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Santa Elena Canyon Trail

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Santa Elena Canyon Trail ist ein 1.5 Meilen langer, stark besuchter Hin- und Rückweg in der Nähe von Terlingua, Texas. Er führt entlang eines Flusses, vorbei an herrlichen Aussichtspunkten und es gibt schöne Wildblumen und oftmals Wildtiere zu sehen. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke für alle Leistungsniveaus geeignet. Es gibt verschiedene Aktivitätsmöglichkeiten. Die Route ist am besten von September bis Mai zugänglich.

Entfernung: 1.5 miles Höhenunterschied: 610 feet Routentyp: Hin & zurück

kinderfreundlich

Wandern

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Spazieren

Vogelbeobachtung

Laufen

Strand

Bahntrassen-Wanderweg

Fluss

Aussicht

Wildblumen

Wildtiere

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steinig

keine Hunde

This trail begins at the end of the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. Although a short trail, it is one of the grandest spectacles in the park. After crossing Terlingua Creek, the trail climbs several short switchbacks and then gradually descends along the banks of the Rio Grande. Hikers are surrounded by lush riparian vegetation and 1,500-foot towering vertical cliffs of solid limestone. The trail ends where canyon walls meet the river. Take a lunch and enjoy the scene. Note: Following rains, flash floods, or periods of high water, Terlingua creek can be impassable, effectively closing the trail.

abseits des Weges
schlammig
scrambling
steinig
1 day ago

The trail itself is beautiful and definitely worth the troubles to get to the trailhead. the views from up top are gorgeous and walking through the reeds of the Rio Grande is surreal after being surrounded by desert moments before. Like many others have said, if it has rained recently the entrance is either flooded or knee-deep muddy. Some people choose to traverse the mud, and I even saw one girl doing the hike barefoot with muddy feet since the hike after that point is truly that easy. There is a non-muddy option that requires a lot of climbing up and down very vertical slopes with unsteady shale as the only thing to grab onto. My buddy and I decided to do this option both up and back, but there were some scary moments where we could have easily fallen all the way down to the creek below. The amount of time you save trekking the mud is actually wasted on washing your feet after. Keep that in mind. With that said it was worth it and I'd do that climb again to hike the trail.

wandern
5 days ago

We stopped here after a morning hike. Didn’t do the whole trail, just walked to the river. So pretty!

wandern
scrambling
13 days ago

wandern
scrambling
19 days ago

Epic hike! I would think a morning hike would be even better for pix. Stay away from Old Maverick Road (unless you can off-road)

wandern
abseits des Weges
scrambling
überflutet
20 days ago

It rained the day before, so we had to go around the creek and up a pretty difficult scramble, which made the whole trail a lot longer, but it was still really cool!

wandern
abseits des Weges
scrambling
steinig
überflutet
20 days ago

wandern
20 days ago

Did this as a recovery walk after Marufo Vega. Pretty easy with a few short areas of incline. Nice views, but absolutely packed with people. Not a relaxing quiet hike - if you do this hike, expect tons of people that aren’t very keen on hiker etiquette.

wandern
20 days ago

Trail has different route when water is higher, more difficult than expected. Cool to see this part of the park but after hiking the Windows trail and the South Rim trail this was less impressive than the views in the Chisos Mountains. Took us 80 minutes and we traveled 3.6 miles.

wandern
21 days ago

This trail is set up for the masses, and for good reason. It is stunning! A word of caution though, for those looking for an easy, effortless hike. If the river is up, which it was when we went (January 3 after a night of rain), the crossing at Terlingua Creek may be too deep. The alternate route is upstream just a couple hundred yards but it is a tricky scramble on lose rock after an easy crossing. No big deal for most people but we watched some older folks, young kids and very inexperienced hikers really struggling to make their way back to the main trail. I heard no one complain but it clearly wasn’t what people were expecting. The rest of the trail is suitable for anyone who can walk up a few flights of stairs. Don’t do it for solitude! It’s a popular trail. Do it because it is a uniquely awe inspiring canyon and a must see.

wandern
22 days ago

Like others were saying, the river is high so you have to take a very steep detour. The trail isn’t always intuitive, a lot of people were turning around. Once past that section, the trail was easy. Once into the canyon the views were incredible.

wandern
ausgewaschen
scrambling
23 days ago

Absolutely stunning. The canyon is something you wouldn't expect in Texas! I would consider this more of a "walk/climb" than a true hike. Lots of families (young and old) - don't expect a "peaceful" or quiet experience. The trail is still washed out - walk further down the shore to scramble up some rocks that eventually connect to the trail. It's not easy, but I also watched kids and adults of all ages climb it - just take your time :) If you only have one day, definitely go see the Santa Elena Canyon!

wandern
24 days ago

Great hike! You can go pretty deep inside the canyon. My kids loved climbing on the rocks in the bottom of the canyon. Right now the river is high so you have to go upstream a little and cross and the initial climb is a little treacherous.

scrambling
steinig
25 days ago

easily one of favorite hikes ever. Santa Elena Canyon is a spiritual experience near sunset

wandern
scrambling
überflutet
25 days ago

We got there fairly early (8:30) and there only a few cars and a few hikers, which made it difficult to figure out where the trailhead started. The main trail entrance is flooded enough that you can’t really discern where it normally is. We walked up the creek maybe a quarter of a mile and crossed two little inlets before we found another group getting ready to take the alternate entrance. The alternate entrance is more of a scramble/climb than I would have signed up for with two kids (6 and 9), but we were able to do it. There are a few branches off that path, so we saw some groups go way up higher and through heavier brush than they needed to, only to figure out they didn’t have to go that way. It was much easier in the morning than when we were coming back midday and there were a LOT of people coming through. It’s definitely a one way trail that got kind of tricky with traffic going both ways. As for the main trail, it was beautiful and well maintained. The views are awesome and the canyon is phenomenal. Once the main entrance is passable, it would be a fantastic family hike! Kids enjoyed the flat rocky area along the river that you can get to without hiking—fun spot to check out the river, run around, play in the mud and just be kids. Go earlier in the day for parking (there was none by the time we left at noon). Nice restrooms at the trailhead too.

scrambling
steinig
überflutet
27 days ago

The Rio Grande was backfilling the creek, but there was an area further up where you could cross and scramble. Made the trail harder, but still do-able. Beautiful canyon. Toward the turn around spot, deepest in the canyon, was a rock that went out into the river, that was perfect for pictures of the narrow section.

gehen
27 days ago

A must-see if you go to Big Bend NP. The trail entrance is a little tricky to find, we had to scramble up a real steep dirt slope but it's short and the trail evens out quickly. Luckily there are always lots of people out there so if you get confused, just ask around. A quick little lap, that offers gorgeous fews and a chance to get in the canyon a bit.

wandern
abseits des Weges
1 month ago

The GPS doesn’t cover the area well. A lot of off trail warmings, but the trail is easy to follow.

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