East Trail is a hiking trail in Bandera County, Texas. It is within Lost Maples State Park. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 1,827 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,481 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms, picnic sites, and parking. The Area A restrooms and the Area C campsite can be seen along the trail. There is also a viewpoint along the trail.
"Lost Maples State Natural Area is best known for its population of maple trees, considered “lost” because they occur infrequently in the region and because they grow in deep, narrow canyons that are not readily accessible. The natural area’s location, in the Vanderpool–Utopia section of the Hill Country, may win the designated favorite of Texans by popular vote. This part of Texas is like no other with its rugged yet gentle beauty, its plenitude of limestone canyons and clear springs, and plateau grasslands with spreading oaks that, when cloaked in mists and mysterial light, Maples provide brilliant autumn color along the East Trail. appear lifted directly from a Pre-Raphaelite’s canvas." Read more
"This hike can be crowded in the fall months when the leaves take on autumn colors—a relatively rare phenomenon in most of Texas that occurs here thanks to the park’s large, isolated stand of uncommon Uvalde bigtooth maples. Rare birds, such as the colorful green kingfisher, also call the park home. When you pass where Lane Creek flows into the clear Sabinal, it is easy to understand why humans have used this area since prehistoric times, including Spanish explorers, who attempted to colonize the area in the seventeenth century, and Apache, Lipan Apache, and Comanche tribes, who ranged over the area into the nineteenth century. These days, approximately 200,000 people visit this 2174-acre park each year, many of them in the fall, to enjoy the beautiful scenery and vibrant russet colors." Read more
"After scrambling for a mile over, around, and up limestone outcroppings deceptively called steps, you can view the Sabinal River and canyon from the canyon’s ridgeline. Descend 400 feet in a quarter-mile over more limestone steps. Complete this rugged hike by making multiple crossings of the shallow Sabinal River, passing huge boulders, springs, plateau grasslands, and wooded slopes. In spring, you may see the endangered black-capped vireo and golden-cheeked warbler. In October and November the maples display the most awesome fall foliage colors in the state. The park also holds the state’s largest Chinkapin oak and bigtooth maple. The park was named for the stand of isolated, uncommon Uvalde bigtooth maples." Read more