Photograph Pennybacker Bridge (Austin 360 Bridge)

Pennybacker Bridge (Austin 360 Bridge), Austin, Texas, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    0.5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    75 Feet

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Lake
Picnic Area
River
Romantic
Scenic

Easy hike to the picturesque "Pennybacker" bridge and excellent views of hill country and the downtown skyline!

If you're looking for excellent views of hill country, the skyline, or just an awesome place to watch the sunset this is the place to be. If you're heading southbound from 183 on 360 just before you reach the bridge there will be a dirt parking lot on your right. There are trailheads on the eastside and westside of 360 (the westside trail is a lot less traveled and has some great short hikes through the woods once you reach the top) 

It's a very simple hike to the top but you will have to climb a couple steep steps so at least tennis shoes are recommended to be safe. Once you reach the top follow the trails and look for clearings in the trees for your own private sitting areas! Also for the 4th of July the Golf course across the river puts on an excellent firework display and this is the best place to view them... Just get there early to be sure you have a space.

As for photos if you don't want traffic on the bridge go in the summer when the sun sets around 9 to avoid a ton of traffic on the bridge. 

In the winter, this is also a great place to play around with light trails! The sun sets around 6 during rush hour and will give you plenty of traffic to get those streaks from the headlights and taillights. 20-30 second exposures will be most ideal to give the cars enough time to make it completely across the bridge. 

Pack List

  • Sturdy tripod (it can be breezy up there sometimes and terrain is a little rocky)
  • 5, 10 and 15 Stop Neutral density filters will save you a lot of photoshop work since its such a busy road
  • Wide Angle lens (14-24mm) The views are incredible in every direction so take it ALL in!
  • Chairs and a picnic (like I said its a very easy hike) so take the chairs and enjoy the sunset!
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cool spot

7 months ago
7 months ago

A great place to go at night when the bridge is lit up and great beautiful views of Lake Austin during the day. Usually busy on weekends, so parking can be limited on the shoulder at the trail head. If you have children, you'll definitely want to keep a close eye as there are no rails and narrow paths in areas.

10 months ago
10 months ago

Ross Kyker

September 2015 I made the decision to walk away from my career in Marketing to pursue my dreams. I sold most of my belongings, bought a motorhome, married my best friend and here we are today traveling across America sharing our journey I hope you'll join us and enjoy!

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