Sunrise at Mount Bonnell

My last few post were about things to do late at night, so this week I’m changing the time of day to early in the morning.

 A starry night atop of one of Austin’s most romantic spots is another great place to take a date. Since I have lived in Austin,  Mount Bonnell is one of my favorite places to go to watch a sunset.  I have always liked to go for sunrise, but other people prefer sunset. 

Carissa Crawford

Mount Bonnell visitor, Carissa Crawford, says “They sky colors are prettier during the sunset…I can also see it being pretty for a nature walk.”

Mt. Bonnell overlooks the Westlake hills. It’s also the highest point in Austin at almost 800 feet. At the top, it overlooks the hill country and gives a perfect view of Lake Austin.

There is no admittance fee to Mt. Bonnell. The million dollar homes beneath the mountain make the experience priceless. On a clear sunny day, like this morning, you can see the downtown skyline.

No matter which way you go on the trail, there are several picnic areas as well as guard rails for your protection. I have never seen any type of restrooms on the hill so your best bet is to go at home.  Don’t bother going behind a bush either, since the majority of them are pretty sparse.  

Mt. Bonnell

The only thing I hate about Mt. Bonnell is the long trek up the endless flight of stairs. By the time you get to the top you’re usually overwhelmed by the steps. Going down is just as worse and a little scary. Recently it’s been a little chilly in the morning so you should definitely bring a light jacket, but if you have someone to snuggle with they might be able to keep you warm.

For any suggestions about different events or unique places to go in Austin, please send an e-mail to Klrobin501@aol.com.


6 Responses to “Sunrise at Mount Bonnell”

  1. 1 Lonny
    November 6, 2009 at 10:24 am

    I have been meaning to check Mount Bonnell out. A friend of mine almost convinced me into going at sunrise too, but I just couldn’t wake up. I love that picture over looking the water. So pretty.

  2. November 6, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Well the sunset is just as nice, maybe you could make that instead.

  3. 3 Leigh.
    November 8, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    the 360 bridge is also a lovely scenic spot to sit and watch a sunrise! not as many stairs, either.

  4. November 8, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    I’ve never been but I’ve heard so many good things. Definitely need to check it out while the weather is still nice.

  5. June 20, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Fantastic article. I Have Not had a opportunity to peruse this all completely however have saved as a favorite this site and will definitely come back. Maintain the good work!

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