Dana Peak Park Trail

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Dana Peak Park Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Harker Heights, Texas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until April. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
439 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Loop trails. Hiking, mountain biking, horseback, trail running. Loops of various lengths and level of difficulty. Rocky terrain with wooded areas that have soil terrain. There are some very nice trails at the far end of the loop, some pump trail areas make it fast and exciting with some pretty gnarly rocky hill climbs. This area is getting better and better.

hiking
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hiking
4 days ago

T4 re trt

13 days ago

Great trails. Well marked and slot of great terrain. A lot of fun!!

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

22 days ago

Watch out for rattle snakes. Wear thick socks.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Many trail options. Scenery okay. Most not too difficult.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Good trail. Lots of elevation change. Shorts and tennis shoes ok. Did not see and poison ivy or oak. Beautiful lake.

1 month ago

mountain biking
2 months ago

2 months ago

trail running
2 months ago

I run this trail regularly. If you want a great trail running experience do this trail. There is a "mile of hell". You'll know what I'm talking about when you run it.


-if you don't, it's literally a mile of raw sunlight bestowing it's 110 degree glory on you until you hit some sort of shade.

trail running
2 months ago

Good parking, though it could get limited. Don't accidentally drive into the park and pay. You DON"T have to go into the park, no payment is necessary. Easy to find the trail head: the map is pretty visibly right when the road turns.

These trails have it all! Well, almost all. The terrains vary, the vegetation changes, some trails are wide while some or single tracks, and sometimes the trail seems to disappear altogether, and/or give you multiple options. And the space is large and open enough that dead ends/no tresspassing/city roads/etc. where nonexistent (except on the very specific fence-line trail at the edge of the park). The further towards the back of the park you get, the more varied everything becomes. The only thing these trails lack are any creek/stream/river crossings. Huge lake for watercraft, with beach/swimming areas, in the park proper. But no water crossings which can be fun with trails.

I think the "highlight" of the trails, is the "Twin peaks" trail. Goes up onto at least one of the hills (today was my first time running here, so i didn't get to explore everything). You got some hill to climb, full of slippy-sliddy pebbles/stones, then you get scramble up some bigger boulders. once on top, navigate through somewhat dense trails to the edge of the rocks. Then: take in the views.

Near the middle where all the trails converge, there's another map for navigating, and even a firstaid kit and a bike tool kit. I saw one crate, somewhere back in the trails, full of empty water bottles, so that's convenient if you have trash. And the map has waypoints marked on it. The signage is pretty good, especially near the beginning of the trails- but again, get near the back of the trails and it seems to be more sparse. A lot of the trail is unshaded- I don't care personally, but I do know a lot of people like being in the shade. Some of the trails where overgrown, but really it seems they want to keep it wild- so that's no problem what-so-ever. Adds to the fun of trail running. And I saw multiple deer multiple times, a rabbit twice, and some vultures.

All in all, awesome trails next to a really nice park.

hiking
2 months ago