Lost Maples West Trail Loop

MODERATE 30 reviews

Lost Maples West Trail Loop is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Vanderpool, Texas and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1066 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

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Can Creek, dam & ponds, steep climb to caprock, rocky deep Dry Can Creek canyon The route begins by a walk back to picnic ground entrance, crossing Can Creek where it flows into the Sabinal River, then going up Can Creek to the dam and "The Pond", cross at another pond, continue to the sign at the optional loop. Take a side canyon and creek. Then a steep climb with one switch-back to the top of the caprock. A dogleg along a somewhat grassy but mostly treeless caprock leads to a more gradual but rock-strewn descent to mostly rock-bottomed Dry Can Creek. Cliffs, boulders, water-scoured holes. Finally a ledge trail above the steep, deep ravine that Dry Can becomes, descending back to Can Creek. Cross Can & backtrack to picnic area. This park is beloved for its red and yellow fall foliage, owed mainly to its "lost" biota of Uvalde bigtooth maples, & for its birding, featuring the black-capped vireo and golden-cheeked warbler, but it can be crowded in the fall and access may even become limited. Site of annual volksmarch and daily YRE walk.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Good trail, though not as great as the East loop, it appears that there are far fewer people though, worth the hike. Also there's a beautiful spring that you pass that I was even tempted to drink from.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

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

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

One of the best hikes in Texas. Just enough difficulty, beautiful country, perfectly maintained. Great primitive camping near the end of the loop between canyons with a canoe spot if you can tote it all in.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Verp good work out and very scenic. Favorite hike so far in Hill Country.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Hiked this trail and the East loop last weekend with my daughter. Maples were changing colors. It was our first "long distance" hike. It was so worth the drive to get there!