Lost Maples is a beautiful state park situated in Vanderpool, Texas. The Sabinal River meanders through a portion of the park. The river size is small but crystal clear. The main park attractions are hiking and the changing of the leaves during the month of November. This shall become a future outing.
Our group of five spent three days and two nights at Lost Maples during the month of April. We hiked the entire park with full packs (average weight 50 lbs.) The major source of weight was water. Although you can easily filter water in the park, our intent was to test our consumption. Everyone carried one gallon/day.
The park is essentially divided into two hiking sections – East and West. The East loop is more strenuous but has wonderful views with plenty of Limestone along the trails. The West Loop is more forgiving and less traveled with plenty of Big Tooth Maple laden shaded trails. Primitive camping is available along both.
Every primitive site is nice and easily accessible. We spent our nights at sections C and D as labeled by the park map. Although we did not experience large crowds, I would expect primitive site C to be the most utilized. This is within ½ mile from the East trail start and resides adjacent to a beautiful pond (swimming/fishing hole) with a large limestone backdrop.
The weather ranged from 75 at night to 90 degrees during the day. The first night provided us with a passing storm which tested the seam seals. I am glad to report no one had a wet event.
Our meals were predominately of the “just add water” type. There were many brands and types of food and sharing allowed us to test the differences. I believe the most forgiving and appetizing arrived from Pack It Gourmet. Each of us carried equipment and supplies as tough we were on a solo hike, thus causing excessive duplication of the cooking set up(s).
Overall it was a wonderful trip with several lessons learned. As with every trip, I am always Thankful for many things. We are truly blessed with beauty in this wonderful state of Texas.
*Water consumption – plan on an extra half gallon/day in Big Bend. We did not adequately calculate the water need for cooking.
*Hammocks don’t do well with high winds.
*Carry extra tent stakes and tie downs.
*Proper foot wear is essential – extremely rocky on the East trail.
*Camp shoes/sandals are a must.
*Change your socks daily – always.
*Peanut butter crackers make you extremely thirsty.
*No phone cell service in the park (sprint carrier).
*The SPOT tracking device worked as advertised.
*Having extra bags for trash is a must – Leave no Trace!
After the trip we did treat ourselves to incredible burgers and Aussie pies at the Ace Café located in the Lone Star Motorcycle Museum. Let’s just say there wasn’t much to clean up after our meal.
As always, I will let the pictures provide a better description.