This review is dedicated to Vince, Greg, my wife, and the others who joined us for the good times camping along this trail. We hiked/camped along this trail about 7 times between Aug 2009 and Apr of 2010. We always started at the Marina and hiked to a spot around the 5-mile camp. The trail condition varies greatly throughout the year. In August we experienced a muddy mess. Leaves completely masked the trail in November. In early January most of the trail was clear and frozen. In the Spring the mud was back. The trail is easy to navigate but the elevation changes up the difficulty. Pack light if you plan to do the Lost Loop portion as the loop's return has a very steep uphill section that will quickly burn your legs out, especially if you are wearing 80lbs of gear. (Vince!) I would suggest skipping the loop if you are rucking in camping gear. There is a ton of dried driftwood collected in the gorges and plenty of fallen trees to use as firewood, so bring a good axe but leave the live trees alone. (Greg!) Also, during the months of nicer weather there can be a lot of campers out in this area. Not to bash the Boy Scouts, but every trip we had that lacked peace and quiet was on account of the 'Scouts running around, yelling, and throwing rocks into the lake when we were trying to fish. If you want the entire lake to yourself and have the proper gear and a bit of survival know how, try camping here in early January. Yes, it sucked when we did it and trying to keep warm occupied most of our time since the temps were 11°F during the day and 4°F at night, but the solitude and boost of experience was worth it. Just understand that the ground and lake will be frozen, so the normal camp functions of making a fire pit and fire, pooping, fishing in the lake, and purifying/storing a water supply will take a LOT more creativity. This is probably the best trail and campsite in North Texas, so if you are within a 4-hours drive but haven't been yet, you should go.