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Bike Packing in San Houston Nat'l Forest?

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Has anyone checked out bike packing in the Sam Houston National Forest? I can't find any trip reports.  There seem to be enough trails for a reasonable overnighter. 

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I would love to give bikepacking a shot. I'm pretty sure my gravel bike can carry a lot of stuff.

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A buddy and I have discussed doing this recently. In the warmer months the black fly swarms are unbelievable, so I wouldn’t do it then. We may do it this winter though. Should easily be able to cover 50+ miles before camping. 

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2 hours ago, AntonioGG said:

Reminded me that I meant to post this last week:

 

WOW, amazing video. Badass riders.

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On 9/8/2019 at 12:39 PM, TheX said:

I would love to give bikepacking a shot. I'm pretty sure my gravel bike can carry a lot of stuff.

Just based on riding the TMBRA course out there, lots of roots and sand.  

Sam Houston National Forest Maps

West Side Trails

East Side Trails

These are multiuse trails, so can be mountain bikes, hikers, equestrians, OHV

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Yeah, even riding the bike at Walnut was a bit harsh on 33mm tires. 40's might be better.  

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There is a whole lot of trails in Sam Houston Nat. Forest. In the early 90's a buddy and I got lost back there for 13 hrs. Luckily hit a fire road at dusk and found a house that helped us out. it was hot af and we were dehydrated and fly bitten from hell. Quite an ordeal before cell, gps, and bikes were heavy. Also Tx Bigfoot country so heads up. 

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12 minutes ago, Bart said:

Also Tx Bigfoot country so heads up. 

There are things in Lake Conroe more worrisome than Bigfoot. :classic_ohmy: ... news helicopter photo of gator out for a swim with a deer in its jaws.

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When bikepacking, that lovely overnight spot with a lake view may require further consideration before setting up camp. :classic_wink:

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I did a trail run there a few years ago and I never really found myself saying “...this looks like some great terrain for a Mtb trail.” It’s sandy, pine needles, and all the roots that go with that.


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2 hours ago, Tree Magnet said:

I did a trail run there a few years ago and I never really found myself saying “...this looks like some great terrain for a Mtb trail.” It’s sandy, pine needles, and all the roots that go with that.

I did a couple of trail rides there last year. I thought it was a blast. A great place to visit every couple of years, but I'd hate to live there.

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There are definitely some bikepacking routes.   I've seen some pretty long routes but am coming up blank searching for them at the moment.  I'll see if I can find it.

If you're a member of the Teas Bikepacking group on Facebook, you may be able to ask for some routes there.

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