Barton Creek Creek Bed Hike

Rather than staying on the trails we've all hike numerous times, we'll hike in the creek bed itself.  Hiking the creek bed is more strenuous than trail walking and requires better balance and agility.  Some stretches will be small loose river rock, others will be solid bedrock and others will require rock hopping.  You'll get a different perspective of the greenbelt as we experience the variations of the creek and walk in the shadows of the limestone cliffs carved by years of erosion.  Since our pace will vary with creek bed conditions and the ability of the group, we'll travel upstream for a little over an hour, take a break and then return to the start either in the creek bed or by the trail.  Expect to cover 3.5 to 4 miles.

This is a dog friendly hike.  Hikers and their canines should be in good physical condition.  Bring sturdy footwear, sun protection and plenty of water for you and your pet since the creek bed is often unshaded and there is little or no water in this stretch of the creek. 

Meet at Gus Fruh Greenbelt access 2642 Barton Hills Dr. Take Barton Skyway west from South Lamar.  Turn left on Barton Hills.  The trail access is well marked on the right approximately 0.8 miles.

Leader: Dave Andreas


Hike is limited to a maximum of 8 participants. Please be considerate - If you RSVP Yes, then attend.  Attendance will be recorded.

The Austin Sierra Club accepts donations to help offset the cost of conservation and outreach activities. A few dollars is suggested.

More information about our Club can be found at our website: http://texas.sierraclub.org/austin/

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  • Dave A.

    Uploaded a photo of the starting point of the hike last week

    April 6, 2013

  • Dave A.

    Tried a solo creek bed hike this morning. Lots of detours around deep standing pools and mud slick rock left behind by receding water.

    April 6, 2013

  • Douglas M.

    Excellent hike! Well led (in a laid back way). I thoroughly enjoyed hiking one way on the river bed then coming back on the trail. I'm looking forward to the next one!

    March 31, 2013

  • Dave A.

    Thanks for coming out for the hike today. Hikes always seem to go faster when there are others to chat with along the way.

    March 30, 2013

  • Ed C.

    Saturdays hike was most enjoyable. Many people were enjoying running, biking, and hiking. Dave's leadership was laid back but kept us moving at a good pace. I enjoyed the small group of 5.

    March 30, 2013

  • gwen v

    great hike. great day to be outdoor skipping on the river rocks. :)

    1 · March 30, 2013

  • DBake (.

    Scheduling conflict!

    March 28, 2013

  • Ed C.

    If an opening occurs is it posted on this outing notice?

    March 27, 2013

    • Dave A.

      Attendees may change their RSVP to NO which will resul in open slots. That will be reflected on the site.

      March 28, 2013

  • 100% Vegan 90% R.

    and will bring one guest

    March 27, 2013

  • Mark A.

    Late developing family demands are unfortunately taking a higher priority.

    1 · March 27, 2013

  • MARY A.

    Easter weekend family events

    March 26, 2013

  • MARY A.

    Joined waitlist on two Sierra Club hiking events with time overlap hoping to be able to move to "attending" on at least one.

    March 26, 2013

  • Adrian N.

    Which direction were you thinking of going? I guess it would have to be downstream toward zilker park, since water is still flowing in the hill of life area, which would make a creek-bed hike in that area very wet.

    March 24, 2013

    • Dave A.

      Upstream. There isn't any water until further upstream from Mopac and 360. I doubt we'll get that far.

      March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Shoot!! I have a long hike Friday so I'm not RSVPing yet, but would love to do this!!

    March 18, 2013

    • Dave A.

      I'll be doing these as training hikes through the summer. Watch for more

      March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    + 1

    March 18, 2013

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