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    Quote Originally Posted by cxagent View Post
    If you talk to them again you can mention we almost got hit by a motorcycle about there. The dirt bike was turning left across our path and laid it down right in front of us.
    speaking of motos...i found some nice single track on the east side that only had Moto tracks, no bicycle tracks anywhere that I could find. The trail is a bit sketchy in places though (homeless camps?) so beware.

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    Major edits to this post:
    Ok, Burr Field belongs to the Austin Rugby Club. I emailed their general contact addy, with a nice long letter about how dangerous this spot is for both user groups (ruby players/multi-use path users).

    I received a response from the rugby club.
    They allowed an easement through their property for the MultiUse Path.
    The contractor was supposed to post cautionary signage both for the path users and those crossing the path to access Burr Field.
    This has not yet been done.

    Received a call back from the City of Austin/Parks & Rec ranger office.
    The request that the signage be installed ASAP has moved up the line and the ranger requested that if the signage is not in place by this weekend, that they be contacted. I have the ranger office number and can contact them.

    Final update: The rugby club prez has been in touch with his contact at CoA re: missing signage; between the two contacts with CoA, hopefully the contractor is getting squeezed enough to move this project to the top of his punch list.

    We'll likely be at Comfort this weekend, so please post up if you can confirm that signage has been installed. If you ride the path on Sunday and no signage has been installed, please post that up as well.
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    Rode the northern end of the Southern Walnut Creek Trail today. Workers were on the northern part north of Loyola. Concrete and bridges/culverts are complete to the point where the trail starts a long climb up the hill to the tennis center. Prior to yet-to-be-paved section, a dirt double track takes you northward along the old Missouri Kansas RR grade to north of US 290. The double track is pretty well defined south of 290 and less so north of 290. Muddy in a few spots.

    Photos here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxagent View Post
    Didn't jump a single fence. We did go around ONE fence where the power line entrance was gated but the fence was down next to the gate. I will post a map in a bit. I can send a GPX (or similar) if someone sends me an email address. (I need to 'clean up' first)
    I got as far as Blue Goose / Cameron / Sprinkle Rd. today. Didn't look particularly inviting north of that point.
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    From looking at Google Maps, it seems like the section between Dessau Rd. and WC would be the tightest right-of-way to build the trail in.
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    A citywide public meeting to discuss the next steps in the Bicycle Master Plan Update and Urban Trails Master Planning Process is set for Wednesday April 2, 2014. More details are here: Austin bike planning meeting Wednesday | Fit City | www.austin360.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chardog View Post
    I got as far as Blue Goose / Cameron / Sprinkle Rd. today. Didn't look particularly inviting north of that point.
    More exploring on two wheels. About 30 miles and 3 1/2 hours visiting Austin Memorial Park, The Domain, National Instruments, Balcones Community Park, Walnut Creek Metro Park, Dessau Rd., Cameron Rd, 51st St. In reviewing my route on Google Maps satellite view, while exploring the neighborhood streets east of Dessau, I was across the creek from Pioneer Farms and about one mile upstream from where I was on my previous explorations along Sprinkle Rd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chardog View Post
    More exploring on two wheels. About 30 miles and 3 1/2 hours visiting Austin Memorial Park, The Domain, National Instruments, Balcones Community Park, Walnut Creek Metro Park, Dessau Rd., Cameron Rd, 51st St. In reviewing my route on Google Maps satellite view, while exploring the neighborhood streets east of Dessau, I was across the creek from Pioneer Farms and about one mile upstream from where I was on my previous explorations along Sprinkle Rd.

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    Thanks for the pictures and details about your ride!

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    The Walnut Creek Trail System | AustinTexas.gov - The Official Website of the City of Austin

    Work in progress

    Please note there will be increased construction activity in Govalle Park this month as the contractor begins the final phase of construction from Jain Lane to Govalle Park.

    The contractor is installing trail from the Tennis Center to the Austin to Manor Trail connection on Johnny Morris Road.

    This project is scheduled for completion in summer 2014.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AtariAge View Post
    Thanks for the pictures and details about your ride!
    Agreed, you found Eyeore and his bathtub!
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    Rode the Austin to Manor trail today. It's mostly done to just past here Club Field/Other Locations with the exceptions of a few short sections you can ride around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chardog View Post
    Rode the Austin to Manor trail today. It's mostly done to just past here Club Field/Other Locations with the exceptions of a few short sections you can ride around.
    Looking at the map, we got to the end of phase 1:
    The Walnut Creek Trail System | AustinTexas.gov - The Official Website of the City of Austin
    Timeline:

    Phase 1: A significant portion of phase 1 has been installed. Phase 1 should be complete in spring 2014.
    Phase 2: Not yet funded.
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    I own 20 acres on johnny morris rd just south of the trailer park that is across the road from the YMCA. I was originally going to make ultimate frisbee fields, but in my old age I mountain bike. It is pretty accessible from the south walnut creek trail.

    If anyone wants to build a skills park let me know.
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    On Saturday I rode all of the Southern Walnut Creek Trail, all of the Austin to Manor Trail, and the trail being built alongside the new Manor 290 Tollway. We were able to get to the Manor border on the trail along the tollway, where the tollway ends as well as the trail (and you really don't want to go any further on your bike!) There are only a few sections of the Southern Walnut Creek Trail that are not paved at this point, and on Saturday we came across a work crew building forms and placing rebar for the last segment where the trail runs up to and parallel to Daffan Lane. The northern portion of the Southern Walnut Creek Trail above Loyola is significantly more hilly than the rest of the trail!

    The trail crosses Johnny Morris at Daffan Lane, which presumably is the start of the Austin to Manor Trail. The trail follows Daffan Lane, where it crosses Decker and continues north along the western edge of Walter E. Long lake. The trail ends at Lindell Lane, at the entrance to a dirt road that takes you to Capital City Trap & Skeet Club. While we were on that last stretch of trail, we could hear tons of gunfire reasonably close by! Most of the Austin to Manor trail is complete--only a few short gaps remain, such as where the trail crosses some train tracks on Daffan Lane. We saw workers doing some landscape work while we were on this trail.

    We took a left onto Lindell Lane and then went north on Decker until it hits 290. I had seen the sidewalks along this section of 290, and were curious how far they went. We stayed on the southbound side of the toll road, and headed east towards Manor. As soon as you see the Manor city limits sign, both the toll road and the trail end. And I do call this a trail, as it's as wide as the other cement trails (10'?) and there are "watch for bicycle" signs at all the roads/driveways that cross the trail. This trail is nearly complete, with just a few small gaps remaining. The most significant work to be done on this trail is all the brick inlay work at all the street crossings. And most of the pedestrian crossing signals aren't yet installed at the major intersections.

    When we got to Manor we turned around to see how far we could go in the other direction, but eventually had to stop when they had the frontage road down to one lane for some reason and heavy construction equipment was parked on top of the trail. The new toll road looks 99% complete and work crews looked busy doing landscaping and line painting. They already have the ramp from 290E to 130 open. I'm guessing this will be opening very soon (I know the official grand opening is next month).

    Back on the Southern Walnut Creek Trail, we noticed numbers painted on the trail in green at various locations. We finally discerned that these are the locations for future signage, as many of the numbers were used more than once, and they were often located on both sides of intersections. There was a rugby game at Burr Field and we saw many cars going across the trail, some without really slowing down at all. Cars do not have a good line of sight before crossing the trail, so this is a dangerous spot. Looks like they plan on putting signage up for both the car traffic and trail traffic. This is an accident waiting to happen at the moment, as many cyclists may not realize that cars cross the trail here, especially since the road to Burr Field isn't even paved.

    When we got to Govalle Park, we could see where the new trail is staked out. As Charles said, it's going to mostly follow the tree line and then dump into the westernmost end of the parking lot. Interestingly, the section of trail that heads to Jain Lane looks like it's going to be on the hillside (as opposed to the very top), so I'm quite curious what they are going to build there.

    Overall we were able to ride about 30 miles out and back between all three of these trail systems. I'm hoping they eventually connect the Austin to Manor trail to the trail that runs along the toll road, as riding on Decker Lane is somewhat treacherous. However, just north of Lindell Lane they are doing construction to reroute Decker a bit west of where it currently runs into 290. I'm guessing they will leave the old road, in which case it'll see far less traffic and be much safer to bike on.

    It's really great to see all these trails coming together!

    I took tons of photos--will upload them later today and post a link to them.

    ..Al

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chardog View Post
    From looking at Google Maps, it seems like the section between Dessau Rd. and WC would be the tightest right-of-way to build the trail in.
    The Copperfield hiking trails runs from just west of Dessau up the creek quite a ways. There is room for quite a ways but eventually the trail follows the creek bend and ends in backyards. It would have to be elevated much like Shoal Creek's biking trail, and I don't know if it could be all that wide.

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    The most logical place for the Walnut Creek trail to connect to the Manor Toll Road trail would be where they cross at the bridge over Walnut Creek. The Walnut Creek Trail has not been constructed under 290 yet, but there is a dirt road. When there, I looked up the slopes to the east and west, and it did not seem there was an attempt made to grade the slopes for a future trail between the Toll Road trail and fence line down to the future Walnut Creek Trail. Hopefully, a connection will be included in any future project to extend WC trail under 290.
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    Quote Originally Posted by texaskdog View Post
    The Copperfield hiking trails runs from just west of Dessau up the creek quite a ways. There is room for quite a ways but eventually the trail follows the creek bend and ends in backyards. It would have to be elevated much like Shoal Creek's biking trail, and I don't know if it could be all that wide.
    I need to check those out. I was on the east/south side of Walnut Creek when exploring that area.

    The IH 35 crossing will also be challenging, but it looks like there is a possibility to skirt the Girl Scout property and go under IH 35 on the north bank of the creek similar to how they constructed the trial under US 183 along Boggy Creek.
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    Copperfield Nature Trail

    Quote Originally Posted by Chardog View Post
    I need to check those out. I was on the east/south side of Walnut Creek when exploring that area.
    It's not one of my favorites, and I don't think we've gone there since 2011 when we moved to West Austin, but I would park one block west of Dessau on Shropshire. If you head north it's not a bad trail and there are spurs by a small pond, and it goes all the way to Braker. If you go south that is the nicer part. You wind down a hill to cross a stream and walk along Walnut. One part is kind of slippery but then you go off the trail again and climb a hill. Definitely worth checking out at least once. The MUD built it and keeps it up. Will take you just over an hour to hike the whole thing unless you're a lollygagger.

    Copperfield Nature Trail

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