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Loop Thru The Woods
User: Lone_Star - 1/1/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 11.30 Miles Duration: N/A

I hiked with a friend through the woods.  We did the North Wilderness Loop to the Sand Branch Loop.  Weather was cool and nice.  Lot of trees down in the Sam Houston National Forest, but this is normal.  Nothing major that could not be overcome.

User: Balam - 11/20/2016  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: N/A

did the Wildnerness loop from TH #2.  Great trail for Fall Weather, trail could be quite hellish in hot humid summer weather. Piney forest, but not too impressive. For me the advangate is that it is close to home, not a place I would make a special trip to visit

Good site for maps:  http://lonestartrail.org/maps.html

 

North Wilderness Loop - LSHT
User: Lone_Star - 9/24/2016  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 8.27 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 5 minutes

Went on a nature hike with a good friend that I hadn't seen in a long time.

Awesome Trail
User: Lone_Star - 3/14/2013  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 11.70 Miles Duration: 5 hours

This was my third hike in the Wilderness Section of the Lone Star Hiking Trail (LSHT).  This time I did both the Sand Branch Loop and Richards Loop to finish the Wilderness Section.

I parked at Trailhead #2 and hiked the LSHT down to the Sand Branch Trail, up the Little Lake Creek Loop Trail to TH1, then back down the LSHT to TH#2.  The trails were well marked and there were several ponds along the way.  Lots of fallen trees across the trails.  Given the millions of trees in the Sam Houston National Forest, I guess this is pretty normal.  Park volunteers do maintain the trails on a periodic basis.  No complaints here.  Wonderful way to spend a day!

Another Awesome Hike
User: Lone_Star - 3/13/2013  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.84 Miles Duration: 3 hours

This was my second hike in the Lone Star Hiking Trail - Wilderness Section.  This time I took it a little easier since my legs were still sore from the day before.  I did the North Wilderness Loop at a leisurely pace.

My hike started at Trailhead #3, to the LSHT, up to the North Wilderness Trail, and then back to TH3.  This trail was more populated than the South Wilderness Loop and easier, too.  No major changes in elevation.  I did not like it quite as much as the South Wilderness Loop, but it was still a great hike.

 

One Of The Best Trails In East Texas
User: Lone_Star - 3/12/2013  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 11.35 Miles Duration: 5 hours

Well, that's my opinion, anyways.  :)  For me, this trail has almost everything I like - hills, distance, solitude, good signage, lots to see, etc.

This was my first venture into the Lone Star Hiking Trail (LSHT) and I decided to do the South Wilderness Loop.  I started my hike at Trailhead #4, catch the Little Lake Creek Trail (LLCT), to the Sand Branch Trail, to the LSHT, to the Pole Creek Trail and back to TH4.

The trail was very isolated.  I only saw a few people and that was at the midpoint of my hike.  At times, you really feel like you're way in the wilderness and then you'll stumble across a country home or ranch.  The trail is very well marked and although there were several fallen trees blocking the trail, it was well-maintained overall.

From Richards to FM1374: Fun!
User: tbrucia - 11/29/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 22.00 Miles Duration: 9 hours, 40 minutes

The trail was very well marked, and Don Brewington's 'Hiker's Guide' was invaluable ( see http://www.lshtclub.com/Hiker%27s%20Guide.htm ).  An excellent primitive camp spot: at mile 11.5, just before Caney Creek on the left.  Only problem was at (about) mile 21 where trail markers ended (or I couldn't find them); i backtracked and walked around via Stubblefield Lake Road and then along FM1374 to the east.  All bridges were in good repair.  A very flat walk, so I'd call it easy.  I only met three hikers (group of day hikers) and -- crossing an easement -- two horsewomen.  This is a great hike for 'getting away' by oneself!!! (Note: Duration of hike is actual WALKING time, not overall time.  It's a two day hike...)

LSHT - Richards Loop
User: loner556 - 9/26/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.10 Miles Duration: N/A

My brother in law and I did this loop a few weeks ago.  My first time on the LSHT (his first time hiking) and I was pleasantly surprised.  I've avoided this trail for a while thinking that it would be thick underbrush amongst pines. 

The trail was well marked and maintained.  Most of this loop was pine forests, but the forest was open enough in many areas to see several hundred yards. Very open but still shaded well.  Passed several ponds along the way.  Great hike all around.  Didn't see a single sole all morning.

Nice summer hike, but HOT!
User: omgjoz - 7/12/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: 4 hours

The last couple times I've hiked this I haven't seen a soul on the trail.  Might have to do with the 100+ degree heat...  BRING WATER! 

First time on Lone Star Trail.
User: omgjoz - 6/27/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 9.00 Miles Duration: 5 hours

The map I had was awful, GPS saved me for once.  Crazy hot, bring water.

Little Lake Creek Loop Trail
User: wesley - 4/30/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 13.21 Miles Duration: N/A
I have made this 13.21 mile loop hike twice in the past month, parking in Lot 4 (I believe) and heading East on the Lone Star HT. The area between FM 149 and Osborn Road had recently had its under brush burned as had the areas around the North Wilderness trailhead along the Pole Creek Trail. A lot of the downed trees that crossed the trail had been cleared since my hike about a month ago and one of the two other people we saw was a park worker clearing the trail about half way between the LLCL trailhead and the Pole Creek trail junction (the one other person we saw was a jogger). The brush is still very thick in this area and some sections still take a little guess work to find the trail again after a sharp turn or fork but all in all it is still an enjoyable trail to just get away for a few hours.
Nice Hike (LLCL Trail)
User: wesley - 3/25/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 13.21 Miles Duration: N/A
I went on this hike with five other people; it was nice but the trail needs a little maintenance done, lots of downed trees across the path and some bamboo growing in the middle of the trail. The last mile or two of the Pole Creek Trail was nothing but ash on both sides of the trail due to underbrush burning that had gone on very recently… in some areas downed trees where still on fire. Other than that it was a good hike and we only saw 5 – 6 other people on the trail.
LSHT Thru-Hike
User: Nocona - 2/1/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 96.10 Miles Duration: N/A

Thru-hiked the trail in 11 days, including two days off from hiking for weather and equipment problems.  That's about a 10 mile/day pace, which is good for a those in moderate shape.  Trail is in great condition; very well-maintained and well-marked along its entire length, other than a few spots that are listed in my guidebook (The LSHT: The Official Guide to the Longest Wilderness Footpath in Texas; Karen Somers).  Saw only one other thru-hiker and three other backpackers.  The bridge over the East Fork of the San Jacinto River in the Magnolia Section at mile 71.1 is still washed out as of May 2010.  You can either ford the river (thigh high and slow flowing in normal conditions) or you can look for a downed log to cross on - other hikers have reported that there is an obvious log that brave souls can use. 

User: flackattak - 1/15/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 18.00 Miles Duration: N/A
LLC SH National Forest
User: jmitchell - 10/29/2005  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 12.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Little Creek Loop/Pole Creek/LS Hiking/Sandy Bottom Never saw another sole, trails very badly maintained. The GPS showed almost 1 mile of movement trying to find where the trail went. Bridges sometimes were unsafe. Do not wear shorts. Lots of Posion ivy and briars. Lots of dead trees and downed trees? Lots of creek crossings makes it not so dull of a hike. Despite all complaints I did enjoy the hike.
Little Lake Creek (LLC) South
User: jmitchell - 10/8/2005  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Wooded and flat - lots of posion ivy, lots of solitude and close to Houston
User: txhipowr - 8/6/2005  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: N/A Solitude: N/A
Distance: 14.50 Miles Duration: N/A