Herman I. Little, Jr. Memorial Channel III-F Hike & Bike Trails

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Flood Water Detention Reservoir
Along the way, you can also hike around the Steven Garner Detention Pond. (Photo by Blaze)
End Of The Road
The trail stopped at Maplewood Drive, so I crossed over to the other side and turned back. (Photo by Blaze)
Another View Of The Trail
The drainage gully intersects another drainage gully with more trails on the bank of that gully. (Photo by Blaze)
View Of The Trail
The trail is on top of the drainage gully bank. (Photo by Blaze)
Trail Sign
The trail on the west bank does not get as much traffic as the east bank, but it's equally as easy to follow. (Photo by Blaze)
I believe this is where the official hike & bike trail starts/ends at Rayford Road, but you can go under/across the road and continue hiking on the other (north) side for several more miles. (Photo by Blaze)
Fox Springs Park
The hike & bike Trail (L) takes you past Fox Springs Park (R). (Photo by Blaze)
View Of The Trail
The trail goes on for miles along both sides/banks of the drainage gully. (Photo by Blaze)
Trail Sign
This is the sign to the hike & bike trail. (Photo by Blaze)
Log Entries
The West Bank (Gully Madness)
By Blaze on 11/7/2013
Rating: 1star Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: halfstar
Distance: 13.80 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 41 minutes

Today, I hiked the other (west) side of the drainage gully that comprises the Herman I. Little, Jr. Memorial Channel III-F Hike & Bike Trails.  This hike is a follow-on to my hike of the east side trail I did on November 3, 2013.  You can read my log of that hike here.

The thing about gully hikes is that they seem to go on forever and the scenery changes very little.  So, they're good to get some mileage in, but they tend to be a little boring.

I started my hike at Rayford Road and hiked south until I got to the junction of the drainage creek and Spring Creek.  At this point, the trail ended, but I was able to hike into the Spring Creek Bend Preserve.  The trails in the preserve were primitive and sometimes closer to animal trails.  There were no direction signs or printed maps, so I did some exploratory hiking.  The trails were very muddy and some trails were impassable due to ponds of water covering the trail, so I exited the preserve and walked around the perimeter until I could find a more passable trail.

After finishing the hike through the preserve, I turned back and hiked north, past my start point at Rayford Road, until the drainage gully took a west turn.  I decided to hike as far as I could go.  I got close to I-45, but was forced to turn back because private property boundaries/fences cut off the trail along the bank.

I decided to cross over to the other side of the gully for a change and, on my way back, I hiked around the completed portion of the Steven Gardner Detention Pond.  I crossed back over to the west bank at Caraquet Road and then hiked back to my car at Rayford Road.

A Long Fall Walk In Spring
By Blaze on 11/3/2013
Rating: 1point5stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 1point5stars
Distance: 17.80 Miles Duration: 5 hours, 58 minutes

This log encompasses numerous locations I hiked on my long walk through Spring, Texas.  For those of you not familiar with Houston's geography, it is flat and prone to flooding.  To control flood water, there is a complex network of drainage gullies, creeks and bayous to drain the water away.  Many of these have hiking trails along the banks.  This is the general setting for my extended hike.

I started my hike at Old Riley Fuzzel Preserve.  There is an open area where you can park your car.  I first took the trail down to Alligator Pond, but was dismayed to find out that the trail ended and you could not go around the lake.  So, I turned around and headed back to the parking area where I caught the main trail along Spring Creek heading west.  In numerous places, the trails forked in more than one direction, but there were no signs or maps.  As a result, I ended up picking a trail and seeing where it wentgoes.  Part of the trail took me right down to the sandy shores of Spring Creek and then led me back into the woods.

When I came out of the woods, I noticed there was a drainage gully that pours into Spring Creek.  I was pleased to find that there are dirt trails on each side of this drainage gully known as the Herman I. Little, Jr. Memorial Channel III-F Hike & Bike Trails.  I decided to follow the trail north along the east bank of the gully to see where it went.  It went on for miles and miles, past Fox Springs Park and eventually past Imperial Oaks Park.

Just north of Imperial Oaks Park, I ran into another drainage gully heading east.  I had hiked quite a ways by this point so I decided to stop heading north and to follow this other drainage gully until I picked up a concrete path that led me back to Imperial Oaks Park.  I then hiked through Imperial Oaks Park to see where those trails went and eventually got back on the Herman I. Little, Jr. Memorial Channel III-F Hike & Bike Trails.

On my way back, I decided to hike the trails in Fox Springs Park before heading back to the Old Riley Fuzzel Preserve.  When I got back to Old Riley Fuzzel Preserve, I was still feeling strong and there was a little daylight left so I headed along Spring Creek, under Riley Fuzzel Road, and entered the Peckinpaugh Preserve.  I followed the trails to the Spring Creek Greenway Nature Center, around a beautiful manmade lake, and then into the woods.  I hiked a couple of miles, but I was unable to hike all of the trails for two reasons.  First, some of the trails were impassable due to heavy rains from several days before and also because I was running out of daylight.

In all, I had a great hike.  I plan to go back soon because I did not hike the other side of the Herman I. Little, Jr. Memorial Channel III-F.  I would like to log in some more miles to see where it goes. 

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