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Lone Star Hiking Trail, TX

Half Week Trip

Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2020 -- $725 ★

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 20 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 Fatpacking 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 Richards Trailhead, the beginning of the trail. From there, we will follow the trail Eastbound through the Sam Houston National Forest.


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

Steve Silberberg
Julie Quibodeaux


$725 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, 3 days of trail meals, ground transportation, permits, fees and awesome guides.

Important Note

Please Note: This is a half-week Trip that begins on a Saturday, but leaves the trail and the full week trip participants on Tuesday. You may also choose to join us for the second half-week trip, to Sam Houston NF.

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Fly or drive into Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

You may also fly Southwest into Houston Hobby Airport (HOB) and take a cab / Uber / Lyft to our hotel

Take free airport shuttle to our local hotel (TBD)

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, October 18, 2020

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

Shuttle to Richards Trailhead about an hour away

There is no water near tonight's camp, so either carry 8 liters or fill up 4 miles in.

Begin Hiking at Richards Trailhead, elevation 368'

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, October 19, 2020

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, October 20, 2020

Hike 1.5 miles to FM 1375

Hike 3.9 miles to Stubblefield Campground.

End of Hike

Miles Today: 5.4. Total to Date: 19.6

Shuttle back to local hotel (TBD)

"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.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Free breakfast in Hotel

Take Free Airport Shuttle

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