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Part of the hike you go along Guadalupe river. Really pretty hike.

4 mile hike. was steep in some areas. has to stop and rest. had to cross a few creeks. one climb was tough and the decent was steep. definitely worth it. the view was beautiful

great trail! some steep areas and long upward climb but a beautiful view. definitely worth it .

Great trail with stunning views and plenty of contour. Three caveats: 1. You will get your feet wet crossing the stream in several places. 2. There are long stretches with no shade, so it can get brutally hot. We baked here in early November. And 3: it is crowded here in the fall, even during the week. That said, we really enjoyed this hike. Took us 3 hours.

Gorgeous!

We did this hike at a very leisurely pace and stopped to play in the streams and fall foliage so it took us about 3 hours to complete. The leaves had started turning (first weekend of November) and it was pretty but probably in two weeks time more reds will start coming out. It was a good distance and fun walking through streams with some uphill parts which made it slightly more challenging. Try to go early in the morning (I think park opens at 8?) to ensure you’ll get in. We went around noon and the park was completely full so we spent some time at the winery down the road which was also beautiful. On the way back we tried our luck to get in and were lucky enough to get in but if you’re only there for a day I wouldn’t risk it. I would also suggest hiking it in water shoes or teva/Chaco type sandals. A friend of ours went in tennies but another friend and I got to walk through all the streams with our tevas which made for a very refreshing trip. A nice little gem in the Texas hill country!

Amazing scenery and wonderful hiking trails. The trees (early November) were already starting to be yellow, orange, and even some red. Well worth the trip from Austin for our 9.41 miles! (This trail + part of West trail to the spring, then down the East-West trail)

great trail! first time hiking this trail. beautiful foliage and view of the river, trail was clear and great for dogs. you can check out the canyon lake spillway and Overlook Park while you're there. they are all relatively close. great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. will definitely go again.

hiking
21 days ago

Fire and flood damaged terrain but not unappealing, trails are well marked and maintained and the color-coded paths are easy to follow. Nice mix of surfaces across undulating terrain, suitable for walking or trail running. Not much shade in many parts, we went in October on a clear day but summer would be tough to handle. $8 entry fee at park gate, there is plenty of parking as it doesn’t appear to get too busy.

trail running
27 days ago

Lost pines loop is 4.3 miles. It connects with Scenic Overlook Trail, which is 1.7 miles, for a 6 mile total Loop. Good elevation change for the area, lots of differences in the terrain throughout - even sections of fine sand.

As others have said there is VERY little shade. recommend this for spring/fall. Water is a must if you go in heat of summer. the trees are burnt like matchsticks from previous fires but this is actually somewhat pretty in it's own way and gives an interesting perspective - different from the usual forest. very good educational opportunities as you can see how the forest regrows itself. very nice gazebo at top of trail, catches breeze perfectly and provides welcome shade.

East trail loop was exponentially better than the west, in my opinion. Great place to stay if Garner is booked up. It usually is.

great long stretch. however, a good chunk runs through a neighborhood and 90% of this is paved. i personally prefer unpaved, but after a rain this could be a nice option...just dont wear hiking shoes...

Went today after many rainy days and the trail was still very accessible. This trail is impressive and the other reviewer, Mark Hansbauer, describes is well! I will definitely go back.

We covered about 8 miles. The sun was a beast in some areas. I thought it was more than a moderate trial.

The trail is well marked in most places. The only thing is as a hiker you have to watch out for bike riders. There is a lot of blind corners.

Well marked. Unlike the Madrone trail. Nice river view.

Nice hike.

A great, challenging hike. There’s a solid half mile of uneven terrain with a 25% grade. Leave the pups at home and bring your trekking poles! The large steps can be really hard on the knees.

Good combination of trails and pavement. Plenty of shade.

Deceptively challenging for a short hike, at least in June when temps are reaching upper 90's. The East trail to me is an easier hike than the West trail, but both are stacked to some degree with loose, jagged rock, so watching your step is crucial. There are a few nice little lookouts, but I mostly enjoyed the wildlife that abounds here. I saw armadillos, squirrels, many types of small lizards, garter and water snakes, Guadeloupe bass, sunfish, butterflies, painted bunting, flycatchers, warblers, Ravens and a red tailed hawk.

There are many beautiful dripping springs from limestone cliffs in the area. There are high, hot hilltops covered in prairie scrub brushes and cactus as well as deeper, cooler and densely green areas near the creek beds. The best part... it isn't crowded! Enjoyed it.

nature trips
5 months ago

It was my first time there. It was a nice hike. We took our dog and he loved it. It was nice walking through the water since it was a hot day!

I started my hike at Double Lake, my plan was to hike the Double Lake Trail, however, i found out the Double Lake trail is mostly for mountain bikers. I decided to hike the Lone Star Trail instead and I was not disappointed. This is nice trail. I did an in and out just to try it out and I enjoyed my experience. I did not come across any other hikers and it was nice quiet hike.

Beautiful trail

We had a great time! It was beautiful and our kids loved it! We did the east trail, my husband with our 2 yr old on his back and I with a 5 month old on mine, while our 2 boys followed and they all were able to handle to steep incline as we made our way up the hill! When we got to the top it was breath taking! We will be returning to explore more

Good trail. beautiful views of water and trees. saw multiple deer along the trail.

Great trail, loved swimming in the river for a cool down after a very hot hike! Make sure to bring enough water, the scramble up isn't horrible but it will cause a great leg workout!

hiking
6 months ago

Hiking this trail that runs along and above the Guadalupe river gives one appreciation for two things. First, the diversity of the flora and fauna lining this portion of the river. Second, the ingenuity and hard work it must have taken to build this trail without marring the natural experience. There are well over a hundred steps made with railroad ties and other timbers and embedded with rebar. And of course bridges to cross otherwise forbidding hollows and deep creek beds. You are never far from the river and often somewhat precariously above it. The homesteads across the river might feel intrusive, but come here in Winter as I do and they are pleasantly dormant (except for quarreling feral cats or squirrels). The number of steps might not sound like much, but many are steep and they add up if you double back. If you would rather not double back, there is a flat trail in the forest/meadow above the river trail that takes you most of the way to the starting point.

hiking
6 months ago

We did this trail on the same weekend as their yearly trail races which made the trails definitely more trafficked than normal. Great train. Tough rolling hills that will keep you moving. Signage at trail splits weren't totally clear and we got off trail quite a ways without knowing it. There is VERY little shade so be prepared for direct sun for most of the hike. Beautiful trail overall that was a good challenge for myself and my dog. Be sure to bring plenty of water!

Loved this trail

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