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The trail is in good shape. It’s well maintained. There are lots of logs down but they are small enough to step over. The path into and out of dry creeks are very well maintained with steps when it makes sense. It was super hot but thankfully no bugs! Great walk, but it’s basically a walk in the woods. Other than a quick look at “little lake” there really are no vistas.

So many spiders! It’s a great trail but not for running right now. I can’t count the number of spiderwebs I ran into and face planted. I would say hike this with a stick in front of you. Otherwise it was lovely.

The trail is great. I liked the slightly over grown parts. Made me feel like I earned it. Nothing too bad. Almost no mud at all right now. Only saw 3 snakes. It might be a bit too hot right now. We had to take several breaks. We recorded over 9 miles on on the loop with very little deviation.

This trail was nice but I would have loved to have started at the Little Creek Wilderness part. We lost my dog in the middle so we looped back a few times.

Parked car at TH #3 on F.M. 149. Very narrow trail throughout N. Wilderness to TH #2. Trail widens when back on LSHT to finish loop back to TH# 3.

This is a decent little loop for training and overall conditioning for longer, difficult hikes. Parked at TH2 on Bethel Rd. Took LSHT to TH1. Looped back to TH2 via 3.05 mile section of Little Lake Creek Loop.

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muddy
over grown
5 months ago

sand branch loop a lovely, if somewhat overgrown, jaunt. primarily flat with several creek ravines. easy enough with dogs. there is a small (very overgrown) primitive campsite about halfway through with 2 pads, a bench, and a fire circle. we went on a very humid day, bugs were not too bad. nice and shady for the most part.

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over grown
5 months ago

Very pretty, secluded trail within range of many larger towns. Towering pines and small creeks accentuate the feeling of seclusion. Much of the trail is overgrown, so long pants may be in order.

Very nice trail; my wife calls it "The Magical Forest" on this Spring day it was very green. Easy to walk, mostly shaded. Wear long pants because there are lots of thorny brushes. It's very quiet and we didn't see too many people even on this nice Sunday

Looked like it would have been a good trail but they were doing controlled burning early that morning, that I wasn’t aware of until I arrived. MY BAD. I did do a little bit of the trail thinking I was going to reach the end of the burn block but a mile or so in a turned around because I was worried about inhaling the left over smoke.

I hiked this loop on 03/16/19. The southeastern portion was a 3 mile slog through ankle deep water and mud, however, if you know what to expect and have your sock changing and foot care system worked out then you will be able to enjoy the beauty of this bottomland hardwood and palmetto forest. Come prepared. If it’s not really muddy then it’s probably way too hot and humid (think Amazon) to be fun. In the summer it can be somewhat dangerous for inexperienced and/or unprepared hikers.

This was my first LSHT hike. I was glad to see that there were geocaching caches along the trail. So if you like geocaching be sure to load your list in your device. As far a the trail it was very clean and there were spots of mud but that was expected due to all the rain we have been having. Be aware that the trail description shows 6 miles but between3 devices it ranged from 8.9 to 10.2 miles.

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muddy
9 months ago

Clearly marked trail. Muddy from recent rains. Creek crossings are gullies.

Not too busy, feels secluded. Very muddy in parts though.

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muddy
9 months ago

Easy trail although it was quite muddy and there were a good amount of vines with thorns alongside the path. I’d recommend waterproof boots and tough pants. The trail did require us to go into and out of fairly narrow 5-6 foot high creek beds so be prepared to climb into and out of those.

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blowdown
10 months ago

Very muddy today after rain last nifht., Wear waterproof boots!

Do not do this loop unless you want to walk or in my case run through endless miles of mud and water from ankle to waist deep! Pretty area but not good for running or hiking or mountain biking.

A great outdoor getaway, considering its proximity to Houston. While it lacked scenic overviews and elevation, it made up for it in dense vegetation and beautiful Texas forrest. If looking for a life changing, memorable trail... This isnt it, however it is a great get away to the outdoors and wonderful getaway from the developed world. Bring water proof boots, as mud rules much of the trail. Great back country campsite about half way through, and great picnic sight along the pond. Overall, a great day hike or introduction to a short backpacking trip for any Texan.

Exactly like Joshua said in his comments. Had some rain lately and near the lake side the water was well over my knees. Almost the whole trail was like a creek. Need to wait until a dry spell to do this trail. Definitely better on the west side of 149.

Pretty muddy in some spots right now.

Extremely muddy (it has been a wet month though), but otherwise great hike.

Went on this trail with my fiance in mid November. It has several interesting crossings of small streams, and a nice little change in elevation. The trail was very clearly marked, and easy to follow, though it was a little overgrown in parts. The views were beautiful and there was plenty of plants/mushrooms around to look at as well. Decent size stretches are muddy, so I would highly recommend wearing actual hiking shoes and not just running shoes.

We did about 28 miles on a two day weekend. There was plenty of water in the 3rd week of February 2018 and the temperature was great. It's definitely a winter backpacking trail and not so much for the summer months. I like that it has a lot of options for distances.

This is a nice trail but as of 7/8/2018 it is VERY VERY overgrown. You must wear long pants and be prepared for vines and bushes to touch you everywhere!!! I was very concerned about snakes as I could not always see the path. Needs some maintenance in a bad way. Several gully crossings that require climbing.

My first in SHNF. Seems overgrown, can’t see path in some spots, unsure where I was stepping or if there was wildlife crossing. I’ll go again today but despite the 95 temps, I’ll wear long lite pants to avoid the cuts and scratches from the brush on my shins. Invigorating. I am looking for wider paths in same area. Question, is trail running allowed on Sam Houston’s multi use trails?

Took this loop 2 days after the area had a heavy storm, BAD IDEA. This was my first solo outing and I found myself trekking through 3-4ft. of water for miles along the lake side of this loop, with fish and turtles jumping in the water around me. I had a very large carp splash not but 2 feet in front of me, good thing my pants were already wet. I still have bad feelings towards the sight of a Palmetto. Luckily the trail is well marked so sticking to it wasn't a problem. All together, eliminating the high volumes of water, the trail was not bad. Some area's were obviously not as traveled as others so slightly overgrown. I took a bath in bug spray before venturing out so the mosquito's wouldn't bother me, but they definitely made their presence known. So be sure to bring bug spray, a Thermacell, or something on this trail or you may return with a lot less blood. There are a number of creek crossings that are a little too wide to jump if the water is up. This makes for plenty of places to refill on water but be sure to have waterproof boots or an extra pair of dry socks.

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