Mt. Bonnell, also known as Covert Park, has been a popular tourist destination since the 1850s. The mount provides a vista for viewing the city of Austin, Lake Austin, and the surrounding hills. The mount is often described as the highest point in Austin, with the elevation at its peak about 775 feet. The mount was named after George W. Bonnell, who came to Texas with others to fight for Texas independence.
Mt. Bonnell 也叫做 Covert Park，自1850年起就是這裡著名的旅遊勝地。在山上可以看到整個Austin城市、Austin湖及圍繞著的山坡群。這座山號稱為Austin的最高峰，最高處也只有775英呎(236公尺)。這座山是以一個早期為德州國獨立抗爭的報社出版商 George W. Bonnell 而命名。
Yesterday was a kid’s school holiday, I figured since it’s a weekday, there would be less people at Mt. Bonnell. Otherwise, it was usually crowded over there. Exactly what I thought, the roadside parking was usually packed but it was half empty yesterday. Immediately, we saw empty cans and bottles along the side of the stairs. It’s kind of a tourist spot for Austin, so I can imagine there would be more trash, since some visitors were less concerned about the local environment.
It must be over 20 years since I last went to Mt. Bonnell. It was a bit different from what I remember, walking up the long stairs from the entrance was effortless. Maybe because the mountain trails we hiked back in Taiwan were much higher and steeper than this little hilltop trail. It took us less than a minute to reach the top of the mountain (or hill). All the kids including myself were wondering, “What? That’s it?” How come I remember the stairs were much tougher than this? Maybe because I was still hung over from the all-night partying last time I came. I wasn’t exactly an outdoor kind of guy back in the day
The rock steps platform where we were usually sitting and overseeing Austin downtown, was blocked by an ugly house. Not sure what facility was that, or maybe it’s a private property? But it definitely ruins the view of the highest mountain in Austin. I also remember back then, there were no railing around the area, only the warning sign. I guess there were more people who fell off the cliff. Anyway, there was still a beautiful view at the other side of the mountain to oversee the Colorado River.
There were many trash cans in the park up on the hill, but still there were so many beer cans, cigarette butts thrown on the ground and in the bushes. We picked up a total of 4~5 bags of trash at the end of our hike. But there were many beer cans and bottles over the other side of the railing which were beyond our reach. We’ve done the best we can, and we were not about to risk our lives for someone’s rubbish behavior. Overall, it was a good hike and a good flashback of old-time memories. Right after the hike at the Mt. Bonnell, we ended up going to Lake Austin for lunch at Hula Hut and having a coffee at the famous Mozart’s. Yesterday was definitely a walk down memory lane.