Hiking mount Bonnell is a quick but fun experience. This “hike” is steep but less than half a mile long. After you get to the 102 step, you’re there! Don’t expect it to take more than 10 minutes to get to the top.
The views here are phenomenal of Lake Austin. One of my favorite suggestions for this spot is to pack a picnic and eat at the picnic table at the top of the hill. You can watch the sun set or rise, or just go for a short mid-day adventure. Regardless of what you do, be cautious of wildlife and if it has just rained, use caution when climbing on dirt/mud.
Mount Bonnell is the highest peak in Austin, Texas reaching 775 feet. It is named after George Bonnell who served the Texas Republic as Commissioner of Indian Affairs.
Directions: Take 35th Street West over MoPac and you will pass Camp Mabry. Turn left on Old Bull Creak Road and a right on Mount Bonnell road. You will go up this hill and parking will be on the left.