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3 days ago

Did this trail today, it was a decent trail. It could be better marked. I also found out this is no longer a State Park.

3 days ago

Had a blast! Took the fiance out on our first backpacking trip. I'm not sure that the mileage on the trail is correct. If I had to guess it starts at Cedar Bayou, when reading route names and distance, which adds some length. The route from Juniper Point is a lot of vertical incline/decline, but the route is pretty level from there. Loved it, but we struggled a bit. We found several camping sites along the lake shore, and stopped a bit short of the loop. We had a great time camping on a small peninsula about halfway.

Trail was wet after a good bit of rain. But pretty. A few spots were challenging uphill, but overall pretty moderate. Trail is well marked, but must pay close attention or you will be off the trail before you know it.

We hike this trail this past weekend. It was after a few days of rain and our last hike of the day. Since it had been raining, we did have to cross the creek. It was a little challenging since the water was running pretty good but we made it.There wasn’t enough daylight left to do the whole hike. Plus the lady at the camp office told us not to go the whole way because part of it would be flooded. I will say that this hike was one of the most challenging I have ever done. I absolutely loved it, however it does require climbing the trail is a little hard to follow at times. You may discover muscles you never knew you had. Be sure that you look for the waterhole as you’re climbing up the mountain. It was running really good when we were there.I’m thinking that we didn’t go far enough to see the open part of the bluff. The view at the place where we had to stop was still a bit obstructed by the trees. I was a bit disappointed however, I do plan to go back and do the whole trail on another day. After an all day hike at the park, I will say that completing this trail was definitely a feeling of success! I definitely will be back!

10 days ago

The trail isn’t marked very well and it’s incredibly easy to get lost. We did 4 miles and could never find the way out and ended up having to turn around and go back another 4 miles to get out. We ran into a group of boys who were lost also and they ended up finding a smaller cliff area that was only about a 10 to 15ft jump to the ground and just jumped off lol. Some better trail markers and this would have been amazing.

The whole cross Timbers Trail is actually much longer than what is shown on this path. The eastern terminus is the park at Juniper Point off 377, but the western terminus is located on the east side of Rock Creek Camp Road (appr. N33° 51.894' W96° 53.911').
The trail from the western end is marked well in most areas, but not so well in some so I had to backtrack multiple times to find it again, but it's better than it was last year. Not submitting a path because of the backtracks. I'll submit one when I get it right. There's also a loop called Lost Loop that circles the peninsula north of where the tree was reported down on 5/20 that adds several miles to the trail if you happen to take it.
Very scenic "wet weather creeks" if you get there after a rain. Water from the lake is not ideal, but will work in a pinch

Beautiful trail. With lots of photo ops. Took us about 3 hours one way to hike and stop for the many photo ops. Cliff area for great panoramic views is at Carlton Lake. You do need to pay attention in the middle of this trail as blazes are just blue paint and spotting them proves difficult sometimes.

1 month ago

Great trail. My first trip here. I hiked from trail head at juniper to five mile camp and stayed the night. I will be back . Trail was marked good only got a little turned around once. Highly recommend, the elevation was nice compared to mostly flat trails in dfw.

1 month ago

I love this trail but if you drink the water from the lake you’re crazy this water is brackish IE salt water your filter will not take it out don’t drink the water from the lake. This lake is used to supply water to the Dallas metroplex but they mix it half-and-half with Sweetwater to cut down on the salt content. Carry your water and you can resupply water at any of the resorts along the trail.

I was a little disappointed with this trail. I hiked the Rough Canyon Tail before and even though it was a much shorter hike, it was more enjoyable.

This was stated in another review but I will say it too: "Don’t use the trail maps provided by the State Park they are in no way accurate with the trails." I started at Deep Ford Campground and followed the blue blazes. I was very quickly off from the state park map. Blazes were easy to spot and follow though so I continued on. Took me to the Lake Carlton overlooks but I never got close to Lake Wayne Wallace so my way back, I attempted to stick more to the state park map. Following the yellow blazes (horse trail) kept me closer to the lake but even those did not follow the state park map. It did get me to a very nice overlook over Lake Wayne Wallace but I got turned around in a few places and had to bushwack a few times to get back to the blue blazes or I would of ended up on the wrong side of the lake and nowhere near my car.

Regardless, that is not the reason for my low rating. I don't mind getting a little lost. The trail was loud - walking near Lake Carlton, you can hear the highway the entire time. The overlooks were not that great in the sense that you never really felt completely surrounded by nature. You could see the campgrounds, cars, bridges, buildings...

Total at the end was 8.6 miles for me.

My friend and I, both 60 year old women, just hiked from Juniper Point to Rock Creek on Monday and Tuesday, Oct 29 and 30, 2018, spending Monday night in a campsite just before the east Lost Loop entrance. We had to bushwhack around or walk through water, sometimes chest high, over 15 times. We lost count. We had to walk around a rattlesnake fairly close to Rock Creek. The trail was mostly well marked. There a few places we had to figure out. I wish all the camp sites had signs and were on a map. I wish there were mile markers occasionally. It was tough but we enjoyed it. 7 hours first day and 6 hours the second day. We parked cars on both ends. We were really surprised Rock Creek was in a gated community but they gave us the code. They were friendly about it on both ends. I don't understand why All Trails calls it a 10 mile out and back. It is much longer than that. It goes all the way to Paw Paw Trailhead close to Lake Texoma Marina, west of Rock Creek Marina. I understand the section from Rock Creek Marina to Paw Paw isn't in very good condition at this time.

Hiked 4.8 total miles including this trail. Hard to navigate with overgrowth and downed trees in many areas. New owner plans to fix it up. Perfect weekend with gorgeous fall color. Nice water on the trail and a lot of diversity from sandstone and prairie grass to cedars, maple and big oak trees.

2 months ago

it was a great trail, just be advised that due to the rain certain parts of the trail may not be accessible, so you'll have to walk off the trail and through some brush

3 months ago

It was hot. Started at Juniper and hiked to Eagles Roost. Trail became difficult to find. Backtracked to 5 mile camp which was great for the little breeze coming off the lake. Sleeping deep in the trees would have been HOT. Pretty good for an overnight trip so close to Dallas. Watch out for snakes. Copperheads and Cottenmouths especially. There’s lots of tall grass and water-level dips where you can, and we nearly did, step on one.

3 months ago

I have done this trail many times over the past year. I used it December to February as a training hike for the AT. This trail should not be listed as 14.4 miles. if you begin at Juniper Point and hike to Rock Creek Resort and marina, you have about 10.1 miles. The 4 miles beyond that are basically impassable and should be deleted from the map. I reached out to the caretaker of this trail on several.occasions last year to assist him in marking the last 4 miles of the trail to no avail. He isn't willing to mark it properly and he isn't willing to do any clearing. don't waste your time and effort. Stop at Rock Creek and turn around for a 20 mile hike or have a pick up scheduled for that point.

Have been many times. After the first steep part, the top is pretty level. You meet some nice folks but not usually a place to go for solitude. I have never been asked for my hunting/fishing license but looks like others have had to pay fines. For seniors, you can get a lifetime hunting/fishing license for a one-time fee; a lot cheaper than paying a fine.

Nice trail with some good ups and downs, but not well marked, especially at the top. I expected more views of the river, but there were only a couple. We both got bad chigger bites in spite of using bug spray. You definitely need a hunting/fishing/conservation pass. We got approached by a ranger.

4 months ago

Trail was completely overgrown with sticker plants. Even the area up to the trailhead wasn’t cleared. Had to turn around and took a good session with tweezers to get the 100+ stickers off my shoes just from .2 miles of the trail.

4 months ago

Started off strong but hot. We knew it was going to be but I just had the backpacking bug and had to go! Trail as always is really good. I overnighted the complete trail in December 17 and was in the mid 30s. I enjoyed it a lot better than today. 96 with a heat index of 105!!

I’ve never minded the taste after filtering Texoma water but it is some kind of gross this time. First time I didn’t bring drink packs to mask the taste! My fault.

Our original plan was to hike to Eagles roost. At Lost Loop Junction, we found the trail signs pulled up and laying face down. The main trail then split. The bike trail went left and hiking trail went right. After 3 times of making a loop that connected the two. I pulled up the app. There is a tree down literally where the bike loop and hike loop meet that cuts off the main trail.

After an hour and depleting our water we finally was back on the trail. We set up at 5 mile camp. The shoreline is sand rock boulders. Awesome to look at but a little harder to safely get to water. Just past the last camp area was a nice little sand beach. The swim was a welcome relief.

There is an occasional breeze and plenty of shade. We can barely stand the taste of the filtered water so first thing in the morning we are packing back out. We left 1 bottle of Fresh Smart Water between 2 people to get us out.


It’s 10p.m. and still miserably hot with no breeze at all. One good note, I bought a pack of Sweetart Chewy Sours this morning. 2-3 per 1 liter of filtered water, let dissolve for 20 minutes or so made the water bearable.

Great trail, beautiful views. we saw several deer and lots of squirrels. Took us about 3 hrs to do the full 5 miles.

I did a 10-mile hike here (5 miles of trail and then back to camp) a few years ago, and it's a beautiful, yet strenuous hike.

A little steep in a couple of places, but very pretty. my phone said 4.9 miles, not 3.9. At the very end I ran into a gigantic bunch of seed ticks though.

Pretty decent hike. Your back side will definitely feel it. Great scenery, best hike in OK so far. Overall, great adventure.

We only had an hour to hike so we couldn’t do the whole trail but what we saw was beautiful.

Beautiful view but the trail was not well marked.

Trail is clearly marked! There are a few dry creek crossings where the trail is a little tricky to spot though. Make sure to grab a stick to knock down spider webs if you go in the morning.

LOVED hiking this trail on and off! we went adventuring up and down the rockface and it was SO exhilarating with beautiful views, a couple of neat little caves and refreshing waters at the falls! also a big plus to have multiple options for camping! (cabins, tent, or rv)

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