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/