Summary: The route begins by a walk back to picnic ground entrance, crossing Can Creek where it flows into the Sabinal River, then going up Can Creek to the dam and "The Pond", cross at another pond, continue to the sign at the optional loop. Take a side canyon and creek. Then a steep climb with one switch-back to the top of the caprock. A dogleg along a somewhat grassy but mostly treeless caprock leads to a more gradual but rock-strewn descent to mostly rock-bottomed Dry Can Creek. Cliffs, boulders, water-scoured holes. Finally a ledge trail above the steep, deep ravine that Dry Can becomes, descending back to Can Creek. Cross Can & backtrack to picnic area.
This park is beloved for its red and yellow fall foliage, owed mainly to its "lost" biota of Uvalde bigtooth maples, & for its birding, featuring the black-capped vireo and golden-cheeked warbler, but it can be crowded in the fall and access may even become limited.
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 West 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 mark on 1/19/2009
very nice hike. Will go back. easy trail to hike...
Reviewed by jl on 1/2/2008
Beautiful and Refreshing! Plan on hiking again in 2008.
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