Nice daily hike
Commanche Lookout Park
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Distance: 2.18 Miles
This is my first post at Texashiking.com and so I thought I would update the info on this hike. I do this one almost every day and its very enjoyable. The trails are very good for the casual hiker and day walker. Walking all of the trails will give you better than 2 miles worth (my daily hike is 2.18 miles according to GPS). The city of San Antonio leaves a lot to be desired, but they really do love their parks and it shows with this one. 3 levels of trail difficulty challenge new walkers and depending on how you do it, seasoned walkers as well. Picnic tables and benches are scattered throughout the area so you can take a break or have lunch. The view from the top is quite nice, especially at sundown. A visit to the library at the south end of the park will treat you to some pictures of the land from the 1940's. All in all this is one of my favorite places to go in town.
EDIT: The page here says that dogs are not allowed..not true. Dogs are very welcome and outnumber people usually. They do ask that you pick up after them though and provide "mutt mitts" for this purpose.
Pedernales Falls - Wolf Mountain Trail
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Distance: 7.50 Miles
My wife and I did this one just last week...our first real hike since we took up this hobby and my first real hike in probably 25 years. We enjoyed it greatly and the views are well worth the effort, especially around the 5 mile point where you look out over the valley below. More seasoned hikers probably will scoff at my suggestion that the trail is rather rugged and difficult in some places and when we chose to take the branch of the trail over towards the primitive camping area, the trail deteriorates into several footpaths and it makes finding your way out a little less clear than I like. That said, we had no problems. Be aware though that the little map they give you at the ranger HQ isnt really adequate for hiking extended distances here and a couple of times we found the trail and the map to be in totally opposite agreement. It would probably be best to use GPS for this if you are at all unsure. The remains of the old stone house were interesting as was the extensive remains of the rock wall. I was really pleased to see that previous visitors didnt pocket the artifacts they came across and instead, piled them up on the walls of the house so that others could see them. While we were there, we added to it by finding several iron nails, colored glass and some fragments of china. We are definately going back to do this one again.