Brushy Creek Extension

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About this trail
The six parks that lie along the trail are Creekside Park near Great Oaks Drive, Olsen Meadows Park, Champion Park, Brushy Creek Lake Park, Brushy Creek Sports Park, and Twin Lakes Park near 183 in Cedar Park. These parks provide many different amenities accessible to walkers, runners and bikers. Together, the parks have a collaboration of splash pads, swimming areas, climbing rocks, fishing docks, canoeing and kayaking, restrooms and multiple picnic and pavilion areas. The trail links residential communities, businesses and retail centers and existing and proposed parks while promoting conservation and stewardship of open space, greenbelts and wetlands.
The goal for the trail is for it to traverse the County covering approximately 30 miles, connecting the Highland Lakes to Hutto, and linking the Brushy Creek Regional Trail with other trail systems in Travis County. The City of Round Rock and Williamson County are currently working on the newest section of the east trail that will continue the regional trail west to A.W. Grimes Boulevard and connect to the Greater Lake Creek Trail System. With this addition, the total length of the Brushy Creek Regional Trail East will be 3.75 miles. Together, Round Rock and Williamson County will continue to push the two sections of trail toward IH-35, eventually connecting the east section with the west section.
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  • Drinking Water
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  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (6)


December 27, 2018
tk5010 Gramcounter  
Review: I love "Deception", officially called "Double Down" now, I think. It's an adrenaline rush every time you don't kill yourself dropping or climbing a ledge. The trail has a lot of loose rock/gravel and requires skill. I love the tight switch backs, the punchy, tough ascents and the sketchy descents. Not for beginners or people who love to ride Walnut Creek.

Similar Trail: Emma Long

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Granny Gear

May 28, 2017
Jswandt Granny Gear  
Review: Deception. A very hard technical trail

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Bunny Hop

October 11, 2015
misterearl Bunny Hop  
Review: Ridiculously challenging with zero payoff.

Short, steep, gravelly climbs with momentum killing obstacles at local peaks, with cheatingly tight, loose, slow descents that require subtle brakework. Going from east to west, the first 3 miles are good; technical work with some 2-4 foot drops and rugged terrain, but solid payoffs: fast, swooping descents. The remaining western half is extremely primitive, and is a series of 20-30 switchbacks. Those switchbacks just repeat the same slow-descent then gravel climb routine along the same ridge. That sameness includes rolling up or dropping off the same 3 foot rock shelf that caps the ridgeline.

It's a workout, sure. It's good technical practice. But overall, there's too much of exactly the same. The lung-busting loose climb work involved just to ride one's brakes down a sketchy, narrow switchback just isn't for me.

There are tons of other trails in the local area that are much more fun, and there are other highly technical trails in the area that don't just repeat the same back-and-forth that this one does.

Only worth it if you're close and you're training.

Similar Trail: Good Water Loop at Lake Georgetown

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January 27, 2014
Review: Wow we're we surprised! Lots of ledges, tricky rocky switchbacks, and other challenges. Don't let the beginning fool you, this will kick your ass. Not for beginners

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Bunny Hop

January 2, 2014
awshuckss Bunny Hop  
Review: This review is about the single track sections in the woods and not the regional paved trail.

This is a solid trail. It's about 8 miles but when I finished I felt like I had done 13. The main portion of the trail is called Deception and rightfully so. For multiple reasons. One being that the first few miles really make you feel accomplished and talented then maybe around the middle or thereafter it starts to get really tough. There are plenty of ledges large rocks, and switch backs, I think another deceptive thing about the trail is that they only had so much space to work on with the trails so a lot of the trails run adjacent to one another. Often times you'll think someone is coming towards you but they are just on another trail. It's trippy.

All in all I love this trail and will be heading back as often as I can to practice everything it has to offer.

I would NOT recommend this trail to beginners.

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Granny Gear

September 22, 2013
MrMentallo Granny Gear  
Review: Brushy Creek can be deceiving. The first time riding there I was underwhelmed with the paved hike and bike trail. Then I discovered the trails by the athletic park that are just off the main trail both to the north and south. Lots of tight, twisting single track with multiple swoopy chutes anywhere from 5 feet tall to about 15'. Some of the trails are pretty rocky with lots of the sandstone ledges that define central Texas mountain biking. Not quite Emma Long level of technicality, but well worth visiting for a seasoned rider especially if you are in Cedar Park, Leander or NW Austin.

If you park at the YMCA on 183 a mile or two north of the mall just before you enter Cedar Park proper, the first hill is directly to your right immediately after the first bridge directly overlooking the lake. About a mile or two further down, there are multiple routes mostly on your right branching off into the woods and up the hills. Some are just feeder routes into the neighborhoods next to the trail, but some are extensive loops that go for miles. I took a branch today and it was about four miles long with narrow wooden bridges and was made for loads of speed. Good fast flow with a few sandstone ledges to keep it interesting. Plus a nice but short at least 45degree angle downhill that drops you right on the main trail.

If you take a right from the athletic park with the skate park, there is immediately a section on the left with really tight single track that ends in the aforementioned 15' chute that drops you right on the main trail. Those with wide bars need to watch their lines here. It's well worth it. About 500 yards further down, there will be a huge field on your left. On your right just as it opens up from the tree cover, there is a good trail loop with a four foot drop to a flat landing and a nice area near where it doubles back (and a nice chute into a banked turn) where someone has hauled a couple of green lawn chairs over a nice view of brushy creek itself. A good spot to catch a breather.

Is Brushy Creek the best place in Austin? No. Is it worth visiting for a break from the crowds at Walnut Creek and the Greenbelt? Absolutely. It offers a good selection of trails for multiple styles of riding and skill levels from first time riders to advanced.

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Granny Gear

October 2, 2013
Guest Granny Gear  
Review: That's precisely why the trail's name is Deception. We did what we could with the land we had, and we were very pleasantly surprised at the length and tech we got out of it.

Similar Trail: None, really

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Brushy Creek Extension MTB Trail 4.29 out of 5 based on 6 ratings. 6 user reviews.
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