Beginner Backpacker Hike & Campout - Texoma

1.5 mile hike to Five Mile Camp on the Cross Timbers trail at Lake Texoma.  Beginning backpackers will have an opportunity to try out their gear and test their fortitude on this overnight excursion.  Experienced trekkers are welcome and encouraged to attend!

There is no entrance fee or campground fee.  It's completely free to come along.

This is a short hike, but is moderately challenging with hills and gnarly roots on the trail.  The campsite is very near the lake and is completely primitive.  No water.  No electricity.  No toilets.  Campfires are allowed.  Bring your dogs (and kids) if they're friendly and somewhat behaved.

We're meeting at 10:00 am and starting the hike at 10:30.  We will probably arrive at the campsite around 11:30 - 12:00.  After pitching camp and having a bite, around 2:00 pm we will gather firewood as a group.

The rest of the day is fairly flexible, hike, nap, explore...just don't miss dinnertime (6-ish)!  North Texas Outdoors folk eat well and almost always have extra.  Plus we have great campfires at night, and red solo cup-type beverages.

This is a great opportunity to get your feet wet in backpacking.  All you need is a backpack, something to sleep in and on, and a tent (or a buddy with a tent).

If you have stuff you'd be willing to share (cooking stove, sleeping pad, booze, space in a tent, hand trowel, a ride to Texoma, etc) please post below in the thread titled I CAN SHARE.  That will collectively lighten the load, and prevent the group from bringing 5 hand trowels, 17 cook stoves, and 20 cars.

In the thread below, we will start a thread titled ESSENTIALS PACKLIST.  These are things that all individuals should bring for this trip and cannot generally be shared (socks, sleeping bags, water, sleeping pads).  Newbies can reference the list to prepare for the trip.

Google Map for Cedar Bayou Marina

Trail Map

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  • Clif E.

    Had a great time, enjoyed meeting everyone. Thanks Della and hope to see everyone soon!

    November 10, 2013

    • Della M.

      Hey Clif, already been researching the San Marcos trip. I'll list it for the hotter months of June, July, or August. Stay tuned!

      2 · November 10, 2013

    • Clif E.

      I'll be on vacation in Colorado July 4-14th, so as long as its not then ill be there!

      November 22, 2013

  • Bonnie H.

    Great Weekend with great people! Weather was wonderful. It was fun to see what kind of equipment other people bring. I will definatly be modifing what I bring on the next backpack trip.

    1 · November 11, 2013

  • Jason

    This was a great trip! I'm looking for award to more.

    November 10, 2013

  • Wesley T.

    I can't make it :-(

    November 9, 2013

    • Della M.

      Too bad Wesley. We had a great time, and missed you. Maybe see you at the next one?

      November 10, 2013

  • Kristie

    Great hike with great people, can't wait to get back into the woods again with all of you!

    4 · November 10, 2013

    • Della M.

      Good to have you along, Kristie. Got the REI Garage Sale posted up on the calendar. Thanks for giving us the heads up about the upcoming sale.

      November 10, 2013

  • James W.

    sorry I missed the rendezvous at the picnic table but made it to the car and was greeted with a flat tire. nonetheless, great time with good folks. I'll catch you on the next adventure.

    November 10, 2013

    • Della M.

      Too bad about the tire. It was awesome to have you along. Can't wait to see the adjustments you made for the next adventure.

      November 10, 2013

  • Miranda

    Awesome first backpacking trip! Am modifying my backpack and gear for the next trip. Learned a few things, met some great folks, had a good time.

    1 · November 10, 2013

    • Miranda

      Thanks for another great meetup. Della. As usual, very helpful and educational. I am looking forward to the next one!

      November 10, 2013

    • Della M.

      You're welcome. I'll be hosting car camping every month and a backpacking trip probably every other month. I'm glad you had a good time and learned enough to keep you excited about backpacking.

      1 · November 10, 2013

  • David

    Enjoyed it, Della organized a great trip as usual. Good to see everyone.

    2 · November 10, 2013

    • Della M.

      You're too kind, David. As usual, you showed us how to live luxuriously while camping. See you next time.

      1 · November 10, 2013

  • cara g.

    Thanks for another great meetup Della and for all the help and info . Enjoyed meeting everyone

    2 · November 10, 2013

    • Della M.

      It's always a pleasure to have you along Cara. And as promised, we've got Enchanted Rock scheduled.

      November 10, 2013

  • Gyula

    Great group and experience.Hope to see you soon one other trail and camp.

    November 10, 2013

    • Della M.

      Thanks for coming out Gyula. We will be doing some campouts where you may take your bike off road.

      November 10, 2013

  • Rosanne G.

    Fun. Nice people. Good outdoor experience. Impressed with everyone's willingness to share and help.

    2 · November 10, 2013

    • Della M.

      The smores were awesome. Thanks and hope to see you out again.

      November 10, 2013

  • john t.

    great time with diverse group of people, still working on remembering names, but I learned alot about gear, looking forward to another hike and camp!!!!

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • David

    Weather from the National Weather Service:

    This Afternoon Partly sunny, with a high near 67.
    South wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
    Tonight A chance of sprinkles before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

    Saturday Partly sunny, with a high near 70. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
    Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. East southeast wind around 5 mph.

    Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
    Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

    Veterans Day Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.

    1 · November 8, 2013

    • Della M.

      Sounds like good camping weather. No wind, moderate temps, and no rain!

      November 8, 2013

  • mike g.

    i will try and bring a kayak or two to play around with!

    November 8, 2013

  • Kristi

    So bummed! Family emergency, won't be making it tomorrow after all. :(

    November 8, 2013

  • Dot S.

    Sorry but having problems with my sinuses at this time.

    November 8, 2013

  • Bonnie H.

    Is it possible to go up friday night and camp nearby the trail head?

    October 4, 2013

    • Bonnie H.

      I am also planning on being there about 4 pm. When I called the marina they indicated to me there was a makeshift camp about 100 yards down the trail.

      November 4, 2013

    • James W.

      Lol, Where's angelab? Tricky trail at night. Call if u want us to escort[masked]

      November 8, 2013

  • James W.

    Ok, parked at marina, $5 / night. Cars can exit 24/7 just can't enter after closing

    November 8, 2013

  • Rosanne G.

    Hey Group, do we have an estimated end time? Should I bring food for Sunday lunch? So looking forward!

    November 8, 2013

    • Della M.

      We should be back at the cars by noon on Sunday.

      November 8, 2013

    • David

      Sometimes we find some local cusine and dine together at the end of the campout...

      November 8, 2013

  • James W.

    Made it. Not sure there's enough space on side of road for 30+ cars but marina parking is $5.

    1 · November 8, 2013

  • Della M.

    I CAN SHARE

    Reply to this post to list things you're willing to share.

    October 4, 2013

    • James W.

      I'll check it out but not sure about having 2 legs.

      November 7, 2013

    • Clif E.

      I'll take it if James doesn't want it.

      November 7, 2013

  • David

    I did a practice hike tonight, 5 miles with full pack, mixed terrain. No problems experienced. My 14 year old daughter accompanied me. The cool weather definitely helped.

    November 3, 2013

    • Della M.

      Wowsers! What kind of trip are you training for?

      November 7, 2013

    • David

      Some of the grander North Texas Outdoors trips, of course! And i do have this little south Pacific excursion in mind in the hopefully not too distant future.

      November 7, 2013

  • David

    Today's Texoma Fishing Report from Texas Parks & Wildlife:
    Water clear; 64–68 degrees; 5.46' low. Black bass are fair on Flick shake and drop shot rigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

    1 · November 7, 2013

  • Rosanne G.

    Anyone want to carpool? I'm leaving from the Kessler Park/Oak Cliff area no later than 7:15 Saturday morning. More fun if ride together.

    November 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am interested in carpooling. I'm in the oak lawn area, so not too far. Call/text if you want to try and go together. My number is[masked]-1047. Also, I'll have my yorkie with me and he loves people

      November 7, 2013

    • Wesley T.

      Your welcome to ride with me. I have a 4 door sedan car.

      November 7, 2013

  • Della M.

    If you're still on the fence about coming out due to a lack of a tent, check out this 2-person $30 value. Available at Wal-Mart.

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark...­

    2 · November 6, 2013

  • David

    Tempted to bring the canoe...

    1 · November 5, 2013

    • Clif E.

      I also thought about bringing my kayak.

      1 · November 5, 2013

  • Della M.

    ESSENTIALS PACKLIST

    Reply to this post to add to equipment to the 'must haves' list.

    October 4, 2013

    • Kevin Z.

      Packing Tips
      1) Put Small frequently used items in pants pockets (knife, compass, matches, and moleskin)
      2) Camp and Group equipment deep in pack
      3) Rain gear, first-aid kit, sweater, clean socks, and lunch under main flap
      4) Map, water bottle, sunscreen, repellent, and snacks in outside pockets.
      5) Keep fuel bottle isolated.
      6) For comfort, keep the center of gravity high and close to your back; placing heavy items at bottom of pack.
      7) Pad the front of pack's interior with clothing for cushioning against back
      8) Pack anything that might leak in zip-lock bags
      9) Use Ditty bags or zip-lock bags to organize small items
      Remember cotton items take days to dry and provide no thermal protection when wet. Synthetic clothes and gear dries quickly and still provides insulation when wet

      3 · November 4, 2013

    • Bonnie H.

      What a Great List! If this is your 1st time to backpack don't feel like you need to bring everything on this list. Remember this is only an overnight and you will be away from civilization only 24 hours. And we are only hiking 1.5 miles. Bring what you think you will need for personal comfort in regards to clothing and sleeping. do plan on changing clothes to sleep in. It will be in the 40's at night and if you don't change you will be cold. As far as cooking - there will be a campfire that I am sure can be cooked over. And there will be planty of people with backpack stoves that won't mind sharing. You will see what others do and decide what will work best for you. Then you can go and purchase things that will suit your needs.

      1 · November 4, 2013

  • Bonnie H.

    For food I reccomend on checking out some web sites on backpacking food. My menu will be fresh egg omlet on Sat. morning. Chicken soup for lunch. (dehydrated not canned) And a freeze dried meal for dinner. I am going to experiment with backing biscuits. Freeze dried meals are available at Wall mart, Academy, Cabellas, and Bas Pro Shop as well as REI. I find them to be very easy and convienent. If any one wants fresh eggs let me know. I have chickens so you won't get them as fresh in the store and they won't need refrigeration.

    October 14, 2013

    • Bonnie H.

      I'll bring you two.

      October 28, 2013

    • Bonnie H.

      It looks like I will be bringing 2 eggs for Kate + 1 dozen and 2 eggs for Steve.

      November 4, 2013

  • angelab.

    will be bringing food to cook over a fire or cooking stove or both? And does anyone have any suggestions for the best way to backpack that kind of food? :) I have camped but not primitive backpacking ... usually had the car loaded down with everything we might want and more... this will be new for me

    October 13, 2013

    • David

      For Autumn, I usually bring things I can use boiled water for...coffee, hot cocoa, oatmeal, boiled eggs, just because it's less to carry. I might prepare a trail burger in foil in advance so I won't have to do all the prep steps, and just throw it in the coals at camp. About 2/3 of the meals I'll bring meal replacement bars, just to avoid having to cook. Sometimes I'll just throw som dry cereal and nuts in a baggie for one meal. I bring some beef sticks or jerky or nuts for snacks. Sometimes granola bars. Tradition calls for marshmallow roasting. :)

      November 4, 2013

    • David

      TRAIL BURGERS
      1 lb. ground beef
      1/2 onion, sliced
      2 potatoes, sliced
      Dash of salt
      Dash of pepper
      Layer ground beef, onion, and potatoes (salt and pepper each layer). Wrap tight in aluminum foil. Bake on cookie sheet 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Also great to cook in campfire when outdoors or can be multiplied and made like casserole and cut into pieces.

      November 4, 2013

  • Jason

    What about food?
    What should we bring? How much? What's the likelihood of catching fish? Etc.

    October 13, 2013

    • David

      I'm bringing a pack-rod just in case I get to fish, but I'm bringing meals and snacks for the amount of time I plan to be there, and maybe one batch of something share-able with the group. I've eaten well fishing a few times, but more often not. One thing I learned the hard way about fishing...be sure to bring seasoning, at least salt. Fresh water fish tastes like mud if you don't season it.

      November 4, 2013

  • Joseph

    Is this a family-friendly event? I'd like to bring my teenage boys. Just wanted to gauge the focus with respect to alcohol mentioned, that's not really our scene.

    November 3, 2013

    • Joseph

      Good to hear. Didn't want to be getting into anything awkward. Thanks!

      November 3, 2013

    • David

      I'd add that people converse pretty openly, sometimes adult topics are discussed, so don't expect any age filtering in the conversations. I've never heard anyone on the trips get raunchy or disrespectful.

      November 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will there be another weekend event like this again in the future?

    October 22, 2013

    • David

      Just looking at the past events...yep...lots of them! Join in when you can.

      November 3, 2013

  • Dot S.

    Does anyone have an extra tent that I can share. I will see if I can get a sleeping bag and backpack from my nephew though I do have one of those smaller backpacks like they use for school.

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Rav

    Hi,
    I have never backpacked before. Its gonna be my first time. Where can I see the "ESSENTIALS PACKLIST"?

    October 26, 2013

    • David

      Sunglasses, cap, gloves, food, water, layered clothes, warm sleeping gear, good hiking shoes, travel pack of wet-ones, ear plugs, tent, rope, knife, headlamp, toothbrush, fire starter, walking stick, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, medicines, towel. Optional: pillow, camp shovel, cookware, fishing gear, binoculars, snacks, chair, tarp, book, booze, frisbee, cards, Bible, solar cellphone charger, couple of sherpas to carry everything.

      October 31, 2013

    • Dottie

      Hugh thanks so much a detailed list of essentials. Would you be so kind for us beginners to list in order from bottom of back pack to top just how to actually put all the gear in the back pack?

      2 · November 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could join.

    1 · October 22, 2013

  • angelab.

    I have been waiting for a trip like this...looking so forward to this camp out...it will be my first with this group, so looking forward to getting to know you all as well and further my backpacking skills :) will be bringing my daughter and another child (she is 13) in case anyone else bringing kids

    October 12, 2013

    • angelab.

      actually, my daughter may not be coming...she has a dance school weekend that day...so may just be me by myself...

      October 13, 2013

    • Bonnie H.

      I am bring a blended fuel canaser stove if anyone would lke to borrow it. I also have an alcohal stove and a solid fuel stove it anyoen would like to borrow those let me know.

      October 14, 2013

  • Bonnie H.

    I am going up on Friday afternoon. Will probably arrive around 4 in the afternoon. I called the marina and the person that answered the phone said that there was a makeshift campsite about 100 yards in on the trail towards 5 mile camp. So I am planning on using that space along with anyone else that comes up on Friday.

    October 14, 2013

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