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Cross Timbers Trail

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(3.31) (3.42)
28.00 Miles N/A
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Map This map needs a little TLC, but I got the idea. (Photo by skigil) Typical Trail This is what most of the trail looks like in the first 10 miles. Nicely wooded and shaded from the sun (Photo by skigil) Camping Spot One of the very many, beautiful camping spots. (Photo by skigil)
Cliff It's hard to tell from the picture I shot, but the first mile of the trail has a lot of this. There is a cliff just on the other side of that brush, and the trail goes right along side it. (Photo by skigil) ghillie point My wife and I affectionately refer to this as Ghillie Point because the first time we hiked the trail, every time we passed this point there was a young man in a ghillie suit and his dog just sitting there.....never appeared to have moved. (Photo by BoxOfRain) somewhere approaching 5 mile camp friends on the trail...... (Photo by BoxOfRain)
blazes 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) 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) one of our favorite campsites Just at the top of the hill around the 4 mile mark past Cedar Bayou Marina (Photo by BoxOfRain)
Cross Timbers Trail more fun along the trail (Photo by BoxOfRain) Mile marker Mile marker (Photo by Saihbreas) Trail sign Helpful trail sign. (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) Paw Paw Creek Trail head Paw Paw Creek Trail head. Very end of the trail. (Photo by Saihbreas) Monument Monument at little used primitive camping area. (Photo by Saihbreas)
Bridge Low-water bridge crossing. (Photo by Saihbreas) Eagle Signpost near Eagle's Roost. Entertaining to read. (Photo by Saihbreas)

Log Entries

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

With the rains and flooding in 2015, the first portion of the trail has been updated. Updated tracks can be found on trimbleoutdoors.com, 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: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.50 MilesDuration: 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: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.00 MilesDuration: 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: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 28.00 MilesDuration: 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 ......so 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: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 14.00 MilesDuration: 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:
http://www.cedarbayou.com/cross_timbers.asp (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? ...at 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: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.00 MilesDuration: 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.
Great hike close to home
By kclay on 1/7/2009
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 16.00 MilesDuration: 8 hours

Been wanting to get out for an overnight backpacking trip for some time.  Found this trail, gave it a shot.  Very surprised by the beauty and the upkeep of the trail.  Very proud, and lucky to have such a great trail within 1 hour of my house!  Would highly recommend this trail to anyone from beginner to avid hiker/backpacker

great hike with beautiful views of the lake!
By Daly on 11/1/2008
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 9.00 MilesDuration: 6 hours


We did an 'out and back' Four of us hiked the trail starting at the Juniper Point trailhead, continued past the Cedar Bayou marina area, then hiked back. I've hiked the trail before starting at Cedar Bayou then hiking toward PawPaw Creek, though we did not make it quite that far. There are definately some steep parts on the Juniper Point section! Hiking along a lake is great for beginners becasue it is hard to get lost! Just keep the lake to your right or left and you can't go wrong. I'd highly recommend this trail!

A nice hike and still relatively close to DFW.
By leemark45 on 12/30/2006
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.00 MilesDuration: 5 minutes
A nice trail that is more rural and rugged than most DFW area trails. It is not totally natural, as the trail goes through some marinas and by other developed sites, but it is still a good hike. Some ups and downs so that you can get some more realistic training for hiking more wilderness trails elsewhere. I did have some problems at one section following the trail, as it appears that a biking trail and the hiking trail kept criss-crossing and confusing me. Still, a good place to warm-up for future hikes out west.

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