One Of The Best Trails In East Texas

Trailhead #4
This is Trailhead #14 off FM 149.
User: Lone_Star - 3/12/2013

Location: Lone Star Hiking Trail - Wilderness Section

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: 4stars  Solitude: 4point5stars
Miles Hiked: 11.35 Miles  Elapsed Time: 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.

Log Photos
Trailhead #4
Trail Entrance Sign
Dead Tree Warning
Fallen Trees
Pine Forest
Excellent Signage
Area around Lone Star Hiking Trail - Wilderness Section
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