Sunset, Kailua-Kona, The Big Island, Hawaii, March 11, 2024

Sunset, Kailua-Kona, The Big Island, Hawaii, March 11, 2024
Sunset, Kailua-Kona, The Big Island, Hawaii, March 11, 2024

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dwight D. Eisenhower Park - Monday, July 20, 2015

In her new position as Regional Director for the Southwest Region (New Mexico and Texas), my friend Susan is putting a lot of time into checking out new trails for Volksmarching. On Monday morning she wanted to check out how many miles of trails we could do in Dwight D. Eisenhower Park in northwest San Antonio.

She had never been to the park before, but I had hiked it a couple of different times with San Antonio Hill Country Hikers. I told her she needed to wear hiking boots and bring her walking stick.

We started hiking about 7 a.m. First we hiked the perimeter of the park which had some pretty good elevation changes. The hiking poles came in very handy going up and down some of those rocky "cliffs."

Right at the start of the trail we saw a bunny. Other wildlife included a very small frog, a snake and a lizard. We couldn't capture any of them in photos; they were too darned fast.

Steep terrain, Susan peeking out at top
Very rough hiking in parts
Very easy hiking in other parts
Shady trail

Bat boxes mounted in the meadow
You can see the level of difficulty on the
trail signs - Level 4 is the hardest
From the Observation Tower at the highest point in the park, I was able to zoom in on Six Flags Fiesta Texas about two miles away. If you enlarge the second photo below you can see some rollercoasters.

Observation Tower

Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Texas Hill Country view

Scenic Red Oak Trail
Fence and meadow
We were almost finished with our hike and had only an easy portion left to do. Thankfully it was nice and shady.

This was a challenging and beautiful walk with lots of different terrain. When Susan checked the mileage on her Jawbone device, we had walked 11K (6.8 miles) in three hours. It looks like this will become a new Volksmarch in 2016.

Travel Bug out.


  1. I have never heard of volksmarching. How wonderful! I had to google it! I discovered there are a few trails in my area - I will certainly be checking this out. Thanks for the information.

    1. Eileen, You're welcome. I hope you enjoy it for many years as we have.

  2. I think Susan would have a really exciting job. What fun to get some exercise and do it for work. Sounds like a great trail. You two must have been booking it to hike it is such a short time.

    1. We made pretty good time considering the heat and humidity. We started at 6:50 am and it was already hot. We had a couple of slight breezes to cool us off, but other than that, just hot!


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