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User: nobody - 10/1/2016  [View Log Page]
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As of October 1, 2016 the Lost Pines trail is entirely closed. The website shows a portion of it open, but that is out of date.

we have lost such a good park
User: jimmy peace - 7/17/2016  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 1.30 Miles Duration: N/A

even now with the lake gone, there isnt anything, i did hike the burned out areas, tho, 

Lovely in a desolate, eerie way
User: plectrudis - 12/30/2015  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.50 Miles Duration: N/A

I hiked the outer loop of Bastrop State Park's trails today. You wouldn't so much say that the fire damage was still visible as that it remains the dominating feature of the park. There are dead trees everywhere--standing and fallen. In some areas, it's a forest of bare, whitened trunks. 

The Red Trail weaves through the floor of a large ravine or small valley, crossing a small rust-colored stream repeatedly, and the whole thing feels strangely unearthly or primeval.

But there are signs of recovery. Grasses have moved in to take advantage of all the newly available sunlight, as have yaupons and povertyweed. Post oaks and blackjack oaks, coppiced by the fire, have put out thickets of new sprouts. And pine saplings are growing in, if a little hesitantly and unevenly. Most are 5 feet or smaller, but in some favored spots there were small groves that were 10 or 12 feet tall.  It's worth visiting just to see how the forest repairs itself.

The hike was a nice blend of valley and ridgetop ecosystems, and it provided some comfortable flat areas, with a little variety provided by some not-too-terribly-taxing hills.

Side note: the park's Copperas Creek camping area has the nicest restrooms I've ever seen in a state or national park in my entire life.

User: johnbivona - 4/23/2011  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 7.50 Miles Duration: N/A

My gf and I hiked this trail on Saturday.  The trail is well marked and relatively flat.  It was a 90 deg F day and we really needed the extra water we packed with us.  You will see lots of fire damage for years past brush fires inside the park.  But don't let this stop you from experiencing the hike, there was plenty of plant life and green leaves on the trees. 

Great hike in the forest
User: texaskdog - 1/8/2011  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Bit off a little bit too much (very sore today), would have started at the dirt road and done 4.5 miles had I known we could break it up.  We saw more people on this hike than most hikes.  Maybe a dozen over 3 hours so still not a lot.  No water running in the creek. A bit of a hill coming back up but not really too much of one.  Was a lot of fun and the trees are huge.  Take the map they give you at the front as it breaks up the mileage.  Now costs $4 each.

Geocaching At Bastrop State Park
User: Miles - 3/26/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Some Shots from a day of Geocaching at Bastrop State Park,and some of the stuff I found.

Lost in the Loblolly Pines
User: austinali27 - 3/2/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: N/A

My dog and I had a great time on this hike!  I grew up in Maine so seeing so many pines trees was quite a trip.  I didn't see a single animal, and only heard one bird but all in all it was beautiful.  There is a part of the trail that as a sandy path..it was wonderful:) 

We started out on the Purple trail and one of the trail markers had fallen over so we didn't know which way to go.  We ended up doing the Orange trail which worked out perfectly to get back to the car. 

Only saw one family on the hike and two people on 4 wheelers.  Great time!

Full purple trail took Park Road 1A back to my truck.
User: Spofforth - 1/30/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 50 minutes

Nice long hike in a pine woods.  A little mucky toards the end (I started at the Lost Pines Overlook) because of all the rain but all the creeks were all crossable.  Some time when I get an earlier start I will do the full loop purple and red trails.

Stayed overnight in the primitive area
User: sovtek - 11/21/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: N/A

This was an easy hike in a unique forest to central texas.  We hiked about 2/3 of the way around the trail(clockwise direction) before finding a nice area to sleep for the night. The primitive camping area is huge so we were totally isolated which is a nice change from most of the primitive sites in central texas parks.  Everything seemed perfect until I was awoken at about 10:30pm by loud music and yelling in the distance, the party continued until about 3am making it very difficult to sleep.  I would advise one to avoid fri or sat nights in this park or if you can not do that, at least camp in the north east corner of the primitive area because there is a residential area centered just south of the primitive camping zone where the noise was coming from.

User: gillhill1 - 5/17/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 7.50 Miles Duration: 3 hours

I enjoyed this walk, although it was very flat, and a shame there were no clearings to get a feel for the size of the place.  Guess that is something we need to get used to as a result of the area being so flat.  The path was clearly marked all the way round, and was lovely and soft and sandy in places, making the walk very gentle on the feet. 

Beautiful, shady hike
User: Buddahbabym - 4/5/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: 4 hours

My husband, daughter, dog, and I hiked this trail.  It is absolutely beautiful.  The trail was shaded by pine trees and the wind blowing through them was wonderful.  The trail was easy to follow.  We rarely ran into other hikers- and only heard the road  when there were motorcylces, and then we only heard them when we were by the trail head.  My husband and I are from Colorado and felt like we were back home when we hiked here.  We would recommend this hike to anyone!

Great day of hiking in the woods!
User: BANDA - 1/26/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.37 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 48 minutes

We set out for a day of hiking and geocaching in the pines, and this trail did not disappoint. It was great listening to the wind blow through the pine needles, enjoying the views, and finding a few caches. We didn't see a single person the whole way!

Great Hike!
User: jmitchell - 12/13/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 9.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Lots of road noise. Beautiful hike.

Enjoyable and nice hike
User: stk1618 - 10/11/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 8.70 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes
Excellent solitude
User: leslick - 5/17/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes
East meets west?
User: yeiyel - 2/22/2008  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 8.50 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 15 minutes

This couldn't have been a more perfect day to hike.  Blue sky clear & cool.  I started off thinking this would be just another walk through the pine forest and it kind of was but with a little bit of hill country thrown in. The trail was good while walking along the creek beds. There are ponds where the Houston Toad resides where we saw and heard the toads, and one of the ponds  loaded with eggs. After leaving that area the walk did get monotanous.  What made it good was, we didn't see anyone until a mile to the end , and he was going the opposite direction.

If you're there at Bastrop, take the hike. McKinney Roughs is about 8-10 miles up the road and it's a better hike. You can cool your feet in the Colorado.

Nice pine forest, but trail gets a bit monontous
User: millerdw - 12/1/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 8.50 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 45 minutes

This is a nice place to go near Austin if you want to hike in the pine forest.  The Lost Pines are quite beautiful, and the terrain is very different than other places within a reasonable driving distance of Austin.  The soil is sandy, and the terrain is mostly gently rolling.  The nice thing about this hike is its one of the longer loop hikes near Austin.  When I was there, I only saw two other groups of hikers on the LPHK, but it wasn't exactly the nicest day to be outdoors.  The only negative thing I have to say about Bastrop State Park, and the LPHK is that it gets a bit monontous.  The scenery is great, but it doesn't really change at all throughout the hike - other than a few muddy ponds.  The small lake is a nice place, but there were quite a few people there.

Overall, not bad...

Great pine country hike.
User: Eveline - 1/27/2007  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A

Hiked with the Colorado River Walkers.  No rain this year!

A Day On The Lost Pines Trail,And More
User: Miles - 8/18/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
My Kids,Wife,and I stayed at Cabin 12,and took these shots.
Memorial Day
User: LVX - 5/29/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 7.75 Miles Duration: N/A
Very cool hike. Took us 2 hours and it rained for half of it... There was even a thunderstorm off in the distance....
Great Trail
User: James273 - 3/20/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 8.40 Miles Duration: N/A
This is a great hike. Nothing too hard and easy for kids.
Another Great Walk
User: Eveline - 2/25/2006  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A
The rain caught us just past the pavillion. Poured down rain. Still enjoyed walking the trail.
Nice shady hike
User: M-T-P - 12/3/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: N/A
This was a nice, quiet loop around Bastrop State Park. Soft soil in most areas and a couple of Geocaches along the way.
we did a shortcut across the dirt road
User: betsy_brunner - 10/15/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
was a great hike. but the kids got tired so we took the shortcut and only did 5 miles. Nice and shady
enjoyable
User: ggammon - 9/1/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 8.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Ive done the lost pines trail 4 times now, twice backpacking in for an overnight. This is my favorite trail for scenic photography. I lug my Mamiya 645 with several lenses and strudy tripod and shoot black and white for display prints. I enjoy the camping in pretty much all seasons on this trail as the pine forest seems to be relatively cool year round (to me anyway). Nice elevation changes and variety of vegetation is nice. I rarely see wildlife even in the deeper portions of the trail though. I do see ALOT of runners on the trail.
relaxing hike
User: Chris and Holly - 5/7/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 8.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Lost Pines is a beautiful trail - very shady and fragrant with pines. The first section is particularly beautiful, with pristine loblollys and a thick carpet of ferms. However, much of the hike is through pines that have been recently burned, which definitely takes the shine off this landscape. Furthermore, for the first half of the hike, you can hear the drone of Hwy 71. Even with these flaws, we highly reccomend this hike. After the hike, check out the Roadhouse Cafe at across the road from the entrance to the park.
Prescribed burns change it up
User: nobody - 2/6/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Much of the park has recently been charred by prescribed burns. They cleared out most of the underbrush and some of the smaller trees. The larger ones are just fine and there seem to be more birds than previously, as they move into the burned areas. I only went so far as the second dirt road, but most of the way there had burn marks on one side of the trail. I then cut over to the other half of the loop and returned, with narry a charred pine needle in sight.
Love this Park
User: Eveline - 1/29/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A
The day we walked it wasn't raining, but it had rained recently. Lots of muddy areas. Loved the CCC pavilian.
Difficult At Mile 7
User: chrs2phr1 - 10/11/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 8.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Fantastic Hike, Awesome Park. I began to tire out at Mile 7, but the hike was worth it. I wish there were points of interest markers.
For solitude go on week days or early on weekends
User: belizeman01 - 9/18/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Miss the piney woods! This is the place to go! Explore the outer loops to leave the crowd behind and see more wildlife. Ponds are a great place to see cricket frogs and crawly things!
Pleasant Trail , Lots of visitors
User: slipline - 3/26/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 8.50 Miles Duration: N/A
This is a great hike if your looking for a good workout. The various ponds and plant life are fun to stop and admire. This is made difficult by the ammount of traffic on the trail. There were many folks out on the saturday we did our hike. PLenty of trail runners, other hikers, and tons of boy scouts. Dont go here looking for privacy. Overall nice trail with good scenery. Definately does not look like the Austin area.
Quiet backpacking hike
User: schrochem - 2/8/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: N/A
This was a great hike to do an overnight backpacking trip. The weather was nice this time of year and the not too crowded. Past the first old road there is primitive camping aloud as long as you don't build groundfires. This was really nice to just go find a nice spot under a pine tree (any tree :)) and basically have the place to yourself. I went backwards (turned right at the first T) so I ended up camping back by the southeastern most pond. Very easy hike if you break it up into two days like I did. Most people were going the other way so solitude was interrupted only momentarily and briefly. The pine trees really have an execellent ambiance that really make this a nice place to go so close to Austin.
Piney woods, closer to home
User: Riff Raff - 10/4/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 7.50 Miles Duration: N/A
This is a great hike through wonderful piney woods, without having to drive out to the Big Thicket. Just in the first half mile, I was already being amazed by the ferns carpeting the forest (what's that? ferns in Texas?!). Not very many people on this long loop trail, so I had only the occasional bursts of gunfire from hunters to keep me company. This may sound odd, but I was also amazed by the variety of fungi on this hike. From bright orange to red capped and some of your usual white varieties with caps bigger than my fist. Beautiful.
Nice hike in the pine trees
User: figment - 7/2/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A
I cut the loop short by cutting down the second road, which is wide, red, dirt. It's always nice to go for a walk in the pine trees.
A leisurely Hike!
User: oceanus - 6/29/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 7.50 Miles Duration: N/A
The Lost Pines Trail at Bastrop State Park is an anomaly in Central Texas. Though these pines are all regrowth forest (the original pines burned in a forest fire in the early 1900s) it is still beautiful; anywhere you can get a whiff of pine while hiking is great. The trail is mostly flat, with an occasional rise here and there. There is abunadant shade, so even hiking during midday was tolerable. I did'nt see a single person my first day out, and on the way back in this morning, I only saw four people at the trailhead. I would have given it a higher solitude rating, if it was'nt for the constant gun fire I heard my first day. As for wildlife, I saw whitetail deer, blackheaded vultures, red-headed woodpeckers, skinks, and a baby Houston toad. Overall, it's an enjoyable hike, only 30 miles from Austin.
Pines Needles
User: outofbounds - 1/1/2003  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 9.83 Miles Duration: N/A
If you want a quiet hike this is it. All I could hear most of the day was the wind blowing in the trees. Lots of pine needles and leaves on the ground made for a soft trail. The trail was wet in some places from the rain a few days earlier but with the needles the mud can be avoided. I also hiked a few other short trails today and that is why my mileage is high. This park is worth the drive.
Great Hike!
User: Reaughstar - 9/22/2002  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 8.50 Miles Duration: N/A
We went out to Bastrop today as relatively new hikers...and loved it! The weather was great...not especially humid and the tree cover is so nice. There were 3 or 4 people on the front mile or so but after that we saw no one. The needles were comfortable to walk on and great to sit and take a snack break. Highly recommended!
Nice Hike
User: JClair - 4/20/2002  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 8.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Don't know exactly why, but this hike sure seemed longer this day. My thoughts are because it was so humid it made it seem longer...but the hike is great and the solitude was also, even on a Saturday. Saw four people on the hike, stopped for a break and lunch and talked to a very nice person (Tom S. from San Antonio ) told him to check out the Austin Explorer...............I recommend the hike, but beware of the humidity in the area...ENJOY
Shady Trail Bliss
User: Austin Explorer - 3/10/2002  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Having grown up in Louisiana, this hike was almost like walking some of the trails in that area. There's ample shade most of the time and solitude at the back of the trail. I didn't see or hear any Houston Toads though.