Storms wash out parts of Butler Trail around Lady Bird Lake

 

The trail near Auditorium Shores is washed out. Photo by Pam LeBlanc
The trail near Auditorium Shores is washed out. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

 

Last Friday’s deluge wreaked some havoc on the Butler Hike and Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake.

Heavy rains eroded stretches of the bank and created bicycle-tire grabbing ruts. Gravel is washed out all over the place, and several trees are down.

The storm knocked down trees downstream of Barton Springs. Photo by Pam LeBlanc
The storm knocked down trees downstream of Barton Springs. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

 

This morning, crews were out, working hard to replace gravel carried away in the storms.

All that means a bumpy ride for bicyclists, and some hop-scotching over gullies for runners and walkers.

Take care, especially on stretches of the trail downstream from Barton Springs Pool, where downed trees are piled on the sides of the trail and part of the 20-foot bank down to Barton Creek has slid.

On the bright side? I noticed this morning that the Zilker Tree is already going up. Elves have attached the first strands of lights to the moonlight tower in Zilker Park, and it won’t be long before more go up.

The lights are going up on the Zilker Tree. Photo by Pam LeBlanc
The lights are going up on the Zilker Tree. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

And crossing the pedestrian bridge over Barton Creek today, I spotted these two kayakers out for a paddle.

You don’t see that when you’re stuck in a car on Mopac…

Kayakers paddle up Barton Creek on Tuesday morning. Photo by Pam LeBlanc
Kayakers paddle up Barton Creek on Tuesday morning. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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