Wolf Mountain Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Blanco County, Texas. It is within Pedernales Falls State Park. It is 6.0 miles long and begins at 1,055 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,101 feet. The Headquarters Overlook viewpoint and the Headquarters ranger station are near the trailhead. The Jones Spring can be seen along the trail.
Wolf Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This trail explores the high country of Pedernales Falls State Park, where views, creeks, a spring, and a homesite await the trekker. The park, set in a swath of emerald green Hill Country just west of Dripping Springs, offers the nearest remote wilderness to Austin. The Wolf Mountain Trail also has a popular backcountry campsite. Water is available at the trailhead. Restrooms are available at the park office and near the camping area on the trail."
--Charlie Llewellin and Johnny Molloy, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Antonio & Austin (Menasha Ridge Press).
"The Texas Hill Country, a cave-riddled limestone uplift overlain by oak and juniper woodlands also known as the Edwards Plateau, provides the setting for Pedernales Falls State Park. This scenic region of Texas has traditionally been favored by both ranchers and biologists for its terraced, grass-covered landscape and abundant springfed creeks and rivers. While the Texas Hill Country is splendid any time of year, it really stands out during springtime wildflower blooms when millions of bluebonnets, paintbrush, bee balm, and firewheels blanket the countryside like woven tapestries."
--E. Dan Klepper, 100 Classic Hikes in Texas (The Mountaineers Books).
"It is always such a homecoming for me to return to the banks of the Pedernales River. I have always had a real special place in my heart for this park. On a hot day it would be foolish to drive all the way out here and not go fall into the river for a while. I do it every time. The trail here is mostly an old dirt road that runs out of the south side of the main park area and winds back to a couple of springs. The kind with water, not the bouncy ones. Great places to take a break and snap a few shots of your bike. Take your shoes off and dip them in the water when you can. Admire the scenery. Don’t be in a hurry; this is a place for relaxing, smelling the prickly pears and all that. After the road, you can connect with a couple of miles of fairly serious singletrack and go up on the ridge (they call it Wolf Mountain). The climbing is substantial and tricky because most of the trail surface is loose rock or exposed rock, and there’s a place or two that just might be scary to an old guy like me."
--Chuck Cypert, Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma (Menasha Ridge Press).
"This wide, easy trail offers some spectacular Hill Country views from the loop on top of Wolf Mountain. The doubletrack sections that lead you out to the Wolf Mountain loop and back are well marked and smooth, covered with crushed caliche rock. Though it seems easy going, creek crossings provide some leg-pumping climbs, so be prepared. The trail crosses a few creeks before it reaches the primitive camping area, where there are outhouses next to the trail (just in case). After that, traffic lessens and the trail starts winding a little more. Once you pass Jones Spring—a beautiful spot for a breather and a photo or two—you start the ascent to the top of Wolf Mountain. There are some tough rock ledges to get up, and they come at you unexpectedly; again, be prepared. The climb to the top provides the best singletrack out here, which may prompt you to come back down the way you went up. Tread: Mostly doubletrack, with some singletrack."
--Christopher Hess, Mountain Biking Texas (Falcon Guides).
"About 40 miles west of Austin. A moderately easy day hike through the Hill Country above the Pedernales River. Special Attractions: Hill Country River, views. Permit required for camping."
--Laurence Parent, Hiking Texas (Falcon Guides).
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