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Main Loop to Restoration Way Trail

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Friedrich Wilderness Park

Main Loop to Restoration Way Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Antonio, Texas that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 711 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

partially paved

views

wildlife

no dogs

Note: Trail may be CLOSED due to restoration work. Please check with the park page for more information. Friedrich Wilderness Park offers approximately 10 miles of hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty. It is home for rare birds, terrestrial orchids, steep hills and deep canyons. It is internationally known for bird watching. Perched on the edge if the Balcones Escarpment, Friedrich is a nesting site for two federally listed endangered species of birds: the Black-capped Vireo and the Golden-cheeked Warbler. Restrooms and water fountains are found at the entrance to the park. Visitors are encouraged to bring water bottles for longer hikes in warm weather. In order to protect this wilderness area, it is important to observe the following rules: -no fires -no smoking on trails -stay on designated trails -pedestrians only please; roller blades, skateboards, scooters, bicycles, etc., are not allowed -to protect the endangered species, pets, including dogs, are not allowed

Wonderful trail. Very pretty with some challenging terrain. Take plenty of water. This is my go-to hike whenever I come here.

hiking
9 days ago

This park has great trail markings. No way to get lost. I was impressed by the views and wildlife I encountered. Lots of singing birds, saw a coyote and some lizards. Pretty wildflowers on the path as well. Bring water if you’re out in the heat!

hiking
off trail
rocky
27 days ago

Great trail! Mix of hikers, runners, families, hiking enthusiasts, and very scenic. Great size and incredibly serene. If you quiet down, all you’ll hear is the sounds of nature. Restrooms at the front, be sure to bring water, and it’s a natural wilderness area, so just be sure to be mindful of the posted signs and closed off areas!

rocky
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
off trail
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

What a great trail. Restoration, despite the length, is a pretty easy trail and very scenic and picturesque. Easy trail to keep moving despite a few choke points. Once on Vista, very frequent change in elevation.

Great trail

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail in the San Antonio area, challenging at times but overall beautiful and fun to hike/jog.

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome trail. Challenging, yet fun and scenic.

hiking
4 months ago

Perfect weather and conditions

hiking
closed
5 months ago

I would love to tell you about this trail. However, all of the trails aside from the paved and wheelchair accessible trails are closed for a conservation effort. This is from the Sanantonio.gov website: ***WHY ARE THE TRAILS CLOSED?*** All natural surface trails are impacted by foot traffic, and the impact on these trails is magnified when they are wet. People leave depressions and ruts on wet trails, and this can result in permanent damage in the form of erosion and trail widening. Every centimeter of soil that gets washed away due to erosion takes 200 years to be replaced. The best environmental management practices as well as a concern for patron safety require that trails be closed when they are wet. Friedrich Wilderness Park is joining the San Antonio River Authority, Government Canyon State Natural Area, and other state and national parks, in implementing a policy of closing wet trails. Please help protect our natural resources by obeying trail closure signs. Your cooperation and understanding will help preserve Friedrich Wilderness Park for future generations. It's not really fair to give it a 1 star, but it's important to draw attention to the closures.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

The trail was fantastic, you need to walk a bit more difficult trails to get there but very worth the hike.

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

This was a fun trail! It took about 2 hours, and moderate is a perfect rating. That being said I saw a lot of people with kids in the park, and I wouldn't recommend taking kids younger than 10 on the full loop. Overall I had a great time.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful day hike this trail. Nearly all the hike is in shade. It took about 2 1/2 hours to do the full perimeter loop. It's a little rocky... I think moderate is the correct rating.

hiking
8 months ago

This is about as good as one can get in and around the general San Antonio area. Four stars just because you can still hear traffic, leaf blowers, and lawnmowers from time to time, and it’s often (not always) busy with runners, hikers, bird watchers, and the like. Best times are during the week and early, starting at about 9-10am. Classic texas hill country terrain/scenery. If you’re lucky enough to go within a few days of heavy rains, the park will reward you with flowing water, karst features, and more wildlife. By staying on the “outer loop” of the park you can get in an excellent hike with decent elevation changes and short but challenging climbs and descents. This is an ideal trail to get back in shape before heading to the Big Bend area for your 12-15 mile hikes and overnighters.

hiking
8 months ago

A little mist made the rocks very slick in some spots.

hiking
8 months ago

main to water to main tp restoration to mill to encino to restoration to vista to upland to main and out.

hiking
8 months ago

main to windmill water nack to main to vista to mill to encino to restoration to vista to main and out.

hiking
9 months ago

hike the perimeter.

hiking
9 months ago

main loop to Bosque to vista view to restoration to encino to mill pass to restoration to ma8n loop and out.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail, lots of traffic on a Sunday morning. For the most part people yield to the faster moving person and are polite. Not a lot of parking at the park but people park on both sides of the street leading to the park. Lots of rocks and hills, was a lot of fun.

hiking
9 months ago

I did full outer loop (main loop + restoration) counterclockwise this last Saturday. It was my first trip out to this park. The scenery is typical hill country - mixed areas of cedar and live oak forest and small grassy field with lots of rock throughout. The main difference in this trail and some of those farther out is that you are very close to neighborhoods. There are some portions of the trail where you walk up quite close to several back yards. It's not necessarily a bad experience, but it does remind you that you aren't far from the city. The first and last eight of a mile on the trail is extremely easy and is designated for families and should mostly be wheelchair accessible (paved). For about the next half mile, you encounter the hardest section of the trail with some large rocky sections that are relatively steep. It's shouldn't be too hard for most people, but I was packing 40 pounds for exercise in 95+ temperatures in early September. The next mile or two is pretty easy with lots of small elevation changes, but there's a lot of shaded sections. The next two miles or so along the souther stretch of the restoration area open up a bit more and start going back uphill before ending back in almost full shade. The last half mile or so (before getting back to the paved area) is a wide gravel trail and is mostly downhill and is all shaded. Bring plenty of water if you are heading out here in the warmer months.

This was a nice hike! Lots of change of terrain and some difficult climbs for small sections but super fun

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