Lone Star Hiking Trail - Winters Bayou Section

5.60 Miles
3point5stars (3.50)2
3stars (3.00)
4stars (4.00)
San Jacinto
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Interesting Plants
I believe these unusual, little umbrella shaped plants are called may apples. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Bridge @ Winters Bayou
This scenic pedestrian bridge crosses Winters Bayou near mile marker 96. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Trailhead #15
This is the trailhead off FM 1725. For thru-hikers, it's the finish line of the LSHT. (Photo by Lone_Star)
There are sections dense with palmetto trees. This boardwalk takes you through one of them. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Massive Magnolias
Some magnolia trees were almost as tall as the pine trees. (Photo by Lone_Star)
San Jacinto River
A bridge takes you across the east fork of the San Jacinto River. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Lush And Green
The trees were blooming in Spring. Very green and vibrant. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Massive Fungi
These huge fungi caught my eye along the trail. (Photo by Lone_Star)
View Of The Trail
The trail takes you along scenic banks and through shaded "tunnels" of vegetation. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Trailhead #14
This is the trailhead on the west side of FM 2025. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Log Entries
Lush And Vibrant!
By Lone_Star on 3/15/2013
Rating: 3point5stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 11.20 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 20 minutes

The Winters Bayou Section of the Lone Star Hiking Trail (LSHT) is the last section of the LSHT when hiking from west to east.  It includes mile markers 91-96.  You can catch this section of the trail by parking at Trailhead #14 (N30 26.311 W95 07.248) along FM2025 and hiking southwest or by parking at Trailhead #15 (N30 23.584 W95 09.47) along FM 1725 and hiking northeast.  If you hike down and back, it is 11.2 miles roundtrip.

I parked at TH14 and hiked down to TH15 and back. However, before starting I cached some food and drink in the woods near TH15 so I didn't have to carry as much in my pack.  It's a pretty long hike if you're making a roundtrip, so you may want to consider doing the same.

The first part of the trail involves some hills and elevation change.  Nothing major, but enough to get some cardio.  You go down a hill, then up and down another hill before finally getting down to the lower elevations.  Down along the creeks and bayous, the vegetation is lush and vibrant.  I made this hike in the Spring and everything was very green and alive.

The trail takes you along some scenic banks, through wetland areas filled with palmettos, along some ponds and over a few bridges than span the east fork of the San Jacinto River as well as Winters Bayou further down the trail.  There are some massive (>100 feet) magnolia trees and many things to appreciate.  Sections of the trail are so densely vegetated that the trees and shrubs form shaded "tunnels" that keep you cool.  It's a very nice hike overall and a wonderful way to end the LSHT if you're thru-hiking.  I made this hike on a Friday during Spring Break and I had the entire trail to myself.  That's solitude!

There are a couple of places where you have to cross some roads, but otherwise you feel fairly isolated from civilization.

Note:  At this time, several sections of the LSHT have been closed by the U.S. Forestry Service due to a lot of fallen dead trees.  Click on the "More Info" link to get the current status of the LSHT, including trail closures. 

From Winter's Bayou to Big Creek Scenic Area
By sck003 on 5/26/2010
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 25.00 Miles Duration: 10 hours, 30 minutes

The trail started very good, with lots of bridges and very well taken care of.  After exiting Winter's Bayou there is a large fairly open area where I sighted white tailed deer and a few hawks.  This section of the trail did get hard to follow during sections where all the underbrush has been burned down.