My phone (Tom) in case you get lost: [masked]-5797. If you are running late, meet us at the main parking of the Ratcliff Recreation Area. The hike start no earlier than 9:30. Post a comment if you can to let us know.
Please remember mobile data service is spotty in this area, so we may not get any last minute posts. Text messages will often go through when calls won't.
In conjunction with the Mission Tejas SP camping, we are hiking the southern half of the Four C Trail. You need not camp with us to join the hike. The trail is about a three hour drive from Houston. We will need a few volunteers to help along the trail as leaders, corners and to rotate as sweeps.
Contact Tom if you want to help.
I have posted a Google Earth KMZ file with maps and waypoints for the Four C Hiking Trail. To use the maps on a Garmin GPS, copy the file to the Garmin\CustomMaps folder.
The Four C Trail goes through land once owned by a large timber company but is now part of the Davy Crockett National Forest. Most of the forest growth along the trail is less than 100 years old, but there are a few special old growth places. This section is fairly flat with perhaps a bit more rolling terrain than most of the Sam Houston Forest we frequently hike in. We will be in the shade on forest trails most of the day but there is some time on forest service roads.
We will drop a few cars near the end of the hike then drive to the trailhead at the Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area. There is a $3.00 per vehicle fee to enter and park. I'll be asking for a few volunteers to help with logistics so we can get started on time.
For our route details: Click Here
The weather this time of year can vary between cool and hot so please be prepared with an ample supply of water (at least two liters) and snacks for the mid hike break. Light rain gear, like a poncho is a good idea in case of a showers.
Since this is a camping related hike, we will make weather and other safety decisions based on local conditions close to the start time. For the forecast: Click Here.
After the hike, we can go to Los Ranchos in Crockett for some Mexican food and legendary margaritas.