Cross Timbers Trail

28.00 Miles
4stars (4.28)22
3stars (3.33)
3stars (3.45)
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Eagle's Roost
Signpost near Eagle's Roost. Entertaining to read. (Photo by Saihbreas)
Low-water bridge crossing. (Photo by Saihbreas)
Monument at little used primitive camping area. (Photo by Saihbreas)
Paw Paw Creek Trail head
Paw Paw Creek Trail head. Very end of the trail. (Photo by Saihbreas)
Lake Texoma
Great views of the lake from this trail. Cool breezes coming off the lake even in summer time. (Photo by Saihbreas)
Trail sign
Helpful trail sign. (Photo by Saihbreas)
Mile marker
Mile marker (Photo by Saihbreas)
Cross Timbers Trail
more fun along the trail (Photo by BoxOfRain)
one of our favorite campsites
Just at the top of the hill around the 4 mile mark past Cedar Bayou Marina (Photo by BoxOfRain)
Low tide
On this particular trip (and others) the lake levels were pretty low, but did nothing to diminish enjoyment of the trails! (Photo by BoxOfRain)
Trails are very clearly marked up to about the 12 mile point...after that, not so much.....not sure of the accuracy but very visible and well maintained (Photo by BoxOfRain)
somewhere approaching 5 mile camp
friends on the trail...... (Photo by BoxOfRain)

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Log Entries
West end trail head. Lake Texoma Marina
By emeryk on 2/4/2017
Rating: 4point5stars Difficulty: 4stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 13.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Well we finally found the trail head at Lake Texoma Marina. Frame work was there but not a map. Wasn't sure if that was the beginning or not. We tried it. ''This end of the trail need more hikers. After the first mile or so, trail becomes very evident. Lots of cedar and trail is fairly flat. Loved walking it. Lots of trash thrown off the side of trail from low life people that just don't care. We walk in about 9 miles to Eagles Roost and camped the night. On a cliff facing Oklahoma. Eagle Roost trail could use some traffic and cleaning up due to trees that have fallen over. But over all, amazing hike. Next day we hit the ups and downs to Cedar Boyou to get picked up and taken back to car. Over all about 13 miles of pure enjoyment. Light traveled weekend on the trail. Lots of primitive camp site that just isn't on the map. 

Starting at Juniper point to Eagles Roost camp site and back.
By emeryk on 1/28/2017
Rating: 4point5stars Difficulty: 3point5stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 11.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Great challenging trail with in the first 3 miles from Juniper Point. Lots of ups and downs. The first hill you go down is Monkey Butt Hill. We laughed at it going in. Coming out, there wasnt much laughing. Thought i was going to have to crawl.  It was a little challenging to find the trail head at Cedar Buyou Marina. It is at the front gate before getting into the marina. Trail well marked except in this area. Trail was in great shape. Did see a few people on the trail, day and overnighters. The trail is covered well with trees in this first 6 mile section. I heard the Paw Paw trail head entrance is a little more open and more flat terrain. Planning on this trail entrance soon and try to get to Eagles Roost again. This would be a great weekend get away with an overnight stay. I believe there are about 6 camp sites on the trail between  Juniper Point and Eagles Roost with fire rings set up. We enjoyed the trail and cant wait to get back in the woods.

Changes to Cross Timbers Trail
By Saihbreas on 11/26/2016
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 8.00 Miles Duration: N/A

The map on this site is out of date. Due to flooing and other factors, the first 3+ miles of the trail has change routes in two places. Updated tracks for this trail can be found on

Updated info for Cross Timbers as of 3-7-2016
By Saihbreas on 3/7/2016
Rating: 4point5stars Difficulty: 3point5stars Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 14.50 Miles Duration: N/A

With the rains and flooding in 2015, the first portion of the trail has been updated. Updated tracks can be found on, using Cross Timbers as search parameters. As an FYI this trail is 14.5 miles in length from the Juniper Point trailhead to the Texoma Marina trailhead. That will be 29 miles out and back.There is also a Facebook group for the Cross Timbers hiker, not to be confused with the Cross Timbers runners group.

Updates for this trail
By Saihbreas on 8/30/2015
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3point5stars Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 6.50 Miles Duration: N/A

8-30-15: Just to let people know not to give up on this trail. As of 8-30-15 there has been much improvement on the trail. I personally have re-blazed parts of the trail have fallen into disuse. New portions of the trail from Juniper point have been created to by-pass portions that have fallen into the lake. You won't have to worry about walking through underbrush to get to good portions of the trail. From Juniper point to Rock Creek Marina the trail is in very good shape now. Past Rock Creek Marina to the Paw Paw Point trail head (12 mile point) the trail is in need of debris and trash removal from the lake flooding during May/June of 2015. There are plans to remove the debris come late September/October time frame (volunteers appreciated). 

The last 2 miles of the trail has been sorely underused, with many trail makers missing. As of 8-30-15 new blazes have been placed from the Paw Paw Creek trail head (my Lake Texoma Marina) for about one-half mile. More will be placed in the coming weeks so that the entire trail will be completed blazed and easier to follow. I personally would like to see more people begin their trek from the Paw Paw Creek trail head (end of the trail) to help make the trail more visible by constant wear. Also, the Paw Paw Creek trail head has a great grassy area for parking plenty of vehicles. 

In the last month I've personally worked on portions of this trail, and have surveyed the entire trail, so I know the above statements to be true. On Facebook a group called the Cross Timbers & Lost Loop Trail Runs have people who are contributing to the maintenance of the trail. I walked the first almost 3 miles of the trail with them on 8-29-15 to survey the trail from Juniper Point. It is completely clear and easy to navigate. There is also a Facebook page for this trail where I make periodic posts keeping people updated on the trail improvements. By October of this year I plan to have updated tracks to upload to this and other trail sites so people will have the latest navigation tools and information.

Nice trail that is in disrepair
By Saihbreas on 5/1/2015
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 1star
Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: N/A

 Recently hike this trail with a meet up group. We like the trail for the most part, but this trail definitely has some problems that need to be addressed. In the first half mile, several portions of the trail have fallen into the lake. A new trail needs to be cleared on this por that need to be addressed. In the first half mile, several portions of the trail have fallen into the lake. A new trail needs to be cleared  on this portion of the trail. Also, the lost loop is really overgrown, and needs to be cleared in several places. 

This is a very nice trail that I hate to see ignored by the Corps. 

By BoxOfRain on 5/24/2014
Rating: 4point5stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 28.00 Miles Duration: 12 hours

Love Love Love this trail.....have made this trail many times.....finally got to "thru-hike" from end to end (and back).    I will have to say that my favorite part is from Juniper point west to paw paw (I forgot the name of the resort/store they've changed it recently) after that the trail becomes relatively flat, and large stretches of open (uncovered) trail (not my favorite thing in Texas Summers).  Also, we had several encounters with various snakes on that stretch, (not trying to scare anyone....just be on the lookout)   and then once you round the final penninsula and come around the little inlet approaching the Rock Creek resort the trail marking becomes very vague at best.....the trail isn't really maintained well past the paw paw creek marina thingee, unless you want to just say you hiked the whole trail I would say you aren't missing much overall I would give the first 11 miles a perfect 5 (for Texas) and then after that...not so much.  My favorite part is definitely between cedar bayou marina and 5 mile camp (or even on to paw paw)....lots of nice established campsites, trails very well marked, and (in my experience) pretty quiet (even on holiday weekends)....anyway that's my two cents worth...I could be wrong....

I came back
By skigil on 11/18/2010
Rating: 4point5stars Difficulty: 4stars Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 14.00 Miles Duration: 20 hours
So I decided to come back and do an overnight trip. I wanted to be able to get to at least Eagle Roost. ....Which I did in a round about sort of way.

There is some good information about the trail on this site: (and also a better map)

Last time I went I was able to reach the "5-mile" camp and turned around. This time I wanted to reach at least Eagle Roost before setting up camp. Since I was carrying 40 pounds on my back (I brought to much water and food) I got tired but was smart enough to take a few breaks here and there.

At around lunch time, I found myself just past "5-mile" camp and was certain Eagle Roost was just around the corner, so I decided to stop at this sudo-campsite directly on the lake. While I was eating my lunch I couldn't help but realize what beauty was around me. So I decided to pitch my tent. Long story short, I took a nap after lunch, then hiked about one more mile to Eagle Roost and back to my camp before the sun set.

Night time was intense. I got plenty of sleep, but I heard a loud symphony of coyotes, and many other animals in the area were making lots of noise. I think it got down to 34 degrees that night. It was chilly, but I was warm!

I'm giving this a 4.5 rating because I actually did see 3 people over the 2 days I was on the trail. The first day I saw a couple with their dog doing some day hiking. The second day I say a trail runner (I gotta give that guy props).

Oh one last thing. I noticed a few different mile markers on the trail this time. I personally do not believe them. They say one thing, but my iPhone says a different thing. Like, perhaps "5-mile" camp is really 6-mile camp? least from Juniper Point West?

Anyways, I'd still like to do this entire trail one day, so hopefully you will all see me on here again.
Beautiful hike along the lake.
By skigil on 10/10/2010
Rating: 4point5stars Difficulty: 4stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 10.00 Miles Duration: 6 hours
I found this hike to be more than I thought it was. Not only was terrain harder, but there were less people than I had expected.

I took off from Juniper Point West. It appears most people do this(you can't beat the free parking!). I parked at the bathrooms and started heading towards the trail. The day-use area was roped off, but it looked very inviting. It was right along the lake and looked perfect for a large group's picnic.

I finally got onto the trail and knew my goal was getting to the "5-mile" campsite. I quickly realized that the first mile or so of the trail was along a cliff. I am rather scared of heights, but this cliff didn't seem to bother me. (I am hoping this means I am getting over my fear of heights!)

Once the trail flattened out, there were plenty of spots for people to setup campsites, if they didn't want to hike it all the way to the "5-mile" campsite.

As I passed the beautiful scenery, I learned that the trail was much more up-and-down than I originally planned for. There is quite a bit of rocks and tree roots that form into stairs. So in other words, this isn't a simple walk in the park, yet the trail was easily identifiable, but certainly not anything crazy.

Even though there were plenty of times I thought I was in the middle of nowhere, there is no denying that you're not. Not only were there plenty of people on the trail, there are always people on the lake. I can easily imagine the lake being a lot fuller around the three day weekends.

Reminders for people on the trail:
1) No running water along the trail. Either bring water, plan on filling up at some of the commercial campsites, or bring a filter.
2) Stay towards the lake on the trail at all times. I found myself in someone's backyard with their dogs because I took a wring turn. I think it was the only wrong turn you could possibly take.
3) I took along my iPhone so I could keep track of how far/fast I was traveling. This was one of my better decisions.

I hiked to the "5-mile" campsite and back. Now I want to do the entire trail. I could probably do it in 2 days, but I'd like to go slower and stretch it out over 3 days. I feel like I went to fast to enjoy all the nature that this trail brings.

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