Lost Maples

Trails

brochure Lost Maples - Trails
2250' 2307' ' 00 22 Lost Maples State Natural Area Trails Map 2294' 2310' 2300' 2268' 2300 ' 37221 FM 187 Vanderpool, TX 78885 (830) 966-3413 www.texasstateparks.org 23 2272' 2218' 2298' 21 00 ' 2285' 2308' ' 00 23 ' 00 23 2267' 1945' Black-capped Vireo 2294' 2285' Park Boundary Steep Steep 6 0.54 Primitive Campsite G Primitive Campsite B 5 Primitive Campsite A 2 2256' 1878' p 0.22 2287' St ee 2200' West Loop Trail 2.37 mi. 2242' 1.11 0.8 1 0.35 Primitive Campsite C West Trail 3.57 mi. 2284' Mystic Canyon Primitive Campsite F Primitive Campsite D 23 00 ' 2223' 23 00 ' 2200 ' 2000' To Hwy 39 2200' NOTES: Park Entrance 2125' 00 ' 1780' 187 2000' To Vanderpool 2200' 1776' All trails are hiking and biking for 2000' the first 1 mile after which all trails 0' 210 are hiking only. 22 00 ' 0' 200 0' 1900' 0' SPRING 29° 49' 56.5" N 99° 36' 16" W As though appearing from nowhere, this spring is one of several life-sustaining springs at Lost Maples State Natural Area. 20 0 2141' 210 SPRING 29° 49' 51.11" N 99° 35'38.45" W Enjoy a break on the West Trail as you listen to the soothing trickle of the spring. 2225' Headquarters Restrooms Parking 2200' 22 Wildlife Viewing 00 ' Scenic Overlook Day Use Area 2235' Dump Station Full Hookups Primitive Tent Camping Composting Toilet 2200' SCENIC OVERLOOK 29° 49' 38.94" N 99° 35' 0.8 W Get a 2272' "bird's eye" view of the East and West trails. Listen for the raven's croak-like call, and look for soaring vultures and zone-tailed hawks as you enjoy the view for miles around. 21 Sabinal River LEGEND 2262' 2214' SCENIC OVERLOOK 2200' 29° 49' 18.49" N 99° 34' 43.18" W Detour 1/3 mile one-way to discover views of the Sabinal River valley below. ' 00 Trail to Day Use Area .07 mi. 21 0' 220 GROTTO 29° 49' 52.49" N 99° 34' 27.01" W Enjoy the peaceful setting and cooler temperatures of this geologic wonder. Listen for the water that supports the growth of maidenhair ferns and other plants. 6 1900' 2265' 2 5 ' 00 22 0.09 2236' MONKEY ROCK 29° 49' 43.37" N 99° 34' 10.63" W You'll have no trouble spotting the unique limestone outcrop fondly nicknamed "monkey rock". Look for the plants growing on the cliff walls, supported by water that seeps from underground. 4 0.34 0.22 Park Boundary 1 3 Maple Trail .36 mi. 1.47 Steep (GPS coordinates shown in degrees, minutes, seconds) ' 2100 0.36 3 0.11 POINTS OF INTEREST 0' ' 2000 0.35 2298' 2300' 2258' 0.78 0.15 East Trail 3.08 mi. East-West Trail 1 mi. 0.46 Stee p Primitive Campsite E 0.93 0.57 ' 2100 1782' 1800' 1729' 210 0' 00 ' 0.88 22 00 ' 0' 4 18 Primitive Campsite H Steep 1.29 Contour intervals are 20 feet. Trail lengths are in miles. Elevation levels are in feet. No claims are made to the accuracy of the data or its suitability to a particular use. Map compiled by Texas State Parks staff. In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. 0 SCALE IN MILES 0.5 1 © 2016 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department PWD MP P4507-0074G (7/16) TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TDD) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. Lost Maples State Natural Area Discover beauty along the river, prairie and woodlands. Known for its showy bigtooth maple trees, Lost Maples State Natural Area offers several miles of rugged hiking trails through a quiet area of sheltered canyons, spectacular views and scenic woodlands. Find a diversity of plants and wildlife as you explore this beautiful area. FOR EMERGENCIES, PLEASE CALL 9-1-1. TRAIL DIST TIME DIFFICULTY DESCRIPTION MAPLE TRAIL .36 mi. 20 min. Easy This short hike showcases a large stand of relict bigtooth maple trees. See if you can figure out how the bigtooth maple earned its name. EAST-WEST TRAIL 1 mi. 45 min. Easy Take a hike along one of the tributaries of the Sabinal River. Enjoy the shaded spots and beautiful trees, and consider which trail you may take if you lengthen your hike - West or East. EAST TRAIL 3.08 mi. 3 hrs. Challenging Discover bigtooth maples, bald cypress and sycamore trees along the spring-fed Sabinal River. As you transition upward on the rocky slopes, you’ll be rewarded with scenic views and spectacular rock faces. There are a couple of steep areas, so be prepared with plenty of water and good hiking shoes. WEST TRAIL 3.57 mi. 3.5 hrs. Challenging Enjoy peace and quiet during this steep hike. Your efforts will lead to solitude, springs, and spectacular views. Experience slightly cooler temperatures in the beautiful and shaded Mystic Canyon area. Watch your step on this hilly, rocky terrain! WEST LOOP TRAIL 2.37 mi. Round Trip 1.5 hr. Moderate Venture 1/2 mile off of the West Trail and take this 1.29 mile detour into the quiet retreat of a shady Ashe juniper grove. STAYING SAFE TRAIL ETIQUETTE KNOW YOUR LIMITS. Prepare for sun and heat. Wear sunscreen, insect repellent and appropriate clothing/hiking shoes. Trash your trash. Keep the park natural. Pack out all of your trash and Leave No Trace. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. Your body quickly loses fluids when you’re on the trail. Bring a quart of water per hour of activity. TELL OTHERS WHERE YOU’LL BE. If possible, avoid exploring alone. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. WEAR A HELMET. When biking, check with park HQ to match the ride to your skill level. Wear a helmet to protect yourself in case of a crash. Golden-cheeked Warbler For information on Texas State Parks, visit www.texasstateparks.org 37221 FM 187 Vanderpool, TX 78885 (830) 966-3413 Leave feeding to nature. Feeding wild animals may make them sick and more likely to cause harm to people. Take only memories and pictures. Please don’t disturb or remove any of the park’s plants, animals or artifacts. Primitive camping is allowed. Check with park HQ for information on areas where you may camp. Only containerized cooking is allowed, no charcoal. YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CONNECT. It’s a good idea to take along a cell phone and GPS unit, but don’t count on them. Campfires are permitted only in designated rings in the water and electric area, but not in the primitive camping area due to potential for ground scarring and wildfires. PORTIONS OF THE TRAIL ARE STEEP AND RUGGED. Please use caution. Keep pets on leashes to keep them safe while protecting wildlife. 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