Lytle's Loop Trail is a 4.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near San Antonio, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.4 miles
131 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



no shade

1 month ago

Most of the back country trails were closed, so we opted for this nice walking trail. it would perfect for a trail run or just for a evening stroll. there isn't anything super spectacular about it, but it is pretty and I saw tons of butterflies. Trail is flat with only a few rocks here and there.

8 months ago

Loved this trail

8 months ago

Nice trail to ride. Love the trail and the views.

9 months ago

Gorgeous scenery and an excellent getaway!

10 months ago

Nice trail, well maintained. Several places have a lot of loose rocks.

trail running
Monday, January 15, 2018

Super easy trail not sure why it’s marked moderate! 4.90 from parking lot and back. I run this once a week and it’s super easy

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Very nice trail. My kids and I did it in a little over 2 hours.

trail running
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Partly shaded and very little elevation makes this a super easy run. Costs to enter state park. Dogs allowed in front country trails.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Good walk! Trail in great condition.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Very flat with little scenery and little shade. Bring sunscreen! Better for trail running than a scenic hike.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

It was ok...had a pup with me so you can't go on any other trails. Flat, not much scenery.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

I hiked this trail with my dog. It was a very hot, sunny day. This trail is about 70% sun 30% shade so the sun made it a little more challenging. It was an ok trail. A few areas that were nice with flowers, but no scenic overlooks

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Great trail for an early morning. Wouldn't go in the late afternoon because there would be too much sun. I wore my running shoes here and that was a mistake. Lots of rocks and it happened to be misty out so it was slippery. I'll definitely wear my hiking boots for future hiking here.

Monday, January 23, 2017

easy to moderate bike ride. some challenging areas but over all a great 5 miles.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Nice, lightly trafficked trail in Govt Canyon. We went on a Monday with our two dogs and only encountered a few mountain bikers. Scenery was great, flowers in bloom and the weather was perfect.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

A bit too much for first hike of season when you fallen out of shape. Not bad scenery wise.

road biking
Monday, September 19, 2016

Deceptive site. You are asked to sign up and create an account but you will not be able to download and/or print any maps of the trail that you want to try, unless you upgrade $$$ to PRO.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Good trail to take the dogs for a walk. Varied landscape.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Was easy, but a little too long for our 6 & 8 year olds.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Cost's money to get in, so bring cash or a checkbook.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Not much cover so bring water and sun block

mountain biking
Monday, October 05, 2015

Picked up some good speed on this trail. Offers a variety of riding disciplines to tackle. Would have given it 5 stars if it weren't for the random loose rocks scattered along the trail.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Good trail to see nature and birds.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

went with a couple people. technical enough and held up to my expectations. be prepared to hike a bit of it if you're not experienced enough.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Nice, easy walk through the Texas scrub brush. Took the dog and he had a good time, too.

trail running
Friday, June 20, 2014

I run Government Canyon State Natural Area (SNA) quite a bit, usually Lytle's Loop/Savannah Loop in the front country, with the dogs. A quick, easy 5-7 mile trail run. I decided to try the Joe Johnston trail in the back country section this past weekend. 10 miles out and back. JJ is a much more rugged, technical, rocky, hilly trail, but compensates with better points of interest and views. Went on a Friday morning, so there were only a few other runners and two mtn bikers on the trail. Definitely run the trail system in the back country if you are looking for longer, technical trail runs in prep for an ultra. Take water, although there are bathrooms and water fountains at the parking lots. Cost to enter the SNA is $7 I think, although I purchased an annual pass that grants access to all Texas SNA. Well worth the cost if you plan to use the park system. Make sure to grab a trail map before you head out. All in all a good technical trail. See you on the trails.

mountain biking
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

went joe johnson, up wildcat to sendero balcones around to joe j. then carrols loop back down joe j to recharge and up far reaches to turn back around for a great downhill. recommendations: twin oaks should be ridden down, wildcat was technical uphill w a few downward slopes, and far reaches is either a BRUTAL uphill climb or a great downhill (north to south). over all a great day be ready for your arms back and legs to get beaten.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Took Joe Johnston to Sendero Balcones to Twin Oaks back to Joe Johnston, about a 9.8 mile hike, plenty of rocks along the way, not much on views. Lots of people enjoying the trails, mountain bikers, runners and hikers alike.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Hiked Joe Johnston Route and Caroline's Loop. Made the mistake of hiking in August and it was very hot. Started the trail at 7am, but there is not much shade through large portions of the trail. There are some sharp rocks to navigate, but overall the trail is very easy. Elevation gain is minimal and should be suitable for any hiker.

mountain biking
Sunday, February 09, 2014

Very easy trail for hiking or mountain biking. This trail, which is in the frontcountry, is dog friendly.

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