Summary: The route begins on the "Maples Trail" on the Sabinal River. There is a short stint through boulders below a cliff. Then a wide meandering primitive road that crosses and recrosses this mostly dry or very shallow river, often below a canopy of maples. Elaborately carved cliffs, including "The Grotto" with its fern-festooned drip springs, are attractions. A steep, rock-covered ascent to the caprock provides some "rock 'n roll". On top, an overlook of the central valley entry of the Park. Another overlook down a sheer cliff into the Can Creek canyon and the campground at "The Pond" and its dam. Next a steep rock-'n-rolly road descending to The Pond. The route crosses the dam and bypasses some small waterfalls below the dam. Then a couple of foot-stone crossings of Can Creek and a view of a hawk's nest on the cliffs as you return on a primitive road back to the start point at the picnic grounds on the Sabinal River.
Site of annual volksmarch and daily YRE walk.
Trailhead: From SAN ANTONIO, take I-10 west to COMFORT, exit into Comfort, follow State Hwy 27 southwest to CENTER POINT, left on FM 480 to CAMP VERDE, left on State Hwy 173, right on FM 2828 & right on State 16 to MEDINA, left on FM 337 to VANDERPOOL, right on FM 187, 5 miles to STATE PARK, turn left.
From SAN ANTONIO, take State Hwy 16 west through BANDERA . . .
--TO MEDINA, left on FM 337 to VANDERPOOL, right on FM 187, 5 miles to STATE PARK, turn left.
--OR after leaving Bandera, turn left on FM 470 to TARPLEY, at FM 187 road curves left and turns into FM187 to VANDERPOOL, at Vanderpool continue 5 miles to STATE PARK, turn left. (Lat:29.8057 Lon:-99.5705)
Trail Guides for Lost Maples East Trail Loop:
Texas State Parks & Historic Sites
by State of Texas (State of Texas)
Texas State Travel Guide
by TX Dept of Transportation (TX Dept of Transportation)
Roadside Geology of Texas
by Darwin Spearing (Mountain Press Publishing Company)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. 830/966-3413
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Frank Chappell, who has posted 11 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Tim on 12/7/2012
I loved this hike. Took me 3 hours but well worth every minute.
Reviewed by griff on 4/21/2008
Took my 14 year old son with me. Tried to camp at primitive site, but actually missed and camped in the wrong spot. Primitive spots are marked with signs. Other than that, it was a great experience. Only got to see part of the East trail and Maple trail. Will definitely go back.
Reviewed by Tim on 1/6/2008
Very nice trail. Great if you are traveling to San Antonio and want to get away from it all. Start from the east trail as was the best ascent.
Reviewed by jl on 1/2/2008
Personal Favorite for hiking. Best to take walking stick and flashlight.
Reviewed by Sharon on 11/12/2007
Would do it again. Worth the hike once you reach the top.
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