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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.

2 months ago

Nice trail, the most strenuous in the park.

5 months ago

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!

6 months ago

Fun trail! I’d do it again

8 months ago

Great trail, well maintained and a lot of connectors to expand the route! Not a lot of elevation change, but some nice outlooks along the way. Mostly shaded.

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

Monday, September 04, 2017

I enjoyed this hike, but a few things to keep in mind: Some portions of the big hiking loop were closed. Very little shade, if any. Also encountered a couple ticks.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The trails are fairly quiet and secluded but the recent fires destroyed 80-90% of this park and there is virtually zero forest remaining. It's a shame because it will take this place decades to recover.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Amazing to see the fire and flood regrowth. Staff was very friendly and helpful

Monday, March 13, 2017

Great variation of terrains and sights. Pretty enclosed most of the way. Thoroughly enjoyed it

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Nice trail...great to see the new fancy zip line that they put up here. We went after the rains though and the mud/clay was like glue on our boots that ended up feeling like a ton of extra weight...not to mention that we "slid" down a few hills. Will definitely wait until it's dry next time. Also the 6.8 loop was blocked off in places which ended up to be about 5.5. Was nice though.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The trailhead is here:


This trail is at McKinney Roughs Nature Area. There are many trails that are very nice there as well.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

As Karen said, the map shown here is outdated. This trail goes only as far east as Harmon Rd (creating a smaller loop) and other trails have been rerouted. An accurate, though less detailed, map is published here: http://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/pwdpubs/media/park_maps/pwd_mp_p4505_043l.pdf. Nonetheless, it was a nice hike, shadeless but comfortable in early April. Good to see new pine growth throughout. Saw a variety of birds and only two other hiking parties.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

This trail is not open past Harmon Rd on the E end according to park staff (this map shows it open). Did an alternate route for a really nice outing. Lunch stop at Lost Pines Overlook was a breezy place to cool off. Tons of dewberries right on the edges of the trail. Lots of new growth! The smell was awesome!

Monday, December 08, 2014

First time to bastrop yesterday, and all the baby pine growth is beautiful! It really gives you perspective and i cant wait to come back in 10-15 years and see this place flourish again. We did the full 7.5 mile hike and definitly should have brough more water even on a cool fall day. Not much animal presence out there, yet. Great hike! We didnt see a single other person for hours.

Friday, November 28, 2014

We traversed portions of the Lost Pines trail. We started at the scenic overlook by the route to Beuscher State Park, walked the Purple Trail to the old service road, and looped back on the Orange Trail back to the Purple Trail. It was warm for late November but the scenery was excellent. Lots of interesting flora. No significant inclines either. Our route took us almost three miles. Will be coming back in the future.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

This was an interesting hike. The come hack after the fire is slow, but noticeable. The dead trees are continuously changing the landscape as they fall. We stayed at the cabins, which are very nice. This is a great place for individual or family fun.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Beautiful and peaceful. I'll go back

Monday, January 20, 2014

The main entrance is closed on Sundays. Use entrance 1/4 mile east labeled "Hwy 71 trailhead". A great variety of terrain. Bobcat Ridge is a rocky, sandy path through cedar trees. Coyote Road offer a wide clay path to the Colorado River via Riverside trail. Follow Riverside until you get to the more challenging Cypress and Pine Ridge trails which will take you down to a deep river valley then take you up a ~200 ft switchback climb which is rewarded by a great view of the Pine Ridge Plateau. From there it's an easy sandy walk back to the trailhead. A great way to spend a few hours out in nature. Bring snacks and water.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Lost Pines Trail is easy to moderate and before the fire, beautiful! The trail is sandy at certain parts but overall very comfortable pace and good solitude if you go during the week. I've never camped on the trail but have camped at nearby North and South shore, and State Park areas. Summer in TX is HOT so recommend going late Fall or Spring. This is a good trail for the whole family but pack plenty of water!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Really enjoyed hiking the Lost Pines trails. I wanted to see what the forest recovery process looks like and it did not disappoint. If you are an ecology/biology fan this is one to check out. Most of the pines are completely dead and it is going to be quite the restoration process. There are trees and limbs coming down all over the place.

I was glad I was wearing pants as the new grow is really encroaching the trail in a few spots. Mostly saw lizards, ants and crickets, not too much other wildlife. Pretty dry and hot out there. There are a few points in the trails that are really sandy, made for slow going but other than that the trail moves pretty quickly.

I took the red trail/purple trail loop. The far part of the purple trail is still closed due to limited restoration following the fire. It connects via a 1/2 mile stretch on Harmon road, but it is a dirt forest road so it still feels like hiking.

A few cool views, really warm as there is no cover from the sun. I put on a lot of sunscreen before going out there. I should have brought more water as I ran out pretty quickly and the sun was not messing around. The campsites in around the red trail have water faucets though so I could refill.

A lot of portions would be great for trail running but like I said the new growth is very thick in a few places so it might be rough on the legs and feet if you are in shorts and running shoes.

Really excited to head back in a year or two to see how the forest and trails change due to the fire recovery.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Not great right now since the wildfire. No shade from sun. Maybe would be better in Fall.

trail running
Thursday, March 07, 2013

The 2011 wildfire that destroyed 96% of this park has brought new meaning to the 'Lost' Pines of Texas, which are the westernmost stand of loblolly pines in America, receiving 30% less rain than the Piney Woods of East Texas. The devastation remains, but there remains a haunting beauty to the rolling hills of ashen pines that stretch as far as the eye can see. Perhaps in the spring the barrenness will be mitigated by ground cover. We went for trail running, and unfortunately even part of the 7.5 mile Lost Pines Trail has been lost and has yet to be remarked. Alternately, there's a 12 mile road that connects Bastrop and Buescher State Parks (single entry fee), and somewhere in that stretch the trees return. The drive provided us a glimmer of hope for the once and future magnificence of this park.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

We followed the directions and it took us to Bastrop State Park. $8.00 entry fee. Nice trails, although some were closed due to the fire a year ago. Restoration was taking place. It will take a while to get the forest back, but we still enjoyed the hike.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

I loved this trail.
There were lots of beautiful trees and also some clearings.
This is a great hike on the kind of sunny day when you want shade.
The trees shade you for nearly the full hike.
The trail is just about 8 miles but you can take shortcuts back to the beginning of the trail if you do not want to hike the whole way.
The trail is not paved but is not hard to hike.
The forest floor is pleasantly soft but not too muddy and lined with pine needles and a few small logs.
You should wear shoes with decent tread and possibly ankle support.
I recommend that you keep a second pair of shoes in your car just in case your hiking shoes get a little muddy, and a plastic bag to put the dirty shoes into.
This trail is good for all ages, even kids and elderly.
There are quite a few elevation changes (small hills) and benches to sit on every mile or so. There are also plenty of logs or stumps close by to sit on.
You must bring enough water if you plan to do the full trail, I drank about 2 liters.
I did not remember seeing any water on the trail.
Do bring a trail map too just in case.
I only saw a few people on the trail so it is nice and peaceful.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

McKinney Roughs is a great place to hike. BSATroop 271 completed 10 miles including the Pine Ridge Loop. Great views along the trail. Only downfall to this park is its proximity to Hwy 290.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Evening Hike - 6:20-9:50pm - quiet solitude, no one on trail, cooler than expected for hot August weather, couple of trees down on trail, 3.5 hr hike for entire loop, last 1.5 made in the dark. South Parking closed for construction, north parking the best. Saw several Pleated (Red-headed) Woodpeckers, rabbits, deer (jumped and scared the C#@} out of me in the dark), owls. Stopped at Toad Pond using Roosevelt Cutoff to make it back to Parking. Glad I did, saw many Houston Toads. Great time for solo adventure!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Beautiful and rugged! A hidden gem located at McKinney Roughs Nature Park.

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