Hancock Hill is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Alpine, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.8 miElevation gain301 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsBird watchingViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyNo shade
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The trail starts directly from the Sul Ross State University's parking lot. Take the fourth entrance and park by the Mountainside Dorm. The end of the trail is marked by an old desk that was drug to the top by former students at the university. Make sure to sign the notebook left on the desk.

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Lucas S. C.
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Meg A
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Fun hike to see the metal desk!

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Elizabeth Senterfitt
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Very nice trail, rocky, but beautiful views!! Don’t forget to sign the book in the desk drawer.

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Anna Davila
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Very rocky. The Desk is by the bikes in the tree.

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Peggy Ann Wenger
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Beautiful view. Be sure to wear appropriate shoes.

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cool view

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Anna Davila
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Very Rocky. The desk is located by the tree with bikes around it.

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Becky Trevino
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Kevin Campbell
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HikingGreat!

No markers at base of trail. but once up a ways they have spray painted some rocks to mark the trail. great views. easy out and back!

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Miles Misso
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Great views - easy for young kids (6+).

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Marcia Angle
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Well worth the effort and great view of Alpine TX

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Ashley Manley
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This was our second attempt at the trail (yesterday we got way off track!) but today we found the famous desk! This is one of the most difficult trails our kiddos have done (ages 5 & 6) because of the Rocky and uneven terrain but they loved it!

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Ashley Manley
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We had a great hike but we were totally off the trail will try again!

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Scott Bickers
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Lots of hard scrabble but an fairly easy walk. It’s easy to get off the trail as there are lots of side trails. But therein lies the adventure. If you can find The Desk, this hike will be one to remember. Bring your thoughts and be willing to leave them at The Desk. It is such a beautiful spot where wandering souls connect through writing.

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Andrew Garland
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

Steep rocky trail surrounded by cactuses quickly leads to amazing views of Alpine and the area. But the main event is the Sul Ross Desk and the Bicycle Tree - so fun once you find 'em! Just go straight up the hill and follow the most-trod trail.

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Geraldine Jones
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Nice trail with some elevation changes to try out the boyfriend’s new 12 week old knee! Lovely, crisp morning hike!

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Andrea Townson
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Pretty hike! A chilly start to 2021, but it was perfect for our family. Lots of snow and ice, so be prepared. We all had boots on as it pretty rocky too. The desk is so fun! Worth the hike.

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Randi Lackscheide
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When you first enter just go straight.. we took a left and veered off trail.. nice hike the tree and desk make for a fun photo opportunity. Dog seemed to enjoy the trail too.

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William Monroe
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Many of the trails on and around the hill are unrideable and poorly planned, just rutted routes straight up the hillside. There is a well planned trail starting at the main trailhead to the right along the base of the hill, passing through many gates to the opposite side of the hill. The trail weaves up a shallow arroyo and climbs up to the desk and tree of bicycle woe via many well designed switchbacks, then loops around on top.

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Craig Brown
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Adam Boatz
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Ronald Freitag
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Nice easy hike with a bicycle tree and a desk to log your progress.

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Lori Nazareth
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Great afternoon hike.

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Don Stier
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Jamie Ande
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Rocky, easy/moderate climb.

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Mike Lindroos
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Angela Leal Hernandez
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Nice evening trail. Only saw a handful of people on the trail. Very rocky.

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