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Lost Maples Extra Loop Trail

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Lost Maples State Park

Lost Maples Extra Loop Trail is a 11.4 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Vanderpool, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 11.4 km Elevation Gain: 283 m Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

Side Creek, lush vegetation, steep climb to mountain cedar canopied trail On West Trail, past "The Pond", off of Can Creek, turn right at sign up another side creek. Follow creek and lush vegetation to park boundary. Steep climb to caprock and Mountain cedar(ash juniper)-canopied trail. Steep descent back to creek, then retrace creek to sign. Then turn left and retrace path on West Trail via "The Pond" to trailhead at picnic area, or turn right and continue West Trail via next climb to caprock and Dry Can Creek back to picnic area trailhead. Site of annual volksmarch.

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29 days ago

The trail is open. Not sure why Alltrails list as closed. The trail gets better and better the longer you hike. Park in the first parking lot on your left, the one with the bird viewing area. Then walk down the street you drove on to the East trail head. You will finish where you parked by the bird viewing area. You will come down the West trail. Hike counter clockwise. This will help you avoid the full sun after you have hiked eight miles. The trail has trees, ferns, streams, ponds, birds, fish, and amazing views. You can cross the streams without get you hiking boots wet by stepping on well placed rock. The trail is steep in some sections, but the footing is firm. There are two small sections where you are hiking on a old road in full sun. I cannot stress how diverse the trail is. The scenery changes before your eyes as you are hiking. This is a must do trail.

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rocky
2 months ago

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rocky
3 months ago

This was a great trail!! We started on the west trail and hiked to the east trail. The steep start to the east loop was rough. Both of us were struggling with the incline. It was very enjoyable and beautiful. It was a perfect weather day! I would do it again in a heart beat. Be prepared for a STEEP hike to start the east loop!

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rocky
5 months ago

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rocky
5 months ago

Extremely rocky terrain for extended parts of the trail, recommend good hiking shoes or at least put hard insoles on to protect your feet. Other than that, it is a great trail! It's a good time of year to hike it when it is not so hot. This trail becomes difficult to hike in the rainy season due to most of the trail paralleling the river so keep that in mind.

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rocky
5 months ago

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rocky
6 months ago

This trail was absolutely gorgeous mid November, plenty of fall colors. Even though it was a Wednesday this is a popular place and most people were starting on the east/maple trail side, so I decided to go clockwise and start on the west trail. So glad I did! This allowed for a little solitude until I arrived at the east connection, and in my opinion it was much more beautiful than the east trail. I'm a little confused as to why the east trail is so popular, but that leaves the best parts undisturbed for those of us avoiding the crowds. I agree with the previous reviewer, I could have done without the overlook as it was crowded without much payoff for the trek up the rocky mountain. This trail is a little more on the difficult side, it even warns about the steepness and terrain with signage. Sturdy boots are a must and I was so happy I brought my poles. There are also several creek crossings. I would not suggest this for young children but it's a nice workout. I'll be back!

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rocky
6 months ago

Beautiful hike! Lost Maples is a real gem. Very scenic park with challenging climbs and descents, water features and excellent foliage, especially during autumn (not this autumn - been too dry for spectacular color change in the maples). Trails not too busy with people but definitely not for those seeking solitude, though I got plenty of quiet alone time just me and the wind in the trees. I prefer this loop clockwise. The scenic overlook is decent, but the views just before the scenic overlook offshoot trail are much, much better. Truly, I could have skipped the scenic overlook trail and spent that time doing the oft-passed west loop. If the west loop were a person he would feel horribly left out. I've been here twice now and have neglected to take the west trail. Trail was quite rocky in spots. Cant wait to go back with the rv and camp.

Thu Nov 02 2017

Don't skip this extra chance at seeing more beautiful country! It's worth it and suddenly seemed quiet as the rest of the crowd chose to skip it!

Sun Jul 03 2016

Tgis is the best yet, lovely...

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Sat Mar 21 2015

Lost Maples is a wonderful little park in hill Country Texas. The trail described here is a loop made up of two trails(East trail/West trail). Its a beautiful route with a fun altitude gain on both sections that give rewarding views. I enjoyed the seemingly endless springs along these trails, and the ponds that they flow into, where you can watch the guadalupe bass swim through the crystal clear water.

hiking
Thu Nov 06 2014

This whole hike was great, we did not do the very farthest "West Loop." The whole loop was beautiful with the trees just starting to turn. Not too many people on a Thursday either which was nice. We brought a lunch along and it was great to sit by the ponds and enjoy! This was definitely worth the drive from San Antonio.

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Mon Jun 10 2013

Great trail. Love going here when leaves are changing colors!

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25 days ago

recorded Recording - May 03, 05:50 PM

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4 months ago

recorded Lost Maples Extra Loop Trail

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4 months ago

recorded Lost Maples East Trail Loop

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