A beautiful year-round hike, great for all skill levels. Also a great location for birding! Lost Maples Flats is a 5.9 mile out and back trail located near Vanderpool, Texas. The trail is open to dogs.

Start the route by walking 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", reverse direction at The Pond and backtrack to the picnic ground startpoint. Then continue on to the East Trail trailhead and follow West Trail, including Maples Trail, to "The Grotto". At The Grotto, reverse direction and backtrack to the picnic ground startpoint.

Birding opportunities include the black-capped vireo and the golden-cheeked warbler. The trail is busiest in the fall. 

Photos: Knowsphotos and Diann Bayes

Pack List

  • Water
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen)
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RT Distance 5.85 Miles
Elevation Gain 528 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly

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