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 occationaly, mostly around Texas with occasional trips to National Parks and other special hiking location. 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.

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/

If you know of place to hike where we have never been or you'd like to revisit a favorite hike, please let Tom know. If you are visiting Houston and want to hike with us, let Tom know in advance and maybe we can accommodate you.

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 (4+)

Navidad River-Lake Texana Hike 10.5Miles

Texana Park

Join us to explore Texana park, Lake Texana is a reservoir on the Navidad River, 8 miles east of Edna, in Jackson County, Texas. The reservoir is formed by the construction of Palmetto Bend Dam. The dam and lake are managed by the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority, and supply water to surrounding communities and industries. It has been several years since the group has hiked their.

Texana & Brackenridge Parks Website:
https://www.brackenridgepark.com/p/accommodations/camping-rates

Carpooling recommended. The park is about 1.5 hours from central Houston

Gathering Place: After you enter the Texana Park gate and pay the entry fee, turn right toward the Nature Center and day use area. The group will gather near the Nature Center.

The Hike: The first part will be about 5.5 miles covering most of the trails in Texana park then we'll cross the the main road for a 5 mile circuit of Brackenridge Park.

Hike map https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/12xeqj1qoltL0V68ocsMeB5pb929rUFCL

Forecast :
https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=28.959&lon=-96.5578&FcstType=graphical

After Hike Event:

Prasek's Family Smokehouse
29714 US-59, El Campo, TX[masked]https://www.praseks.com/locations/el-campo/
https://goo.gl/maps/eaFnmTSgUaiqCTtA8

What to bring:
Food and water, mosquito repellent, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen.
As always, each person assumes responsibility for their own safety. Therefore, you should be in good health and physically fit, know your own limitations. Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult/guardian.

About HATs and our hikes
https://www.hatsandmore.org/
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 if hiking alone, including the fitness level to make long hikes. Then enjoy the hike among friends.

Lone Star Trail, Seg. 9: Hugo's Point Hike, 10.3 miles

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Expecting snow? Who knows but it could happen so bring the right clothes and hope for the best.

This hike is another segment of the Lone Star Trail. The walk includes hiking along the highway, on trails, and forest service roads and includes the highest point on the trail, around 460 feet above sea level. We are currently in our fifth cycle of walking the complete Lone Star Hiking Trail.

This is a shuttle hike so cars with good passenger capacity are needed at the other end. We will work out the details on the day of the hike.

Also, bring a mask for the shuttle ride, and wear your orange for the hunters.

About HATs and our hikes
https://www.hatsandmore.org/

HEAT PRECAUTIONS:

The heat index is always a factor in Texas. Consider your heat tolerance. Start the day well hydrated and bring at least a third more water than you carry in cooler weather.

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.

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. Take the same precautions you would if hiking alone, including the fitness needed to make long hikes. Then enjoy the hike among friends.

All Maps: Special Note: Any hikers with the Avenza Maps App are encouraged to download the file:
Hugo's Point.pdf
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1NZdgroc6_X9y5HdKOvS5YwcTni8ih5wE
and email the PDF file to your iPhone. Open the pdf in your phone and "share" it with Avenza Maps. That way you can see exactly where you are on the geolocated map during the entire hike. (Thanks Tom)

See all the Lone Star Hiking Trail segments:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1--T_vgt48uPog4J-Gq9OmeZ7CSkwKCWJ

How close are you to completing the Lone Star Trail?
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zEtzUZKDpnMAhztfpL1Q5oc6fO6EPrU_

Gathering Place: For directions from Houston, take I-45 north. Take exit 102 for New Waverly and go east. Take 75 north and then take 2296 north. Finally, take right at Four Notch road. Parking is on Forest Service Road 213. Or map direction to 'Four Notch Hunters Camp'.

Map to gathering place
https://goo.gl/maps/uEYrBp71226Y6vXJA

The Hike: The hike is a 10.3 mile shuttle hike that follows the LSHT. The route is through the shaded woods, along the roadside over the sandy soils of the region. Bring bug spray, your favorite walking shoes, and plenty of water and have a great hike in the woods.

About HATs and what you need to hike:
https://www.hatsandmore.org/

Weather Forecast:
(http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-95.42621&lat=30.65018#.VMl65l7F8ew)

From the Official 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 dayhikers, overnight backpackers, long-distance hikers, and others seeking a peaceful outing."

https://www.wildernesspress.com/product.php?productid=16836

After Hike Event:

Southern Star Brewing, ( Food trucks, outdoor bar and seating)
3525 N. Frazier St.
Conroe, Texas 77303
[masked].BREW (2739)

Website:
https://www.southernstarbrewing.com/contact-us

Map to Southern Star:
https://goo.gl/maps/ubQntCWbkXQYUgBt7

Galveston Bay - Seabrook Parks & Trails ~ 10 Miles

Location visible to members

GATHERING POINT:
Miramar Park
1109 Hammer St, Seabrook, TX 77586

29°34'03.0"N 95°01'03.7"W
https://goo.gl/maps/bu6TyKDH5B5ziYuU9

THE HIKE:
We will cover the trails in Seabrook that connect the many different parks in this small city along Galveston Bay. Primarily on gravel trails and footpaths and mostly in the sun.

The hike will follow the trails through Seabrook to visit most of the parks in this small city. Starting from Miramar Park then to Meader Park, Hester Garden Park, Baybrook Park, Robinson Park, Seabrook Wildlife Refuge, Friendship Park, Pine Gully Park, and Carothers Coastal Gardens. Finally, back to Miramar Park.

ABOUT HATs AND OUR HIKES:
https://www.hatsandmore.org/ 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 if hiking alone, including the fitness level to make long hikes. Then enjoy the hike among friends.

FORECAST:
https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=29.5663&lon=-95.0216&FcstType=text)

SEABROOK TRAILS INFO WEBSITE:
https://www.seabrooktx.gov/238/Trail-System

AFTER HIKE EVENT:
Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack
310 Texas Avenue
Kemah, TX[masked]http://crazyalanswampshack.com

Lake Bastrop South Shore Park Camping & Hiking

Lake Bastrop North Shore Park

$15.00

Details
Join us to explore the park and trails at Lake Bastrop South Shore park a Lower Colorado River Authority manged lake it's a 182 acre park, located on the shore of 900 acre Lake Bastrop.

THIS IS FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT CAMPING. RSVP HERE ONLY IF INTENDING TO CAMP WITH US. YOU CAN STAY AT A HOTEL OR MOTEL INSTEAD OR TAKE A DAY TRIP, AND JOIN US FOR THE HIKES POSTED SEPARATELY. .

Park Website: https:https://www.lcra.org/parks/lake-bastrop-south-shore-park/

Camping: I have been reserved 2 Campsites, These are water/electric sites. Showers and restrooms are nearby. The Maximum amount of people is 14, It will be necessary to keep it to 1 or 2 person tents.

EXCESS VEHICLES: An excess fee of 10.00 will be charged by the park for all vehicles over the limit of 2 per site. The park office will let you know on the vehicle count per site at check-in. After that each vehicle will be responsible for their fee.

Friday: arrive at campsite set up camp.

Saturday Hike: McKinney Roughs Nature Park Bobcat Ridge &
Riverside Trail
https://www.meetup.com/hatsandmore/events/283013066/

Sunday Hike: Lake Bastrop North South Trail
https://www.meetup.com/hatsandmore/events/283012544/

POLICIES AND WHAT NOT:
Organizers: We (organizers) are volunteering our time sharing this event with you, please be respectful to the group. We are like minded people coming together to share our outdoor adventures with others. In no way do we offer a guided event or take any liability for your well being. Each event is well defined and describes the physical requirements, it's up to you to determine if you are capable of the event . In case of emergencies the appropriate emergency response teams will be notified. You are responsible for all your own camping gear. You must understand this before signing up.

As a courtesy to fellow hikers, if your plans change, please update your attendance status to "NO" so others can be assured a camping spot.

Camping Checklist For Beginners:Click Here (https://www.meetup.com/Houston-Area-Trails-More/pages/20893174/What_do_I_need_when_Camping/)

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