Wolf Mountain Trail

Pedernales Falls State Park, Texas

Elevation Gain1,101ft
Trailhead Elevation1,055ft
Elevation Min/Max907/1069ft
Elevation Start/End1055/1055ft

Wolf Mountain Trail

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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

Wolf Mountain Trail Reviews

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Let me preface all of the following by saying this was my first time on a bicycle in at least 10 years, and my main purpose was to grab geocaches. I was with a friend of mine who competes in Iron Man Competitions, and she averages @13-15 mph on an average day. I did not think I would make it all the way to Jonas Springs and I figured she would be frustrated with me not being able to keep up. And while there were times she had to wait for me as I walked my bike up a few steep inclines, I did make it to Jonas Creek and back without too much trouble. We stayed on the main trail closest to the Primitive camping, evidently there is more technical terrain if you take one of the south forks, which we did not do. Jonas Spring was beautiful, and well-worth the ride. The trail is wide and road-based, but there are little side trails going off here and there through the woods that were fun to connect up to. Looked like you could make your way down to some swimming holes on the creeks along the way. After we were finished my GPSr said that we had done @9 miles in about 4 hours. I look forward to going back to camp at the primitive site, and hike/bike around the rest of the park.
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Very scenic park with surprisingly few visitors. Cliffs overlook lake travis. Several good spots to jump off into the lake including a 70 foot cliff right off the main road. The main trail cuts throught woods/brush in the center of the park, something to do while its cool out in the morning before heading to the lake.

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Pedernales Falls State Park
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Pedernales Falls State Park
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Pedernales Falls State Park
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Nov 2018