The Window Trail is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Terlinguo, Texas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.
The Window Trail begins near the Chisos Basin lodge, descending 800 feet over about two miles through rolling hills and vertical rock walls to a narrow pouroff, which overlooks the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert. The trail is usually dry, but the pouroff area is very dangerous during flash-floods.
Beautiful trail through some forests and great views of the valley.
My Microsoft band II showed this was @7 miles from the store, not 5.2. We left around 10:00am. It took about 1 hr 15 minutes all downhill. It gets a little tricky/slippery for the last 1/10th of a mile. Trip back up was hard. It was all up and about 90 degrees with little shade. Took about 1&1/2 hrs up. Take lots of water. Saw a tarantula. Got bitten by flies several times. Still itching two days later.
Great hike. Can be done in about 2 hours, three with a 6 year old. Gets a little slippery towards the end when it rains. Can't wait to get back there in a few years.
It says it is a five mile round trip but my GPS device logged it in at 6.7 from the store at Chisos Mountain Lodge. I did this hike on 8 September 2016. The park ranger recommended I do the hike in the morning and I second that. I started down the trail (virtually all downhill) around 8:20 am and climbed back out around 12:30 pm. The trail is well maintained and the scenery is spectacular. In the morning, you get protection from the sun and it can be brutal on your way out in the afternoon. Wildflowers were abundant and there were plenty of birds. The park provides benches in shade along the way.
Take plenty of water and I recommend a walking stick. The park also recommends long pants and shirt to provide a cooling mechanism as you sweat. I did and appreciated it when cool breezes blew up from the Windows.
Keep going until you get to the Windows. However, check the forecast for possibility of rainstorms because the area is susceptible to flash floods. The view is breath taking. You overlook the desert floor below. On my hike, water was flowing over the 200 foot drop. Be careful, the rock is extremely smooth and slippery when wet.
The park warns of puma and bear and I saw very fresh bear scat going down. The walk back up is difficult to strenuous, depending on you age. I am currently 66 and I made it but the last 0.6 mile almost did me in.
This is one of the best hikes I've done.
Not my favorite hike in Big Bend, but its proximity to Chisos Basin Campground made it an obvious choice of hike for us. The first 3/4mi. was pretty open to the afternoon sun (we set out around 5pm in the middle of the summer) and it was blazingly hot. As you get down closer to the "window" (where two mountains meet and you can see down into the valley beyond over where a waterfall would empty out), there is more shade, between the trees and the mountainsides. It started thunderstorming when we got to the window itself, and I got a little freaked out because I grew up in the desert with a healthy fear of flash flooding in steep, dry mountains. There was no cause for concern though, and the sound of the rolling thunder echoing between the mountaintops was actually pretty cool, along with the double rainbow that appeared. Anyway, I digress--this is a relatively gentle hike that I think a lot of people could do.
Hiked there back in 2005. It was dry and hot, a long hike, great going down, and strenuous going up, but then, that's what hiking is all about. Made it to the pour off, got as close as possible to the edge, it was cool and windy at that point. Great long hike, would recommend to everyone, be on the look out for bears, did not see any mountain lions on this trail.