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National Forest, not State Park.

stupid fingers.


National Forest Service is doing a prescribed burn on the Wilderness Loop near Richards Trail Head for LSHT this week.

Unfortunately, that means my trip next week will have lots of black ground and smell of burned grass.

Looking for another 25-30 mile loop in East Texas with decent water.

I looked at 4C, but it is out and back and the water is considered not-safe (heavy metals?)

Otherwise, we will be heading out to Caprock Canyon for spring break
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How about Big Bend for Spring Break?

I happen to  know someone who has a group campsite reservation.


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Couple of things.  The water issue with 4C is relevant to all the East TX trails.   Some people drink it, but the official FS position is don’t.  Many on the LSHT forum think the water is fine but I have not seen much more than opinion.  You are not (probably) not going to die from drinking any of it on a couple trips.  Probably won’t grow more than 2 heads either:)
Except for the few on the LS, the only other loop I know of in east Tx is really in central Tx.  It is the 10 mile Lost Maple that BP featured last month.
If you can make the drive, there is the 27 mile Eagle Rock Loop and 20 mile Buckeye-Caney lollipop in the western  Ouachitas of AR and the 22 mile Boardstand in the SE OK.


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Big Bend for Spring Break is almost always chaos.

I haven't heard anything about LSHT water, but the 4C advertises it pretty strong on the first 2 sites I hit. I can deal with sketchy water most of the time. I mean. I eat fish and that is heavy metal, right?

4C is also an out and back, too.

I love Lake Ouachita. opted out because of weather.

We are heading to Caprock Canyon in the panhandle.

What could possibly go wrong?
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Check further into the 26 mile Goodwater Loop Trail around Lake Georgetown in central TX.
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Check further into the 26 mile Goodwater Loop Trail around Lake Georgetown in central TX.

How is it for traffic? The proximity to Georgetown\Austin, I figure it would be popular with bikes and college kids.

I might look at this one for our mid-summer or last trip (typically November ish)
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There is not much in the way of water, but the best loop in Texas, outside of Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains, is an off trail route through North Cita Canyon in Palo Duro SP. It is wild, rugged and beautiful.

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There is not much in the way of water, but the best loop in Texas, outside of Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains, is an off trail route through North Cita Canyon in Palo Duro SP. It is wild, rugged and beautiful.

I was under the impression that North Cita Canyon was on private property.
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South Cita Canyon is on private land. North Cita is a very obscure part of the state park:

I talked to someone who works at the park about North Cita a few years ago. They said that they discourage people from going there because of "archaeological sites". They don't advertise the area at all but most of the canyon is part of the park.

The loop at Caprock Canyons is nice too. The Prong Canyons are pretty nice.


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South Cita Canyon is on private land. North Cita is a very obscure part of the state park:
I talked to someone who works at the park about North Cita a few years ago. They said that they discourage people from going there because of "archaeological sites". They don't advertise the area at all but most of the canyon is part of the park.

The loop at Caprock Canyons is nice too. The Prong Canyons are pretty nice.

cool info!

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Check further into the 26 mile Goodwater Loop Trail around Lake Georgetown in central TX.

How is it for traffic? The proximity to Georgetown\Austin, I figure it would be popular with bikes and college kids.

I might look at this one for our mid-summer or last trip (typically November ish)

This is one of my favorites, not nearly as crowded as you would expect, given its proximity to Georgetown.  I did it last month (during the week), and had it practically to myself.  Camped out at two of the backcountry areas, and had both, literally, all to myself.  Lots of available water from the lake, the San Gabriel, various springs, and parks along the way.  There is almost no car access on the south side of the Lake, so this area has a surprisingly remote feel.  Perfect for a quick 3 day getaway.
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