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H.A.T.s _35_2013 Cypress Creek - Cypresswood & Faulkey Gully Trails ~9-10mi

  • Sep 8, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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               My phone in case you get lost:[masked]

This the 4th bayou we take on in our pursuit to explore the trails and parks on and near the 10 bayous that define hiking in Houston.  For a list of the bayous CLICK HERE.

For this bayou, it is the 3rd of  ~6 hikes doing Cypress Creek from West to East.

For our  progress so far CLICK HERE.

Forecast : CLICK HERE

Faulkey Gulley Hike & Bike Trail WebsiteCLICK HERE

Bayou Trails InfoCLICK HERE

Cypress Creek InfoCLICK HERE & HERE

The Hike: We will roughly do a loop around the gullys around and including the Faulkey Gulley Hike and Bike Trails. For the route trail map CLICK HERE

Gathering Place:  Park at Jones parking lot for Matzke Park.  If that lot is full then park on the lot on Copeland Dr and walk on over.  The group should be visible at the lot.

Optional After Hike Event : BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse in Willowbrook:

http://www.bjsrestaurants.com/locations/tx/houston-willowbrook

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  • Tracey

    September 9, 2013

  • Therese C.

    I believe we all agree that Hugo does a great job of leading these hikes. However, I don’t think he is solely accountable for the safety of the entire group. Rather, each of us needs to maintain awareness of the hikers around us and be prepared to assist if necessary. A suggestion: we should exchange phone numbers with a few other people at the start of the hike. This way, if we become separated, we can call someone ahead and get some directions. Same goes for safety, if we need help or simply want to stop and rest – we can make someone aware of our situation. Keep in mind that people are not always aware of how much distress they are in.

    3 · September 9, 2013

  • John

    I think what you are doing is great, I always enjoy seeing others enjoying the trails and I was happy to help, it didn't disturb my peace. The attitude or lack of concern I got from the 3 ladies I found just pissed me off....and I'm sure that the other 98% of you guy's would have helped, or at least showed concern and said, hmm let's call Hugo. All said, I do think that you should have a "sweep", or some system in place. Bad stuff happens fast. Thanks Hugo for replying (I didn't mean to come off that strong), and very nice meeting you Anne and Therese!

    September 8, 2013

    • Ann Epstein V.

      And one more thing and then I'll move on, I do have Hugo's phone number but didn't call because I didn't want to make a big deal out of this, I figured I'd just rest a while, drink some water and I'll be good to go. Well that didn't happen. I've been on one other hike where I had to stop to call for some

      September 9, 2013

    • Ann Epstein V.

      Someone to come get me, but just because I was tired, not because of heat exhaustion, I've never had that happen before. I've done two 10 mile hikes at Brazos Bend park and felt fine I think because there's more shade. I will listen to my body more closely. It's up to me and no one else. Thank you everyone for your comments and concern, NOW lets move on.

      September 9, 2013

  • Ann Epstein V.

    Dear everyone, I do take personal responsibility for my actions. This group has been life changing for me and I want to continue pushing on, but I will make smarter choices on my hikes. Again, thanks to John and Therese, I can't say that enough.

    September 9, 2013

    • Ann Epstein V.

      Oh and thanks to Hugo for changing my life (for the better)

      September 9, 2013

  • Mo

    Sorry to hear that some of our hiking friends were in discomfort. My suggestion to our respectable group leader to prevent the recurrence of such undesirable events is that to explain the hike in detail as well as the laws and regulations at the beginning of the hike and assign one of the experienced hikers to walk at the end of the line of hikers while himself leading the group or attending wherever he thinks he needs to be in.
    I think we all would like to make this event pleasant, memorable and useful to each and every one of us.

    1 · September 8, 2013

    • Ann Epstein V.

      Maybe I should, since I'm always last anyway. :-)

      September 9, 2013

  • Suzana

    Enjoyed this Interesting part of bayou system

    September 8, 2013

  • Maria C.

    One main problem most people encounter is dehydration. It is extremely important to start hydrating ur body at least a day prior to the event by drinking water n replenishing electrolytes. .
    http://hiking.about.com/od/Safe-Summer-Hiking/a/Safe-Hiking-In-Hot-Weather.htm

    And remember to have fun but most of all enjoy the hike!

    September 8, 2013

  • Maria C.

    Great hike!! Thank u Hugo for all ur hard work !! Frank n I have been training for our upcoming backpacking trip n the estimated distance for this hike was perfect! We ended up doing 11.10 mls. We were a bit sweaty n skipped the brew after :(. it was great to meet new people n see familiar faces. Thank u John n Therese for taking the time to assisting Ann. Things do get bad fast. I have been in a similar situation while ridding my bike in the Houston heat. But Frank n I always venture out as a team. We do separate at times but always stay within visible distance of each other.

    September 8, 2013

  • Melany M.

    I really enjoyed the hike, felt a good workout, and met some very smart and interesting people. I'm sorry to hear about Ann but glad there were others to help, especially Terese. I wouldn't want to be left behind. I did end up with a heat rash all over my legs... I've never had that happen before, but then again, I've never hiked 10 miles in Houston heat, either! Looking forward to cooler weather...

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Tamara H.

    Great hike!!! You guys wore me out but I am glad I made the 10.7miles!!!! Also great meeting and talking to those I had a chance to interact with. Looking forward to doing it again!!!!!

    2 · September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I didn't catch up with the group, but my friends and I came and enjoyed the hike anyway! Hope we can get there right on time to start with the group next time. :)
    When is the next night hike at Memorial Park?

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • John

    cont'd: How would you feel if she had a heart attack or received a copperhead bite while resting, and everyone else kept on walking. I'd really like to thank the nice lady that pointed out, "WELL, THEY KNEW IT WOULD BE 10 MILES!" Thanks honey. You know what? If you're inconsiderate ass is in need of help and I happen by, I will still help even you.

    September 8, 2013

    • Ann Epstein V.

      The kindness of strangers! Yes, John, you were my angel who got me and Therese back to the parking lot. I felt terrible that I hindered Therese's hike, but she was so kind and helpful. And the the angel on his bike....again, in my earlier post, I won't put myself in this situation again because a

      September 8, 2013

    • Ann Epstein V.

      Because I might no be so lucky next time. I was a bit shocked to hear what that woman said and won't focus on that, I'll just focus on the goodness of two people today. Thanks John and Therese.

      September 8, 2013

  • John

    Riding my mountainbike this morning, I happened on your group. A lady had stopped to rest, I could tell she wasn't feeling well. I went ahead, found another lady (Terese), who came back to help her. I went further ahead to get more help, finding another group, I told them about her, and their response was " she knew it was going to be a 10 mile hike!"They just kept going,I went back,Terese and I got Ann into shade,I rode back to my truck, came back, picked them up and took them to the parking lot where your group met.You need to have someone in the lead, guiding, andMOREIMPORTANTLY, SOMEONE IN THE SWEEP POSITION, MAKING SURE EVERYONE MAKES IT BACK!

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Ann Epstein V.

    i've got to learn my limitations. the heat got to me. , thanks to terese who stayed with and assisted me. i'm going to keep on pushing tho, but with greater caution. thanks to hugo and all for an "eventful" day.

    September 8, 2013

  • Linda M.

    Great hike! I got a bit lost and ended up putting in 11.5 miles and missed out on my beer at BJ's. Next time!

    2 · September 8, 2013

  • Rafael

    Amazing group of people. I really had a great time. Thanks Hugo for organizing this. I will definitely do it again.

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Mo

    This was my first time joining this group and my first time hiking in Houston. That was the best hiking I have ever had, sweated...lol, and enjoyed it a lot. Thanks to everybody and special thanks to our group leader; Hugo.

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed it and the people I met.

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was supposed to attend, but could not and forget to change my RSVP.

    September 8, 2013

  • Rosalyn

    I have been on this group for a while but have never made it out for a hike, manly because I get really nervous about meeting so many strangers at once. But I am definitely going to try and make it to this one.

    1 · September 5, 2013

    • Dan

      Just in case you prefer a man to also helo set you at ease, I have found the women who attend hikes are generally even tempered and thoughtful. Something about the exercise giving room for more thought I think. Since I have not got to know any of the men well I cannot speak for them except to say Hugo appears to be a good person.

      September 7, 2013

    • Melany M.

      Rosalyn, it will be my first hike also.

      September 7, 2013

  • Tamara H.

    Hugo. I will be meeting u tomorrow morning at Judson community center to follow u over to the park. Is that cool.

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • Nora N.

    I got sick and can't make it.. :(

    September 7, 2013

  • Olga R.

    Anyone want to carpool around the 45 Southeast area? I may be bringing my littel dog...just FYI!

    September 7, 2013

  • EmmeBee

    What's the mosquito situation in Cypress? Here in Sugar Land it's been terrible the past 2 days. Do I need Deep Woods Off or with the regular off work?

    September 6, 2013

    • Lucinda

      I don't know the mosquito situation, but I always use Off and have started using dryer sheets. I noticed when I put dryer sheets in my pockets I do not get bitten. I learned this trick from a native Texan.

      1 · September 6, 2013

    • Nora N.

      Don't wear perfume... Mosquitos love it !!!!....

      September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since this will be my first hike, can someone let me know what I should bring with me?

    September 6, 2013

  • Rafael

    Any information about where we are meeting that day and at what time?

    September 4, 2013

    • Nora N.

      Lol

      September 4, 2013

    • Rafael

      Thanks for taking the time to respond.

      September 4, 2013

  • Rafael

    I am very excited about this. Great way to start the week:)

    September 4, 2013

  • Daisy

    HI, Does anyone would like carpool together? i am around 610/290. thanks

    September 2, 2013

    • GiL

      call or text me[masked] 4468. i will be able to pick you up on my way to the park

      September 4, 2013

    • Nora N.

      Yes daisy I go too !!

      September 4, 2013

  • Nora N.

    Then I ll bring my son??.. :)

    September 4, 2013

  • Adam C.

    Is this something the whole family can enjoy? We are not a hiking family yet and are looking for adventure.

    September 3, 2013

    • Adam C.

      Hugo, that is great. I would like to shorten up for my family. This will be our first family hike. What should we expect? I will hit you up with some additional questions once I discuss it w/ Fam.

      September 3, 2013

  • EmmeBee

    Can I bring my dog on this hike?

    September 3, 2013

  • Erika

    Was so looking forward to this, but I injured one of my toes which makes walking painful.

    September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hugo, there are a lot of parking spaces on both sides of Matzke Park, but a better starting/ending place for this hike may be Lakewood Crossing Park off Cypresswood Drive, not Matzke Park off Jones Rd. The problem is parking at Lakewood Crossing Park is very limited as it is a small neighborhood park, so some people may need to park along the street. Be advised that the trail is not very well defined in the Grant/Jones area, which is why Cypresswood may be a better start/end point. As for the gully trails, some of it involves walking along the banks of drainage channels behind subdivision homes or overflow reservoirs and some of it is more remote mountain biking trails. Contact me if you need more info.

    August 10, 2013

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