Missions San Juan-Espada Out-&-Back

EASY 9 reviews

Missions San Juan-Espada Out-&-Back is a 4.4 mile out and back trail located near San Antonio, Texas and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.4 miles
262 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


mountain biking

trail running

Spanish missions, San Antonio River hike&bike path, aqueduct & acequia From the Mission, you will cross the San Antonio River via the old and new bridges. At the hike-&-bike path, turn left along the old Spanish acequia irrigation ditch. Soon pass over the foot bridge by Sixmile Creek dam and turn right on the path uphill to site of the old Spanish aqueduct. Retrace path back to the River and continue on H&B path to Mission Espada over footbridge and on River-level under Loop 410. Then return directly to Mission San Juan. Warning: If your hike will last past 5 P.M., park outside the compound, on the street, or your car will be locked in and towed. Not recommended for night walking, due to remoteness of areas of the trail and low economic conditions. Site of daily volkmarch year-round event (YRE) walk. "Walk box" containing map & start cards located at Rangers' desk in museum/park headquarters at Mission San Jose.

23 days ago

7 months ago

Of all the mission trails this will be my spot to run when in town! Loved the variety of terrain and the view especially. Go around 7 or 8am it doesn't get packed till after 8am.

mountain biking
7 months ago

9 months ago

Peaceable area and a long and nicely paved trail with mile markers labeled in the side walk. You can go a number of directions and around the river. Beware of the high volume of bicyclists if youre on foot or want to take your dogs.

1 year ago

This was a good relaxing trail.

trail running
2 years ago

road biking
2 years ago

This is part of a wonderful path that make it easy get to.There are walk ways around the compound that allows you to meander around. The mission is currently under construction, but that does not stop anyone to being able to enjoy it. I very much recommend the ride out there

3 years ago

I never knew these missions were here til I found this trail. The missions and history of this area is amazing. This entire trail from the Alamo to the San Francisco De La Espada
is 10 miles or better. However they have "B Cycle" rentals here all along the trail $10/24 hours you just have check the bike in at the check stations along the route. Very neat indeed! I will sdfinitely be back to do the entire trek.

4 years ago

beautiful area. Trails are under construction at this time. I will definitely go back when the trails are complete. Currently there is a small half mile loop.