Average ratings are based on the published values and not the values entered in your own log entries.
Can be crowded on nice weekends and swimming is limited due to the dangerous nature of the falls. But it's a lovely area and you can usually find your own spot to sit alone and admire the bluffs and pools.
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.
A friend and I had intended to hike the entire length of the trail, spending the night near the river and then returning the next day. However, it was too hot and we were too dumb about our water supplies. We filtered water out of a foul-looking trickle at about mid-way in the day, but it wasn't enough. We spent a hot night at the shelter, hiked a bit more towards the river the next day, then turned back for the car. This was the thirstiest hike I've ever had, but it was due mostly to my inexperience. I think I would have enjoyed the trail a lot more if not for this error of mine. Take plenty of water!