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Lone Star Hiking Trail is a 92.4 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Richards, Texas that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 92.4 miles Elevation Gain: 3,576 feet Route Type: Point to Point

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

views

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over grown

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washed out
5 months ago

I really wanted to love this trail. I'm an AT thru-hiker and was so excited to find this 100-mile trail a few hours from my home. We planned a 30-mile hike from Trailhead #10 to Trailhead #15 over Easter weekend. Our first night at Primitive Camp #1 was idyllic and we had high hopes for the rest of our trip. We had beautiful weather, but the trail was pretty soggy from two previous weekends of heavy rain. We were prepared for mud, but our experience wasn't something we were prepared for. The bridge across the East Fork of the San Jacinto River was washed away years ago, and we found the water was too deep to cross without swimming and floating our packs across. There was a rope suspended high above our heads across the river, but we never figured out what purpose it served. There was no way to utilize it to cross the river. We spent about an hour trying to bushwhack through dense vegetation and poison ivy to another crossing, but eventually gave up and headed back to the road. Rather than do a 4-mile road walk around the river crossing, we headed back to the car at Trailhead #10 and skipped ahead to Trailhead #13. We spent the night at Hunter Camp about a mile past the trailhead. Again, it was a pleasant evening. The 13-mile hike from the Hunter Camp to Trailhead #15 was a mix of beautiful, dry forest and soggy slogs through the mud. Nearly all bridges in this section were unusable and unsafe. They were in various states of collapse and decay. It's unfortunate, because the apparent lack of care for these structures really took away from our enjoyment of the trail and frankly, created a downright dangerous situation. Had these bridges and boardwalks been properly maintained, we would have had a lovely trip. Instead, we were left shaking our heads as to why the trail has been left in this condition for this long. It's shameful.

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