Government Canyon State Natural Area, Lytle’s Loop Trail

San Antonio, Texas

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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.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country & Gulf Coast

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country & Gulf Coast

by Melissa Gaskill (The Mountaineers Books)

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.

©  Melissa Gaskill/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: San Antonio
Distance: 4.8
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2.4 hours
Season: Spring - Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,100 feet
Top Elevation: 1,040 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Government Canyon State Natural Area
Local Maps: Texas Parks and Wildlife Government Canyon State Natural Area Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Government Canyon State Natural Area, Lytle’s Loop Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/28/2011
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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.


9/26/2010
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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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May 2018