Hike/Sunset/Night Hike Brazos Bend & Camp (10 miles)

My phone number is[masked], but I get no reception in the park, so please know where you are going before you leave home. :-)

As promised, here is your Brazos Bend Night Hike!

Please RSVP to this posting to attend the Saturday Night Hike. There will be separate postings for the camping and Sunday hike.

If you do not have camping supplies, please post it.  Many of us have extra tents, etc. that we don't mind sharing.

The pre-sunset portion of the hike will be about 6 miles, and the post-sunset portion will be about 4 miles.

Trail Map:  http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/park_maps/pwd_mp_p4504_0110w.pdf

All of these photos were taken by me over the past couple of months.  Brazos Bend is my favorite State Park when it comes to wildlife and available mileage.  I usually go a couple of times a month on my own.

If you would like to see some more pics of Brazos Bend and of some of our other hikes, you can check out my Flickr site at http://www.flickr.com/photos/cooljennpics

It isn't completely up to date, but it gives you some ideas.

The plan: To make it easier, we will meet at Gander Mountain in Sugar Land at 1pm sharp and caravan into the park. We will quickly reserve our sites and get our tents up before starting the hike at 3pm.  When we get our campsites reserved we will post the site number on meetups for everyone else. We will hike the Elm Lake Loop, Horseshoe Lake Loop, and Big Creek Loop trails before hiking the Spillway to the observation tower at 40 Acre Lake. From there we will enjoy some sunset photography before starting the evening portion of the hike around 40 Acre Lake, up the Pilant Slough Trail, and around Creekfield lake before treating ourselves to a nice campfire and hot chocolate.

I'll stay in the front to take one for the team and be the first one taken out by a gator.  Don't say I never did anything for you!  :-)

We will sleep in a little bit, eat some breakfast, and then set out at 10am on a hike around Creekfield Lake, Hale Lake, Whiteoak, and Red Buckeye. The late start will allow those who did not camp the previous night to join us Sunday morning. Yay!

Brazos Bend is famous for its alligators, and we should have the opportunity to see them hanging out on the banks. The bird watching is great here as well!

 

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  • Alex V

    Enjoyed the hike. Next time I will be able to plan to stay overnight.

    February 6, 2013

  • Amir Mohammad N.

    awesome hike thanks Jennifer for organizing this event and it was great to see you all

    February 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great first meet up!

    1 · February 3, 2013

  • Mee R.

    Good times indeed. Outstanding Jennifer B!!!

    1 · February 3, 2013

  • Tony S.

    As always, it was great!

    1 · February 3, 2013

  • Richard B.

    So sad. Not going to make it. Next time...

    February 2, 2013

  • lynn

    I just got to park. Where do I meet for the hike?

    February 2, 2013

    • Vishaal

      I just parked in the parking lot by elm lake. Is any one there? Please let me know where I can find everyone

      February 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Im at brazos bend now. Where will we be camping?

    February 2, 2013

    • Jan B.

      This is Jan I am @the campsite 201

      February 2, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    I'll be at Gander in 5

    February 2, 2013

  • Richard B.

    Any groups looking for more folks to fill a camp site? I'll be cooking campfire baked chicken and veggies, IF I can find some firewood en route.

    February 2, 2013

  • Richard B.

    Hi Jennifer, Anna and I will arrive there later in the afternoon, hoping to camp. We'll have a tent. Because they are 8 tent sites, I assume there might be some space available for us? Should we still register ahead of time, or can we split with someone who already registered?

    February 2, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      Let's see what it looks like when you get there. Yes, we could definitely use some firewood. :-)

      February 2, 2013

    • Richard B.

      Awesome, thank you. We aren't sure when we are coming. I'll search for sites 11 and 9 and see if we can find anyone.

      February 2, 2013

  • Jan B.

    Fforgot to post: for my group, I am @the 201

    February 2, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    We will be at the shelter sites until about 2:50. Then we will drive over to the dock on the north side of Elm Lake. People can meet up with us at either place. Initially we are meeting at Gander Mountain at 1pm. If you don't have a site to camp yet, just meet us at the shelter sites. We'll figure out who has backed out of the camping and go from there to see if we need to get additional sites.

    February 2, 2013

  • Jean

    Hey, Natasha, the zipper broke on the sleeping bag when I washed it. I'm still bringing it, but now it's a blanket. You may want to bring some kind of mat, though. Sorry about that. :-(

    February 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Its OK. Thanks for the heads up.. *grabbing a blanket as I head out the door to go with it*

      February 2, 2013

  • Vishaal

    Hi everyone. This will be my first time at the park and with the group. I plan on only doing the pre sunset portion of the hike. Since a majority are camping, what is a good time and place to meet everyone before the hike begins?

    February 2, 2013

  • Eva

    Jennifer B, I have a park pass and would like to get a ride from Gender Mountain and back the same day.

    January 28, 2013

    • Felipe C.

      Sorry, I have a problem that I need to take care in the office and I will not be able to go. Something unexpected came up last night. . .

      February 2, 2013

    • Eva

      Felipe and all, I also have to back out to take care some last minute thing here.

      February 2, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Whoever gets to the park first can claim my site for me. Just let them know you are checking in for Jennifer Boley. Site 11 is my first choice...site 9 is second choice. I work today or would be there first thing. See you all in a few hours!

    1 · February 2, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    I almost forgot the most important thing! Who is bringing firewood?

    February 1, 2013

    • Bruce

      I have a few logs in my truck. Nothing to brag about. Ill try to get more before I head that way.

      February 1, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Hey, gang! My hubby is going to be working all weekend, so I need a ride to Brazos from Gander Mountain. I'm just going to have him drop me off at about 12:45. Is there anyone who will have room for me and my gear? I have a state parks pass, so everyone in the car with me will get in for free. :-) Oh, I'm going to bring a cooler if anyone needs to keep anything cool.

    February 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey jen, you can ride with me in... I have a maxima so it should fit everything

      February 1, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      Yay! I don't have to hitchhike!

      3 · February 1, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Ok...I have to toot my own horn here. I just made Makhani Curry for the first time, and it came out great! I'll try not to eat it all before tomorrow night. For those of you who are new to curry (or just say you don't like curry) you have to try this! It is a mild creamy sauce that is spectacular! Also, for those of you who don't like it really hot, I made it mild. I'll bring some chili powder and a little cayenne so you can kick it up if you like. :-) Oh...we always bring plenty of marshmallows, but nobody ever remembers the chocolate and graham crackers...for those of you still looking for ideas on what to bring. I can't wait for tomorrow!

    1 · February 1, 2013

    • Jan B.

      I have a six pack of chocolate bars and one box of graham crackers and of course, marshmallows:)

      1 · February 1, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      That reminds me! Puja tore apart my world last weekend when she told me marshmallows aren't vegetarian! I have to pick up some vegan marshmallows!

      February 1, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    My phone number is[masked], but I get no reception in the park, so please know where you are going before you leave home. :-)

    February 1, 2013

  • Angel

    Hey Jenn, I might not be able to get there at 1, is there a way I could meet y'all at the starting point of the hiking I'm only going for the Saturday hike....

    February 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jennifer, I am coming from the East side near Channelview. With all the street and freeway closure scheduled this weekend, I plan to take 288 and meet you all at the park between 2 - 2:30. I plan to bring corn-on-the-cob for the cookout. Will you be sharing a phone # later?

    February 1, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Who else has reserved a site, and who is assigned to your site so far? I have people asking me if we have room for them. Thanks!

    January 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok Im a snorer so we will have some shuffling lol

      1 · February 1, 2013

    • Blanca G.

      so there were no more campsites with electricity and water so i reserved a shelter. so, it's just me, my son and my sister so jen, feel free to add folks to my site.

      February 1, 2013

  • Amir Mohammad N.

    Is anyone have space to share? Greatly appreciated if still have space for one person :)

    January 30, 2013

    • Amir Mohammad N.

      Jennifer thanks for organizing and all of your helps

      January 31, 2013

    • Amir Mohammad N.

      & Jan, I appreciate sharing your site with me

      January 31, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Right now I have the following people accounted for in campsites: Rozelia, Puja, Natasha, Margo, Noel & Brother, Meera, Sharon, Jan, Amir, Dave, Matthew, Walter, Terry, Cathy, Bill & his two friends, Bruce, Blanca, Her Son, and Her Sister, and myself. If this is correct, Jan, Bill, and I all have full sites. Does anyone else have a site reserved that can fit people?

    1 · January 31, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Oh...we will have electric too if you need to bring a crockpot or something for the cookout. I'm bringing a rice cooker to make fresh basmati rice. Ooooo...what about warm apple cider or something? What is everyone bringing?

    January 31, 2013

    • Noel W.

      I'll bring some hot dogs and buns.

      January 31, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    For those of you who have not camped in Brazos Bend: The shelters are wonderful. Each site has a grill and a fire ring. There is an indoor bar and an outdoor picnic table. The primitive sites are in a nice field adjacent to the shelter sites. Even though they are considered primitive, they are near restroom/shower facilities and have fire rings. You are allowed to put up to 8 tents or 8 people on each site. The restrooms and showers are spacious and very clean. It is a great setup!

    January 31, 2013

  • Georgi S.

    Are dogs welcome?

    January 30, 2013

    • Mee R.

      I'm afraid of dogs. Appreciate if the dog is on the leash at all times. TIA!

      1 · January 30, 2013

    • Jodi A.

      I'll walk with you, I love dogs, especially big slobbery ones!

      January 31, 2013

  • Jodi A.

    I'm leaving from Katy, and if anyone wants to carpool....just doing the Sat. hike, tho. I will meet you at 1:30 at entrance to the park. I drive a yellow car, you can't miss it. My phone # is[masked]-5110. Really looking forward to this!

    January 31, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Did my pre-hike recon this morning. The park is gorgeous. The trails are in great shape, and the water levels are high. All of the marshes and slews are full of water. It is beautiful and green. Tons of wildlife and birds out, and of course the alligators were everywhere. I got some great pics. They are posted at http://www.flickr.com/photos/cooljennpics/sets/72157632655513220/

    4 · January 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great pics Jennifer...looking forward to the hike!

      January 31, 2013

  • Jean

    Hey, Jennifer, have you ever thought about holding an informational/demo class on camping, backpacking, camp cooking, biking, etc.? Lots of questions from lots of folks can be answered at or time...

    January 29, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      Definitely, but please do not post on that here since it does not fall within the H.A.T.S. event guidelines. We can discuss further at the Houston/Austin Hiking & Outdoors page. Thanks! :-)

      January 30, 2013

    • Jean

      Sorry, Hugo/Jennifer, my bad.

      January 30, 2013

  • Terri

    Hi, I'm in! This is my first time, I read some of the posts so I think I know what to bring for overnight. Does anyone still have any space available to share?

    January 30, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Dogs are welcome but must be well behaved (non-bark-o-matics) and on a leash...lest they become snack food. :-)

    January 30, 2013

  • Bruce

    Hello people. I have a single person tent for myself and a spare 3/4 person tent I wouldn't mind letting anyone borrow and a couple twin size air mattresses (you just provide the sheets). Anybody have any room at their site they don't mind splitting the cost with me with?

    January 29, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      I have someone for you to crash with. :-) They will be posting their site shortly.

      January 30, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      Save an air mattress for that person because they will be sleeping in the shelter.

      January 30, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    I plan to do my customary pre-hike recon to Brazos Bend tomorrow to scope out the trails and see if I can find the mama alligator again. I'll also take a look at the shelter sites to determine what area we want to try to stake our claim to. I am bringing curry and basmati rice to the potluck, and Meera is bringing naan. If you missed the last Backpacking trip, you can treat this as one and carry your pack on the hikes.

    January 29, 2013

    • Jan B.

      I would be glad to have another woman. I have David, Matt and Walter and me. How many tents can we have on one site? I think I am OK, I guess

      January 29, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      You can have 8 tents with 8 people. I will let Cathy know. Thanks!

      1 · January 29, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Ok. Right now I have Rozelia, Natasha, Noel & Daughter, Sharon, Mee Ra, and Margo on my site. If this is correct and nobody is backing out, I am full. I plan for Natasha and Margo to share Jean's tent. Is this all good?

    January 28, 2013

    • Noel W.

      we're good

      January 28, 2013

    • Sharon S.

      Am still trying to firm up my work schedule.Should know by 1/30.Will post update if anything changes(ie leave early on Sun am or late arrival on Sat). Thank you for your generosity sharing your shelter w/newbees like myself.Have a great day.

      January 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm a first timer. I have hiking shoes, headlamp, snack food. I need a tent and sleeping bag. I don't have a backpack if that is needed. I assume not since we will be leaving and going back to the same camp. I can figure out what food to bring for dinner and breakfast, but can use any suggestions.

    January 28, 2013

    • Noel W.

      Hi Natasha, if you have room in your tent for two ladies we would prefer that to the shelter with people coming in and out.

      January 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sure I don't see why not...we will work it out

      1 · January 29, 2013

  • Jodi A.

    I'm only going to do the Saturday hike and live in Katy (Highland Knolls and Mason Rd). Anyone want to carpool?

    January 29, 2013

  • Jan B.

    I will be coming from Friendswood and will be going early. I have already rented a camp site which has enough room for another tent or two if anyone wants to share. I will post my site after I arrive I have a park pass also, so if anyone from my area would like to ride with me, it would save them park entry

    January 28, 2013

    • Jan B.

      Jen, I have never camped @Brazos Bend. How many tents can we place in one site?I have a four man/woman tent but could use my smaller backpacking tent if it gets crowded. I think Walter needs place too.the website says up to 8 people so I think I have room just Don't know how many tents we can fit.

      January 28, 2013

    • Jan B.

      Glad to share:)

      January 28, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    For those of you who do not intend to camp, you are welcome to join us for some food and campfire. We'll do a potluck campfire dinner. We can also bring some games like Taboo, Twister, Horseshoes, etc. Because we are so multicultural, I love to do potlucks where we all bring an ethnic dish. I am an American mutt, so I plan to bring potato candy. Also, since we will have an electrical outlet, I will make fresh Basmati Jasmine rice and Vegetarian Makhani Curry. (my favorite curry) Ooooo...if someone brings naan we can heat it in the campfire in some foil. My mouth is watering now...I have to stop. If you are sharing my campsite, just save a beer or some wine for me, and we'll be square. :-) If someone decides to sleep in my shelter, I will have an extra air mattress for you.

    January 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Jennifer, I would like to use your extra air mattress.

      January 28, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      ok...it's yours

      January 28, 2013

  • Dave R.

    As I mentioned, I have a 4-man tent to share. HOWEVER, I am also bringing my 2-man tent. When we get to camp, and you have had a chance to check me out, and no one has offered to share with me, I will set up my 2-man tent instead. It is easier to set up/take down.

    January 28, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Colin, you reserve a space ahead of time, but they don't assign the actual site until you check in.

    January 28, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Fatima has a turkey she would like to bring. Does anyone have a turkey fryer?

    January 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So Jennifer...about what time should we expect to be back at Gander Mountain on Sunday?

    January 28, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      If you are doing the 12 miles, we should be back approximately at 3pm.

      January 28, 2013

  • Amir Mohammad N.

    First timer, can you please tell me what equipments are necessary?

    January 27, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      If you are just hiking: snack, water, headlamp. If you are camping: add tent, sleeping bag, and food for dinner and breakfast

      January 28, 2013

    • Amir Mohammad N.

      Thanks Jennifer, I intend to do camping

      January 28, 2013

  • Mee R.

    Sorry if this information is already posted. 1. Cost for camping? 2. How many miles are we planning to hike Sunday morning? TIA :)

    January 27, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      If you aren't riding with someone who has a parks pass, it is $7 to get in. Shelters are $25 and fit 8 people, so that cost depends on how many people you are sharing the site with. You will have an option of 8 or 12 miles on Sunday.

      January 28, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    I just changed the meeting place to Gander Mountain. We will meet there at 1pm and drive in together to make things easier. That way we can redistribute people in vehicles so that parks pass people can get as many people in for free as possible.

    January 27, 2013

    • Dave R.

      Woops! Yes, THIS Gander Mtn is SW of Houston. However, it is still much closer for me to come directly to the park from Lake Jackson than go NE past the park another 30 minutes to Gander Mtn. I'll see you at the park entrance. I expect you there around 1pm +30 Min = 1:30 pm+. Thanks.

      January 27, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    I must insist that every person have a flashlight or preferably a headlamp. No sharing. There is water everywhere and potentially dangerous wildlife. It is extremely important that everyone be able to see well. Please don't let this scare you off. The alligators here are well fed and used to seeing people. However, nobody wants to trip over one. :-) Headlamps start at Academy at $15.

    January 27, 2013

  • K9 R.

    Can we bring childeren or what's the rule to bring childeren.tank you

    January 27, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      Between the two groups it looks like there will be a few children. I recommend that you all coordinate to get a shelter site together. That way the kids can hang out together at camp, and there will be a refuge for them if they get bored with the adults. :-)

      January 27, 2013

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