Back Trails

View Of The Trail
The back trails can be wet and muddy for several days after it rains.
User: Lone_Star - 2/19/2008

Location: Lake Houston Wilderness Park

Rating: 2stars
Difficulty: 1star  Solitude: 5stars
Miles Hiked: 11.00 Miles  Elapsed Time: 4 hours


I revisited this park so I could hike the back trails that lead from Peach Creek to the East Fork San Jacinto River.

The trail map I downloaded from the Texas State Parks website was very poor and not very detailed, but this was compensated somewhat by well-marked trails.  Trailmarkers were posted throughout making navigation easy.

I went on a weekday and the park was virtually empty, which really enhanced the solitude of my hike.  The trails were still very damp from the rain the day before yesterday and there were some large spots that were fairly difficult to traverse.  The trails really should have been closed in my opinion because the wet spots were large ponds of water that made it somewhat impassable for the average person, but it became clear to me that this entire park resides in a low lying area which makes it prone to flooding.  My advice:  Wait at least 3 or 4 days after the rain before hiking these trails if you don't want to get muddy or wet.

The back trails are fairly wide service roads that are meant not only for hiking, but biking as well.  There are even some equestrian trails in the area.  There wasn't a lot of interesting things to see, however.  Just a lot of forest trails and some wild palms.  Aside from some birds and small animals, I saw no large wildlife.  A nice time, but nothing to get overly excited about.

Log Photos
View Of The Trail
Another View Of The Trail
Area around Lake Houston Wilderness Park
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