Friedrich Wilderness Park Main Loop, Vista Loop, and Fern Del Trail

San Antonio, Texas

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Perched high on the Balcones Escarpment, this hike becomes exhilarating on the short Fern Del Trail. Go up steep limestone outcroppings, called steps, through a dwarf forest and along a single-track, cliff-hugging path overlooking the canyon. Vista Loop offers a glimpse of the San Antonio skyline. Follow segments of the Main Loop, Vista Loop, Fern Del, and Water Trail to get the best of Friedrich. The golden-cheeked warbler, an endangered species, may be seen during its nesting season. This hike combines sections of the Main Loop, Vista Loop, Fern Del Trail, and Water Trail to view the contrast between the ?at valleys, dwarf forests, narrow ridge tops, steep hillsides, and limestone balcones found in the park. All trails have signs telling their level of difficulty, from Level One, the easiest, to Level Four, the most difficult.
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by Keith Stelter (Falcon Guides)

Perched high on the Balcones Escarpment, this hike becomes exhilarating on the short Fern Del Trail. Go up steep limestone outcroppings, called steps, through a dwarf forest and along a single-track, cliff-hugging path overlooking the canyon. Vista Loop offers a glimpse of the San Antonio skyline. Follow segments of the Main Loop, Vista Loop, Fern Del, and Water Trail to get the best of Friedrich. The golden-cheeked warbler, an endangered species, may be seen during its nesting season.

This hike combines sections of the Main Loop, Vista Loop, Fern Del Trail, and Water Trail to view the contrast between the ?at valleys, dwarf forests, narrow ridge tops, steep hillsides, and limestone balcones found in the park. All trails have signs telling their level of difficulty, from Level One, the easiest, to Level Four, the most difficult.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: San Antonio
Distance: 2.3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1.75 hours
Season: September to June
Driving Directions: Directions to Friedrich Wilderness Park: Main Loop, Vista Loop, and Fern Del Trail

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