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blueBlack Emilie and Albert Friedrich Wilderness Park Outer Loop

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6.5 mile 10.5 kilometer loop
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Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 678' 207 m
Descent: -678' -207 m
High: 1,424' 434 m
Low: 1,171' 357 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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Enjoy a combination of trails at Friedrich Wilderness Park that form a long and challenging 6.5-mile loop hike.

Richard White

Features Birding · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Emily and Albert Friedrich Wilderness Park is closed Christmas Day and New Years day. After heavy rains, backcountry trails are closed for trail erosion preservation.

Overview

This hike combines multiple trails in the Emilie and Albert Friedrich Wilderness Park on the northwest side of San Antonio (Bexar County) to form a pleasant 6.5-mile loop. Prepare to navigate a lot of elevation change as the route traverses rolling terrain and multiple ridgelines. On the Vista Loop Trail, you'll encounter some rock scrambling as well.

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Bring good hiking shoes and plenty of water and sunscreen.

Description

This loop follows much (and in some cases, all) of the following trails at Emilie and Albert Friedrich Wilderness Park to form a long and challenging hike:

Main Loop Trail - About 1.7 miles of mostly shaded trail and a steep climb to the top with some good views of the Texas Hill country.

Juniper Ridge Trail - A short connector trail on a ridgeline.

Fern Del Trail - A short connector trail that climbs the main ridgeline.

Bosque Trail - A forested bottom land trail.

Vista Loop Trail - A one-mile trail that contains a steep climb and involves some limited rock scrambling.

Restoration Way - A 2.9-mile trek through rugged terrain on the back side of the park. Most of the views in Emily and Albert Friedrich Wilderness Park are found on this trail.

Juniper Barrens Trail - A 0.6-mile trail that is relatively flat and shaded.

Water Trail - A 0.3-mile trail that passes an old mill and windmill site.

Flora & Fauna

Live Oak, Texas Mountain Laurel, Mountain Ash, deer, wild boar, squirrels, etc.

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May 26, 2019
Robert Lara III
6.5mi
Oct 21, 2018
Jarrett Green
Oct 6, 2018
Tracey Amos
6mi
Aug 15, 2018
Gavin Peterson
With Taryn. 3.2mi
Jul 13, 2018
Ryan Riessen
6.5mi
Apr 28, 2018
Greg Stewart
Restoration way + main trail loop
Feb 28, 2018
Nathan Clark
Beautiful trail despite the wet conditions today. Rock was a little slippery from rain. Trail was so much fun!
Dec 3, 2017
Richard White
6.5mi — 3h 00m

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  4.8 from 8 votes

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