Lost Maples East Trail Loop

MODERATE 46 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.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
649 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

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.

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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

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Gorgeous hike, but definitely a moderate trail

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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.

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