Eisenhower Park, Yucca and Hill View Trails

San Antonio, Texas

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This hike is best in cooler weather or cloudy days, as it is sunny and dry and there is no water on the route, so be sure you carry enough for you and Fido. There are shaded pavilions, restrooms, and water fountains at the parking area. This rugged urban park offers a number of trail options. The Hill View Trail is the longest, following the perimeter for roughly 2.5 miles. But a significant portion, a wide, rocky, partially shady uphill route going clockwise from the parking area, hews close to a tall fence with a noisy quarry on the other side, then along some very large and noisy powerlines. A better alternative is to head in a clockwise direction on the Yucca Trail, which is paved for about a quarter mile, then becomes a narrow route, alternately smooth dirt and rocky jumble that resembles a streambed more than a trail. It winds in and out of cedar trees and gradually climbs until it joins the Cedar Flats Trail—the trails here are very well marked. Even though this roadlike trail is asphalt surface, it is flanked by lush growth.

Eisenhower Park, Yucca and Hill View Trails Professional Review and Guide

"This hike is best in cooler weather or cloudy days, as it is sunny and dry and there is no water on the route, so be sure you carry enough for you and Fido. There are shaded pavilions, restrooms, and water fountains at the parking area. This rugged urban park offers a number of trail options. The Hill View Trail is the longest, following the perimeter for roughly 2.5 miles. But a significant portion, a wide, rocky, partially shady uphill route going clockwise from the parking area, hews close to a tall fence with a noisy quarry on the other side, then along some very large and noisy powerlines.

A better alternative is to head in a clockwise direction on the Yucca Trail, which is paved for about a quarter mile, then becomes a narrow route, alternately smooth dirt and rocky jumble that resembles a streambed more than a trail. It winds in and out of cedar trees and gradually climbs until it joins the Cedar Flats Trail—the trails here are very well marked. Even though this roadlike trail is asphalt surface, it is flanked by lush growth."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: San Antonio
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 170 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: October - May
Trailhead Elevation: 1,035 feet
Top Elevation: 1,300 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Eisenhower Park
Local Maps: USGS Castle Hills and Camp Bullis; San Antonio Parks and Recreation Eisenhower Park Trail Guide
Driving Directions: Directions to Eisenhower Park, Yucca and Hill View Trails

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