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Lone Star Hiking Trail

Richards, TX

Lone Star Hiking Trail is a 96.1 mile point-to-point continuously marked foot trail that starts south of Richards, Texas (128 miles including loop trails), in Sam Houston National Forest. The trail is primarily used for birding, camping, hiking, nature trips, trail running & walking.

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Little Lake Creek Wilderness
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

12/5/14 - Hiked the Southeast section from trailhead #4 to Sand Branch than North on the LSHT to trailhead #2 - Go to lonestartrail.org for the maps and it makes the trail a breeze.

It was warm, around the high 70's for the first day out so that was not so fun it being December but that was ok. Trail conditions were overall very good if you understand you are in a wilderness environment where people don't patrol the grounds for your hiking pleasure (they kinda do but its only once or twice a year.)

Stayed at the Pole Creek campsite on the first night it is very well kept and included a map book and register book in a mailbox at the fire ring. Ground was flat room for tents and places for hammocks.

Headed south than north 5 miles around the South Wilderness Loop Trail and camped at the pond at Sand Branch and South Wilderness and it was AWESOME! Frogs croaking sky out low in the high 40's it was great. There is a stream about half a mile south from the trail intersection that has filterable water (at least in December) so we could refill our water supplies as well.

Hiked north the next day on Sand Branch Trail to the LSHT and north again to TH#2!

Trail is flatish; there are gullys and creeks all throughout the trail that if your gear is to heavy you will not be liking life that much but if prepared and in relative shape it is a good little section of trail and I will hike the remainder of the South Wilderness Loop Trail when I can.

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Sam Houston National Forest: South Wilderness Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Me and my girlfriend took on this trail and it was ok, bugs where a bit bad and the trail was a little overgrown the farther you go but with the right clothing it can be done, over all it was a good and trail and I had a good time, but my girlfriend on the other hand.. We'll not so much.

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Sam Houston National Forest: South Wilderness Trail
by Carol Plumb

4 Completed 2 Reviews

We hiked part of the Little Lake Creek Wilderness loop trail in February. We parked off of Rt 149 and hiked about 1/2 mile in to get to the loop trail. It was pleasant and pretty easy hiking. We only did part of the loop & turned around and hiked back to the vehicle.

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Sam Houston National Forest: South Wilderness Trail
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4 Completed 1 Reviews

Me and two buddies hiked this on June 4, 2014. We started at trail head three of the loan star hiking trail and turned onto little lake creek loop which takes you south toward lake Conroe and the back west to the parking lot on this map. Within the first hour I found three ticks. That was on the LSHT. When we turned onto the little lake creek loop things got worse. The trail was extremely narrow and over grown. Parts were muddy and we slipped on some steep banks crossing creeks. There is very minimal elevation, but these other challenges make the trail moderately difficult. Ticks were the biggest problem. We had countless encounters with the Lone Star Tick (which is huge) and a smaller tick, possibly the nymph or a deer tick. We were packing in and planning to stay a the night, but the ticks and a broken hiking boot sent us home after seven uncomfortable hours of trudging through these thick woods.

I will say that the part of this trail marked on the map here was nicer. It felt more like the Sam Rayburn area of East Texas and was more open. There was a nice pond off a side trial to the north. Extensive maps and other info about trails in the Sam Houston forest can be found at the Lone Star Hiking Club website.

I would go back to these trails, but probably not in June-August.

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Sam Houston National Forest: South Wilderness Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

We got so lost. Do not get even a little bit off the trail. Also, the trail on the map here is a bit inaccurate. This caused a lot of pain and heartache. 0/10 will not hike again

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Sam Houston National Forest: South Wilderness Trail
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8 Completed 8 Reviews

This trail is 7 miles as part of a larger trail called Little Lake Creek Loop that totals 21 miles.

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Little Lake Creek Wilderness
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0 Completed 2 Reviews

~21 mile hike. Started at Trailhead 1. Little Lake Creek Loop to just beyond M11, then Pole Creek Trail to LSHT thru the Little Lake Creek Wilderness area, and ~6+ miles back to Trailhead 1. Seven hours to the minute, with no breaks. Not that I'm some super stud, but I was fighting darkness and had to keep moving. Did the last 3 miles in total darkness using my cell phone light. Really bad planning. Felt like Blair With Project. Anyway, long day with serious blisters. The trail itself was dry, dusty, with really nothing of interest. I would not do it again. Kept waiting for someplace interesting to take some pictures, never did. Except for mile one, I saw no one for 20 miles. A bit eerie by yourself, especially after the sun goes down. Fairly well marked after you get the hang of how they do it, which saved my ass the last three miles. Cell phone coverage was spotty with T-Mobile, don't expect 4G.

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Little Lake Creek Wilderness
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0 Completed 2 Reviews

Little Lake Creek Loop to LSHT...

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Little Lake Creek Wilderness
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0 Completed 1 Reviews

Nonono

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Little Lake Creek Wilderness
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

sorry ... i posted to wrong place....

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