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Cross Timbers Hiking Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.8 (23)

A quiet trail with views of Lake Texoma as a great get-away from the city, yet with echoes of civilization.


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14.2

Miles

22.8

KM

Point to Point

754' 230 m

High

624' 190 m

Low

1,114' 340 m

Up

1,079' 329 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

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Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Lake · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Great get-away for families with small kids, especially from Juniper Point and Cedar Bayou Marina trailheads.

Best times to use this trail are late September through June. Twice a year the Cross Timbers running group sponsors a trail run that effectively closes 12+ miles of the trail to others, though it doesn't prohibit trail access or use.

Description

The first half of the trail, beginning at Juniper Point trailhead, has many hills, making it a moderate hiking experience. Plenty of tree coverage and access to Lake Texoma, with access to Cedar Bayou Marina approximately three miles from Juniper Point. There are various primitive camping sites up to and including Eagle's Roost which is just over six miles from Juniper Point and is the highest elevation of the trail.

Descending from Eagle's Roost, the trail continues to wind its way through forested hills to Rock Creek Marina, then levels out and becomes a much easier hike. There is less tree coverage on the second half of the trail, but still plenty of coverage.

After 12+ miles, the trail intersects with Paw Paw Creek Road, a rather dilapidated road that connects with Rock Creek Road. Turning "right" onto the causeway allows the hiker to connect with the last approximately 1.5 miles of the trail that is largely unused, ending at the Texoma Marina trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

Pine, cedar, oak. Various wild flowers and grasses.

Contacts

Shared By:

David Smith

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 23 votes

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in Lake Texoma

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in Lake Texoma

#85

in Texas

#5,319

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Photos

Beat Feet 2020 - Hike the West side of Cross Timbers Hiking Trail
Nov 17, 2019 near Sherwoo…, TX
Hikers navigate the beautiful lakeside trail.
Jun 2, 2017 near Sherwoo…, TX
Clear stream leading into the Lake. The only 'quick' running clear water I found between West Juniper Point and Eagle Roost. Collected for boiling. A little steep to get to, use caution. @SynSurvival
Mar 9, 2018 near Sherwoo…, TX
View from Le Grande Portage bridge
Mar 9, 2018 near Sherwoo…, TX
Top of ridge. Wooden stairs. Was lovely at night. Could hear water dripping off the rocks.
Mar 9, 2018 near Sherwoo…, TX
Through the woods.
Feb 27, 2016 near Sherwoo…, TX

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Jul 11, 2020
Ray Li
Jun 20, 2020
Patrick McKenna
May 6, 2020
Curry Perkins
Mar 29, 2020
Angie Jurecka
Dec 26, 2019
Stetson Griffith
Completed this trail west to east on a quick overnight trip I stayed at a camp near the top of Eagles roost. This is a great trail for practice hikes. 14.2mi — 10h 00m
Nov 16, 2019
K Man
Jul 27, 2019
Matt Rossiter
2.8mi — 1h 00m
Jul 12, 2019
Vaughn Sinkewiz
7.7mi — 4h 20m