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Lost Maples East Trail Loop

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Lost Maples State Natural Area

Lost Maples East Trail Loop is a 4.4 mile heavily 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.

Distance: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 561 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

road biking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

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.

recorded Lost Maples East Trail Loop

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rocky
1 day ago

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rocky
9 days ago

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rocky
21 days ago

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rocky
scramble
28 days ago

This was a beautiful trail! Definitely challenging, especially on a hot day. Bring plenty of water and snacks. The views were amazing! Plenty of flowing water this early in the summer season. Lots of fun and cooling off for the puppers, but would not recommend bring unless you bring lots of water for them.

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fee
1 month ago

MAKE SURE TO GO ONLINE AND GET A DAY PASS Once you get close to the park, there is no phone signal. So if you make it to the park without a day pass, you have to go back 4miles to the gas station, and use their WiFi. But once in, it is so beautiful! We drove straight down to the parking lot and started on the East Trail. There are so many water ways that you get to cross and cool off in. There’s a lot of shaded walking on the trails, only a few sunny ones. We went in 2 miles and headed back, but next time we’re going to try to conquer the whole 4.6mi loop

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fee
1 month ago

1 month ago

Fun hike steep incline but worth the view. coming down loose rocks but overall a great time

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2 months ago

This hike is one I grew up doing as a kid and decades later it’s not lost its appeal. I was out there on 4/25, the week the parks reopened, and the limited entries to the park made it particularly enjoyable with less people. The temps were also 55-78 high that day, so starting early was perfection. The hike is rated accurately as moderate, more so because of length and some decent ascent and descent sprinkled throughout. Fall is my favorite time here when the leaves are changing colors, but the spring offers beautiful views of the Texas hill country along with a great workout if you’re looking to escape the city.

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rocky
2 months ago

Great hike, very rocky and steep inclines/declines. Shady is some areas along the trail. Trekking poles made it so much more easy. Good views once you hit the top.

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rocky
2 months ago

Great trail - lots of back and forth with little streams (which the pups loved!). The hike up was tough, but awesome. The entire elevation gain is mostly done over 1 mile. The way back down was a lot of scattered rocks, which was tricky. A few slips but no hard falls. Next time we’ll probably go up the view point then turn around and come down the way we came up.

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rocky
4 months ago

very fun!! jumped into the pond and it was such an adrenaline rush!! very freezing, overall lots of fun!

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scramble
4 months ago

I don't know that I was completely ready for this trail. The elevation gain is rough going for beginner hikers but the view is well worth the effort. Be very careful on the rock scramble on the way down. (or the way up, if you went the opposite direction). Wildlife and flora are pretty meh this time of year. I plan to go back when things are more alive.

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muddy
5 months ago

This trail is great for bike rides because it's not paved. Muddy when it rains so if walking, wear your rain boots or shoes you don't mind getting dirty. Shaded

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5 months ago

We were there a few months ago and the weather was great! It’s a rocky path and a little difficult for me but I’m also less than a year out from a major car accident with multiple surgeries. Can’t wait to do this tail again after more PT

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5 months ago

Hike with the crew, Suzi, and Blaze

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5 months ago

Great hike, but the climb to the top is pretty good chore for older folks. View at the top is awesome even in winter time without the leaves on trees. Not much shade at top. Trail was well marked & easy to follow.

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5 months ago

Great hike, expect some incline during the middle of the hike- that will bring you to fantastic views. Since it was hot and not too much shade during the hike- I took a dip in the lake.

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rocky
6 months ago

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7 months ago

Nice views at the top. Not much shade along the trail. Beautiful water views. Buy your pass to reserve your spot during October and November months, weekends get very busy!!

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7 months ago

Great trail! Many of the leaves had already dropped, but there were a lot of hidden gems to discover. We loved monkey rock, and the grotto was really neat! The scenic overviews were great once you hiked to the top of the cliff

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7 months ago

Great hike. BUY YOUR DAY PASS ONLINE AHEAD OF TIME!! You will be turned away if they are at capacity. You’ve been warned

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rocky
scramble
7 months ago

i like all the leaves and the gorgeous views but for sure harder then a thought for first timer and an all day event for sure. -Jacob's girlfriend

This is a nice little trail. For the most part it's flat and easy. It does have a section where it hits a point of incline for a couple hundred feet. Great views of the river valley up top. I would recommend going during the October/November weeks, BUT make sure to get there early or reserve a pass in advance or you could very well be turned away!

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7 months ago

We hiked this trail 4 times in 2 days and the difference in color each trip was striking. The park absolutely put on a show for us. We packed into primitive area A, set up our camp, and were able to hike without packs, I’d suggest that. It’s a great place to camp and you don’t have to carry any camp water if you have a filter because there are live springs all along the trail even when it’s very dry. Go tomorrow or leave tonight, just get there!

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rocky
8 months ago

Great trail that is easy to follow. Recommend clockwise hiking with good boots and hiking poles. Park at second parking area to left of main parking lot.

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8 months ago

My lady and I hiked here last Friday and it was perfect. The trail was well marked and the map given at check in matched perfectly as well. It is a beautiful trail with medium difficulty. If you plan to do the east and west loop I would use the primitive camping areas and make a two day trip of it. We are heading back to do a two day hike which says a lot about this trail. I would suggest Lost Maples to anyone who is above novice experience level due to some parts being very difficult to navigate. Overall it’s an excellent trail.

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rocky
8 months ago

It was a pretty hike. It could use a few more lookout points. some of the trees are turning color. in another week or 2 it will be really gorgeous.

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