Madrone Trail is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Canyon Lake, TX that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
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
Nice, technical ride, little traffic when I rode it in February. Very rocky singletrack, challenging. Good for moderate riders, beginners be careful.
Part ii, still got lose over in first section, but did way better than 1st time. Once we got lost we knew which direction the road was ; headed toward the road crossed over to part 2 (on left side of road). That section was less difficult than1. 2 was good, then we crossed over the road yet again to the right. You should come across a trail map at that point, then we crossed over to the right again and you should see a mile 6 marker. You finish off the last of it and should end near the trail head parking lot. It has lots of rocks but very doable for an intermediate. Liked the challenge , lots of drop offs, some small to some need to walk you bike down. Good flow. After 1 hr in I was getting tired with the small uphill parts. Lots of ducking around trees. This trail could use more red markers. When I make it back, I think I will take some and tie them off when we come to rest stops.
Got really lost due to poor marked trails. Not kept in great condition. Over grown branches, lots of shade from trees. Still found trail interesting and willing to give another go, there are some tuff spots, but once you move past it you can get back on and go. YouTube was somewhat helpful, but it did make trail seem a Little easier than this trail actually was. If you want an easy ride this is not it. Going to go over the map again to see if I can get a better sense of trail flow, and will give another go.
Overall decent trail. It flows nicely and presents a few technical spots with plenty of rock gardens. In the summer months make sure you have some ice cold ones waiting for you when you get back to the truck. Madrone has the tendency to beat you up a bit