Lost Maples State Park-East Trail

Lost Maples State Park, Texas

Elevation Gain1,481ft
Trailhead Elevation1,827ft
Elevation Min/Max1804/2267ft
Elevation Start/End1827/1827ft

Lost Maples State Park-East Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Lost Maples State Park-West Trail, Scenic Overlook and Area B.

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100 Classic Hikes in Texas (The Mountaineers Books)
E. Dan Klepper
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"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
Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country & Gulf Coast (The Mountaineers Books)
Melissa Gaskill
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"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
Best Hikes Near Austin and San Antonio (Falcon Guides)
Keith Stelter
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"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

Lost Maples State Park-East Trail Reviews

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This may have great scenery if the leaves are changing. As it was when I did the hike (late October) everything was very green. There is some pretty scenery and the hike is easy with a climb that is strenuous but short. The camping during fall is very crowded, usually filling up months before the leaves change. The view from the top of the scenic overlook leaves much to be desired. I think Lost Maples is highly overrated.
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Lots of parking if you are planning to camp in the back country. Showers available in the front camping sites but very limited parking. Our Troop started at the Overflow Parking trailhead and hiked towards Site C. Lots of water available BUT bring your filter device. Started up the trail towards site B. Fairly Steep and trail has three nice flat spots in the shade to rest. On top - What a Veiw! Bring a camera. Cell Phones work only at top of the ridge. No cell phone coverage available in the valleys. We hiked on, past site B. No Latrine at "B".

While descending towards site A, be carefull on your way down. Many large steps and many opporunites to slip. Reminds me of walking on ball bearings. Use the swicth-back method. The trail is wide. Lots of opportunities to slip and fall. Be careful.

Site A, our overnight, is very large and will accommodate many large groups. Latrine is fairly new and kept clean on a daily basis. Be Sure To Keep The Door Closed. That will help keep the flies down. Water source for filtration is available but watch out for the algea.

Lots of wildlife, birds, many species of trees and plants. Wonderful trail called Maple Trail - a must see.

Plan for time to sit and watch!!!

B. Colbert - Troop 56
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Hiked the West Loop approximately 5 miles. Nice change in elevation, 425 feet. Hiked trail clockwise. Elevation change at first of hike. Last part of hike was down hill. Also towards end, much water in creeks and ponds. A number of others were fishing.
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Very good trail to hike on, beautiful sites and many wildlife. Great place to go hiking on weekends with friends.
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I was pleasantly surprised by this hike - very pretty with diverse scenery, cliffs, river, pools etc. I enjoyed this more than some of the hikes in Big Bend.

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Lost Maples State Park
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Lost Maples State Natural Area
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Dec 2018