The Pennybacker Bridge, also known as the Austin 30 Bridge, is a beautiful steel arch bridge that spans over Lake Austin. The Pennybacker Bridge hike is a great way to enjoy the fabulous views of the lake and the city. The hike starts at the north end of the bridge and goes up a steep hill. At the top of the hill, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the lake and the city. You can also see the Pennybacker Bridge from this spot. The Pennybacker Bridge hike is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the sights of Austin.
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Pennybacker Bridge Hike (Austin 360 Bridge)
Here’s how to make the most of your Pennybacker Bridge hike:
Take Highway 360 south to access larger parking lot, that is immediately north of the bridge. The parking is pull-in with some space to safely back out when you leave. There is room for quite a few cars, but it is a popular trail, so it can fill up.
Start at the north end of the bridge and walk across to the south side. From here, you’ll get a great view of downtown Austin and Lady Bird Lake. Take some time to enjoy the scenery before continuing on your hike.
Head south on the trail that runs along the east side of the lake. After about half a mile, you’ll come to a fork in the trail. Take the left fork, which will take you up Austin hill. This is a great spot for taking in panoramic views of the city.
This is a pretty challenging hike but the view is most definitely worth the effort.
Once you’ve reached the top of Austin hill, continue following the trail until it takes you back down to Pennybacker Bridge. Congratulations – you’ve just completed one of the best hikes in Austin!
A Few More Things to Know
There are two sides you can hike up on: the east and west.
The west side is more popular and features a view of the Austin skyline as well the Pennybacker Bridge.
Of course, the east side is good for sunset viewing.
Both sides require significant rock climbing, however the climb is not very long. Unfortunately this means they are not handicap accessible.
Ultimately I hope you have enjoyed this short, but but informational post on accessing the Pennybacker Bridge, aka, Austin 360 Bridge. You may also enjoy our post and video on a Perfect Day in Austin, Texas. Or you might enjoy our video Keeping Austin Weird Since 2005 as another interesting activity for your trip to Austin.
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