Stop 5 - See-through Tree
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White ash cavity
White ash with cavity high up and vine growing up the side.


White ash close-up
White ash tree close-up.


Hollow base in white ash tree
Hollow base in the white ash tree.


Trail ahead
Looking east on the trail toward the old church gate. You need to turn right (south) to the next stop.


Stop 5 vicinity

Stop 5 vicinity and directions to the next stop.

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Things to do at this stop:

  • The trails form a triangle around the white ash tree.
  • There is a cavity on southeast side at the base of the tree.
  • If you bend down, you can see through the base of the tree.
  • Walk south toward Bridge 1, about 20 paces forward.
  • Look to the left (east) to see the wetland about 10 yards off the trail.


The lone tree in the triangle of trails is a female white ash that sheds myriad winged seeds that you can see on the trails in late summer. Its base is entirely hollow: if you look into it from the east, you can see daylight at the opposite side. The cavity high on the southeast side is deep enough to completely conceal a young raccoon although sometimes you may see a bit of its fur.

The area east of the trail, extending to the fenceline and to the church gate, is an intermittent wetland. Near as it is to the creek, this shallow natural basin nevertheless stands water up to four or five inches deep after heavy rains or during prolonged wet seasons. There are other, somewhat shallower wetlands, notably those delineated by the boardwalk loop of lower McCarver and the Winding Trails. In its early days, Houston south of Buffalo Bayou was notorious for chronic mud and water.


Directions to the next stop:

  • Take the right fork in the trail.
  • Walk 40 paces to a juncture.
  • There is a cabin sign, low and on the right side.
  • The church gate is on the left.
  • The trail curves to the left, and you will shortly see Bridge 1.

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