Madrone Trail is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Canyon Lake, Texas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This loop hike is actually 8.5 miles! There are mile markers along the trail and that's how I know it it WAAAY longer than 5.6 as stated above. It's really easy terrain just a longer hike. Lots of abandoned picnic tables, boat ramp and bathrooms shelters throughout the hike. Keep your dog on leash though as there are deer. A fun afternoon hike with beautiful views of the lake. We saw only 1 other person on the trail!
Good views along the trail
Moderately difficult terrain. Offers some excellent views of the lake, though often hidden by cedar trees. If you are sneaky you can walk up on one of the dozens of whitetail deer. One of the more fun trails I've hiked. There are many tables along the way to stop and rest or have a picnic. The trail is not well kept up or marked - if you think you've lost the trail, just look ahead a few yards and you'll find it. Would recommend to hikers looking for something to fill an afternoon. If you are out of shape or not experienced this one may be a little difficult.
if you use the trail to the west of the parking lot and head north.. there will be the south bound trail marked with an orange tube on the ground. the trail does pass over rock sections and roads so it is sometimes hard to see where the trail resumes..just look forward about 5 - 10 yards and you should be able to figure it out. it is probably 60 - 40 packed dirt to rock if you want to know which shoes to use. shoes with rock plates would be recommended. not much elevation change but there are a couple of steeper sections. very runnable though.
It was enjoyable once we figured out where the trail was.
Great trail near canyon lake.
definitely not for beginners my wife and I had a blast great workout and skill Builder
The area was littered with trash, the trail was poorly marked, and parks department dumped old concrete BBQs and other garbage along the trail. A couple of decent views, but nothing to go out of your way for.
Sandra Dee K.
Very quiet with little traffic. There are extensive sections of easy, relatively soft single track mixed in with some more rocky ups and downs. A couple of places the trail seems to peter out, especially near the boat ramp crossings, but a backtrack or two will put you on the right path. Definitely worth going but expect lots of scrub cedar and little in the way of scenery, although some of the lake views are pretty.
The trail wasn't marked very well. The scenery hardly changes.
Given the trail scene in the San Antonio area, this trail is far and away one of the best in the area in terms of both technicality and length. I'm pretty sure its even the longest in the area. there are some nice, modest climbs throughout the switch backs. The terrain is classic south Texas: rocky, technical, and very hot, dry & humid in the summer, being so close to the lake. If you're looking for your weekend long run, two laps of this place would be perfect. Follow it up with a nice swim in the lake and you've got yourself a great day!
Very technical, wear a helmet and bring plenty of water. It's actually closed off since the recent storm flooded the entrance but the water seems to have receded so I parked @ the bank and rode by bicycle in. Great up hill and down hill trails, be super cautious! Took a dip @ canyon lake via canyon dam after the ride which is right down the road from this trail. I will return when it's not so hot or much earlier in the day, was out there in 90○ weather so went through my water supply rather quickly