What we're about

This group is for people who enjoy hiking and want to explore the trails of the Houston area and beyond. 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 various 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/

For more on where we hike and camp, look at our Houston hikes map.
https://www.hatsandmore.org/houston-hikes

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

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 seek 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/

National Parks and More
https://www.meetup.com/NaPa-More/

Upcoming events (5)

Lone Star Trail - Karolyi Ranch Hike, Seg 11, 10 miles

Forest Service Road 207

This hike is another segment of the Lone Star Trail. The walk is entirely on trails or forest service roads. We are currently in our fourth cycle of walking the complete Lone Star Hiking Trail. See which segments we have completed so far on the fourth cycle: https://drive.google.com/open?id=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 #8B, the intersection of FSR 207 and FSR 202. Directions: Take the FM 2025 exit from US-59 in Cleveland, turn left on 2025. Go 5.4 miles, turn left onto FM 945. Go 13.3 miles and turn left on TX-150. Go 2.8 miles and turn right on FM 2693. Go 3.8 miles and turn right on Big Woods Rd. Go 3.5 miles to the LSHT. Big Woods Rd turns onto FSR 207. The trail is at the intersection of FSR 207 and FSR 202. No restrooms at the trail head. Restrooms are available in Cleveland. Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/QHqgmjmGZzN2 The Hike: The hike is a 10 mile out-and -back hike that follows the LSHT. The route is through the shaded woods over the typical sandy soils of the region. Bring bug spray, your favorite walking shoes, and plenty of water and have a great holiday hike in the woods. PDF hike map https://drive.google.com/open?id=1RZkECvrf38wB0yvlnrJcdkCD4HTLfzoJ About HATs and what you need to hike: https://www.hatsandmore.org/ Weather Forecast: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=30.5375&lon=-95.4833#.XKOgQKYVgUE 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: Joe's Italian Grill And Restaurant Free water 13281 Hwy 150, Coldspring, TX https://goo.gl/maps/oyZMhxhyGc12Jfy7A

Buffalo Bayou-Memorial Park on Memorial Day ~8.6 Miles

Memorial Park Ballfields Trailhead

Please note the 8:00 AM Monday start time. The Hike: There are many miles of trails in Memorial Park. This hike will focus on the trails that pass through forested areas. It is mostly shaded and on native and improved trails. Gathering Place: Meet on the east side of the ballfields parking lot off N. Picnic Lane. At the ballfields trailhead information kiosk near the dog wash. https://goo.gl/maps/B3iE1jrHGxP6rfR96 Hike Map is in the photos. More formats here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1If9Ic1-5kytbDfgoLLTrXLkyXTOBySHg About HATS: https://www.hatsandmore.org/ Weather Forecast https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=29.7649&lon=-95.4407&FcstType=graphical If you need help call Tom:[masked] After Hike Event: Velvet Taco 4819 Washington Ave, Houston, TX[masked]https://goo.gl/maps/p67qjm2E4aJRTZvM6 https://velvettaco.com/ About Memorial Park http://www.memorialparkconservancy.org/master-plan.html About the Arboretum https://houstonarboretum.org/

Cypress Creek-Theiss Gully & Spring Gully ~11 miles

Note the 8:00 AM start time. It is getting hot out there. We haven't hiked from Collins Park since 2013. So it is time to revisit the area and see some new trails. Last time we were here: https://www.meetup.com/hatsandmore/events/140156812/ Gathering Place: Collins Park 15705 N Greenfield Dr, Spring, TX 77379 Enter Collins Park on N. Greenfield Rd. There are several parking areas. Look for us near the bathrooms. I'll post a specific location in the comments when I get there. The Hike: The path is mostly on native soil mountain bike trails and grass covered stream banks. The early part of the hike will be sunny and latter 2/3 is mostly in the woods. Please use caution. The heat index is now regularly above 90 degrees F before noon. Consider you heat tolerance and bring extra water. If you do get overheated or don't feel well, tell someone right away. We can help. Overheating can happen to anyone, stop walking if you don't feel well so it doesn't become something serious. About HATs and what you need to hike: https://www.hatsandmore.org/ Weather: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=30.0113&lon=-95.5079&FcstType=graphical Hike map is in the photos. More map formats here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1j0mRln1p88nkVTccGcYUxpwj_RrC-6WW Collins Park https://www.hcp4.net/parks/collins/ Bayou Greenways 2020 Project http://houstonparksboard.org/bayou-greenways-2020/ After hike event: Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen 6925 Cypresswood Dr Ste G, Spring, TX 77379 https://goo.gl/maps/XpSV96MP1MeS5gR19 https://www.gringostexmex.com/

LSHT Segment 3. The Missing Link. AKA The South Wilderness Loop ~10.9 miles

This is the hike that many of us had thought we had made during Quest 2. But when our scorekeeper dug into it, it turned out we hadn't. See our progress in completing the fourth quest to walk the entire LSHT: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1--T_vgt48uPog4J-Gq9OmeZ7CSkwKCWJ There are five of us that just need to complete this hike to gain (or regian) Legend of the Trail status. See the list of hikers and segments completed on the since the first cycle: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zEtzUZKDpnMAhztfpL1Q5oc6fO6EPrU_ Gathering Point: LSHT trailhead #4 is on FM 149, 6.7 miles north of TX 150 in Montgomery. https://goo.gl/xifufr The Hike: The route is through the shaded woods over the typical sandy soils of the region. Hike map in the photos Other formats here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=16mTZ3zJX2XWS8qFgISThT6w8TPerm88G Community Carpool: Everyone gets a ride or a rider. Leaving at 7:30 AM sharp. Judson Robinson, Jr. Community Center. 2020 Hermann Dr, Houston, TX[masked]https://goo.gl/DB1pGZ About HATs and what you need to hike: https://www.hatsandmore.org/#h.p_QNMhAqHGXvM8 Weather Forecast: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-95.6992&lat=30.30.4809&FcstType=graphical After Hike Lunch: B-52 Brewing Co. 12470 Milroy Ln, Conroe, TX 77304 https://goo.gl/maps/GwVSLLSCqkH2 https://b52brewing.com/ They have a food truck or you can BYOF. 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

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