ElevationAscent: 232' 71 m
Descent: -169' -51 m
High: 1,365' 416 m
Low: 1,140' 347 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (8°)
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“A fun, semi-technical extension to the Joe Johnston Route.”— Brendan Ross
Admission for visitors 13 years and older is $6. Overnight camping is available.
Pets are allowed on the frontcountry trails only (Savannah Loop and Lytle's Loop).
San Antonio experiences hot, humid summers and mild winters. The months of June to September often experience highs in the triple digits. Plan around the hottest parts of the day and bring plenty of water, as none is available away from the trailheads. Also be sure to pack out any waste produced during a visit; the SNA overlays the Edwards Aquifer and all runoff will eventually end up in the city's water supply.
Cougars, bobcats and rattlesnakes are part of the wildlife. Cougar sightings are uncommon but a potential danger; they are most active at dusk and sunrise. If out on the trail at these times, avoid running alone, and keep children and pets close at hand.
The turnoff for the scenic Overlook Trail is only a few hundred feet into the Loop, with a lone marker showing the way. A clearing afterward features some nice cacti patches. The Loop then begins a half mile climb to its plateau. Long and steady, the climb isn't a difficult incline but is made tougher by the need to find a good line through the rocks. Planning a route through here is a rewarding challenge.
The trail tops out about a mile in and enters a shady area, a welcome relief. After a half mile the Loop begins its descent, similar to the climb but much easier moving downhill.
The final half mile of Caroline's Loop is smooth and flat, broken up by a section merged into a sandy creek bed. The trail ends a short distance from the end point of Joe Johnston Route. Markers and a rock-ringed stump show the intersection.
Local Club: Friends of Government Canyon