I hiked the trails at Lost Maples as a part of a hiking group. We hiked the East and West Trails. There are some fairly steep hills to climb, but they're not too long or difficult. The views at the top are nice.
The signage in this park is very good. Some areas are very scenic, but I was shocked by the lack of water in the creeks and rivers. Many of them were bone dry. Still, this is one of the nicer places to hike and would recommend it to others. My understanding is that the leaves "turn" at the end of October/early November, so this would be an ideal time to go. It should also be a lot cooler then.
We started out first thing in the morning 9am The weather was just right the trail was well marked except in certain areas in the river bed were we thought we were surely going the wrong way> Loved the several creek crossing don't recommend the norht loop it was a waste of time would of rather of took the east trail would recommend this hike to any one
The weather was gorgeous--mid 70's. We went on a weekday, so it wasn't too busy, but there were a lot of people on the Maple Trail. Mostly geriatric people enjoying the colors of the trees and taking it easy. Traffic thinned out after that .8 mile trail ended. We went farther, but were short on time so didn't do the full East Trail. There was some color to the trees, but they were far more magnificent last time we went. It was pouring down rain that time, and we did the entire 4.9 miles of the East trail in a downpour, fording flash flooded streams and sipping coffee from a thermos.
Take note that when they say "steep" on the trail map, they really do mean it. I could only do one of those steep sections (up and down the other side that is). Another one would have had me not walking anywhere for a week. At any rate, it's always odd standing in line at a state park (on a weekday at that) but if you go to Lost Maples around peak color time then I expect you probably know what you're in for. Took the East Loop, with a spur of the West Loop to the spring area and back. Great fun overall.
Took the grandparent's, wife and son to see the changing colors of the Big Tooth Maple Trees.
We had a great time at Lost Maples. There were two tough climbs. We camped out at campsite B. Lots of rocks on the trails but we had a good time.
We started off the hike in search for isolation, and thats what we found. We started off initially towards site H, but stopped at C and G to check them out as well. Site H is definately the furthest out and the most Isolated. There is a steep incline right before you get to it that will definately make you appreciate arriving to the site. Although it is on top of a hill, there is not much of a view due to the dense foliage. We ended up setting up at site H because it was getting late. The next day we traveled up to the scenic overlooks which were great. The wind was probably 20-30mph and there was a light drizzle. It was fantastic weather in my opinion. We hiked along the creeks, off trail, which was one of the highlights of the trip. That along with the ridge over site C was the best part.
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