Dante's Trail through Purgatory Creek Natural Area

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Dante's Trail through Purgatory Creek Natural Area ist ein 7.9 Meilen langer, moderat besuchter Rundweg in der Nähe von San Marcos, Texas. Er führt entlang eines Flusses, durch schönen Wald und es gibt schöne Wildblumen und oftmals Wildtiere zu sehen. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke als moderat einzustufen. Es gibt verschiedene Aktivitätsmöglichkeiten. Die Route ist am besten von April bis Oktober zugänglich. Hunde sind erlaubt, müssen allerdings an der Leine gehalten werden.

Entfernung: 7.9 miles Höhenunterschied: 452 feet Routentyp: Rundweg

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Mountainbiking

Naturausflüge

Spazieren

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Wald

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The 463-acre Purgatory Creek Natural Area is within the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone, is home to Purgatory Creek, and includes upland meadows, canyon bluffs of 40 feet or more, dense juniper thickets, champion oaks, and a flood control dam.

Awesome trail, great weather, definitely not a trail for weak ankles.

wandern
18 days ago

very rocky but nice trails. clearly marked but must wear good shoes.

wandern
25 days ago

Perfect weather, very few people on the trail due to the holidays, beautiful scenery, quite a few dogs - all on leashes. It is quite a bit rocky, so if you have weak ankles, wear ankle support shoes. All in all it was simply a great hike!

wandern
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steinig
2 months ago

Heavily trafficked trails, nice scenery, very busy! You can easily turn this into a very long hike. Rocky in lots of areas and watch for sink holes on trails, especially if you are running or biking. Lots of warnings about snakes, so be cautious. Graffiti kinda takes away from the beauty of these trails.

wandern
5 months ago

Nice, shaded trail with some elevation. look out for mountain bikes!

wandern
5 months ago

Love this trail. It’s so quiet when you get about about 2 miles in. I’ve seen a coral snake there on two occasions now!

Laufen
6 months ago

Probably my favorite place to train that is within 30 mins of my house. Great technical sections with good sweeping open single track so you can get some speed work in too. I suggest parking at the upper lot and doing and out and back throwing in some of the loop trail in for added flavor on the lower section.

wandern
steinig
7 months ago

A deer flew past us on the part of the trail that’s like a big meadow. Also, 4 baby raccoons were walking past us on the trial too. 5 out of 5 yo. Warning!! Super hard on your feet. Maybe don’t bring tennis.

wandern
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scrambling
steinig
7 months ago

first things first. this trail is not for the faint of ankle. there are plenty of jagged rocks and bedrock to keep you company. take every step with care and take plenty of breaks and come prepared if you have weak ankles. there are nice bits of of trail of course but mostly rocks. make sure to bring lots of water for you and the doggo. dont let the map fool you, all of the rivers are dried up. the only water source is at the trail head. this hike was more of a work out than a pretty hike. granted I am 240 lbs and didn't bring enough water for myself (i gave most of it to the dog) we ran into plenty of deer and bugs and it was a good way to burn a few summer hours.

8 months ago

I go all the time. Nice hike

wandern
8 months ago

Beautiful and we'll maintained trail near San Marcos with many variations of routes to take, bit there are clear trail markers. I still recommend printing a map or downloading a map app because although marked, there are still some areas can can be confusing. Highly recommend this beautiful nature preserve.

wandern
steinig
9 months ago

First hike in over 8 years! So it was challenging for me. But it was beautiful, quiet once you get far enough from the main road, lots of butterflies along the way, birds singing...I’d definitely visit again

wandern
9 months ago

Very shaded and lots of greenery. Saw several deer and even a panther!

Great to have some moderately challenging trail in this area. Are there others that are similar?

wandern
11 months ago

Nice, level trail. a bit noisy next to the road at the beginning but much quieter after a mile in. Good overlooks to stop and catch your breath.

wandern
Tue Sep 18 2018

My wife and I have been meaning to hike Purgatory Creek, so a few days after the rain, we went hiking. As everyone mentioned, traffic noise can be heard the closer you are to the trailhead but tapers off. The hike itself was OK...with a few lookouts along Dante’s Trail and wildlife, mainly deer, in the clearing along the trail. I thought it would be more scenic. Oh yeah, there’s still plenty of muddy areas and a swamp blocking Dante’s Trail close to the start. There are plenty of mosquitoes along the trail so make sure to apply generous amounts of bug juice.

wandern
Wed Sep 12 2018

We went after the rains and it was really too muddy. Will definitely return when it dries up! Easy access and pretty surroundings, too bad the highway noise is so near.

Sat Sep 01 2018

Nice little trail. No dramatic elevation gain and not too many people.

Sun Aug 26 2018

Come back again and again and we see something different each time. Deer, lizards, little grass snakes, a coral snake. Its awesome. Trail shared by hikers, dogs, runners and mountain bikers, but, its never busy. Tons of diversity. Smooth wide trail, rocky rooty trail, nothing but rocks rocks rocks trail, open meadow trail. It never gets old. Even has an overlook where you can sit for a minute and look at the trail below. The buzzards like to hang out on the overlook and glare at the hikers below. Bring water, there is no water in the park and while the majority of it is shaded a few sections are nothing but sun baked rock and in summer it gets HOT. There is a water fountain at the Hunters road entrance, and privies at both the Hunter and Craddock entrances. No benches within the park so be prepared to either find a nice rock to sit on of just be prepared to not stop moving. Some sections have a very wilderness feel to them. Also, use this app. All the trails are marked but some intersections are marked a little weird and its easy to walk right past one if you're in a section that requires you to keep an eye on your footing.

Sat Jul 21 2018

it's got some distance to it don't forget to take a bottle of water or two, easy to moderate with some elevation included

Sat Jul 07 2018

Great trails and trail markings, moderately flat and curvy. Love the intersections and alternate trail routes available. But there's a lot of road noise from the nearby highway, but only on certain sections on the trail. Bring water.

Laufen
Sun Jul 01 2018

I loved running this trail. It has a lot of variety. There are wide smooth parts to very rocky areas. I enjoyed the challenge of the hills and the rugged terrain. I ended up with 9 miles at 10:40 pace to include some walking parts. I can't wait to run it again!

Mon Jun 18 2018

Had a great time. Ended up 13.58 miles so it was a good hike. But the trails are poorly marked

Laufen
Fri May 18 2018

Ran Dante's Loop there and back starting at Lower Purgatory. Tripped and fell 7 times, mostly on the upper portion. Too many roots and too rocky. Even if I didn't trip and fall, I couldn't enjoy the scenary because of the concentration the trail requires. Not what I am personally looking for with trail running. I might run the Lower portion again but not Upper. It makes for a fine hike though.

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