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Hillview Natural Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This hike takes in the perimeter of Eisenhower Park in northwest San Antonio, a natural area that serves bikers, joggers, and hikers. Leashed pets can also enjoy this walk through Hill Country woodland. The goal is an observation tower with views of the city."
--Charlie Llewellin and Johnny Molloy, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Antonio & Austin (Menasha Ridge Press).
This trail is worth the drive. The Rim Rock trail is 2.2 miles but it joins the Shin Oak Trail which is .5 miles and the Indiangrass Trail which is 1.5 miles. The Rim Rock has a fair amount of shade but the Shin Oak is on the plateau and in full sun on a 4x4 road, the Indiangrass has the most diverse landscape and is worthwhile. They are all accessed from the Doeskin Ranch parking area which also includes two fairly flat and short trails near the parking lot, the Pond and Prairie Trail and the Creek Trail they are a mile combined. They area had been recently burned when we hiked but new grass was emerging. Max elevation change in any leg is less than 200'. Maps are at the trailhead. The bathrooms are pit toilets but well maintained.
This hike is definitely worth the trip. Beautiful countryside not far from Austin, and the Spring-fed pool at the end of the trail is a treat.
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