Day 1 of the Lone Star Trail is done! And so begins my first on trail blog post. So bear with me as I am very tired and this is my first time doing this.
Currently sitting in my tent, eating corn nuts and oreos for dinner and then I’ll hit the sack early. Probably around 7:30 since it’s already dark.
If I had to sum up day 1, it could be done in one word: mud. Pictures are worth a thousand words so here’s what the trail looks like a good bit of the time.
Walking through these conditions for 20 miles is pretty rough and definitely slowed us down quite a bit. Thankfully we had many dry stretches and overall the trail has been a lot of fun.
Additionally we had to do some bushwacking, see exhibit A:
But all in all we successfully made it 20 miles to our campsite, albeit muddied and cut to pieces by thorns and brambles. Only 80 more miles of this to go! It’s been a tough but rewarding day and I’m looking forward to meeting up with my dad tomorrow around mile 35.
Because I don’t have internet at the campsite you’ll hopefully see this post tomorrow. With that, goodnight!
3 thoughts on “Lone Star Trail Day 1”
Hey Adam! Congrats on your hike. I am about to set off with my dad on the LSHT for a shakedown thru. Did you hike W -> E or E -> W? What were the name of the cabins in Coldspring that you liked? Any other words of wisdom? Also, concerned that this is my first long hike without Guthook.. did u carry a paper map?
Thank you! Great questions too.
We hiked W -> E and just parked cars at both trail-heads so we could get back home easily. The cabins are called the Coldspring Sunday Houses and I can highly recommend them (awesome owner and convenient location).
Hmm, as far as words of wisdom I would just say (1) be ready for lots and lots of mud and walking with wet feet. (2)Tape your hotspots early so they don’t blister. (3) The official trail does follow some roads so be prepared for road walking. (4) Try to camp at the primitive hunter campsites since the brush is already cleared and there are pre-worn flat spots to pitch your tent. These are marked on the trees with a camp symbol. (5) The last section is definitely the most brutal so be prepared going in. The last 8 miles or so were about 60% underwater. (6) Eat at the Italian restaurant in Coldspring right across from the cabins!
Finally, we didn’t carry paper maps. My suggestion is to download the entire Sam Houston National Forest area on Google Maps if you have it. That way when you hike the trail you can essentially use your Google Maps like Guthook. The trail is mapped on Google Maps so you can navigate fairly easily. Also the trail is pretty well blazed (little metal plates on the trees) so you shouldn’t have too much trouble. The roadwalks are not blazed so just keep this in mind.
Good luck and have fun out there!
Thanks so much for the great info!! I am definitely checking these cabins and the restaurant out 🙂 And I feel like an idiot that I didn’t know I could use Google maps that way, but that will make planning and navigation so much easier! Appreciate the help.