Raasch Trail

EASY 2 reviews

Raasch Trail is a 5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hanger, Texas that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
131 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

rails trails

trail running

walking

lake

wildlife

bugs

hiking
4 months ago

walking
9 months ago

This trail starts at the intersection of refuge road and wildlife road. There is a gate that you can walk around to start the trail. There is only enough parking area for a couple of cars. For the first two miles you can walk along the old railroad bed. It is raised 2 to 4 feet above the surrounding fields. At the 0.8 mile mark you enter the trees which adds interest and helps block the wind. At the 1.5 mile mark you come to the gate at Terry Lane. If you hop the gate and the one of the other side of Terry Lane the trail continues east but is not as well maintained and doesn't get near as much usage. Check out the first bridge east of Terry lane, it is stamped with a date of 1926.
At the east end of the railroad bed you can turn left (north) and walk along the refuge boundary and explore that tract. Or you can jog to the south a few feet then continue east. When you get to the eastern most part of the refuge you can turn south along the fence line and continue until you come to the creek bed. I have yet to find a way over that creek so its back to the old rail line and back across Terry Lane. There is another side trail that can be taken to the north that takes you up toward Hagerman road. Anytime you leave the old rail bed the trail goes through taller grass but is still easy to follow.