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This was a nice relaxing trail. Plenty of nice views. It does cost $10 for 2 adults to enter the park. The hike was calm and even with the rainy weather, didn’t have very many slippery spots.

on Lost Pines Trail

20 days ago

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

23 days 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.

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.

1 month ago

Tad confusing to follow the map given by the visitor's center, as the trails seem to randomly change names.

Don't go within days after a rain seems to take a while to dry up, and get pretty muddy.

Love the fresh smell, and to hear the running water. Pretty easy trek. Not too shaded which means during cooler weather the sun can still provide warmth. Enjoyed the changes in elevation!

Didn't rate higher because I think I prefer a different terrain (larger trees, more narrow paths, rocky, higher elevations, etc), but beyond there was nothing to really dislike!

This is a pretty unique hike. The park suffered from a wildfire several years ago and has recovered considerably since then. The hike is also a nice challenge.

1 month ago

Great trail even though the whole terrain is fire damaged.

The scenic overlook loop gives a good sampling of Bastrop State park, including meadows, pine/oak forests recovering from the 2011 fires, the drainage of Copperas Creek and a viewpoint over much of the park. From the park entrance station turn left on Park Road 1B and park at the first pullout on the left. The Farkleberry Spur begins across from the parking area and crosses through clumps of surviving pines and burned snags before descending into the Copperas Creek drainage. Much of the area is open meadows with wildflowers and butterflies in abundance even in late October. Turn left at the first junction to access the Scenic Overlook Trail, you will arrive quickly at the Copperas Creek crossing where the bridge has not been replaced. You may get your feet wet but the flow is pretty modest even after several weeks of rain. Here in the drainage willow trees and cottonwoods have grown into thickets 10-15 ft high. Following the Viewpoint trail you will cross a wooden bridge on one of the tributaries of Copperas Creek and start climbing. The pines here are a mix of 10-15 ft trees that have sprouted since the fire, a few fire-scarred survivors, smaller pine seedlings and a few groves of post oaks that escaped the flames. Soon you will see the circular stone and timber overlook shelter at the top of the rise. From the shelter you can take in views of much of the park. If you want to make this a loop you will need to follow the nearby Park Road 1A downhill to the Post Oak Spur. On a pleasant Friday evening in October I didn’t see any cars, but watch out for traffic nonetheless. The Post Oak Spur trail begins in a grove of the namesake tree on the right and winds downslope back toward Copperas Creek. Along the way there are several groves of surviving pines, and American beautyberry grows thick along the trail. Turn right at the junction and you will cross another footbridge across a tributary. Connect with the Farkleberry Spur on your left to return to your car.

3 months ago

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.

trail running
3 months ago

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.

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.

5 months ago

Nice trail, the most strenuous in the park.

9 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!

10 months ago

Fun trail! I’d do it again

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Saturday, February 03, 2018

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.

Tuesday, November 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

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.

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