• Activities:

    Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    0.31 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    190 Feet

Family Friendly
Picnic Area
Scenic

Take in the view from the summit Mount Bonnell (775 ft), one of the highest points in Austin.

The trail up is a combination of manmade and natural stairs that take you up to the top. At the summit, you will find beautiful views of the area, and a pavilion where you can have a picnic lunch.

To head back down by a different route, continue on the northern trail, which will take you past more scenic views, then down to the north end of the parking lot.

Pack List

  • Proper shoes
  • Water
  • Picnic lunch
  • Camera
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This is an amazing place to overlook all of Austin and the surround metro area. While it's not huge, it does offer a lot of different views. The hike is very easy and manageable for all family members. If your looking for something easy and outdoors to do while in Austin, here you go!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

There is a nice view but I wouldn't classify it as a hike. It's a short walk up some stairs to a viewpoint. You can follow the trail to the right for a nice walk. I took my class of nature preschoolers here in January and the weather was perfect. If you do stop by, make sure to swing by nearby Mayfield Park, which has a few short trails through their nature preserve (and enjoy the pretty gardens and peacocks).

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This isn't much of a hike, you just go up some stairs to the top of Mount Bunnell. But once you get to the top, there's great views of the sunset over the hill country and Colorado River, and the other way is a view of downtown Austin. Definitely worth checking out at least once.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Excellent overlook. Something to do with the family that isn't too strenuous.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Once at the top head down to your left and stand on the stone picnic table (and maybe put your tripod on it) for great sunset/sunrise views of downtown. For a romantic and great get away, head down right (north) from the summit and sneak away on one of the tiny paths leading off towards the cliff on left for some secluded and spectacular views!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

It's a good place to watch a sunset in Austin but in my opinion it's a bit overrated.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

A staple have to in Austin. Great views- the best you'll see in the whole city.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

You climb some stairs to get to the view and the trail is about 100 meters long tops

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

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