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Emilie and Albert Friedrich Wilderness Park Outer Loop



6.5 mile 10.5 kilometer loop
95% Runnable


Ascent: 678' 207 m
Descent: -678' -207 m
High: 1,424' 434 m
Low: 1,171' 357 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)


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Enjoy a combination of trails at Friedrich Wilderness Park that form a long and challenging 6.5-mile loop run.

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Features Birding · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Emily and Albert Friedrich Wilderness Park is closed Christmas Day and New Years day. After heavy rains, backcountry trails are closed for trail erosion preservation.


This run combines multiple trails in the Emilie and Albert Friedrich Wilderness Park on the northwest side of San Antonio (Bexar County) to form a pleasant 6.5-mile loop. Prepare to navigate a lot of elevation change as the route traverses rolling terrain and multiple ridgelines. On the Vista Loop Trail, you'll encounter some rock scrambling as well.

Need to Know

Bring good hiking shoes and plenty of water and sunscreen.

Runner Notes

Typical Texas Hill country trails; lots of rocks and roots.


This loop follows much (and in some cases, all) of the following trails at Emilie and Albert Friedrich Wilderness Park to form a long and challenging run:

Main Loop Trail - About 1.7 miles of mostly shaded trail and a steep climb to the top with some good views of the Texas Hill country.

Juniper Ridge Trail - A short connector trail on a ridgeline.

Fern Del Trail - A short connector trail that climbs the main ridgeline.

Bosque Trail - A forested bottom land trail.

Vista Loop Trail - A one-mile trail that contains a steep climb and involves some limited rock scrambling.

Restoration Way - A 2.9-mile trek through rugged terrain on the back side of the park. Most of the views in Emily and Albert Friedrich Wilderness Park are found on this trail.

Juniper Barrens Trail - A 0.6-mile trail that is relatively flat and shaded.

Water Trail - A 0.3-mile trail that passes an old mill and windmill site.

Flora & Fauna

Live Oak, Texas Mountain Laurel, Mountain Ash, deer, wild boar, squirrels, etc.

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Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris), Friedrich Wilderness State Park, San Antonio, Texas.
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A beatiful view directly on the trail, that makes you feel like you're wandering through the forest.
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Fern Del Trail
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A hilltop view from about halfway on the Restoration Way Loop
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