Little Windmill Trail
ElevationAscent: 27' 8 m
Descent: -11' -3 m
High: 1,212' 370 m
Low: 1,185' 361 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 3% (2°)
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“A flat, easy connector bridging Government Canyon's main trails.”— 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 western end of the trail begins as a flat packed dirt doubletrack, though it narrows quickly down to standard singletrack. A pit bathroom is located a few hundred feet down the trail to the left and is impossible to miss. A huge grassy clearing follows soon after.
Around the halfway point, Little Windmill enters the trees and a few rocks join the mix, though it remains an easy run. The track parallels a dry creek bed briefly before ending at a signed intersection on Sendero Balcones, just across from Black Hill Loop and the Protected Habitat Area.
Local Club: Friends of Government Canyon