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Cross Timbers Hiking Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

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14.2 mile 22.8 kilometer point to point
97% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,114' 340 m
Descent: -1,079' -329 m
High: 754' 230 m
Low: 624' 190 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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

David Smith

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

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.

Runner Notes

Steep grades.

Description

The first half of the trail, beginning at Juniper Point trailhead, has many hills, making it a moderate running 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 run. 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 runner 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.

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Dec 21, 2016
Sid Harris
It was super technical and tough. Nice day to be out. Leaves are covering up the trail, be careful with tree roots and sharp rocks! 10mi

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 20 votes

#1

in Lake Texoma

#5214

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#1

in Lake Texoma

#80

in Texas

#5,214

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Top of ridge. Wooden stairs. Was lovely at night. Could hear water dripping off the rocks.
Mar 9, 2018 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
"All Y'all Runners"
Feb 27, 2016 near Sherwoo…, TX
Through the woods.
Feb 27, 2016 near Sherwoo…, TX
Trail alongside Lake Texoma.
Feb 27, 2016 near Sherwoo…, TX

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