The Lone Star Hiking Trail (Paperback)

The Official Guide to the Longest Wilderness Footpath in Texas

By Karen Borski Somers

Wilderness Press, 9780899978888, 216pp.

Publication Date: December 10, 2019

List Price: 18.95*
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Take a Hike on a Long Texas Trail

One of the hidden jewels of Texas, the Lone Star Hiking Trail (LSHT) is the only long-distance National Recreation Trail in the state. At 128 miles--including loop trails--it is the state's longest continuously marked and maintained footpath. Located in East Texas's famed Big Thicket area, the trail winds through the thick woodlands of Sam Houston National Forest, an ecologically diverse region within a few hours' drive of Houston-Galveston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio.

Let Texas native and experienced long-distance hiker Karen Borski Somers guide you along this incomparable footpath, well-suited for both short and long hikes of up to 10 days, appealing to day hikers, overnight backpackers, and thru-hikers. The author conveniently divides the trail into 11 sections, complete with an overview, section map, GPS waypoints, trail description, mileage chart, and more. It's everything you need from the guidebook that's officially endorsed and promoted by the Lone Star Hiking Trail Club.

About the Author

Karen Borski Somers is a native of Spring, Texas. Karen studied biomedical engineering at Texas A&M University and has spent most of her career working for NASA contractors in Clear Lake, Texas, and Huntsville, Alabama. In 1998, she thru-hiked the 2,165-mile Appalachian Trail solo, and in 2004, she hiked the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail with her husband, Andy. Karen's trail name is "Nocona," a Comanche word meaning "the wanderer." She has hiked and backpacked in 36 U.S. states, logging more than 9,000 trail miles. She also bicycled 4,400 miles across the U.S. from the Atlantic to the Pacific on the TransAmerica route in 2005. Karen currently resides with her husband, two daughters, and their hiking sheltie in northern Alabama. They continue to wander on and off trails.