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McAllister Park - Blue Loop

San Antonio, TX

Great park for mountain biking. The blue loop is fairly easy; however, it can get tough during the summer months when temperatures soar and there is little shade. Plan to start early to beat the heat and the crowd.

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McAllister Park - Blue Loop
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On a typical day I'm a simple suburban street rucker. Yesterday late afternoon I decided to expand my horizons and hike the much talked about blue loop at McAllister Park. Right off the bat I believed the route to look fairly simple, the map depicted a thick blue loop that left me with no questions or concerns on how I would get there and REMAIN on the loop. Boy was I wrong! I'm still trying to figure out where I went wrong. Eventually, markers became less common and if there were any they would be knocked down and missing the arrows. The seemingly hundreds of forks in the trail made me constantly doubt my direction. I know for a fact I made it to the archway on the blue loop and was presented with yet three other directions to proceed. Somehow I made it back the beginning of that part of the loop, talk about MIND F*** and proceeded to back track. I found a trail that lead me to a soccer field (somewhere near the dog park, I'm assuming) and from then on walked on the paved drive way back to the kitty park near the entrance. What a hike! Overall it took me about two and a half hours and 7.5 miles to finish my hike, the trails were absolutely beautiful and as I was surrounded but nothing but trees and deer for company I was astonished on how vast this park really was. As a total newbie, I can warn other newbs that going on a hike on a whim and with no real information on the quality of the trail is no bueno. I don't regret it in the least, but it would have saved a lot of future anxiety and frustration if I had properly figured out a way to get around hassle free. Anyways, rucking off the street was an awesome experience and I know I'll be doing it again soon.

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Eisenhower Park Hill View Trail
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Watch out for snakes! I came across a 3ft rattler on this trail. The trail is clearly marked that wildlife is present. So I took the risk. I'm glad the snake gave me a good 5-6ft warning with its rattle. I have warnings to fellow hikers I met on my way back to the trailhead. I also saw a couple of bunnies, a few lizards and two squirrels. :-)

The hike has some shade but not nearly enough. I was hiking between 8:30-10 and it was boiling in this hot summer July morning. I've tried this park twice bc it's my motto - "Try everything...twice" but this last snake experience coupled with the lack of shade has made me decide this might be my final time. However, th at being said, I love hiking, but can be a wuss when it comes to nature. So don't let my experience deter you. If you like the more natural experience this is for you.

FYI, the difficulty is fairly easy to slightly moderate. Terrain isn't too insane.

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Friedrich Wilderness Park Vista Loop Trail
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

I love the trails here! There is something for everyone. They have easy paved paths, moderate unpaved, and difficult unpaved paths. They have also added several new trails that can get a bit difficult. Please note that while the new trails are marked on the path and in the paper map available at the trailhead, the online maps do not show them. I had to learn the hard way. I went in today thinking I was going to hike a couple of miles, got turned around on a new trail and had to double back. My 2 mile moderate hike inadvertently turned into a 5 mile difficult trek. However, it did give me a chance to listen to Reese Witherspoon read Harper Lee's new novel, Go Set a Watchman. :) Luckily, 90% of the trails I've done here are fairly shaded.

I'm still getting into shape from having weightloss surgery, so what is very difficult for me, may not be the case for someone else. That being said bring your water, grab a map at the trailhead, take a towel to dab the sweat, and know that if you take the side trails located off of the Main Loop, you're going to have to deal with some elevation. Happy trailblazing!

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Leon Creek Vista at O.P. Schnabel Park
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1 Completed 3 Reviews

I am relocating to SA from Houston, which is the best bike trail in or around SA, please not 1.2 miles...

Any recommendations??

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Leon Creek Vista at O.P. Schnabel Park
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1 Completed 3 Reviews

I am relocating to SA from Houston, which is the best bike trail in or around SA, please not 1.2 miles...

Any recommendations??

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Leon Creek Vista at O.P. Schnabel Park
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1 Completed 3 Reviews

Are you serious when you say this trail is 1.2 miles. This is not even enough to break a sweat...:(

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Comanche Lookout Loop
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San Antonio Botanical Gardens Trail
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18 Completed 15 Reviews

The botanical gardens are a beautiful oasis. The labeling of flowers, trees, and plants make it interesting and is good for any age group. I especially enjoyed Koi pond and the Tropical Center. There are several historic sites to include homes that have been moved there years ago. The max price to get in is $10 per person for an adult, military is $8. They have a gift shop in a place to eat in there. Overall a great short excursion that is not difficult.

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McAllister Park - Blue Loop
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

The bad: The trails are not marked well. Trees were cars drive need to be trimmed. Some areas need better maintenance. The Mosquitos were huge at dusk so be prepared. The good: we had a good three mile walk.

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