What we're about

This group is for people who want to explore the the Houston area on foot. We hike every weekend. Our hikes are normally 10-12 miles so a reasonable fitness level is needed. We plan camping trips once a month, mostly around Texas with occasional trips to National Parks and other special hiking location.

To find out more about our hikes and what you may need to prepare for a hike.
https://www.hatsandmore.org/

See our Houston hikes map for more on where we hike.
https://www.hatsandmore.org/houston-hikes

Then join us to trace out your own path on the map.

Join us for less intensive activities at our social Meetup group, More and More.
https://www.meetup.com/More-and-More/

HATs leaders are fellow hiking enthusiast, not guides. We encourage all members to plan for hikes as if they are going solo as the best way to assure safety. Hiker's planning should including of being of reasonable fitness for the event and carrying the needed water and food for a long hike. Then to enjoy the day with friends.

In the event of trouble we encourage each member to ask for assistance. Any hiker who sees another person in need assistance should step in to help or speak to others that can offer assistance. We are all here to help each other.

HATs is friends with other Meetup groups that also offer great outdoor activities in a spirit of friendship and sharing.

Houston Urban Trekkers
https://www.meetup.com/HoustonUrban-Trekkers/

Houston Outdoors
https://www.meetup.com/HoustonOutdoorsGroup/

Upcoming events (3)

Cypress Creek - Little Hike ~9.0 Miles

Grantwood Park

The hike will start in Grantwood Park, one of the newest in the county. The land is repurposed from a former subdivision that was built in a frequently flooding area along Cypress Creek. Live Tracking Map https://qgiscloud.com/HATsHiker/Little_Hike/ Gathering Place: Grantwood Park has a new entrance off Grant Road, about 3/4 miles west of Jones Road. We will be gathering in the back of the park. Drive past the playground parking to the end of the road. Parking is on the right. https://goo.gl/maps/x14uSjCotgfqJSv66 The only bathrooms are in the playground parking area at the entrance. The Hike: From Grantwood Park, we will follow the park roads and trails for a short tour of this former residential subdivision abutting Cypress Creek. Then start down the horse trails along Cypress Creek to the place where it forks with Little Cypress Creek. Then follow Little Cypress as far as we can before we return. Along the way we will visit East Shadowlake Pocket Park and the large open space of Cypress Park. The trail is about 6 miles of unimproved horse trails in the native sandy soils of the region and 3 miles of paved park surfaces, most of which could also be walked on mowed grass. https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=29.9714&lon=-95.597&FcstType=graphical MAPS: JPG in the photos. Other formats: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1dGQsw6yWEDiUd1Rp6RCeGQRj2npLx72h COVID PRECAUTIONS: Bring and wear a mask when not hiking. We will be dispatching hikers in small groups to be in compliance with promulgated health rules. HEAT PRECAUTIONS: The heat index is now regularly above 90° F before noon. Consider your heat tolerance. Start the day well hydrated. No one should have less than two liters. Three is better. Overheating can happen to anyone. If you don't feel well or find that you can't keep up, tell someone right away. We can help. But stop walking so it doesn't become something serious. About HATS: HATs organizers are not guides nor do we have any special training. We are here to come up with hiking ideas and get the hike started. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone, including the fitness level make long hikes. Then enjoy the hike among friends. What to bring on a hike and more about HATs. https://www.hatsandmore.org/ After Hike Event: TBD among local places can accommodate us. About the parks: https://www.pct3.com/Parks/Cypress-Park https://www.pct3.com/Parks/East-Shadowlake-Pocket-Park

Lone Star Hiking Trail Mercy Fire Tower Summer Hike ~8.9 Miles

LSHT Trailhead #14

We are currently in our fourth cycle of walking the complete Lone Star Hiking Trail. See which segments we have completed so far: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1--T_vgt48uPog4J-Gq9OmeZ7CSkwKCWJ Here is the list of hikers and segments completed on the since the first cycle started: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zEtzUZKDpnMAhztfpL1Q5oc6fO6EPrU_ Gathering Point: Trailhead #14 on FM 2025. Take the FM 2025 exit from US-59 in Cleveland. Turn left. The trailhead is 6.4 miles on the right. There are no bathrooms at the trailhead. Love's Truck Stop is on the left after you cross the highway. Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/snfN4rJvLGE2 The Hike: The summer hike is an 8.9 mile loop hike that follows the LSHT and returns on a series of closed or abandoned FS roads. The route is through the shaded woods over the typical sandy soils of the region. (The extended route for the Winter Hike is 12 miles.) PDF hike map https://drive.google.com/open?id=1toQCJIOMbh-hObH8yb8FTd6nfdrTjV9_ About HATs and what you need to hike: https://www.hatsandmore.org/ Hike map is in the photos. More maps here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1dAB9fR6xbjFjOPDok5rEqU6ghE7JsiGX Weather Forecast: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?FcstType=graphical&lat=30.3929&lon=-95.1586 COVID PRECAUTIONS: Bring and wear a mask when not hiking. We will be dispatching hikers in small groups to be in compliance with health regulations. HEAT PRECAUTIONS: The weather is cooling but is still above 90° F before noon. Consider your heat tolerance. Start the day well hydrated. No one should have less than two liters. Overheating can happen to anyone. If you don't feel well or find that you can't keep up, tell someone right away. We can help. But stop walking so it doesn't become something serious. About HATs: HATs organizers are not guides, nor do we have any special training. We are here to come up with hiking ideas and get the hike started. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone, including the fitness level make long hikes. Then enjoy the hike among friends. What to bring on a hike and more about HATs. https://www.hatsandmore.org/ After hike event: Distanced tailgating in the parking area. Or by individual choice. From the Guidebook for the Lone Star Trail "One of the hidden jewels of Texas, the Lone Star Hiking Trail is the only long-distance National Recreation Trail in the state. At 128 miles (including loop trails), it is also the state’s longest continuously marked and maintained footpath. The trail meanders through flat and gently rolling forests of pine, oak, and mixed hardwood, and cypress swamps and bayous in the famed Big Thicket area in east Texas, in the Sam Houston National Forest. The seemingly endless variation of forests, much of it designated wilderness, provides a paradise for tree-lovers and bird watchers year-round. The trail is well-suited for both short and long hikes (of up to 10 days), appealing to day hikers, overnight backpackers, long-distance hikers, and others seeking a peaceful outing." https://www.wildernesspress.com/product.php?productid=16836 After Hike Event:

Honolulu Hawaii Camping & Hiking

Online event

Details: Join us on for camping and hiking on the beautifully island of Honolulu Hawaii As of right now united has some very low air fair to the island in October between $[masked] round trip last year the rate was $980 round trip, there are several good State parks if you prefer to tent camp and hostels are available with good rates, here is where I am staying Hostell's International - Honolulu, I talked to a couple different hotels and hostels and they thought that in the fall things would start to get back to normal. Note: we will not know what the situation is in October that is why the air fair & hotels are discounted. I am guessing it will not be a problem but with united airlines you can cancel & get a credit if booked before July-31 Here is the Current post on United:United Airlines policies United flights booked before July 31 are eligible for a one-time change or cancellation without a fee (travel credit issued for future flights made within one year). Pre-flight cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters. Masks required on board, masks provided. Pre-flight health screening questions. GETTING THERE: United and American airlines have direct flight's to Honolulu. Up Date: Here is my flight details I am flying From Bush Int. Flight Wed-10/14 on United airlines Departing-Bush/int at 10:20am on Flight UA2040 to San Frisco arrive 12:45 one hour & 55/minute lay over. Depart San Frisco 2:10pm UA300 arrive at Honolulu 4:29pm Return to Houston: Depart Tue-10/20 2:39pm UA650 arrive in San Frisco 10:57 pm 58/min lay over Depart UA505 11:55 arrive bush Wed/am 5:45 Up Date: Lodging-I am staying at Hostelling International Honolulu 2323A Seaview Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96822 Men's dorm- wed 10/14-mon10/19 https://www.hiusa.org/find-hostels/hawaii/honolulu-2323a-seaview-ave CARPOOLS: Anyone looking to carpool I planing on renting a mid size SUV and should have room for 4/persons and gear. Carpools: Curtis's Carpool: Curtis, Jackie, Lyra FOOD:TBA Hiking Plans: The hikes are below are just the one's I have planed based on staying in the hostel listed above. 1. Wednesday evening Oct/14: arrive at the Hostile 2. Thursday: Ka'au Crater Hike https://www.google.com/maps/uv?hl=en&pb=!1s0x7c006d23b0253607%3A0xf5c1d151de4a9e3b!3m1!7e115!4shttps%3A%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipNPagOoD2J5f05i4Ry-AXyXUMJJYU1Tz30w14HP%3Dw213-h160-k-no!5sHonolulu%20Hawaii%20%20Ka%27au%20Crater%20Hike%20-%20Google%20Search!15sCgIgAQ&imagekey=!1e10!2sAF1QipNPagOoD2J5f05i4Ry-AXyXUMJJYU1Tz30w14HP&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwja9eHfsr7qAhVRKqwKHTbpAdoQoiowG3oECBEQBg 3.Friday: Pu'u O Kona via Kuli'ou'ou Ridge Trail https://www.thehikinghi.com/single-post/2017/05/30/Puu-O-Kona-via-Kuliouou-Ridge 4.Saturday: Pearl Harbor Historic Trail 5.Sunday: Makaua Falls Trail https://www.thehikinghi.com/single-post/2018/12/31/Makaua-Falls 6.Monday: Thurston Lava Tube trail https://www.alltrails.com/trail/hawaii/hawaii/thurston-lava-tube-trail?u=i I am planning on renting a car at the Big Island airport for the day, it looks like approx 1 & 1/2 drive to the trail head, after the hike we can take our time on the coastal route back to the air port. Depart Honolulu, Oahu to Kona, Hawaii · Monday, October 19, 2020 HA 148 HNL to KOA 7:19AM - 8:06AM 47m Return Kona, Hawaii to Honolulu, Oahu · Monday, October 19, 2020 HA 507 KOA to HNL 6:40PM - 7:26PM 46m 7.Tuesday Returning to Houston

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