Trail Running at Friedrich Wilderness Park

October 05, 2018

Trail Running at Friedrich Wilderness Park

OVERVIEW OF THE FRIEDRICH WILDERNESS PARK

Friedrich Wilderness Park is commonly knowns as "Friedrich" and is located off of I10 near the Dominion. just North of 1604.  If traveling from Downtown you can expect a 25-30 minute drive. 

From the Friends of SANA website "Emilie and Albert Friedrich Wilderness Park features 600 acres of undeveloped Hill Country terrain, with over 10 miles of paved and unpaved trails. Trails are graded at varying difficulties, including wheelchair accessible segments. The park is home to two federally-listed endangered songbirds—the Golden-cheeked Warbler and the Black-capped Vireo."


Friedrich is one of my favorite local San Antonio running and hiking trails due to the available mileage, terrain and proximity to Downtown San Antonio.

"HCSNA is an undeveloped and secluded retreat. Approximately 40 miles of multi-use trails wind up grassy valleys, cross spring-fed streams, and climb steep limestone hills. Equestrians, hikers and mountain bikers can enjoy exploring the trails. 

Field Notes:
  • Dogs are not allowed at Friedrich.
  • There is no water available on the trail.
  • The Main Loop and Restoration Way are two of the most popular trails to run or hike at Friedrich.
  • Friedrich is what I consider a "You can get lost, but not die" trail. Most trails lead back to the Main Loop.
  • The park does close due to rain or bad trail conditions. Please adhere to their trail closures for your safety and the well being of the park.
  • The park is open from sunrise to sunset
  • Water and restrooms are available at the trailhead.
  • The Main Loop and other trails towards the entrance of the park can become congested after 9-10am.

 

GETTING THERE

Friedrich is located off of I10 near the Dominion. just North of 1604.  If traveling from Downtown you can expect a 25-30 minute drive. The drive from the San Antonio Running Company is between 20-25 minutes.

Map of the drive from San Antonio Running Company to Friedrich Wilderness Park

Friedrich Wilderness Park
21395 Milsa Drive 
San Antonio, Tx 78256

 Once you arrive at 21395 Milsa Drive you can park in the park designated parking area.  If you arrive to a full parking garage, you can park on the street near the entrance.  There is a CVS pharmacy conveniently located on Stonewall Pkwy and I10 in case you need some pre-run or post-run hydration or fuel.

There is no cost associated with using the park but donations are definitely appreciated to help support the park.  You can donate or pay for a membership via the Friends of San Antonio Natural Areas website

 

FRIEDRICH TRAIL RUNNING ROUTE

The two most popular trail running routes at Friedrich are the Main Loop and the Main Loop connecting to Restoration Way.

The Main Loop is ~ 1.7-mile loop serving as the main artery to Friedrich.  The majority of all the trails at Friedrich connect directly to the Main Loop or are a short trail away from connecting to the Main Loop.  The Main Loop does get congested by bird watchers, tour groups, hikers and walkers after 9-10am and continues to increase throughout the day.  You access the Main Loop by entering the park on the paved Entry Trail which is the only entrance and exit to the trail system.  The Entry Trail will dead end at the Main Loop and allow you to proceed to the left to run the trail clockwise or take a right to run counter-clockwise.  You can simply follow the signage and stay on the Main Loop and once you are comfortable you can venture out onto other trails.

Restoration Way is a popular trail for most trail runners who are looking to run fewer loops or at least longer loops and be able to run on less congested trails.  On its own, Restoration Way is a 2.9 mile loop that can only be accessed by connecting from the Main Loop.  Depending on the route chosen, a Restoration Way loop will be around 5.2 miles and provide around 700 ft of elevation to complete.

The primary route we run during our Bexar Tracks training sessions is what we have coined as the "Kitty Loop".  The Kitty Loop is a very runnable loop that allows us to get around 5.75 miles with 500-600 ft of elevation per loop and provides varied vistas and terrain.  For more details on the Kittly Loop please keep an eye out for a future blog post.

Trail map of Friedrich Wilderness Park highlighting the Main Loop and Restoration Way

 

SUMMARY

Friedrich is a great local trail that is located within a 20-30 minute drive from anywhere in San Antonio.  With the varied terrain and trail options, it is a great place for a weekly training run or to build long run mileage on prototypical Texas Hill Country terrain.  There are a couple of spots where the trail running can get technical but overall, Friedrich is a great place to run for trail runners and hikers of all levels.

 

USEFUL RESOURCES

  • For a brief description of all of the trails at Friedrich Wilderness Park click here.
  • For a PDF version of the Friedrich trail map click here.
  • Learn more about the Bexar TracksTrail | Ultra training program.

 


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