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I hike/run at Pedernales State Park regularly to stay in backpacking shape and for overall conditioning. I noticed some people giving one star for the Wolf Mountain Trail because it is basically a dirt road without much shade. I intentionally stay off this trail as much as possible for the same reason. However, one star is too harsh for Wolf Mountain Trail in my opinion. Use the paper map or this app and try out the other trails like Juniper Ridge and Madrone if you want woods and shade. It’s not difficult to make your own loop using the map and avoid wolf mountain. These trails are more technical and beautiful at the same time.

Great trail in the summer you can bike for miles upstream.

Easy walk, watch for snakes when hiking. View of river, falls is fantastic! Getting down in river bed for a close view of rock formations was well worth the effort. Saw an natural spring flowing out of the ground.

Worth it! Every inch! The walk and sweat was worth the view I love this park. Wasn’t crowded at all. You will love it ! A must go

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3 months ago

Good trail but I prefer more of the wooded trails that are off the beaten path. I found a few while hiking but I would rather do the whole trail through the trees and not on gravel roads. It was fun and a very basic trail. The trail is about 10 feet wide most of the way until you get out towards the far end of the loop. Only saw lizards and birds nothing really interesting but still had fun.

8.96 miles completed.

Great directions and trail ratings!

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4 months ago

The park is really pretty and it wasn’t super crowded so that was nice. This trail is nice and moderate but you gotta make sure you look for the signs Bc they are weirdly placed. Bring lots of water!

Nice walk through the rolling landscape of Hill Country. Really nice for Texas. After completing the hike, we went to Pedernales Falls for a quick dip in the cool water. We really enjoyed this retreat.

The trail won... could not complete the 7 miles of this. Went 2 miles in to the split and could not continue. Had to fight another 2 miles bike and almost passed out.
Pros: benches placed about every .25 miles. Hills that are great for training for harder trails.
Cons: no shade. Hills.
Do not attempt mid day in summer unless you are seriously acclimated to heat and hills. City girl couldn't complete.

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5 months ago

My wife and I hiked this trail on a beautiful Texas spring day with our Aussie (on a leash). As many reviewers have said, the trail is a wide gravel road in most places with slight elevation gain. We took our time and enjoyed the air and views, especially at the top where we were able to see a pretty vista. Even in the spring it was hot and the trial is free from shade for the most part - bring plenty of water for you and your dog. This was a worthwhile hike and a great training opportunity for our pup. It was spring break so the park was pretty crowded and we encountered quite a few folks on the trail - not great if you're after solitude but fine otherwise.

More of a road than a trail. Terribly disappointing.

Highly recommend! We had a wonderful time exploring the park with our two dogs. Only some areas are open for swimming so please watch for signs. We hiked for a while then went to the swimming area to cool down. Beautiful park!

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6 months ago

If the joy of a hike is inversely proportional to the number of people on the trail, then wolf mountain will be found lacking unless one starts at sunup. But the (over)popularity of this trail testifies to its walkability and proximity to other trails such as the juniper ridge and eastern boundary trails, landmarks such as jones spring and, of course, wolf mountain, and the primitive camping sites. As others so rightly observe, the trail is mostly in the open and the nicely-packed gravel of which much of the trail consists heats up under the Texas sun early in the day. The climb up wolf mountain is long enough to get a nice gain and the gravel can get thick and thus add to your cardio. But contrast this with the eastern boundary trail, which by my reckoning is just under a mile uphill over rocky, juniperized terrain with plenty of opportunities to be bushwhacked by an industrious feral hog. In sum, the eastern boundary, probably less traveled, is the more challenging. But scaling wolf mountain up its gravel side brings you to the majestic trip down its rocky, shaded side and into a forest valley with a narrow, meandering creek bed that in its total effect makes you feel as if you were hiking towards your hidden moonshine camp. Jones spring is the centerpiece of the trip; it is nestled inside a hefty rock formation not unlike an ancient Greek amphitheater. It is not too difficult to climb down into the pit of the spring for a close-up appreciation of the ferns who call this microcosm home. The aural and visual impact of the spring will vary depending on recent rainfall totals. Thus, most of the time the spring will be running light. Such is Texas. One thing not mentioned by other reviewers is that on the final two miles of your return you might ask yourself, 'Where in Hades did all these winding uphills come from?' It is the trail's way of keeping you from ending on a lazy note.

You need to get there early! It gets crowded fast.

awesome little trail, with good view at the end!!

Great views of the rocky river canyon with access to the springs and streams of water down below. Continue down from the overlook to the crystal clear waters and impressive views from within the canyon. The kids loved exploring the shallow water and netting minnows.

This is the hike to do when you go to Pedernales Falls State Park. It’s a really quick hike and then you can explore more up or down the river. I explored down the river and it was beautiful! Loved this area!

Most of the pictures attached to this hike are of the falls at the north end of the park. The twin falls is a trickle of water and not a waterfall. There’s an overlook, and you aren’t supposed to walk down to the twin falls. I didn’t think this hike was worth it even with it being a super short hike. Go to the main falls!

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7 months ago

Great views here and there! Would suggest more signage though! Walked 10.3 miles. Really no water other than the baby springs.

SUCH an enjoyable day!

nice view . easy trail for whole family with small kids.

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9 months ago

This trail is basically a fire road for most of the mileage. There are short portions that are more Trail like. It was a great walk that measured 7.8 Miles on my gps. Temperatures were in the mid 50’s with a slight breeze and sunny. Wonderful day for a hike.

on Wolf Mountain Trail

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9 months ago

We love hiking Pedernales often throughout the year, we just completed Wolf Mountain a couple weeks ago. The Pedernales State Park has the trail as “challenging” with steep climbs and inclined but it was a great trail and I definitely plan to go again. Not much water during this time with one bathroom on the trail. Wet wide trail or basically a un-maintenanced road for a good portion of the trail then it becomes narrow and challenging.

We stopped to view a cool spring and noticed a small herd of wild pigs in a distance as well as many signs of them on several areas of the trails especially near creek beds so I only suggest keeping an eye for their activity during anytime of day. Such amazing views definitely worth the hike up!

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9 months ago

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9 months ago

Pretty hike! lots of cool springs and pools along the way. A couple of overlooks. No good view of the falls though.

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10 months ago

Good hike overall. Extremely great views. Easy going trail and lots of people.

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10 months ago

Nice wide trail through shrubby brush. Definitely got my workout in through distance not so much through elevation change.

Great trail system close to Austin

hiking
10 months ago

Just to make it clear up front, you're not going to see much water on this trail. There's one small spring and a few dry creeks, but any pictures you set of waterfalls or rock hopping are probably from the actual Pedernales Falls to the north.

This was a fine, very easy hike. Wide trails and not much elevation change. Not many views, just a lot of brush and short trees. Seems like it'd be good for mountain bikers and trail runners. As a hike it was solid but unspectacular.

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