Lost Maples State Natural Area

Lost Maples Texas State Park

Lost Maples State Natural Area is a pristine area of hills and canyons on the upper Sabinal River in the Edwards Plateau of Texas, United States. It is designated a Natural Area, rather than a State Park, and therefore the primary focus is maintenance and protection of the property's natural state. Accordingly, access and recreational activities may be restricted if the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) deems such action necessary to protect the environment.

-Wikipedia

Although Lost Maples is a small park with few trails, it can make a great backpacking trip for beginners or experianced backpackers needing a quick trip or the chance to test some new gear.

The main trail used by backpackers is about 11 miles long and contains one summit 350 feet tall and two smaller ones that are about 200 feet each.

Planning a Lost Maples Backpacking Trip

During the Fall season Lost Maples can get very busy and while the primitive campsites don't usually fill up, the parking lot often does so the best time to arrive at lost maples is late in the afternoon and then plan on spending the first day of your trip at a camp site close to one of the trail heads.

More information on the park can be found on the texas parks and wildlife site.


Altitude Gain: 1420.2', Loss: -1426.8', Start: 1859.8', End: 1853.2'


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