Lone Star Hiking Trail - Magnolia Section

Trail
9.10 Miles
100 Feet
Free
2point5stars (2.75)2
2point5stars (2.75)
4stars (4.25)
No
No
Yes
Yes
Cleveland
San Jacinto
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Photos
Trail View
Trail View (Photo by txpop)
Trail sign
Trail sign (Photo by txpop)
Maintenance Overdue
Some parts of the trail were overgrown by vegetation. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Foot Bridge
This is one of several foot bridges that cross over some small creeks. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Trailhead #10
TH10 is located off FM 945. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Butterfly
This black Spicebush Swallowtail was beautiful! (Photo by Lone_Star)
Magnolia Primitive Camp
This is the Magnolia primitive campsite. It is not marked on the maps, but is between mile markers 68 & 69. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Testimony From Hell
This note in the Magnolia Primitive Camp logbook had me laughing. It says, "For the love of baby Jesus, douse yourself with DEET. Chiggers are bad here, especially on the logs. Have fun!" (Photo by Lone_Star)
Good Signage
The trail is straight, so not a lot of signs needed. However, I did not see several mile markers and the trail blazes on the trees were often hard to see due to the thick vegetation. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Obstacles
Some fallen trees completely blocked the trail, making passage a little challenging. (Photo by Lone_Star)
River Crossing
Crossing the East Fork of the San Jacinto River proved to be very easy, but I went during a time of drought. This river can flood over these banks making the crossing dangerous during wet season. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Trail Overgrown
The trail in the basin near the San Jacinto River has been washed out and overgrown in some areas. It can get muddy in this area. (Photo by Lone_Star)

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Roughing It
By Lone_Star on 3/27/2013
Rating: 1point5stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 12.80 Miles Duration: 5 hours, 40 minutes

This section of the Lone Star Hiking Trail (LSHT) is not for beginners or the faint hearted.  If my previous day's hike of the Big Creek/Double Lake Section was "heaven", then this section was "hell".

The trail was poorly maintained and the vegetation was terribly overgrown.  As a result, I ate zillions of spider webs for breakfast (low calories, lol) and this trek was less of a hike and more of a jungle expedition.

I know I've been hiking too much when my imagination starts to run wild, but I have to tell you, it seems like each section of the LSHT has it's own personality.  Some sections like Big Creek/Double Lake are inviting and beckon you to "Come, explore!"

By contrast, this Magnolia Section (like the Tarkington Bayou Section) was not inviting.  It seemed to say (in Clint Eastwood-esque style), "Feeling lucky, punk? Go ahead, make my day!"  I ran into fallen trees at waist high level that you could not climb over or go around.  Instead, I found myself crawling on the ground with my backpack like a turtle trying to get under the obstacle.  And, there were a lot of pests, so use DEET.  The river crossing of the East Fork of the San Jacinto River at mile marker 71.1 proved to be uneventful, however.  I was prepared to ford, if necessary, but the water level was low, moving very slowly, and there was a fallen log which conveniently let me walk over the river.  I was expecting a bigger challenge.

The vegetation is extremely dense in this section.  If you put Google Maps in "satellite" map mode and deselect "labels", you can't even see the trail.  Go ahead, I dare you, try it!  The trees and bushes are so dense that the trail is enshrouded in a tunnel of thick vegetation that doesn't let much sunlight through.  Much of it is shaded, which is nice in that it keeps you cool.  However, this is not an easy section to do any sightseeing or photography.

I parked at Trailhead #11 off FM 2025 and hiked west.  The trail descends down some hills down to the river basin.  Beyond the river, the trail runs adjacent to some private property.  You'll pass the Magnolia Primitive Campsite and finally out to Trailhead #10 off FM 945.  This is where I turned around and hiked back to TH11.  There are a number of rolling hills in this section that give you a cardio workout.  The signage is good, but I did not see several mile markers.  They were either missing or hidden in the vegetation somewhere.

Notes:

1.  Part of this section of the LSHT involves a long road walk up FM 945 to Evergreen, west briefly on Hwy 150, north on FS 202 (aka John Warren Road), and then west briefly on Ira Denson Lane to Trailhead #9, but I didn't hike this.  I've done enough road walks in other sections of the LSHT and don't care for them.

2.  If the water level in the river is high, there is a detour route available on www.lonestartrail.org.  It requires some bushwhacking and compass navigation.  Frankly, I am relieved I didn't have to deal with that! :)

Lone Star Hiking Trail - Magnolia Section
By txpop on 1/28/2012
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 2point5stars Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 7.90 Miles Duration: N/A

I am a longtime trail volunteer on the LSHT. I started my two day trip at the LSHT Trailhead #10 - Magnolia. Hiking East about 0.9 miles I came to the LSHT Primitive Campsite # 2 - Magnolia to camp for the night. Campsite has one tent pad, fire ring, signboard with maps & regulations, and a mailbox that has a campsite booklet with information - Emergency phone numbers, maps, and more. An isolated campsite that is beside an old tram grade that leads to Guthrie Rd in an emergency. Wonderful cool night.                                                                 

Hiking East you come to a creek with Magnolia trees beside it. The recent drought has killed some trees, but still a beautiful spot. You come to a gravel road ( private ranch road). As you cross you decend into the San Jacinto River flood plain ***NOTE:  The river bridge has been washed out! Trees often fall across the river and make for a tightwalk crossing. If river is in flood, Do Not enter water, as water can get 10 feet over bank level.

Once crossed, the trailsnakes through flood plain and then begins a steep climb that can make you breath hard. Trail continues to snake around crossing small creeks and gravel Forest Service road. Trail continues till it comes out on a pipeline and follows pipeline. Near mile marker 73 trail turns into forest off the pipeline and will snake its way to cross FM 2025 the the LSHT Trailhead #11- Iron Ore.

A great hike.Maps and info can be found at www.lshtclub.org