Whether you're looking to escape the heat in the summer or just looking for a quiet place to reflect, the Spyglass Entrance to the greenbelt is the place for you. Just minutes from downtown Austin, you can come to the Barton Creek Greenbelt to walk, run, bike, climb, hike, or just enjoy your surroundings.
What Makes It Great
The Barton Creek Greenbelt is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Austin. The Spyglass Entrance to the greenbelt leads to a serene rocky trail, perfect for mountain bikers, joggers, trail runners, dog walkers, hikers, rock climbers, and anyone looking to connect with nature.
With more than 15 access points and seemingly limitless limestone cliffs, the Barton Creek Greenbelt is one of the most accessible climbing destinations you'll find in the Greater Austin area. With over 200 routes, ranging from 5.8 to 5.12+, you're sure to get in a great workout on the greenbelt. The approach takes roughly 10 minutes and shares the trail with mountain bikers and trail runners, so always be mindful of your surroundings.
If you have limited time, check out the closest walls: Random wall, Great wall, the Terrace, and New wall. The original 5.9 warmups at New Wall were destroyed in a recent rock fall, leaving only one 5.9 at Random wall as the easiest nearby warm up. Refer to Mountain Project for a complete list of sport climbing routes.
After a long day of climbing, running, biking, or walking, you can cool off at Barton Springs or grab some tacos at the local hot spotTacodeli, just across the street from the Spyglass entrance. But don't delay! Taco Deli closes at 3pm every day.
Who is Going to Love It
As previously mentioned, the Barton Creek Greenbelt is perfect for mountain bikers, joggers, trail runners, dog walkers, hikers, rock climbers, and anyone looking to connect with nature.
The Spyglass Entrance to the greenbelt is suitable for all mountain bikers, trail runners, and hikers. To get to the greenbelt, you must follow a dirt trail from the road to walk down a somewhat steep hill. You will want to wear the proper shoes for rocky terrain. Coming back up the hill might be tricky for any novice mountain bikers.
The rock climbing at the Spyglass Entrance is suitable for any intermediate to advanced rock climbers. There are a handful of 5.10's to warm-up on, but the warm-ups aren't much easier than that. If you are a new climber, a great place to start would be the 360 Entrance to the greenbelt - at Seismic Wall. Any climbers looking to send 5.10- to 5.12+ will enjoy New Wall and Great Wall at the Spyglass Entrance to the greenbelt.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Heading South on Mopac: Exit Barton Skyway. Turn left on Barton Skyway, and drive until the road ends in a junction.
Heading North on Mopac: Exit Barton Skyway, and turn right. Continue down Barton Skyway until you see Taco Deli on your left.
Parking: Park anywhere on the side of the road. Refer to signs for appropriate parking locations. Parking is free.
Entrance: The entrance begins across the street from Taco Deli. Follow the dirt trail down the hill and turn right.
Dogs are welcome, as long as they stay on a leash. Leash laws are not strictly enforced, but many joggers run through the greenbelt with their dogs off-leash, so it's best to just leave your dog on a leash to be safe.