Explore the most popular trail running trails near San Marcos with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

mountain biking
5 days ago

Good ride with rolling hills. Apparently I went the wrong way, starting on the east side of the park with kinda steep climbs and gradual declines. several spur options. Nice tree cover. It rained last night and is a bit muddy today but not bad. Will return.

But y B.B.

A staple of respite from the grind.

mountain biking
28 days ago

I liked this little trail. There were some parts that were tough which was a nice surprise. No one else was there when I went in the middle of the day on a Monday. I got a lil lost as the signage isn't the best. I will definitely be coming back here.

it's got some distance to it don't forget to take a bottle of water or two, easy to moderate with some elevation included

Great trails and trail markings, moderately flat and curvy. Love the intersections and alternate trail routes available. But there's a lot of road noise from the nearby highway, but only on certain sections on the trail. Bring water.

I loved running this trail. It has a lot of variety. There are wide smooth parts to very rocky areas. I enjoyed the challenge of the hills and the rugged terrain. I ended up with 9 miles at 10:40 pace to include some walking parts. I can't wait to run it again!

Had a great time. Ended up 13.58 miles so it was a good hike. But the trails are poorly marked

Can’t get enough of this trail. Not crowded at all but when you come across someone they are super nice

walking
2 months ago

Easy trails with lots of shade. Don’t forget bug spray, you will get eaten up by mosquitoes!

Ran Dante's Loop there and back starting at Lower Purgatory. Tripped and fell 7 times, mostly on the upper portion. Too many roots and too rocky. Even if I didn't trip and fall, I couldn't enjoy the scenary because of the concentration the trail requires. Not what I am personally looking for with trail running. I might run the Lower portion again but not Upper. It makes for a fine hike though.

The trail was well marked and was not challenging. However, once you get further into the woods it is much more quiet from the traffic and enjoyable to see and hear nature.There are also many alternatives to other smaller trails or take the long loop around.

plenty of additional trails to explore, wear boots

Make sure you have GPS. Some parts of the trail are clearly marked and other areas can be confusing. I planned a 4.3 mile hike and ended up doing 6.6 miles my 1st time out. It's a beautiful area so I didn't mind too much. Lower Purgatory has some car noise from Wonder World/ RR12 so I much preferred upper. I have seen a coral snake very near the trail. We startled each other so watch your feet, expecially in the summer. Upper Purgatory is rather rocky and technical. The Paraiso portion on this suggested route in upper Purgatory is closed in the spring.

Great trail! It was surprisingly cold today, but the hike was great!

I went to this trail in late March and it was a tad muddy so boots are important. Also ran into a hive of bees that we're swarming, perfectly natural for them to do, but also had to turn back and take a cut over on Ovid trail. Please avoid the bees for personal safety, and also to cause as little stress as possible to the hives, as they are in decline.

Trail is a decent length. Especially for the area.

Nice trail, not long, but enjoyable for what it is.

Beautiful trail! I went when the mountain laurels were blooming. Fantastic place if you’re a butterfly enthusiast!

This was one of the nastiest parks I have been to in a long time. Everywhere you look there was dog poop on the ground. So sad to see how this park has turned out in the last year. It used to be a beautiful place to walk my dog. Now it’s absolutely disgusting

I'm glad to have been able to get to the top.

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

Loved it! Super fun hike, with a good mix of wooded areas and open prairie-like areas. Lots of options for different short trails to explore.

mountain biking
7 months ago

It's easy if you're coming up from the side where the glass bottom boat tours are. However, if coming up from Lime Kiln Rd, or doing a loop and coming back up - there are some steep, rocky hills that'll give your quads a good workout. Aside from that, though, nothing exciting; but, still enjoyable.

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

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.

Great trail for Seniors but I would not call it easy. Some where between moderate and easy

good for beginners just like me

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