I decided to take Thanksgiving week off and hike part of the Lone Star Trail. It’s a 100 mile trail north of Houston. I had intended to do about 60 miles over 4 days but had to adjust due to trail conditions.
The trail is mostly tree covered and flat. The route I took was a southern loop that ended up to be seldom used and I had to do a lot of bush whacking. It was hunting season so it required that I camp in designated camping locations. The camping spot I wanted was 18 miles away at the junction of the southern loop and main trail. I had gotten to the trailhead around 10:30am, and this time of year it gets dark around 5:30pm so I needed to move quickly to reach the campsite.
I was right on time until mile 15, when the trail started to get really soggy. It eventually turned into a swamp and after trying unsuccessfully to circumvent, I ended up wading through a foot of water for about a half of mile.
After the water, I got to camp right at sunset. I quickly set my tent up, cooked dinner, and pumped water. It was pitch black in the forest and getting cold fast. I awoke the next morning to temperatures in the 30’s but a sunny day.
My hike was only 9 miles that day. I followed the shoreline of a large lake to a state park campground. The campground was packed with car-campers so I walked an additional mile to the overflow field. It was mostly open, but there were a few “mega camps” of good ole’ boys that had set up for hunting season. It was a lazy afternoon of reading and listening to their music. The night was uneventful except for an early morning entry of a few loud drunks.
The next morning, I left by 7:30 and hiked 20 miles to the start in just over 6 hours. I was back in Austin by 5pm that day. My total trip was close to 50 miles.