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Hike the Four C Trail - South Half ~10 Miles

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.

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  • Tom P.

    My track shows we walked 9.2 miles. A bit less than the distance on the old maps.

    October 20, 2014

  • Mike and K.

    Great trip and great first Meetup. Fun group, nice hike, beautiful campground. Looking forward to more!

    2 · October 19, 2014

  • Mike and K.

    Great trip and great first Meetup. Fun group, nice hike, beautiful campground. Looking forward to more!

    October 19, 2014

  • Jacob T.

    Tom - thanks for organizing this hike, It was a great trail and a very good hike. I enjoyed the company and the fast pace, the cooler weather, and the pine trees forest.

    1 · October 19, 2014

  • Therese C.

    I'm here looking for Radcliffe but can't find it. Somebody call me[masked]

    October 18, 2014

  • Pinball R.

    Is anyone attending from the Galveston to
    Clear Lake area? I would like to share a ride
    and gas.
    Thanks Rick

    October 17, 2014

  • Pinball R.

    Is anyone attending from the Galveston to Clear Lake area? I would like to share a
    ride and gas.
    Thanks Rick

    October 17, 2014

  • Jonathan

    Just joined the group and would love to join the hike. Anybody willing to carpool tomorrow morning?

    October 17, 2014

  • Marsha W.

    Okay , I just read about the cars at the end to take us back to the recreation center....sorry...looking forward to the hike

    October 17, 2014

  • Marsha W.

    I just printed the map and it seems we start in one place and end in another...Aren't we going back to the recreation center?

    October 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are we considering coordinating a car pool? I live on the west side of town and would be willing to drive a few. (Memorial/Wilcrest)

    October 15, 2014

    • Jacob T.

      Can car pool if you are coming for the camping (Frida-Sunday).

      October 15, 2014

    • Tom P.

      Most of the hikers will be camping too, so there is no organized carpool. I am sure there are others coming for the day only. You can meet s at the State Park at 9AM or at the Ratcliff recreation area trail head at 9:30. We may be a bit later that that so don't worry if you don't see us when you get there.

      October 16, 2014

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