Government Canyon State Natural Area, Lytle’s Loop Trail

San Antonio, Texas 78254

Government Canyon State Natural Area, Lytle’s Loop Trail

Government Canyon State Natural Area, Lytle’s Loop Trail Professional Guide

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"This is a relatively new park with more than 36 miles of trails in two areas, the Frontcountry and the Backcountry. Texas Parks and Wildlife purchased this 8600-plus-acre park in cooperation with a number of other partners, including government, nonprofit and private entities, and individuals.

It lies on the Balcones Escarpment, an area of canyons that are the easternmost boundary of the Edwards Plateau, and nearly 90 percent of the land is over the recharge zone for the Edwards Aquifer, the source of drinking water for San Antonio."

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"The Savannah Loop in the front country of Government Canyon State Natural Area is one of the tamer trails in this state natural area. This is a good hike for families. The trail parallels Government Canyon Creek for the first third, and then goes through meadows and woods. A mix of single- and double-track sections adds interest to the hike. Among the animals and birds calling the park home, coyotes, wild hogs, turkeys, venomous and nonvenomous snakes are the most likely to be seen." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Antonio & Austin (Menasha Ridge Press)
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"This hike follows Government Canyon in the state natural area that bears its name to an overlook and old ranch house. Nearby are springs and dinosaur tracks. On the return journey, wander through a grove of live oaks hung with Spanish moss that was home to early inhabitants of the land." Read more

Government Canyon State Natural Area, Lytle’s Loop Trail Reviews

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6/28/2011
Not bad... Good location.

Trails are maintained well but the north east section is often closed. Will want to call to check that.

A bit to main stream for hiking great for biking.
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9/26/2010
This is the best all mountain riding in South Texas, period. I've been riding this trail for a little of five years and volunteer as a trail patrol because it's the best ride around. The front country is great for warm-ups and family rides. Dogs are permitted in the front country so watch out. The back country will test any level of rider with short steep technical accents and fast technical descents.

My favorite ride in the back country is to take the Recharge trail to Far Reaches. From there you will climb for two miles through oaks, mesquite and limestone rock gardens to an overlook. The second half of Far Reaches is a series of switchbacks, and roller coaster single track until you descend to "crossroads" (intersection of Sendero Balcones, Wildcat Canyon and Far Reaches. Take a right and head up Sendero Balcones. It's about a half mile to the summit where you begin a gradual descent for about 1.5 miles. Continue on SB to where it dead ends into the top of Joe Johnson Trail. Continue on JJ to Carolines Loop. Once you make it to the top of CL prepare yourself for a hand numbing, teeth jarring 20 mph descent back to JJ (fun!!!!). Right on JJ and the park entrance is about 3 miles.

There are two main trails in the back country that run northwest from the park entrance (JJ and Sendero). Recharge/Far Reaches run north along the right before looping back to Sendero. Wildcat Canyon, Twin Oaks and Little Windmill (in that order) connect JJ with Sendero. Carolines Loop is on the furthermost point Northwest.

Have fun!
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Trail Information

San Antonio
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.8
Distance
50 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2.4 hours
Duration
Spring - Fall
Season
1,100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,040 feet
Top Elevation
Government Canyon State Natural Area
Local Contacts
Texas Parks and Wildlife Government Canyon State Natural Area Map
Local Maps

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Dec 2018