Forest Ridge is a new park, with dramatic views and steep climbs for hiking, dedicated to the preservation of two endangered species, the golden-cheeked warbler and the black-capped vireo. Forest Ridges reputation for being so difficult has attracted a lot of daredevils. Enter near RM 2222 and Loop 360.
To reach the hiking trailhead for Forest Ridge from the intersection of US 183 and I-35 in Austin, go northwest on US 183 for 4.7 miles to the 360 loop. Go southwest on the 360 loop for 1.7 miles to Spicewood Springs Rd. Turn right (north) and go about 2.5 miles to a parking lot on the left.
Overall, Forest Ridge is the 4th most popular hiking trail of all 32 hikes in Texas.