Lytle's Loop Trail

MODERATE 28 reviews

Lytle's Loop Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near San Antonio, TX that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from February until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.6 miles 124 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
6 days ago

A bit too much for first hike of season when you fallen out of shape. Not bad scenery wise.

road biking
12 days ago

Deceptive site. You are asked to sign up and create an account but you will not be able to download and/or print any maps of the trail that you want to try, unless you upgrade $$$ to PRO.

4 months ago

Good trail to take the dogs for a walk. Varied landscape.

8 months ago

Was easy, but a little too long for our 6 & 8 year olds.

hiking
9 months ago

Cost's money to get in, so bring cash or a checkbook.

hiking
11 months ago

Not much cover so bring water and sun block

mountain biking
11 months ago

Picked up some good speed on this trail. Offers a variety of riding disciplines to tackle. Would have given it 5 stars if it weren't for the random loose rocks scattered along the trail.

hiking
1 year ago

Good trail to see nature and birds.

10-18-14
went with a couple people. technical enough and held up to my expectations. be prepared to hike a bit of it if you're not experienced enough.

walking
2 years ago

Nice, easy walk through the Texas scrub brush. Took the dog and he had a good time, too.

trail running
2 years ago

I run Government Canyon State Natural Area (SNA) quite a bit, usually Lytle's Loop/Savannah Loop in the front country, with the dogs. A quick, easy 5-7 mile trail run. I decided to try the Joe Johnston trail in the back country section this past weekend. 10 miles out and back. JJ is a much more rugged, technical, rocky, hilly trail, but compensates with better points of interest and views. Went on a Friday morning, so there were only a few other runners and two mtn bikers on the trail. Definitely run the trail system in the back country if you are looking for longer, technical trail runs in prep for an ultra. Take water, although there are bathrooms and water fountains at the parking lots. Cost to enter the SNA is $7 I think, although I purchased an annual pass that grants access to all Texas SNA. Well worth the cost if you plan to use the park system. Make sure to grab a trail map before you head out. All in all a good technical trail. See you on the trails.

mountain biking
2 years ago

went joe johnson, up wildcat to sendero balcones around to joe j. then carrols loop back down joe j to recharge and up far reaches to turn back around for a great downhill. recommendations: twin oaks should be ridden down, wildcat was technical uphill w a few downward slopes, and far reaches is either a BRUTAL uphill climb or a great downhill (north to south). over all a great day be ready for your arms back and legs to get beaten.

hiking
2 years ago

Took Joe Johnston to Sendero Balcones to Twin Oaks back to Joe Johnston, about a 9.8 mile hike, plenty of rocks along the way, not much on views. Lots of people enjoying the trails, mountain bikers, runners and hikers alike.

hiking
2 years ago

Hiked Joe Johnston Route and Caroline's Loop. Made the mistake of hiking in August and it was very hot. Started the trail at 7am, but there is not much shade through large portions of the trail. There are some sharp rocks to navigate, but overall the trail is very easy. Elevation gain is minimal and should be suitable for any hiker.

mountain biking
2 years ago

Very easy trail for hiking or mountain biking. This trail, which is in the frontcountry, is dog friendly.

mountain biking
3 years ago

Hurried out there following work on a Friday. Like most people have said, it is very rocky. Was a rough ride but the joe Johnson wasn't too bad, the other trails like wildcat and Sendero got really rocky. All in all not a bad ride, but like in other reviewers, of I return it will be to hike.

hiking
3 years ago

Beautiful hike. We took some other trails and spend about five hours in the park.

hiking
3 years ago

Took the Johnston trail to Wildcat Canyon, then to the Balcones trail, definitely lots of trails here, not much to look at as far as views go, lots of mountain cedar mixed in with Oak trees, mountain laurel, and lots of rock lol, trails are pretty rocky, even for mountain bikes, so be sure to take it slow!

mountain biking
3 years ago

mountain biking
3 years ago

Lytle's Loop Trail is great as a beginner's hiking trail, especially in the spring when the wildflowers are blooming, and also as an introductory mountain bike trail. There are just enough hills, rocks, and sharp corners to keep the ride interesting, without the need for advanced technical skills (which you'll need if you try to ride in the back-country trails!) The trail is narrow in spots, and riders are traveling in both directions, so keep your eyes open, especially as you approach a sharp corner.