Dante's Loop through Purgatory Creek Natural Area

MODERATE 181 reviews

Dante's Loop through Purgatory Creek Natural Area is a 9.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near San Marcos, Texas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
475 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

The 463-acre Purgatory Creek Natural Area is within the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone, is home to Purgatory Creek, and includes upland meadows, canyon bluffs of 40 feet or more, dense juniper thickets, champion oaks, and a flood control dam.

trail running
16 days ago

Trail markers are bit confusing. Still great trail to run!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail!

hiking
2 months ago

Great for your local walk, not worth driving to just to go hiking.

trail running
2 months ago

The terrain is a nice mixture with enough smooth surface for running. Great opportunity to make it as long or short of a adventure as you want.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

needs a little more upkeep. areas are very rough, pointy sharp rocks sticking out of ground where path is. very beautiful.

9 months ago

Half of the trails are closed this time of year. But this wasn't posted until we got there. The trails that are open are nothing but rocks. Watch your feet.

mountain biking
9 months ago

The trail is pretty good overall (I loved it) it's a great trail it's on the NW side of the trail when it gets very challenging.

10 months ago

Wish there was water Carrier there. Other than that perfect place to spend all day

hiking
11 months ago

Great park for a nice quick getaway and picnic. Had a run in with several deer and one snake. Man made structures and traffic noise are abundant at the start of the trail at the lower entrance but once you get up, over, and down into the bowl area it's not so bad. Didn't make it to the northern part of the park but will certainly be back to explore.

hiking
11 months ago

Great trail.

hiking
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

This complex has over 9 miles of trails. The entrance trail at Hunter does pass drainage infrastructure but the rest is very natural.
There is wildlife and cactus. Most of the trail is fairly clear but there is enough up and down with rocks and roots to add interest. There are a few nice beauty spots.
The rating of moderate fits for about a third of the trail. The rest is easy.
Complaints of not pretty or not marked well enough are funny to me. Nine miles of semi arid area with cactus and mesquite over rocky hills will present some small challenges. That's why people do it. If you didn't see pretty, then you didn't hike far enough.
If you are posting complaints about navigational challenges here, then you are not fully utilizing the app.

hiking
Sunday, January 15, 2017

Surprisingly good trail. Varied terrain. Some areas are not very clearly marked so it is easy to get turned around. Lots of trail work going on so I expect it to be better each time.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

nice trail, but can get a little repetitive as far as scenery goes. but overall it is a great trail to hike and love going with my dog!

hiking
Thursday, November 03, 2016

Lots of beautiful butterflies floating around.

hiking
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Put in at Prospect Park TH and hiked to Upper Purgatory and returned. Well marked and maintained trails.

hiking
Friday, July 08, 2016

No water. As stated, does not loop.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Some trails were pretty crowded by brush and it was a little closer to civilization than I'd like but still really nice! Also, clearly marked which is nice.

hiking
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Trails need to be more define, need more maps posted and areas need to be well kept. It was just OK.

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Several of the trails are washed out. Nothing fabulous about the trails. Trails not marked well and are overgrown.

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