Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Texas with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Catching up on my AllTrails reviews. Did this in April 2017 with my then 12 year old son. First mile to mile and a half was no joke, incline got me. I’m a pretty tall 300 pound guy but made it up and down with no real issue. Beautiful hike, beautiful weather, beautiful view at top. Started around 8am, couple of rest stops, finished around 5pm, but detoured on the way down and added an hour. Great hike!

It was okay I went after it rained so it may have just been too humid. The animals are really out and active ! I saw plenty of deers and snakes ! So be careful . But it is very clean and the trail is really peaceful.

Nice trails, but heavy traffic.

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.

hiking
8 days ago

Did this loop, including Emory Peak in one day. I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone else. This hike is very strenuous, but the views! The view from the south rim is one of the most breath taking views I’ve ever seen. Especially in Texas! For me, it was worth it. But make this a 2 day hike and camp along the way.

backpacking
8 days ago

Worth the view, but the incline is no joke. I did this with a 50lb pack and camped near the peak. This is an difficult day hike but so amazing, breath taking views!

backpacking
8 days ago

Extremely beautiful trail, worth the hike to the back country campsites. The view from the ridge is breath taking, but be prepared for a long, stead hike up hill. I loved this hike!!

This was my boyfriend and I’d first summit together. It was really foggy on the way up. We are both new hikers but we’re pretty fit. It took us around 6 1/2 hours to do the trail. We made it up in 3 1/2 hours with multiple breaks. We ate lunch at the top and rested our legs for a little bit until we made our way back down. The fog cleared on our way down and the views were incredible. Definitely worth it!

A little late getting this in, so here goes: I did my annual Freedom Hike (4th of July) this year. Decided to backpack this as, this is part of my training for Mount Whitney. Just getting through the first 1.5 miles of switchbacks was exhausting.

I started out at 10am on July 4th, the temperature was around 95. I weighed by backpack, it came in at 40lbs. Had about 30lbs of gear and carrying 5 liters of water made it weigh right around 40lbs.

The goal was to make to the summit campsite. Right about the turn that it goes from the switchbacks to the wooded area, I said that I would not mind if it rained. Low and behold, it started to rain, for about 3 hours. Stopped several times as the rain was getting heavier and I was keeping an eye out for lightning. This was around noon.

Saw some lightning, and I decided to move forward as the rain was going the other way. The temperature dropped about 20 degrees. It was 95 when I started, and it was 75 when the rains came in. About mile 2.75, saw several day hikers making their way down as they did not summit because of the rain. The Volunteer Ranger (and at this point, he had summited 194 times) was like, "Camp at your own risk." I took that warning.

Got the campsite at around 3 1/2 - 4hrs later, and broke camp. The rain was letting up and it came to a complete stop at around 4pm. At this point, I was napping.

Decided to hike to the summit at 6:30pm and made it up by 7:10pm. I was the only one up there. Signed the book at 7:22pm. I was going to catch the sunset, but didn't want to hike in the dark (I did have my headlamp).

Got back ate dinner. I was the only one there. It was a great way to collect your thoughts, and banjos. Luckily, no banjos were playing.

Headed back the next morning at 7 and made it to my car at around 9:30am. I would recommend camping up there. 5 liters was plenty as i ran out when i got the car.

Always take enough water or a filtering system. No potable water on the south side. Cell phone coverage if you get into trouble. Tough mountain biking. Fastest of the fast about 3 hours. Mortals 4-5.

Great park & walk this morning.

backpacking
11 days ago

nice weekend backpacking trial. plan on carrying some water and a filter. you will only be able to get to the lake in a few spots without a fight. trial was in good condition. this is not for someone looking for a remote trial. glad I did it, now on to the next.

good hike last little bit is tough but it was worth it. I will be back with a flashlight to negotiate the actual mines

Great hike extremely strenuous. If i were to do it again i would camp at the halfway point the first day and then the 2nd i would go to the top. I’m not terribly out of shape and in my 30s and this trail was very hard for me. Someone that was with me in their 20s who is in very good shape also said this trail was very hard for them. I’m not sure what’s going on with these reviews that say it’s not strenuous. They must be Olympian’s or hike every day. Took us 7 hours and we were rushing to get back before dark.My advice is to start at 7am and to take your time.

Very nice scenery! Kids loved it!!!

walking
15 days ago

A delightful stroll.

Shade is abundant in most areas. There are at least 5 well used paths off the loop I’ll likely explore on further trips.

The trail is slim in most areas, overgrown a bit in a few stretches. Would not recommend shorts.

Poké Stops: 1 at entrance
Poké Gyms: 0
Pokémon occurrences: Average

trail running
15 days ago

I was looking for a 5 mile run and I came across the review from David above. I live about 45 minutes away, but I absolutely fell in love with this park this morning. From the parking at the Nature Center I hopped on the Forest Trail for a very short bit, then the Peach Creek South Loop Trail for about .6 until it intersected with the Ameri-Trail. By the time I finished the Ameri-Trail, I was already at 5.5 miles, so it may be more than the 3.8 as the map describes. My guesstimate is 4.5? Unless I took a wrong turn :-)

The Ameri-Trail is fantastic. I submitted the GPS snapshot of my run. Mostly flat, one-person wide, but not overgrown, with some rooty climbs and intermittent slow sandy sections. But the multiple views of Caney Creek are wonderful, along with a bog overlook near the very end (if you like bogs). There were boat/barge crews along the edge clearing fallen trees and stumps along the creek edge. If you have kids with you, the best views of, and access points to Peach Creek are on the South Creek Loop Trail.

At the end of the Ameri-Trail, I continued north on the 5 Mile Road (which is more trail than road at the southernly end) until 7.5 miles. I walked the rest of the way on the 5-Mile Road then took the Yaupon Trail to the Peach Creek South Loop Trail and took that west and then north along the Peach Creek which had nice views. Finally, back at the Nature Center lot. Restroom and showers were spotless. Met Delilah, who was there cleaning them. I’m writing a letter to the Park about my overall great experience. I’ll be back to try the Loggers Trail next.

so fun and great views that will make you so surprised you’re in texas! it was very tiring- we took a few breaks before we reached the campsite but then we dropped our packs and went for the peak! highly recommend doing this as no one is trying to mess with your stuff and what’s better than reaching a peak without all those pounds on your back?! we had a great time but would consider returning when it’s not summer lol it was miserably hot out but well worth it!

The best of Texas! An overall trek but not particularly difficult trail to hike. Took me approx. 2 hrs at a steady pace with a few breaks to reach the top. At the summit is a rewarding view, with plenty of areas for a potential nap. Be careful though, there are several areas that the trail drops off a cliff several hundred feet on the exposed side(no fence or rails), so watching your step along the trip-hazard prone rocky path is very important. A great short summit hike.

21 days ago

Just hiked the trail. I am not impressed by trail conditions. Most parts of trail are not well maintained, sign is not cleared. Will not recommend to hike at summer day. At least half trail has no shade. If you do, do carry lots of water.

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?

great hike. but alil to long for my kids. but we still made it.

VERY HARD trail. The view at the top is beautiful, but the rest is just ok. Not worth how hard the hike is. Bring lots and lots of water and snacks. Do not hike in the heat. This trail almost did me in. Not recommended unless you are in GREAT shape and an experienced hiker.

I hiked this trail 6 years ago as training for the Grand Canyon. Up and down is equivalent to half the canyon. I did up and down in 6 hours with a 35 pound pack. the same time it took to hike down the Grand Canyon. very similar type of hike and great views and training. I did this in September. very hot.

This a must do. The view from the top is incredible. Make sure you leave your name in the book at the top!!!

One of my favorite hikes in Texas. I loved it so much I wrote an entire story about it, found here: http://willingnesstowander.com/willingness/posts/Guadalupe/

It is hard, but amazingly worth it. The views are great, the temperature not too bad, and the space is mostly to yourself.

One of the best in Texas. I wrote about the whole trail (and more about Gaudalupe) here: http://willingnesstowander.com/willingness/posts/Guadalupe_Peak/

Great hike with great friends! This is a beautiful part of Texas. I would highly recommend it! We did this in early June and would encourage plenty of water and food. It was really hot on the way down, but it was incredible! All of it!

Hard, steep (had to carry bike a few times) & poisonous snake habitat.

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