I took a walk last week and decided to see if I could follow the proposed route of the Violet Crown Trail from Barton Creek up to Sunset Valley. At least this is roughly the route that I think it will take based on the map on the trail’s website.
The starting point is just down stream from the Mopac bridge, site of a large swimming hole when the creek is full as it is now.
From there it follows the path of Gaines Creek upstream. This is a popular mountain bike and hiking trail, called Sweet 16 by some because it crosses the creek about sixteen times from the start to the end at the old entrance to Travis Country.
At some point, I’m not sure of the official route, the trail will leave the creek and existing trail and head uphill to the shopping center at the corner of 290/71 and Mopac. As far as I can tell it will emerge roughly behind the Sams Club store.
This is a fairly rough trail, so don’t expect anything like the Ladybird Lake hike and bike experience. It’s steep and rocky in places so even an expert mountain biker may be walking in a few spots. Total distance is one mile, so this may become a popular route to Twin Falls at some point if parking in the shopping center lot is allowed.
On my way down to the creek I followed Sycamore Creek out of Travis Country and saw the results of the recent flood. It’s amazing what the force of water can do.