Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)
Houston has several popular trails, ranging from leisurely strolls around nearby lakes to strenuous day-long hikes in the wilderness.
Find easy hikes at Dunalter/Irrigation Lake Trail and Houston Forest Lake Trails, or challenge China Nose Trail.
Dunalter/Irrigation Lake Trail
Head to Dunalter, locally called Irrigation Lake (about a 15-minute drive west of town), for a leisurely stroll. Look for a sign that says 'Irrigation Lake' on the south side of the highway and turn into the parking lot. This lake is a popular picnic and swim spot. Two short trails that take only 20 minutes or so to experience extend from either side of the grassy picnic area.
Houston Community Forest Trails
Hike along the Houston Community Forest Trails, which serve as cross-country ski trails during the winter. Stroll through old pine forest and check out a couple of small lakes throughout the trails. A map is available at the parking lot. Trails are well marked with signs.