Lone Star Hiking Trail Day 1 – TH15 to Tarkington Campsite MM83.55

This post and the associated series were first shared on the Lone Star Hiking Club Facebook Group page, directly from the trail. I had gained much useful information from this group, so I wanted to give back. This was my second attempt at thru-hiking, my first attempt being a couple of years earlier with Samuel when I completed most of it. This time I completed it, sleeping six nights on trail. Here is the story from day 1:

Started at TH15. Very many thanks to Charlotte Tomkavits for the shuttle! Hiked to the Tarkington primitive camp at MM83.55. The trail was great – surprisingly not muddy nor wet except in a very few places. Got to camp with dry feet. Great job by the maintainers. Evidence of the run off.

First, mozzies (English slang for mosquitoes). Terrible at trail heads and along Tarkington Bayou especially, but very few at campsite. I had treated all clothes with Permethrin and covered arms and legs with clothes. Used Picaridin on hands and neck. But the hero of the day was a headnet! Not a fashion accessory, but it worked. I seem to be bite free this morning…

Great water at San Jacinto river at MM92.5 (from a small stream just north) and Tarkington Bayou at MM85 where the pipeline crosses.

Last night’s storm was interesting… campsite flooded but I stayed dry except for the splashing into the tent. Campsite area had a recent controlled burn but nature is growing back nicely!

We’ll see what today brings. I think I’ll be taking the East San Jacinto detour!

A week’s worth of food – ready the go!
The damage to boardwalks shows how much water there can be, but the ground was fine.
The headnet, a last minute addition was a lifesaver! It’s actually OK to wear too :).
First water filtering stop was a tributary just north of the San Jacinto river. You have to be careful not to get sediment.
Vines catch leaves when the trail turns into a river.
Don’t tread on the crawfish homes!
Nice campsite at MM89. Also good for lunch!
Nice clear trail, but evidence of controlled burns remain in the forest.
Good water from Tarkington Bayou at MM85, about 1.5 miles from camp.
The area around Tarkington campsite had recently been burned.
You can even find irony in the forest!
Nice spacious, flat campsite.
I have to admit I was a little worried at this time! First night in my new tent and she was great.
The campsite flooded during the rain, but drained quickly.

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Published by Peter Ireland

I am originally from England, and my wife Janet is from Louisiana. When we started Geocaching in 2002, we needed a name, and the Cajunlimeys were created, and that is the name I use for my blog. Even though Janet has no Cajun blood, her cooking is excellent! “Limeys” comes from the nickname for English sailors, who ate limes to prevent scurvy. We live in Houston, Texas, with Bailey and Samuel. We love adventures and want to share the experiences with others. When planning trips, I have found other people’s sites very useful, so I want to give back and add a different perspective.

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