The Canyonlands

In: Outdoors

8 Apr 2011

(map) It may be hard to believe, but this rugged, two-mile hike down into canyons and across creeks is right in the middle of Lakeway. It makes for a fun little adventure on a sunny afternoon. Mostly shaded by oaks and cedar trees, the path starts off fairly easy, with a flat walk to the trailhead.

There are a couple of markers here and there, but it’s still pretty easy to get lost. The good news is that the trail circles back to the start. Eventually.

The trail descends into a leafy canyon. The path crosses a creek in two places, one with a bridge and one without. If it’s after a big rain, you probably want to use the bridge.

In some spots, the trail skirts the edge of a fairly deep canyon, so you want to step carefully. Parts of the trail are somewhat steep and rocky, so definitely don’t wear flip-flops.

The whole hike takes about an hour or so. Given the Lakeway location, it’s pretty amazing that you probably won’t see a single soul, even on weekends.

The Canyonlands website

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4 Responses to The Canyonlands

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ella

April 8th, 2011 at 8:14 am

Oh no! You’ve told everyone about my secret walking trail.
I try to walk this at lunch as often as I can. The best part? It’s right outside my office door.

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ella

April 8th, 2011 at 8:17 am

Oh! Here’s a link to the city site with a printable map. Maybe I’ll see you on the trail sometime!

http://www.lakeway-tx.gov/index.aspx?nid=131

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Ralph F

April 17th, 2011 at 5:48 am

Not a bad little hike… I was a little surprised as to how short the trails are. We saw a gray fox on the lower canyon trail – and followed him for a few minutes. I will definitely go back after we get some good rainfall (hopefully there will be some water under all those little bridges).

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Heath

March 1st, 2016 at 2:38 pm

Fantastic; Canyonlands Trails now connect with Mt Lakeway Trail which connects with Serene Hills Trail which connects with Bee Cave Primitive Trails. For map see website: http://www.lakewayparks.com/lakeway-west.html

Ed. Reply: Great news, thanks!

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