Changes have been made to the first post.
FWIW, we will be hiking almost all of the trail, loops and all, in Section 1. There are just a couple partial loops we won't be taking and 1.26 miles of the Main Trail that will be missed.
I'm assuming that clearing is on the Main LSHT and not on the Little Lake Loop---is that correct?
Please be advised that Texas Bow Hunting Season for deer will be in full swing on the date of this Hang. There are no restrictons for camping and hiking on the LSHT until rifle season opens on 1 November, but it is advisable that some form of orange be worn.
It also occurs to me that this may mean some limited competition for campsites.
Hey guys. Wondering how y'all prep the water from the trail for drinking or if you do. I currently don't have any type of filtration. I would just pack in water before. Any suggestion would be great!
Don't worry if you can't get a water filter or tabs before the hang because there will be plenty of filters. I even have a extra filter you can use if you need it on the trail..
We'll be crossing Bethel Rd (FM1097) twice on Saturday, once at Parking Lot #2 after hiking 3 3/4 miles from PL #1 and again near our destination where the trail crosses south of PL #2. We can cache water at both places on our way in onf Friday afternoon.
We should also be able to drop some very near, if not right on, Saturday's campsite if FS211A is open There's no reason to believe that it won't be, but there's always the chance that someone at the Forest Service is asleep at the switch.
It may also be possible that FS231 is open, which crosses the trail right at the midpoint. Its worth investigating Friday afternoon or beforehand. Most of the FS Roads were supposed to be opened on September 1. If Weaseal and i get there early enough Friday afternoon, perhaps we can hike in a couple gallons from PL#3 to the trail intersection.
I think if we all come armed with a couple gallons each, we can stage more than enough water at points along the route so that filtration may not be necessary.
If you guys want, I can bring my Katadyn Basecamp which has bag of a couple gallons capacity that we an hang at the campsite for communal water, that we an fill at the pond. I tested the prefilter system (a hat) and it worked very well.
SPACEWEASEAL: I notice that the pond is shown to be relatively close to the trail, just to the east of it. You have the coords of the campsites, are there any that are close enough that we can bushwhack to it using the GPS rather than having to hike down the road and back?
I will check the cords to the site we found and post them later tonight or tomorrow.
If i remember correctly, the easiest path would be the road. I might try to get out there in the next couple of weeks to scout the area and find the best route to the pond.