Dana Peak Park

3800 Comanche Gap Rd
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Dana Peak seen from Twin Peaks trail (Photo by seejanplay7)
Twin Peaks seen from Twin Peaks trail (Photo by seejanplay7)
Taken from Twin Peaks trail (Photo by seejanplay7)
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Fenceline trail has alot of deep ruts in places. (Photo by seejanplay7)
Fenceline Trail - dry creek bed (Photo by seejanplay7)
Twister Trail (Photo by seejanplay7)
Firebreak Trail - This trail runs east to west through the park. Many of the trails leads to here. Notice camelback trail entering on the right of the picture. Sometimes there is a white flag marking the spot, today there was not. (Photo by seejanplay7)
Shotgun Trailhead - this one place to park and walk. Notice the corral for the horses. (Photo by seejanplay7)
Mother's Vista - Fenceline & Twister trails come together here. There is a granite plaque on the pillar as memorial to "mom". A sweet and touching rememberance. (Photo by seejanplay7)
We started our hike at Dana Peak Park early. (Photo by Eveline)
Trail markers put up by Trotting Texas Turtles. (Photo by Eveline)
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Park Map (Photo by jmitchell)
Great view from the old fire road. (Photo by jmitchell)
Lots of wild flowers (Photo by jmitchell)
Nice Trails (Photo by jmitchell)
Another view (Photo by jmitchell)
looking down Fire Line trail from near the entrance (Photo by merindab)
This is the 'creek' that crosses the trail (Photo by merindab)
Log Entries
Dog Friendly with great views and some challenges
By Kat Person on 1/5/2013
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A

There are dogs all over this park but most people appear to have cleaned up.  The main trail is just a gravel road down to the lake.  You can detour up a hill and find yourself on Dana Peak,very rapidly.  Hang left on the way up to get the best vistas while walking.  The hike off the peak is a bit steep in places and you may need to look down a bit to keep your footing.  Back on the mail path, go up the hill and hang a left for a detour that will feel like you are trespassing on someone's private farm  No real views there but the light through the overhanding trees and a few moments of open grass area make this hike special and very quiet. 

Lake. Hills. Subsidiary trails. Geocache Box.
By crazyk85 on 12/21/2010
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Jarvis and I started out on the main trail. We took the first trail to the left. This took us through a tunnel of shrub trees. We crested a hill, then hooked back to the main trail. We then took the trail up a peak overlooking the lake. Climbed a crop of rocks with cactus overhang. View was awesome. Totally worth it. Followed the trail down the other side, to another hill. Went to the peak, got tangled in shrub trees. No view. Totally not worth it. Followed lakeside trail back to Start Point. Found a Geocache box on this trail. Overall good trail.

Park now open again and a great fall hike
By merindab on 10/7/2010
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours

This park opened again this past summer. There's free parking near the firebreak trail. If you go a little further down the road there's a place for boaters to pay, but  you can just ask for a trail map and turn around and park where it's free.

I went this morning as there is little to no shade. Saw a bunch of deer and a monarch butterfly. There's also a little creek sort of place that crosses Fire lane with just a board to get across the mud, but it's not bad. As a bonus as of right now the very shallow pool is teeming with tadpoles.

I was alone pretty much the entire time I was out. I was passed by one biker and as I was heading to my car a lady was just coming in with her dog.

Edited to say free maps are availble on http://www.centraltexastrails.org/index.html

Nice day hike- lots of options
By Buddahbabym on 9/5/2009
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A

My husband and I live near this park and hike here occasionally, when we want a nice morning hike.  We have ever had a map of the trails- and we have tried new paths each time we come.  It is a nice, easy hike and there are only a few people.  Most often we would run into other people biking the trails.  On the main trail we did not find much shade, and turned around- as we always take our toddler (in a toddler backpack) and she was getting fussy.  As soon as it cools down we will be going back to hike more of the main trail.   If you cross the street at the trail head there is another trail that meanders along the trail and eventually down to the lake.  We hiked this and then followed the beach back to the parks enterence.  We let the dogs off the leash and it was truly enjoyable.

By BrownMJ127 on 11/18/2008
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Distance: N/A Duration: N/A

The park was damaged by a flood in 2007.  I learned from a Ranger that the park will be closed until 2010 when the repairs are estimated to be complete.

By gzkemp2 on 7/13/2008
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Even thru it got damaged by the flood, you can still hike there. You can get pass the gate, on the left .Still lots of hikers and mountain biker's out there. It is just closed for car traffic. I did  hike there almost every Sunday till July to it just  got to hot and my dog refused to walk anymore. There is a one trail what has lots of shade but  just a  nice walking trail, just not very difficult, all flat.
Nice Peak
By jsr59jsr on 4/21/2007
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours
Kind of a small place right on the lake. Close to town nice when time is short.
Great views, nice early morning hike!
By jmitchell on 8/7/2006
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Great early morning hike. Many areas have little shade so come early and miss the heat (and it was over 100F).
Fast Ascent Up the Peak
By onemoreguitarist on 6/29/2006
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
I parked at the foot of the peak and hiked up. The ascent happened rather fast but was an enjoyable challenge. Being my first time I was unaware the trail I was on was all downhill from there. Definitely worth going back to and exploring some more. Which I will do. OK, I returned today (a week later) and had a great time. I took a right instead of a left after the first peak and found my way to three other peaks. Trail T-2 gets really hairy though with weeds up to my head at certain points. I saw three deer and an interesting lizard about 8 inches in length. I got a little turned around with the criss-crossing trails but keeping an eye on the peaks kept me aware of my direction. All in all, if you are in the area, well worth the exploration.
Awesome views, fossils, rocks, and more!
By jmitchell on 4/14/2006
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.60 Miles Duration: N/A
Did not see a sole while on this hike, great views, lots of shell fossils, many deer. You can make this a easy hike or a difficult one by your choice of trail. There are lots of optional/side trails. Main trails were very well maintained. No fee either. Not a lot of cover in areas so be prepared for the sun on hot days.
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