Lost Pines Trail

MODERATE 119 reviews
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Lost Pines Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bastrop, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from August until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.8 miles Elevation Gain: 590 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

scramble

no shade

fee

$5 per person unless your under 12 or a Disabled Veteran

hiking
off trail
4 days ago

I think the trail map was made before the fires. A lot of trees are down and burnt, but there is a lot of new growth as well. New Trail was marked and easy to follow. A few hills, but not too bad.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
4 months ago

We did the 6.8 loop, purple and red trails. It is NOT a trail for the summer months. There is very little shade and the sun beats down most of the trail.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
no shade
5 months ago

Wife and I completed this trail today. Total recorded was 7.2 miles in 2 hours 46 minutes. Most of trail is unshaded, but is maintained. Be prepared for some sandy areas and be on lookout for large spiders on the backside of the trail.

hiking
blowdown
no shade
over grown
5 months ago

Started early in the morning and finished in 2.7 hours. This hike is definitely worth the trip, but do it early. Was already super hot by 10:am

hiking
blowdown
no shade
off trail
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
blowdown
no shade
7 months ago

There were a couple of new blow downs. There is very little shade. There was some soft sand on potions of the trail.

hiking
no shade
7 months ago

I would recommend it.

recorded Lost Pines Trail

hiking
11 months ago

So beautiful! Easy. End of winter was the perfect time for this trail- because no shade.

hiking
11 months ago

Amazing place before the 2011 fire, now dry with scrubby regrowth. Been several times before the fire when tall pines abounded, but had an amazing 2 month opportunity to walk the entire park, trail and off-trail, nearly every inch, for research shortly after the fires. Super surreal moonscape, the rolling topography laid bare with absolutely no vegetation of note. Uploaded a few 3D photos. In the far far distant past, when the Gulf of Mexico lapped the edges of what will be Bastrop, this sandy/cobble landscape was an Eocene/Pleistocene coastal river delta of the ancient Colorado river with cobbles and gravels eroded and transported from the Llano Estacado intermixed with coastal sands over older orange clays...and thus the current rolling sandy hills. Check Youtube for "River Delta Formation- Em4 Stream Table" to see how this area was formed in prehistory.

hiking
no shade
11 months ago

Major letdown, very monotonous with very little shade and the sun in your eyes the whole time. The first “scenic overlook” was a complete joke that overlooked the highway rather than the park like both the map and ranger said. Multiple trails have been destroyed by weather and are now completely gone, with no plans to restore them according to the ranger at the entrance.

Mon Jan 07 2019

Bring money for entrance fee. $5 per person unless your under 12 or a Disabled Veteran. Map provided. Purple section of the trail was closed off which was only 5% of the trail and alternative was optional. Found multiple coins on the trail with my detector.

Sun Dec 23 2018

Great trail even though the whole terrain is fire damaged.

hiking
Mon Oct 29 2018

Fire and flood damaged terrain but not unappealing, trails are well marked and maintained and the color-coded paths are easy to follow. Nice mix of surfaces across undulating terrain, suitable for walking or trail running. Not much shade in many parts, we went in October on a clear day but summer would be tough to handle. $8 entry fee at park gate, there is plenty of parking as it doesn’t appear to get too busy.

running
Tue Oct 23 2018

Lost pines loop is 4.3 miles. It connects with Scenic Overlook Trail, which is 1.7 miles, for a 6 mile total Loop. Good elevation change for the area, lots of differences in the terrain throughout - even sections of fine sand.

Tue Oct 09 2018

As others have said there is VERY little shade. recommend this for spring/fall. Water is a must if you go in heat of summer. The trees are burnt like matchsticks from previous fires but this is actually somewhat pretty in it's own way and gives an interesting perspective - different from the usual forest. Very good educational opportunities as you can see how the forest regrows itself. Very nice gazebo at top of trail, catches breeze perfectly and provides welcome shade.

hiking
Mon May 07 2018

We did this trail on the same weekend as their yearly trail races which made the trails definitely more trafficked than normal. Great train. Tough rolling hills that will keep you moving. Signage at trail splits weren't totally clear and we got off trail quite a ways without knowing it. There is VERY little shade so be prepared for direct sun for most of the hike. Beautiful trail overall that was a good challenge for myself and my dog. Be sure to bring plenty of water!

hiking
Sun Apr 08 2018

Fun trail! I’d do it again

hiking
Thu Feb 15 2018

Tue Nov 14 2017

I enjoyed the hike. Trail is a tad shady in one section because of heavy equipment work that had been done, but not bad

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