Lone Star Hiking Trail Day 4 – East 4 Notch Campsite MM51.5 to MM33 Pipeline ROW

Got an earlier start so was hiking by 7am. My main memory of four notch when I did it a couple of years ago was the spiderwebs… That time, I was heading East and started from the hunter camp when it was still dark. The web would be illuminated by my head torch about a millisecond before my face walked into it… Another great advantage of a headnet – didn’t even notice them! Walked over 2-3 creeks which were easy to hop over – but I guess one of them is Boswell which is chest deep in big rains. I had to walk the log over one. Area had had a recent burn (March 13) – amazing how it grows back so quickly. Happy to hit the midpoint, though that area was completely flooded and there were just a few mozzies… Filtered water from Winter’s Bayou. The good news – very few mozzies because of birds and maybe bats that live under the bridge. Bad news – very sandy and muddy and yes I did slip… The bridge was a good seat for lunch. The road walk is not the most fun, but tried to embrace the variety, and a nice history lesson about Yoakum! Into Phelps which I had not been to before and was nice. A couple of small creeks with a little water, and then I managed to make it to the LSHT summit! Phelps campsite had a chair and was great for another snack/rest before the next roadwalk along Park Road 40 and under I45. Lots of workers laying asphalt and I was worried but I just kept walking and no one stopped me! Said hi to Sam (Houston statue) before heading back into the woods at TH7 and down to Alligator Creek which is good water. Then made my way onto the pipeline ROW that goes from Camelia dam into the State Park and camped on the top of the hill. Nice cleared ground and an AT&T signal. That was after I discovered after starting to cook that my first site was right next to a dead tree just waiting to fall over… Worried about chiggers in the grass, but 3 days later my feet still seem OK! This was my longest day at 18.3 miles and I could feel it. No problem getting to sleep!

P.S. A question was asked on a previous post, and it was pointed out to me this morning that “they aren’t called mozzies around here.” I’m originally from England, but have lived nearly 20 years in TX and LA. You would have thought in that time someone else might have pointed this out to me! I even get linguistic education while hiking the LSHT.

Signage from controlled burn on 3/31/2021, just 45 days earlier.
A pretty flower which I was reliably told is called a purple cone.
The way over Boswell Creek. Why is it I have no problem walking that log, but cannot walk the log over East San Jacinto…
Half way! And the mosquitoes won’t get me!!
A fern hangs in there after the burn.
Winter’s Bayou. Lots of water and it was flowing. Just lots of mud and sand. I wasn’t going to go back down and photograph where I slipped….
Bonus history lesson!
I am convinced that having a LSHT marker placed on a tree is a kiss-of-death for that tree, just labelling for it to get blown down next.
Phelps campsite. Very nice!
You see – another tree that was labelled to be blown down…
Park Road 40… But it made it a nicer walk as there wasn’t traffic!
Looking East from under I45. Lots of activity.
Even painting!
I have a pretty low threshold for the water I will filter. But that looks below my level, even with a pre-filter!
Gotta say Hi to Sam.
Alligator Creek. The sand is a bit like quicksand. Stay in the same place and you slowly sink… But the water was good!
Don’t camp next to dead trees! I didn’t notice it at first…
Lots of open space for a tent in the pipeline ROW!

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Published by Peter Ireland

I am originally from England, and my wife 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! We live in Houston, Texas, with Bailey and Samuel. We love adventures and wanted to be able 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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