Lost Maples East Trail Loop

MODERATE 73 reviews

Lost Maples East Trail Loop is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Vanderpool, Texas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.5 miles
482 feet

dog friendly



nature trips

road biking

trail running






wild flowers




The route begins on the "Maples Trail" on the Sabinal River. There is a short stint through boulders below a cliff. Then a wide meandering primitive road that crosses and recrosses this mostly dry or very shallow river, often below a canopy of maples. Elaborately carved cliffs, including "The Grotto" with its fern-festooned drip springs, are attractions. A steep, rock-covered ascent to the caprock provides some "rock 'n roll". On top, an overlook of the central valley entry of the Park. Another overlook down a sheer cliff into the Can Creek canyon and the campground at "The Pond" and its dam. Next a steep rock-'n-rolly road descending to The Pond. The route crosses the dam and bypasses some small waterfalls below the dam. Then a couple of foot-stone crossings of Can Creek and a view of a hawk's nest on the cliffs as you return on a primitive road back to the start point at the picnic grounds on the Sabinal River. Site of annual volksmarch and daily YRE walk.

1 month ago

I went to the day use area on the east side of the park. From there, we went down the river and up the east side of the gorge. The hike up was steep. Once on top, you crest and remain there for 30 mins of hiking. You then hike down, and there are lots of loose rocks. When you get to the opposite side gorge where the river is deeper (camping area C), it’s gorgeous.

I recommend you do the east loop trail, and then take a hard right and conquer the west loop. You will need 6-8 hours of daylight.

The gorges are beautiful and well shaded by the maple trees.

1 month ago

Awesome hike! Definitely gets a little intense and steep. The whole way is pretty rocky but overall it’s a pretty moderate. I really enjoyed it!

2 months ago

Great hike especially in the spring with the flowers blooming.

2 months ago

was just there yesterday... beautiful. kind of strayed off the path a bit and discovered some really beautiful areas

2 months ago

Beautiful trail,

3 months ago

Loved it definitely planning a trip again soon!

3 months ago

We went today and the trail was good! But it's a lot tougher than I imagined and some parts were very steep. It was also rainy and cold so that didn't help much. But other than that, the hike went well and the park wasn't very crowded on a Wednesday morning! :)

3 months ago

Not very crowded on a Monday morning during peak fall season. Lots of color starting to show. The trail was nicely maintained and generally easy to hike. A couple sections of steep rocky terrain, but not too challenging. Brought our two dogs who had a blast. A very nice hike in general.

3 months ago

Beautiful trail. It's a bit tougher than I expected but we hiked this one after completing the west loop and the 2 mile loop off that one. Pretty busy, too! And a few primitive camping spots along the way.
According to my Fitbit : 13.5 miles and 101 floors climbed for the entire trail system. *whew!*

9 months ago

Great area! Starts off very slow and flat, but quickly becomes steep and rocky. Great feeling when you make it to the top, and a great stop for lunch. I don't recommend doing the 1/3 miles hike to the scenic overlook at the top, its not worth it at all - anything but scenic or an overlook. Make sure to stop at monkey rock

10 months ago

Gorgeous hike, but definitely a moderate trail

Monday, February 20, 2017

I did the full loop, West trail to east trail. great hike, lots of variety and some fun scrambling/boulder hopping. About 8 miles all together. Stunning views from the ridge really reward the climb up. I had gorgeous weather, too.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Despite the rain (and almost all of the maple leaves being on the ground) it was an enjoyable hike. The East trail was a bit more of a challenge with the water running down the trail. Monkey rock was well worth visiting. Looking forward to going back in the Spring to see all the new life blooming.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Decent views. Monkey rock was pretty cool. Massive amount of butterflies in early September. Wading across streams was refreshing.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

My husband and I did this hike 3 years ago in the fall and loved it. The fallen maple leaves everywhere were beautiful. We brought out dog along too. there is a steep incline with white rocks in the direct sun. we didn't realize the rocks were as hot as they were and once we reached the top/dirt again, our dog refused to walk. The pads of his feet had blistered and rubbed completely off from the hot rocks! We felt terrible of course. Bandaged him up, camped over night at the top and hiked back down the next morning with him in my husbands backpack. He's 45lbs! It was an experience we'll never forget. So moral of the story is "be aware of hot rocks when you decide to bring your pups along!"

Thursday, June 02, 2016

My favorite Texas hike thus far (even though it was not Fall). Combination of riparian areas and sweeping vistas from atop the ridgeline make this hike worth the work. Unique geologic formations and plant communities are worthy of exploration. Trails were well maintained and the park was not crowded (am certain it is crowded in the Fall). Bring plenty of water and proper footwear (you will need to protect your ankles on steep ascent and descent).

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Lost Maples State Park was such a treat to hike, and for us, a hidden gem. Everyone knows that you go to Lost Maples for fall colors. But the purple mountain laurels that grow in springtime are so fragrant that, especially once you reach the highest elevation of the east loop trail, the scent is overwhelming. The waters were also crystal clear, which I guess I didn't expect... though to be honest, we didn't expect any water, so this was a treat!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Great trail, a bit rocky when going up the hill, but worth it for the beautiful scenery.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Finally, a Texas trail that was somewhat challenging with some elevation gain and loss. This, together with the West Trail Loop make for a challenging and tiring day.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Beautiful views!!! Pretty long hike due to the steep trails, but absolutely worth it :)

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