Lost Maples Extra Loop Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Vanderpool, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Side Creek, lush vegetation, steep climb to mountain cedar canopied trail On West Trail, past "The Pond", off of Can Creek, turn right at sign up another side creek. Follow creek and lush vegetation to park boundary. Steep climb to caprock and Mountain cedar(ash juniper)-canopied trail. Steep descent back to creek, then retrace creek to sign. Then turn left and retrace path on West Trail via "The Pond" to trailhead at picnic area, or turn right and continue West Trail via next climb to caprock and Dry Can Creek back to picnic area trailhead. Site of annual volksmarch.
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Lost Maples is a wonderful little park in hill Country Texas. The trail described here is a loop made up of two trails(East trail/West trail). Its a beautiful route with a fun altitude gain on both sections that give rewarding views. I enjoyed the seemingly endless springs along these trails, and the ponds that they flow into, where you can watch the guadalupe bass swim through the crystal clear water.
This whole hike was great, we did not do the very farthest "West Loop." The whole loop was beautiful with the trees just starting to turn. Not too many people on a Thursday either which was nice. We brought a lunch along and it was great to sit by the ponds and enjoy! This was definitely worth the drive from San Antonio.
Great trail. Love going here when leaves are changing colors!