Madrone Trail

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Madrone Trail is a 7.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Fischer, Texas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.5 miles
485 feet

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



3 months ago

Moderate level hike. Everyone we came across was friendly! The views along the hike gorgeous. We took a break down by the water, at mid way point. Trails are easy to stay on and pathways clear for good footing. Didn’t see any trash or litter. Very nice experience for our rescue dogs and not crowded for furbabies etiquette trail training. The bikers let us know they were coming, which was very nice. Definitely one of nature’s gems trail.

3 months ago

4 months ago

The trail offers many switchbacks and brief elevation changes that add up over a hike. Mostly you are in woodland that closes in on you from time to time, producing a tunnel effect that prompts you to go faster. Naturally, this too leaves its mark on your body when you hit the final few miles, if like me, you go in the reverse direction and end up in the sunnier portions at the end. The woods are mostly juniper but a few areas are dominated by handsome oak specimens tucked in along the trail. There are indeed scant lake views, but one can make the most of these by wandering off-trail to commune with the shore and water. On the whole, however, the shorelines present a rather foreboding experience of stone, Hieronymus Bosch cedar formations, and abandoned bric-a-brac of by-gone tourist days. I should mention at this point the many, many forsaken bathrooms and picnic tables one will discover as he or she glides through the forests. I find these charming and humbling; others might find them a nuisance. We might all agree, however, that it is like hiking backwards through time. The trail is often rocky, that is for sure. Many of these formations are flat and smooth. The ones that are not can be navigated with few mishaps provided one maintains Zen lightness. As others have pointed out, you have to cross numerous roads and it takes some looking to see where the trail picks up. Be rest assured, the trail does pick up. Just use your trail-nose. My final observation is that one will see numerous side trails that are not on the trail map as they are not part of the trail officially. But unofficially some of these can lead to notable discoveries, as when yours truly found a dumping ground of partial animal skeletons somewhere off-trail. Not sure what happened there; just grateful not to have been there when the deal went down. .

6 months ago

7 months ago

It was a decent trail. There was a lot of trash in some areas. The trail markers need work/updating but all in all it was a good trail. My dog and I enjoyed it.

7 months ago

Easy chill hike. Only downside is there isn't much in terms of change in scenery. Only saw one other person the entire time hiking.

8 months ago

Trails not well marked, but a nice walk

8 months ago

Trails are great, clean (US Army Corps of Engineers). Moderate walk (medium to large rocks, not for bouldering ). Part of the trail is closed to the public (about half of it)... good time guaranteed.

9 months ago

Tough trail but lots of beauty to see along the way. Definitely rocky, proper shoes is a must!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Good challenging trail for a short trail run. It is longer than 5.6 miles. I clocked about 7.2.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

really enjoyed this trail. recommend doing it in reverse as the larger loop south segment is completely in the open (sun). then you can spend the rest of the time under the trees. some crazy rocky areas.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Juniper canopy makes this a good hike even with temperatures in the high eighties. Rocky but relatively flat trail. Lots of cardinals, a multitude of old cement picnic tables and wonderful lake views.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Nice moderate hike with good marked trails. We hiked over 2 hours and never saw another person on the trails despite a full parking lot. Were able to stop at the Marina for lunch and adult beverages. Nice outing.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Quiet trail with views of texas forest and the lake. I only saw a few other people on the trail. It did seem longer then the miles posted above but the trail is pretty easy.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

This loop hike is actually 8.5 miles! There are mile markers along the trail and that's how I know it it WAAAY longer than 5.6 as stated above. It's really easy terrain just a longer hike. Lots of abandoned picnic tables, boat ramp and bathrooms shelters throughout the hike. Keep your dog on leash though as there are deer. A fun afternoon hike with beautiful views of the lake. We saw only 1 other person on the trail!

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Good views along the trail

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Moderately difficult terrain. Offers some excellent views of the lake, though often hidden by cedar trees. If you are sneaky you can walk up on one of the dozens of whitetail deer. One of the more fun trails I've hiked. There are many tables along the way to stop and rest or have a picnic. The trail is not well kept up or marked - if you think you've lost the trail, just look ahead a few yards and you'll find it. Would recommend to hikers looking for something to fill an afternoon. If you are out of shape or not experienced this one may be a little difficult.

trail running
Sunday, August 07, 2016

if you use the trail to the west of the parking lot and head north.. there will be the south bound trail marked with an orange tube on the ground. the trail does pass over rock sections and roads so it is sometimes hard to see where the trail resumes..just look forward about 5 - 10 yards and you should be able to figure it out. it is probably 60 - 40 packed dirt to rock if you want to know which shoes to use. shoes with rock plates would be recommended. not much elevation change but there are a couple of steeper sections. very runnable though.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

It was enjoyable once we figured out where the trail was.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Great trail near canyon lake.

Friday, April 15, 2016

definitely not for beginners my wife and I had a blast great workout and skill Builder

Saturday, March 26, 2016

The area was littered with trash, the trail was poorly marked, and parks department dumped old concrete BBQs and other garbage along the trail. A couple of decent views, but nothing to go out of your way for.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Nice hike.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


trail running
Monday, October 12, 2015

Very quiet with little traffic. There are extensive sections of easy, relatively soft single track mixed in with some more rocky ups and downs. A couple of places the trail seems to peter out, especially near the boat ramp crossings, but a backtrack or two will put you on the right path. Definitely worth going but expect lots of scrub cedar and little in the way of scenery, although some of the lake views are pretty.

Monday, July 13, 2015

The trail wasn't marked very well. The scenery hardly changes.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Given the trail scene in the San Antonio area, this trail is far and away one of the best in the area in terms of both technicality and length. I'm pretty sure its even the longest in the area. there are some nice, modest climbs throughout the switch backs. The terrain is classic south Texas: rocky, technical, and very hot, dry & humid in the summer, being so close to the lake. If you're looking for your weekend long run, two laps of this place would be perfect. Follow it up with a nice swim in the lake and you've got yourself a great day!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Very technical, wear a helmet and bring plenty of water. It's actually closed off since the recent storm flooded the entrance but the water seems to have receded so I parked @ the bank and rode by bicycle in. Great up hill and down hill trails, be super cautious! Took a dip @ canyon lake via canyon dam after the ride which is right down the road from this trail. I will return when it's not so hot or much earlier in the day, was out there in 90○ weather so went through my water supply rather quickly

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Nice, technical ride, little traffic when I rode it in February. Very rocky singletrack, challenging. Good for moderate riders, beginners be careful.

mountain biking
Saturday, March 28, 2015

Part ii, still got lose over in first section, but did way better than 1st time. Once we got lost we knew which direction the road was ; headed toward the road crossed over to part 2 (on left side of road). That section was less difficult than1. 2 was good, then we crossed over the road yet again to the right. You should come across a trail map at that point, then we crossed over to the right again and you should see a mile 6 marker. You finish off the last of it and should end near the trail head parking lot. It has lots of rocks but very doable for an intermediate. Liked the challenge , lots of drop offs, some small to some need to walk you bike down. Good flow. After 1 hr in I was getting tired with the small uphill parts. Lots of ducking around trees. This trail could use more red markers. When I make it back, I think I will take some and tie them off when we come to rest stops.

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