The 10 mile Pedernales Falls State Park Juniper Ridge Trail, highlighted in blue up there, is fairly new, having been officially completed within the past 5 years.
It was designed as a collaborative effort between the Park Service and the Austin mountain biking community and largely built by the mountain bikers as a mildly technical single-track.
Because of that this trail feels distinctly different from the rest around here as it zig-zags wildly through the Junipers and rugged terrain of the southern end of the park, often skirting along the ragged, stacked limestone edges of ridge-lines with an abundance of man-made jumps
This is in stark contrast to the older, and very popular, Wolf Mountain Trail which follows the track of one of the old roads in the area.
Though I have seen the knobby-tire tracks of bikes on Juniper Ridge, I have never actually encountered any wheeled contraptions on this trail which, as shaded and lesser-traveled as it is, also makes a great hiking trail.
The shaded portion of my track is the western half
of the Juniper Ridge Trail, the rest is just
me getting to and from the trail
But at 10 miles long it is already an ambitious day-hike. Then, to make it even more ambitious, throw in the fact that this trail doesn't actually touch a trailhead anywhere along it's length which means you have to hike other trails just to get to and from it, and you have an epic on your hands, especially when, like me, you're too stubborn to move The Van from it's campsite to a closer trailhead which adds even more miles to the epic.