Houston, TX: Richards Loop

Best in the cooler months, this easy 6.4-mile hike links creeks, rolling hills, and woodlands in Sam Houston National Forest.
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Best in the cooler months, this easy 6.4-mile hike links creeks, rolling hills, and woodlands in Sam Houston National Forest.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 10.1

Waypoints

RLT001

Location: 30.538703918457, -95.7850494384766

Head E from Richards Trailhead following white-blazed aluminum rectangles

RLT002

Location: 30.5379867553711, -95.782844543457

Turn R and follow orange-and-white blazed Little Lake Creek Trail S over a flat forest of mixed hardwood

RLT003

Location: 30.5304584503174, -95.7793350219726

Cross pipeline trace; descend toward creek. At sunup and sunset, endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers thump for food and hang near their hollowed-out nests in longleaf loblolly pines

RLT004

Location: 30.5140743255615, -95.7773361206055

Cross FR 203; drop into small brook and back up to knoll

RLT005

Location: 30.5085163116455, -95.7630386352539

Bear L onto purple-and-white-blazed West Fork Trail; descend hillside

RLT006

Location: 30.5105438232422, -95.7588500976562

Turn L; cross seasonal creekbed

RLT007

Location: 30.5157203674316, -95.7625350952148

Recross pipepline trace and leave creekbed

RLT008

Location: 30.5173034667969, -95.7613525390625

On L, pass pond ringed by trees

RLT009

Location: 30.5250358581543, -95.7656936645508

Cross FR 203 again, then Bay Branch (usually dry)

RLT010

Location: 30.5362968444824, -95.7808074951172

Pond on R. Close loop in .2 mi. @ WPT 2; go R .1 mi. to car