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Lone Star Hiking Trail, TX

Oct 17 - Oct 25, 2020 -- $1225 ★

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.


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. Texas is warm and sunny in October so why not join us?

Our journey will begin at the Richards Trailhead, the beginning terminus of the trail. From there, we will follow the trail Eastbound through the Sam Houston National Forest and spend a night at Huntsville State Park before ending out hike in the so-called "Big Woods" section.


Weather is always an important concern when backpacking. Historical October weather averages in the high-70s during the day and 50s at night. However, be prepared for the possibility of day temperatures in the 90s and low 40s at night. Overall, expect a warm respite.

Trip Leaders

Steve Silberberg
Julie Quibodeaux


$1225 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.

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Fly or drive into Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

If you'd prefer to fly Southwest into Houston Hobby (HOU) you can do so 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

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, 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.

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.

Option A

Hike 4.3 to Fern Creek, water fairly reliable here

Dispersed camp near Fern Creek practicing Leave No Trace principles

Miles Today: 9.7. Total to Date: 24.0


Option B

Camp at Stubblefield Campground, there are flush toilets with showers.

Miles Today: 5.4. Total to Date: 19.7

Possible Bailout: Stubblefield Campground

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Option A

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


Option B

Hike 7.8 miles back to a trail intersection with the Little Lake Creek Loop Trail (LLCL)

Hike 0.5 miles on the LLCL to a Hunter Camp

Camp at Hunter Camp

Miles Today: 8.3. Total to Date: 28.0

Possible Bailout: Osborn Rd.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Option A

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


Option B

Meet up with Fitpacking second half-week participants when they arrive in camp

Hike 5.4 miles to trailhead #4 / Caney Creek on FM 149

Hike 1.1 miles to a Hunter Camp

Camp at Hunter Camp

Miles Today: 6.5. Total to Date: 34.5

Possible Bailout: FM 149

Friday, October 23, 2020

Option A

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


Option B

Hike 5.6 miles to a Hunter Camp

Camp at Hunter Camp at the Sand Branch Trail

Miles Today: 5.6. Total to Date: 40.1

Possible Bailout: FM 149

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Option A

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


Option B

Hike 6.0 miles back to Trailhead #1 / Richards Parking Lot

Miles Today: 6.0. Total to Date: 46.1

Possible Bailout: FM 1375


Shuttle back to our 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.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Free breakfast in Hotel

Take Free Airport Shuttle

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