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Lost Maples West Trail
User: melendrez - 10/27/2015  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Beautiful Maples And Rock Ledges
User: Lone_Star - 8/25/2013  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.90 Miles Duration: 5 hours, 59 minutes

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.

User: gypsydawn - 12/19/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 11.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Such a pretty trail. I really want to go when the leaves are changing.
had a great time
User: lawhit - 9/3/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.50 Miles Duration: N/A

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

Maple Trail and East Trail to stairs
User: Ginger - 11/17/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A

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.

Great area once you get past the crowds at entrance
User: Riff Raff - 11/12/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.50 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes

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.

Maple Loop Trail
User: buzz9298 - 9/26/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A

Took the grandparent's, wife and son to see the changing colors of the Big Tooth Maple Trees.

Nice trail, probably better on off-peak days
User: Dickgreenie - 4/17/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes
We did the East and Maple trails at about 10 am, we had three dogs with us and they had a hard time with the rocks, I guess that's why Labradors are not the pinnacle of the food-chain in mountainous areas. There were people all over the trail, but most were friendly and quiet.
Troop 381
User: Weilo - 3/20/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 12.00 Miles Duration: 2 days

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.

Great weekend
User: haysinaustin - 2/7/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 18.00 Miles Duration: N/A

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.

User: stk1618 - 11/8/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.00 Miles Duration: 4 minutes
East Trail
User: jstrait - 11/8/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes

We hiked the Maple trail a while back and didn't see anyone else in the park. It was after work one evening and it was wonderful. We couldn't wait for the leaves to change to come back and hike the east trail. If you're going for a good work out, hike the entire East Trail. It's a great hike. If you're going to see the maples but don't want a strenuous hike, go about 1/2 mile up either side of the trail. The middle of the trail requires a great deal more effort and the views aren't nearly as pretty as the beginning and end. There are a few really nice views when you're up high, but they really aren't that great. We went on a Saturday when the leaves were beautiful, so there was a line 1 1/2 miles long to get into the park. It was pretty full, but everyone was really nice. I gave solitude a 3 to average out the absolute solitude of our first visit and the absolute lack of solitude from the second visit.

User: chris_xg - 11/1/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A

The trees where amazing!!

the drive was pretty
User: bingobaby - 10/21/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours

i must say i was a bit dissappointed.  when you look at the website it has loads and loads of pictures of glorious trees but when you're actually there...it's only a tree here and a tree there that are changing.  still very pretty - the drive was delightful. 

the hike was enjoyable enough but by the time i got down it was sooooo crowded i left.

User: mhonea - 10/18/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 22 minutes
Beautiful in Summer... can't wait for Autumn
User: chopper - 6/22/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: 4 minutes

My wife and I are new to hill country hiking. We made this video of our trip to Lost Pines. It's a bit silly (was meant for family) but gives some good shots of the scenery:

Good weekend backpack & hike
User: Scott Roberson - 6/1/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 12.70 Miles Duration: 20 hours

We went in early summer. Creeks and river were low, but thanks to the natrual springs they weren't dry. Hills were steep but managable. I'm 37 and went with my 14 year old son and two dogs and we had a real good time exploring all the trails over three days. We visited all the camp sites and and did some off trail exploring on top of the hills. All in all we we walked over 25 miles over the three days. the only place we didn't go was down the service road. I have loged all the track for your GPS on following website.  www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php

User: BWZJKirby - 11/28/2007  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 35 minutes
Lost Maples during Autumn
User: caspalding66 - 11/3/2007  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 8.00 Miles Duration: 4 hours
Great Hike, lots of people as it was peak season
Great place to take family
User: Marshall - 7/18/2007  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: 4 minutes

My wife and kids all hiked with me, we took our time and let the kids play and  still completed the hike in well under four hours, this area of the hill country may be the prettiest I have hiked. Clear streams, almost no one in park during the week, only a few swimmers in the creeks. We stayed in cabins just a couple of miles from park, but I can't remember their name, just look up vanderpool cabins and I am sure you can find the information.

First hike
User: keywest1 - 4/28/2007  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.90 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Good trail for beginners.
Great Scenery
User: no_3of4 - 4/21/2007  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.00 Miles Duration: 1 day

Nice hike, was a little crowded but the park rangers told us in advance there was a boy scout troop there so we stayed back in west trail loop in camp site g.  it was really nice and only one other family was there.  Going to try to go back in the fall to see the maples.

West trail with west loop
User: keywest1 - 4/5/2007  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.50 Miles Duration: 4 hours
Second hike at Lost Maples. Hiked the West trail (4.9) with the added West loop (2.5) miles. Enjoyed West trail for its challenging terrain. What a work out, hiked 7.4 miles in 4 hours with one break for 10 minutes. It was cloudy and drizzling, so temperature was very comfortable.
East Trail
User: wsigstedt - 4/1/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.90 Miles Duration: N/A
Great hike, rock formations, creek, ponds, great vista. Bring water. I must see. Expect steep grades, one side has long steep hill with loose rcok, the other had steep hill with rock steps and loose rock.
Cool Spring Hike
User: texasgrape - 3/14/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.20 Miles Duration: N/A
Took my 6 year old grandson on the west trail again along with son/girlfriend, and wife. A nice hike for all. Mountain laurels and Redbuds in full bloom! Smell the mountain laurels: grape bubble gum smell. Seeds are poisonus, though!
Tough trail with lots to see
User: Soonhorn - 11/19/2005  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: N/A
We took the east trail to see the maples. Very nice country, but the trail gets very rocky and rough by the mid point and there is a very tough mountain to climb and the decent is very rough. Once you are past that, it is smooth sailing again. Lots of people but hardly any dogs. Most folks travel to get to this park. The drive there is fantastic. Rough day but well worth it. Take the time to go to the look out point at the top of the mountain. It adds about .6 miles to your trail but very much worth it.
Ah, this is Texas!
User: kcameron - 10/20/2005  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 8.00 Miles Duration: N/A
My wife and I hiked the East and West trails of this beautiful park. We are 50+ years of age, and the steep grades on both trails did challenge us. We found the climb up from Hale Hollow Creek to be the steepest climb, and the grade down to Primitive Camp C along Can Creek was difficult for us due to all the loose rock. But the scenery is gorgeous. Unfortunately, we saw little color. I expect the greatest color to occur within the next 10 days. We started early (about 8:20 AM) from the East Trail Trailhead, and did not encounter anyone at all until we ran into another couple and their dog in Mystic Canyon. We then ran into another couple near Primitive Camps E and F. The trails are really in good shape, and there are good signs at most trail junctions. There were a couple of places, though, where we had a little trouble figuring out where the trail went.
Midweek in Spring can't be beat.
User: Austin_skater - 4/27/2005  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 11.00 Miles Duration: N/A
I just spent two wonderful days at Lost Maples. I was one of 3 backpackers camping there, with a total of 8 campsites. I had the entire East Trail section to myself. It may not be as pretty as it is in the Fall, but I wanted peace and quite, which I got. http://community.webshots.com/album/332878377dLRwqA
start from Maple trail for easiest uphill
User: riverrat - 11/25/2004  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: 6 hours

First trip there with kids ages 6 and 4 which is why our time is a bit longer than some. First hike ever for us in LM was the East Trail, going in from the far east side (Maple Trail). First mile or so is easy hiking with a few stream crossings . After primitive campsite A you will be facing a very steep climb up what we call the "stairs". This can be tough on your knees. Take your time. Some shade can be found. The main overlook should not be missed. You will be overlooking The Ponds and will be able to see the trail that you will be following down. From this vantage point it looks fairly level. NOT. It is known as the "killer mile of boulders" in some circles. One step then slide a little. One more step, slide a little more. Much easier going down than up in my opinion. Once at the Ponds spend time walking up stream aways. Just downstream from the Ponds  is a waterfall, sometimes big sometimes not so much. From there back to the overflow parking lot is an easy mostly level hike with a few more stream crossings. Finish out the hike by heading back to the day use area and where you started this hike. The majority of the people we saw were either at the Ponds or at the beginning of the trail. Leaves are usually mostly gone by thanksgiving.

A great park
User: leemark45 - 11/4/2004  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 11.00 Miles Duration: N/A
When I first went to this park about 15 years ago, the parking lot was almost full. Such was the case again! A lot of people apparently visit Lost Maples throughout the year. However, the trail didn't seem to be too crowded once I got to the interior. The maples had dropped most of their leaves and the fall colors were just about gone but that didn't matter. It was a great day nonetheless. This is a favorite location and I'll be visiting it again in the near future.
User: cjh921 - 10/16/2004  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.60 Miles Duration: N/A
Took the East Trail and the Maples trail. Steep and rough 1.5 miles nearly did us in. Leaves were not changing yet, but still a nice hike.
NIce hike!
User: texasgrape - 5/22/2004  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.20 Miles Duration: N/A
Took the West Trail. Took my 5 and 7 year old grandsons. They did great! We took our time, packed a lunch, went swimming and I bought them hiking sticks. They earned their first hiking stick medallion! A beautiful hike and we will definitely do again. :-)
User: Eveline - 5/3/2004  [View Log Page]
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Won't delete
great hike
User: roger nicholas - 4/5/2004  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: N/A Solitude: N/A
Distance: 11.00 Miles Duration: N/A
drove from ft.worth with scouts. got there was raining lightly.started at first parking lot and went to camp site F the first day. stopped rain when we got up to site F. had time to make camp and put up rain fly before it started to rain again. next day we hiked to site H .the hike on the river bed had me worried about the boys but everybody did great. the rain the day before brought the stream up some. you need good boots with all the crossings of the stream and rock. that night at site h it rained 4.5 inches that night. only had one tent that was wet very much in side. next day we dried out a bit before packing up for site A. This was the hardest with all of the up and downs to get there. The weather was great going to site A that day we stopped at site C for lunch then went on to site A. when the map says steep it means it. Site A was the best camping spot oof the sites on the trail. one thing going from H to A with 4.5 inches of rain the night before the river was up and made for some wet crosssings. really had great time ......roger
User: TNapalm - 3/20/2004  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
great place. Solitude if you find the right place; lots of people in the "not hard to reach" areas. Lots of boy scouts in primivtive sites B and C; F and E were fairly empty. Ask about the sites at the front desk; the lady there warned us about a site in the upper northwest corner on the park that apparently has a lot of trouble with ticks. Suck.
Awesome
User: ilovepahp2003 - 1/2/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
You have to hike and find the beauty of this place.. my favorite is crossing the clear stream where all those huge boulders have fell off of the canyon wall and are sitting in the water..
Great way to spend a day in the Hill Country
User: SA68AG - 12/6/2003  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 11.00 Miles Duration: N/A
I find this to be a very enjoyable and scenic hike. The Maple and East trails catch a lot of traffic but they are still very scenic. The trail traffic on the West Trail and through Mystic Canyon is about 20% of the East trail. The West Loop doesn't appear to get much traffic but I find it to be the least scenic and least interesting part of the park.
Get there early
User: maxrebo - 11/11/2002  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Go on a weekday during late October or early November, and DO NOT FORGET THE CAMERA!!!
User: shag - 11/5/2002  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 12.00 Miles Duration: N/A
HIlls and Creeks
User: BrownBoots - 6/15/2002  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 11.00 Miles Duration: N/A
We planned to do only the East Loop, but after finishing and lunching along the creek, we decided to go for the West Loop as well. The lower portions of both trails are mostly rocky, shady, and follow dry creek beds for the majority of the time (a few had water, but were easy to cross). Each loop has a STEEP climb up to the ridge. There are great views down into the valley from the top, but the trail along the ridge is very exposed and very sunny. Along the East Loop, on top of the ridge, there is an optional trail to a lookout - this is worth the extra 1/2 mile or so. We encountered 2 Boy Scout troops up on the ridge. (They had been camping in the primitive camps areas.) The two trail loops meet at a pond/creek area. This was busy, but once you get back on the hiking portions of the trails, it is not congested. The West Loop was more solitary. There are some great rock outcroppings with maiden fern growth. Combining both loops is a good day of hiking - we would have been dissappointed if we had just done the East Loop.
User: Eveline - 4/27/2002  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A
Pictures: http://www.angelfire.com/tx5/walk_texas/Lost_Maples/LostMaplesSP.html
User: Eveline - 5/4/1997  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: N/A Solitude: N/A
Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A
User: Eveline - 5/3/1997  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A
User: Eveline - 5/2/1997  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A