San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance •  107 E. Hopkins St. Suite 121A; San Marcos, Texas 78666

The Loop


Upper Purgatory trails at Valencia open, work continues on Lower Purgatory

  The first day Upper Purgatory opened the parking lot filled up. The opening January 22, 2015 was announced by Bert Stratemann, City of San Marcos Parks Operations Manager. The trails are accessed by using Craddock to 1751 Valencia Drive, a short drive on a well-marked gravel road. The complete CoSM release is at

Dante closed East of Malacoda. Note vandalism .

   Not all 463 acres are open, only the Upper Purgatory trails of Dante to Malacoda and Paraiso. Hiking all three trails is roughly three-and-a-half miles in length with little backtracking. Trail maps are found on our website and were updated in 2015 by the city’s GIS Department.
   Trail users are asked not to stray into closed sections of the natural area as work continues to clear a safe pathway. Debris is still hanging in trees and the one-to-three feet of duff hide limbs and other debris that can cause harm.
   Volunteer crews are working three days a week to bring the trails back to a safe level but Ovid, Beatrice, Nimrod and Ripheus were all impacted by the flood. See previous posts to this blog to learn how you can assist with bringing the trails back.
   Ringtail Ridge, Spring Lake, Prospect and Schulle Canyon natural areas are all open.  Blanco Shoals remains closed. -LJ

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