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Old 08-25-2007, 12:45 AM
Location: Western Bexar County
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Here is a nice web site that has reviews of hiking areas in and around San Antonio area.

LocalHikes - Hikes and trails near San Antonio, Texas
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Old 08-25-2007, 08:12 AM
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I had already found that link, but thanks for posting it here, Steel Man!

I would encourage anyone who likes the outdoors to go to the Lost Maples East and West trails photos on that link. It looks completely gorgeous, and it's one of the places I really want to go hike once it cools off a little. Right now I'm keeping my hiking to early mornings. :-)

Have you been to Lost Maples, Steel Man?

I am truly amazed at the wealth of large nature areas here within easy distance. The terrain is gorgeous, and just challenging enough IMHO. I bought a book called "60 hikes in 60 miles - San Antonio and Austin", and it's chock full of nearby hikes. There are evidently big plans here in the NW to eventually link together all the bits and pieces of the Leon Creek Greenway, which has only little short isolated pieces with trails right now. That will be cool if it's ever complete.
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Old 08-27-2007, 11:35 AM
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Interesting. I'm suprised to see so few - there are quite a few big parks in the area that have pretty decent trails...

We've hiked the west loop of Lost Maples... it's a beautiful hike, and plenty challenging for a day hike. I also recommend Enchanted Rock, Ink's Lake, and Colorado Bend State Parks for some great day hikes.
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Old 08-28-2007, 06:39 PM
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Here is a complete listing of trails available at San Antonio parks. We've had some nice hikes in a few of the city natural areas (Friedrich, Eisenhower, Crownridge Canyon, etc); and O.P. Schnabel park is right on the proposed Leon Creek Greenbelt (or whatever it is called). There are a lot of trails once you drop into the creek area, but be aware that there are also a lot of mountain bikers who use the trails.

And Government Canyon is just outside of 1604...

...but it has been closed for the past few weeks due to damage caused by the heavy rains and some construction in the park, so call before heading there. I've mountain biked the trails out there are they are very technical, do not head out to the Back Country unless you are properly equipped and carrying at least several liters of water. Also, there have been reports of "strange sounds" and
rattlesnakes and "IT" (likely mountain lions) so be forewarned! Still, it's worth the risk!

Cheers! M2
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