One of our new members, Craig, is a member of the Houston Sierra Club chapter and suggested we might team up to do some maintenance on the Lone Star Hiking Trail together. I spoke with one of the leaders of these trail maintenance outings, and I think it would be a great experience.
This will be a wonderful way to give a little of ourselves to help others experience the same joy of hiking that we love. Trails don't take care of themselves, and the type of work we will be doing is crucial to their upkeep and safety.
Please make sure that if you sign up for this hike you actually go since we are partnering with another organization that is making accommodations for us.
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As some of you experienced at Pedernales when we were bushwhacking our way along the river, it doesn't take long for a trail to get overgrown and nearly impassable. Much of the LSHT is in bad shape due to fallen and sick trees that have not fared well in the drought. We will be going through a section of the trail clearing any debris that has fallen across it and opening up sections that have become overgrown while closed to the public.
There are 3 options to choose from for this adventure. If you are looking for a good workout without a ton of mileage, the first 2 options will be good. It will be a good chance for some of you to show off those muscles. :-)
1. Hike about a mile carrying in 2x4 lumber to make water bars on the Little Lake Creek to help keep water off the trail. One of the volunteers is marking where the water bars need to be.
2. Hike in less than half a mile and create anti-erosion steps along a washed out section of trail. This will also require 2x4's
3. I will lead a hike along the North Wilderness Loop so that we can clear brush and obstructions from the trail. This will be about 8 miles. You can choose to go as far as you like and turn back if you aren't up for the full 8. Since we will be carrying some tools (extra weight), this will be a good precursor for the Beginner's Backpacking Trip coming up.
Trail Map: http://lonestartrail.org/maps/simple/01wilderness.pdf
Bring your daypack, two quarts of water, lunch, hiking shoes, hat, insect repellent, and clothes to fit the weather. Also, if you have some useful tools like a hacksaw, lopper, hammer, sledgehammer, shovel, etc, you can bring those as well. If you don't have tools, Betty will have some.
We will meet at 8:00 am in the parking lot behind the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) at I-45 North and Greens Road. Look for the gold Toyota Matrix (Betty's Car). To reach the parking lot, enter the feeder off I-45 North, via the Greens Road exit, and then pass through the traffic signal at Greens Rd. Turn right into the first strip center you come to (look for Brown Sugar's Barbecue) and drive to the end of the strip center. The parking lot behind IHOP is on the right. We will then head out to the TH#2 parking lot off of Bethel Road where we will get started at 9am.
Thanks for the idea, Craig! The events that I am posting have all been inspired by members of this group. If you have something you would like us to do, let me know, and I will try my best to make it happen.