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Lone Star Hiking Trail, TX

Mar 3 - Mar 11, 2018 -- $1250 ★


Deep in the heart of (Southeast) Texas, in the Sam Houston National Forest, lies a temperate pine and hardwood trail called The Lone Star Hiking Trail. The Lone Star Hiking Trail is the longest continously marked and maintained footpath in Texas (and everything is big in Texas).


We will hike 51 of the 96 miles of this trail traversing many beautiful woodland areas and some ancient bayous, perhaps catching views of red cockaded woodpeckers or bald eagles. Although not completely flat, the trail is gently graded rendering the hiking less strenuous than other Fitpacking offerings. Few place are warm and sunny in early March so why not escape your frigid climate and join us?


Our journey will begin at the Weinter's Bayou Trailhead, the beginning terminus of the trail. From there, we will follow the trail Westbound through the Sam Houston National Forest all the way to the so-called "Four Notch" section.



Weather

Weather is always an important concern when backpacking. Historical March weather averages in the high-70s during the day and 30s-40s at night. However, be prepared for the possibility of day temperatures in the 90s and freezing temperatures at night. Overall, expect a warm respite from your end-of-winter blues.



Trip Leaders

TBD


Cost

$1250 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a hotel room with another trip participant. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Houston, TX (IAH) as well as personal equipment, restaurant meals eaten off the trail and any gratuities for guides


Covered expenses include 2 hotel nights, 7 days of trail meals, ground transportation, permits, fees and awesome guides.



Important Note

This trip is a full week. If you choose this trip, you will also be hiking with both our first Half-Week group and our 2nd Half-Week group remaining on the trail Tuesday and Wednesday night without either group.


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Itinerary


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Fly or drive into Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH)


Take free airport shuttle to Hampton Inn & Suites Houston North IAH, 707 N Sam Houston Pkwy E, Houston, TX, 77060, 281-447-6400


Equipment shakedown


Trip to REI, 17717 Tomball Parkway, Houston, TX 77064 or Academy Sports + Outdoors, 10375 North Freeway, Houston, TX 77037 for forgotten or last minute equipment


Distribution of trail mix / Make-your-own trail mix


"Before" body composition measurements taken


Go to local restaurant for welcome dinner (Dinner not included in trip cost)



Sunday, March 4, 2018

Second set of before body composition measurements taken


Free Hotel Breakfast


Check out of Hotel


Your spare bag(s) will be stored either at the hotel or in a storage unit for safekeeping


Begin Hiking at the Western Terminus of the LSHT (about an hour away) Richards Trailhead Parking Lot #1, FS 219 at FM 149


Hike 3.3 miles to West End of North Wilderness Section


Hike 0.7 miles, fill up on water if necessary


Hike 2.3 miles to Wilderness Creek Boundary, FS231


Camp at Designated Primitive Camp - "FS231 Wilderness Camp" - 125 yards North (left) on FS 231 (No water)


Miles today: 6.3 miles. Total to date: 6.3 miles


Possible Bailout: Bethel Rd.


Monday, March 5, 2018

Hike 0.5 miles to Pole Creek Trail


Hike 1.9 miles to FM 149, West end of Kelly Section


Hike 1.1 miles to a small gully. There is water in a pond 150 yards to the north. Leave the trail and follow the gully downstream to find it.


Hike 2.0 miles to the Little Lake Creek Loop Trail (Orange Markers)


Hike 2.5 miles to FS 271, a gravel road called "Kelly's Pond Road" (The entire length of Kelly's Pond Road is a Designated Hunter Camp)

Camp at Designated Hunter's Camp


Miles today: 8.0 miles. Total to date: 14.3 miles


Possible Bailout: FM 149 or Osborn Rd.


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Hike 1.5 miles to FM 1375


Hike 3.9 miles to Stubblefield Campground.


Say goodbye to the first Half-Week Fitpacking participants who will be shuttled back to the hotel for a hot shower, soft bed and a meal.


Hike 4.3 to Fern Creek, water fairly reliable here


Dispersed camp near Fren Creek practicing Leave No Trace principles


Miles Today: 9.7. Total to Date: 24.0


Possible Bailout: Stubblefield Campground


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Hike 2.4 miles to Old Bath Road. Begin a 2.4 mile road walk.


Hike 5.6 miles to Camelia Lake Dam


Hike 1.8 miles to Huntsville State Park shortcut trail


Hike 2.2 miles to Huntsville State Park frontcountry Campground. Water and Coke machine, flush toilets


Camp at Huntsville State Park frontcountry Campground, sites TBD


Miles Today: 12.0. Total to Date: 36.0


Possible Bailout: Huntsville State Park



Thursday, March 8, 2018

Hike 2.2 miles to Interstate 45


Meet up with Fitpacking second half-week participants, carry 8 liters of water in anticipation of dry camp tonight


Hike 1.0 miles to US75


Hike 1.6 miles to Phelps Primitive Campsite


Hike 2.4 miles to small intermittent stream. This is the only water in this stretch and is unreliable


Hike 4.3 miles to "4 Notch Hunter Camp"


Camp at "4 Notch Hunter Camp", no water here, however we may have a shuttle vehicle nearby. If so, we can cache water there.


Miles today: 11.5 miles. Total to date: 47.5 miles


Possible bailout: US 75


Friday, March 9, 2018

Hike 0.3 miles on the Lone Star Hiking Trail to the Four Notch Loop Trail


Turn left and hike 4.9 miles on the Four Notch Loop Trail to the Lone Star Hiking Trail


Hike 2.3 miles to East Four Notch Prmitive Hiker Camp. Reliable water is found both 0.2 miles beyond and 0.2 before campsite


Camp at East Four Notch Prmitive Hiker Camp


Miles today: 7.5 miles. Total to date: 55.0 miles


Possible Bailout: Four Notch Road


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Turn back and hike 3.1 miles to Boswell Creek (water available)


Note: The bridge is broken but passable. Boswell Creek can be difficult to ford in high water


Hike 3.2 miles to TH #8, Four Notch Rd.


End of Hike


Miles Today: 6.3. Total to Date: 61.3


Shuttle back to the Hampton Inn & Suites Houston North IAH, 707 N Sam Houston Pkwy E, Houston, TX, 77060, 281-447-6400


"After" body composition measurements taken


Dinner and Awards Ceremony at local restaurant (dinner not included in trip cost)


This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Free breakfast in Hotel


Take Free Airport Shuttle


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