mar 09, 2009]

When I'm not riding City Park I'm usually found on the Barton Creek greenbelt. It's true that there's hardly any trail markers, but that's half the fun. You'll eventually find your way out so don't freak out. There are tons of side trails that will offer a higher difficulty level for the experienced rider, or for a faster ride stay on the main trails. I also recommend starting out at the hill of life and ending up at zilker park (you'll need two cars, one to park at the hill and one to park at zilker). Once you get this hill down pat then you can graduate to City Park :-)

Customer Service

Just go crazy, you'll get out eventually.

Similar Products Used: City Park!!!!!!!!
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4
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4
swaustex   Weekend Warrior [Feb 28, 2009]

The Barton Creek green belt is not really one trail. The main trail that is on maps is more like a connector to various trails of various difficulty. Most visitors will rent a bicycle from bicycle sport shop and start out at Zilker park. The first couple miles of trail from that point basically get you out of the downtown area. There are some interesting parts there, but nothing like what you will see starting at mile number 3. It is true that the trail is not marked worth a damn. My advice would be to find someone that looks like they know what they are doing and ask them if you can tag along. The people on bikes down there are friendly and everyone likes to show a new person "the cool stuff". There is more like 30+ miles in the greenbelt. Austinbike.com has some links to maps that have the trails leading off the main trail. If you ride from Zilker and you don't get past at least two miles from the trail head you will NOT be impressed.

Customer Service

I prefer the upper greenbelt/wilderness area, but it is seven miles from Zilker and you can get easily lost on the switch backs and ridge lines. If you don't bring enough water it can also be very dangerous.

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5
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4
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