Keith-Weiss Park Loop
ElevationAscent: 32' 10 m
Descent: -31' -10 m
High: 71' 22 m
Low: 48' 15 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 3% (2°)
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“An easy and lovely route through an underrated park on wide, paved trails that highlight a forest, lakes, and a bayou.”— Karl W
Follow the trail toward the tennis courts east of the parking area. The trail will wind north of the courts and enter the forest. This section of the trail will offer great shade year round, meaning it's almost bearable during a Houston summer. The well designed trail winds quite a bit through the forest, which keeps it looking more "natural" and creating space between you and other groups. At nearly 0.5 miles, you'll cross Hall's Bayou on a lovely bridge (this is the bayou that the park helps control flooding with downstream).
At about 2/3 of a mile, the trail exits the forest above a large retention pond that has been successfully sculpted to look like a natural feature. This section will be exposed to the sun, but is a little bit isolated from the city's heat-island effect. The trail descends close to the lake, which has a great pier on the southern edge. The southeastern corner of the lake turns into a stormwater-treatment wetland area. The trail follows the eastern bank of the lake to a neat boardwalk that crosses the northern end of the lake. This is a nice feature of the park. The trail then reconnects to the forest trail you were on nearly one mile ago.
Follow the forested trail back over Hall's Bayou. You can continue straight back to the parking area if you fancy. Or you can take the only intersection available in the forest to the north to add on a small trail segment that offers a touch more variety to the loop (as this featured run shows). This small addition will bend through the forest and exit a very short distance north of where you entered the forest. It passes by the well-built soccer fields and covered picnic area before returning to the parking area.
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Land Manager: City of Houston - Parks and Recreation