The Madrone Canyon is a five-acre natural area between the Laura Bush Community Library and the TRI complex located west of downtown Austin, Texas. The land was generously donated in 2005 by TRI for a second branch location for Westbank Library. The Madrone Canyon is maintained by The Friends of the Westbank Libraries who are committed to supporting and preserving the canyon and trails.
Join the Friends for a hike through the Madrone Canyon on the first Saturday of every month at 10:00 a.m. No registration required, simply show up at the trailhead at the back of the Laura Bush parking lot. Feel free to print, fill out and bring the waiver form with you. Your hike guide will point out different features of the canyon environment including vegetation, wildlife, and indigenous plants. The Madrone Trail is about a mile long and takes about a half hour each way to hike. It is hilly and requires sensible shoes. If you bring small children, you should be prepared to carry them through parts of it. During warm weather please wear a brimmed hat and bring a water bottle. We expect visitors to be respectful of this natural resource by obeying trail rules, posted at the trailhead.
The Madrone Canyon has benefited from several Eagle Scout Projects through the years including Robert R. who developed the original trailhead, Bobby D. constructed the first trail path, Drew P. and Alex T. who rerouted the trail after TRI expansion, Clayton J. built a footbridge and steps to easier navigate the decent of the trail, Drake B. expanded the wildflower garden and path leading to trailhead, and Maxson B. plotted and mapped the more than 50 Madrone trees in the canyon. For a list of the trees and their coordinates visit http://maxsonslboyd.wix.com/madrones.
For more information about other Friends of the Westbank Library sponsored activities and events please visit the Friends of Westbank Library website. For more information about the Madrone Canyon or Saturday hikes please email Jean Love El Harim. We invite you to visit the Madrone Canyon blog for more information about the canyon vegetation.