My friend and I hiked Friedrich Wilderness Park in the morning and Eisenhower Park in the afternoon. Friedrich was small, but challenging. There are some fairly steep hills that were fun to climb, but unfortunately they weren't very tall. Still, it provided a good cardio workout.
My sense is this is one of the more popular spots in San Antonio. We were there on a weekday and there were a lot of people hiking and running the trails, so there wasn't much solitude.
Coppertone and I arrived at Friedrich not entirely knowing what to expect in terms of the roughness of the terrain. Things were a little bit tougher than expected. In this case that was a good thing.
The Vista Loop on the back of the park provided the most undulating terrain and the fewest people. The parking lot was packed with cars though and one didn't have to travel far on the main loop before running into another set of hikers.
Our schedule and the heat didn't allow us enough time or energy to hike every mile of the park, so we'll have ample reason to visit again.
Nice little piece of wilderness. Its a shame that more of it couldn't have been rescued from the developers. Really noisy however due to plane traffic , automotive traffice to the east and barking dogs from the residental neighborhood on the north side. I was surprised at the number of people in the more rugged portions of the trail.
Its a nice bit of hiking and it has a few spots in it that will make your legs burn. The lack of solitude is a real turn off for me however.
Went on a Sunday morning and there was no one else in the park until we finished the hike. Vista Loop trail can be a lung buster in certain areas. I like the fact that they made some trails accessable to those in wheelchairs. Overall, a nice park in the city and a great place to spend a couple of hours to get your legs burning and heart pumping.
Friedrich Wilderness Park is a great park located close to San Antonio. The hiking trails are very well marked and there is some great scenery once you get to the summit.
It was a last minute decision to go on this hike and I was racing the sun to get back to my truck before dusk. Since I had not been on these trails before, I had to rely on the signs and my view of the map online. There weren't any brochures and the signs are faded. The trails are extremely well-kept, but I opted out of the Fern Del loop because of the darkness. I will have to go again to try and catch it since it is supposed to be the most difficult part of this trail. Saw a few people, at the beginning of my hike but had absolute wonderful solitude for the majority of my hike.
the first time i went, i didn't care for it. i had my baby in the backpack and didn't want to venture to the fern del area - glad i didn't. but i did today w/o her and it was gorgeous! steep climbs at times and beautiful views.
i will definitely go back but like i said i don't think i could do it with a baby packed.
If you don't need solitude than you will enjoy this hike.
The trails at the front of the park are very easy, level, graded and sometimes paved (for wheelchairs), but further back in the park along the Vista Loop there are some pretty steep, rocky sections with a little bit of huffing and puffing. Nothing particularly impressive, just a normal walk through the woods. Constant highway noise (it's right off a major freeway), that does die off to just a faint background hum in the back half of the park. Trails are extremely well marked and maintained (almost to the point of overkill).