LSHT Thru-Hike

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User: Nocona - 2/1/2006

Location: Lone Star Hiking Trail - Wilderness Section

Rating: 5stars
Difficulty: 2stars  Solitude: 5stars
Miles Hiked: 96.10 Miles  Elapsed Time: N/A


Thru-hiked the trail in 11 days, including two days off from hiking for weather and equipment problems.  That's about a 10 mile/day pace, which is good for a those in moderate shape.  Trail is in great condition; very well-maintained and well-marked along its entire length, other than a few spots that are listed in my guidebook (The LSHT: The Official Guide to the Longest Wilderness Footpath in Texas; Karen Somers).  Saw only one other thru-hiker and three other backpackers.  The bridge over the East Fork of the San Jacinto River in the Magnolia Section at mile 71.1 is still washed out as of May 2010.  You can either ford the river (thigh high and slow flowing in normal conditions) or you can look for a downed log to cross on - other hikers have reported that there is an obvious log that brave souls can use. 

Area around Lone Star Hiking Trail - Wilderness Section
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Recommended Item The Lone Star Hiking Trail: The Official Guide to the Longest Wilderness Footpath in Texas
Karen Somers
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One of the hidden jewels of Texas, the Lone Star Hiking Trail is the only long-distance National Recreation Trail in the state. At 128 miles (including loop trails), it is also the state's longest continuously marked and maintained footpath. Located in the famed Big Thicket area in east Texas, the trail is well-suited for both short and long hikes (of up to 10 days), appealing to dayhikers, overnight backpackers and long-distance hikers. The LSHT lies between the major metro centers of Houston-Galveston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio--home to more than 8 million people just a 2-hour drive from the trail. The author, a Texas native, is an experienced long-distance hiker who has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and many other nationally recognized long-distance trails throughout the U.S. This is the first guidebook to the trail and is officially endorsed and promoted by the Lone Star Hiking Trail Club.