The Top Outdoor Adventures Via Public Transportation: Austin

Rock climbing along the Barton Creek Greenbelt

Barton Creek Greenbelt.     Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Barton Creek Greenbelt

Trail Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Austin is a city renowned for its live music, its tech scene, and keeping things “weird.” But perhaps one of the most unusual things about Austin is the amount of challenging rock climbing in the area. Just minutes from the capital’s downtown area, the Barton Creek Greenbelt is home to over 15 rock climbing spots, including the well-known Seismic Wall, a limestone face with about about 30 different sport routes, ranging in difficulty from 5.6 to 5.12. The area is just a short hike down the Spyglass Trail coming from the Barton Skyway side. The Seismic Wall sits in the beautiful Barton Creek Beltway, a 7.9 mile-long, 809-acre expanse of lush vegetation, sheer cliff walls, and accessible swimming areas connected by dirt trails.

GETTING THERE: From the Texas Capitol, hop the Capital Metro Route 30 bus and get off at the Spyglass Drive stop. Access the Greenbelt via the Spyglass Trailhead, a short walk south, and follow the trail until you see the Seismic Wall across a (usually) dry creek bed.

TRAVEL TIME: About 30 minutes.

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