Cougar Canyon to Hermit's Trace Loop is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tarpley, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.2 miles
669 feet

dogs on leash



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


Directions from Bandera, TX: Travel south on State Highway 173, go across the Medina River and continue for approximately 1/4 mile to State Highway 1077, turn right and go 10 miles on State Highway 1077 to end of the black top. Continue on the caliche road and follow the park signs to the park headquarters.

5 months ago

There are plenty of trails of different levels in this hiking pattern. However, there are additional loops that connect along the way some are easier while others may be more challenging. This I s what makes the very good to come back to. It is a very beautiful park with not much other hikers however plenty of nature. The trails are sometimes covered by trees and other times you will be in direct sunlight. Bring plenty of water, have a great hike

10 months ago


11 months ago

Nice trail, I like it,

11 months ago

We arrived and decided to do the Medina Loop trail. Perfect for us.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

I had a lovely morning all by myself on this trail, saw several deer very close, an adorable armadillo, butterflies, lizards, and beautiful varied vegetation. The viewpoints were very nice, there is about 50/50 shade, but I definitely should have brought more than 2 liters of water!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Beautiful spot! We hiked several connected trails, at the recommendation of really enthusiastic rangers at headquarters. You'll get plenty of sun on some of the trails, so take precautions for that. I don't know if there was something wrong with the map or with us, but it wasn't clear exactly where Trail 5 went on a couple occasions, so we found alternatives that hooked us back up with 5 later. I tend to prefer to hike in Teva sandals; I'd recommend that you cover your toes a little more or bring hiking poles to help deal with the gravelly downhill portions. We saw all kinds of flora, but not much fauna. Coming from Houston, I was glad to be outside without the imminent threat of mosquitos, or the throngs of people and sounds that come with them. We spent around three hours out on the trails and only saw one other group out there. Highly recommend!

trail running
Monday, January 28, 2013

I've run this area for 2 Ultra Marathons, the Cactus Rose 50 Mile'r and the Bandera 50k. These trails are NO JOKE! Really aggressive, but, absolutely AWESOME. Plenty of hills(I call them mt. everests) and great jeep trails and flatter ground. This place is just great.

6 months ago

7 months ago

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Saturday, November 21, 2015