The Lone Star Hiking Trail is a 97 mile trail in the National Forests north of Houston. It is described very well by the Lone Star Hiking Trail Club Website, with lots of good discussion in the Lone Star Hiking Trail Facebook Group.
Having previously done some day hiking, I attempted a thru-hike in 2019 with Samuel, and then succeeded solo in May 2021. Below is the story and reflections.
(Originally published on the Lone Star Hiking Trail Facebook page.) WHAT I DID. I hiked the LSHT westbound in six days, from Tuesday 11th May to Monday 17th May. I hiked solo. I did not get resupplied mid-route, and I did not pre-stash any water. Forums like this have helped me do this and haveContinue reading “Reflections on an LSHT Thru-Hike”
I tried my breakfast with cold water rather than hot (TJ coffee, Hot Choc mix, instant oatmeal), and it was all pretty good so something to consider in the future. Walking out the final 2 miles is like a victory lap, and seeing the 1 mile marker has a completely different meaning! And just whenContinue reading “Lone Star Hiking Trail Day 7 – Pond at MM2.5 to MM0!”
Had to take the obligatory morning photo over the lake, but this campsite wasn’t the best for it. The forecast was for major storms to start at 1pm (they didn’t…), so I started early and was hiking by 7:10 and was thinking less than 6 hours to cover 14 miles was doable. A pretty fastContinue reading “Lone Star Hiking Trail Day 6 – MM16.5 Lake Conroe to MM2.5 pond”
I realized I was using up way too much battery, so left the phone (and hence camera) off today, so very few photos which is a shame. After a good night on the edge of Huntsville State Park on the pipeline ROW, it was an easy walk down the hill to Camelia dam. What IContinue reading “Lone Star Hiking Trail Day 5 – MM33 Pipeline ROW to Lake Conroe MM16.5”
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 aContinue reading “Lone Star Hiking Trail Day 4 – East 4 Notch Campsite MM51.5 to MM33 Pipeline ROW”
One mile hike to get out of the woods then the 2.4 mile hike on blacktop to Evergreen Baptist Church and their awesome water faucet! Still early so cool and I had a nice long rest with the water at Evergreen, that I paid for later. Evergreen to TH9 is dirt road. One dog afterContinue reading “Lone Star Hiking Trail Day 3 – Magnolia Campsite MM68.5 to East 4 Notch Campsite MM51.5”
The previous evening’s storms passed. After a fine night at the primitive campsite at MM83.5, the trails had generally drained very well and I managed to keep my feet dry. Mozzies weren’t bad either until after Double Lake. A few downed trees across the path, just to remind you there was some recent wind! ThereContinue reading “Lone Star Hiking Trail Day 2 – Tarkington Campsite MM83.55 to Magnolia Campsite MM68.5”
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 SamuelContinue reading “Lone Star Hiking Trail Day 1 – TH15 to Tarkington Campsite MM83.55”
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