Hill Country State Natural Area Hermit’s Trace

Bandera, Texas

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Hermit’s Trace in the Hill Country State Natural Area offers strenuous hiking combined with the feeling of being in the wilderness. There are two difficult climbs and descents, made more treacherous by loose rock. Cross several seasonal creeks that are usually dry but may have running water after heavy rains. Signs of flash flooding, a Hill Country phenomenon, can be seen around some of the creek beds, so watch the weather. In October, see roosting monarch butterflies resting during their migration to Mexico. This is a strenuous hike, due to inclines and descents and rough trail surfaces. This is one of the most difficult hikes in the park and not recommended for young children or folks in poor physical condition.
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by Keith Stelter (Falcon Guides)

Hermit’s Trace in the Hill Country State Natural Area offers strenuous hiking combined with the feeling of being in the wilderness. There are two difficult climbs and descents, made more treacherous by loose rock. Cross several seasonal creeks that are usually dry but may have running water after heavy rains. Signs of flash flooding, a Hill Country phenomenon, can be seen around some of the creek beds, so watch the weather. In October, see roosting monarch butterflies resting during their migration to Mexico.

This is a strenuous hike, due to inclines and descents and rough trail surfaces. This is one of the most difficult hikes in the park and not recommended for young children or folks in poor physical condition.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Bandera
Distance: 2.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: September to June
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: USGS Tarpley Pass and Twin Hollows quads
Driving Directions: Directions to Hill Country State Natural Area: Hermit’s Trace

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May 2018