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bugs
3 days ago

I started this hike at around 5:15 PM last night. It was really nice and actually a pretty easy trail if you're moderately in shape. My mother who has arthritis in her knees completed it at a slow pace and had difficulty with the steps at the end. There were a lot of bugs & we only saw 5 other people total on the trail.

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muddy
washed out
4 days ago

We had a lot of trouble finding the trail head after a pretty heavy rain a few days before. The river was kind of high. Beautiful views. *takes about 1.25 hours to get here from Chisos basin

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no shade
rocky
5 days ago

Shade relies heavily on cloud coverage, so don't count on it in the summer months. If you like to "earn your views," this is the trail for you. Much - if not all - of this hike is above 6,000 ft elevation, so the steep switchbacks in the last half-mile can be quite laborious for those of us unaccustomed to the altitude. I was grateful I wore shoes with ankle support due to the rocky terrain.

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bugs
5 days ago

Nice trail and well traveled. There are some shady spots. Bring a decent amount of water to keep hydrated. I drank about 1.5 liters. There are some bugs on the trail including flies and honey bees -- constant buzzing sound. Finished this hike in about 3 hours with tons of stops for pictures.

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bugs
7 days ago

loved this! and I saw a black bear! always wanted to. went a couple hours before sunset and it was great, shady, not dark yet at all, almost no other folks out, breezy too. but the bugs were a bit annoying unless you moved at a good clip. there is a bit with stepping stones and carved steps near the end that had me feel like I was going to Mordor or something haha, loved it. I'll definitely return.

hiking
12 days ago

Heavily trafficked but a gorgeous hike

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rocky
13 days ago

Started this trail around 4:30 pm, steady incline the whole way up. Most of the hike was shaded as the sun was either behind clouds or behind the mountain. The last mile is a gradual stair climb up. There are amazing views along the trail from the first mile on. We hiked in early July and the heat compared to the desert wasn’t bad at all. Didn’t get to spend much time at the top as there were storms blowing up when we got up there which forced us to walk briskly back down the trail. Finished the whole thing in 2 hr 10 min with photo breaks along the way. The view at the top with the vultures is amazing, wish we could’ve spent more time at the top. Round trip was 4.9 miles

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bugs
no shade
washed out
14 days ago

Absolutely the worst trail I have ever been on. Shaded areas need to be multiplied by 10 with water available. This was not a hike for many, it was an escape. It was like wandering around in a hot skillet out there. Wow the HEAT!!! I am a fit male with a high tolerance for heat. Several groups in trouble, I informed the Ranger. One of the groups was a family; the guy didn’t bring any water (zero) and his family without knowing left him miles back likely a heat stroke. I was able to survive after exhausting my 2 Liter bladder by borrowing potable water by luckily finding a camping ground nearby, but hidden.

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no shade
15 days ago

great experience, bring water

Excellent all day hike and if you have extra energy you can add Emory Peak to the trek. Recommend the clockwise direction from Chisos Basin. The views from the South Rim were amazing! A lot to see along the way, including some deer near the Boot.

What an amazing place! My 10 year old son and I started at Chisos Basin around 11 and made it to our campsite SW4 around 3:30 taking the western side of the loop. Nothing extraordinary about the site itself but the location was awesome in that we were close to the rim and spent a lot of time hanging out there. Went back the next day taking Pinnacle Peak trail on the east side of the loop. It took us just over three hours walking mostly downhill. Only regret was that we didn't have time to hike Emory Peak. If we had known how fast the hike was we would have done the east side on day one and done Emory Peak on the way to the rim. Overall I would definitely recommend the hike. Worth the long drive. Trails were well marked and maintained. Only ran into a few people along the trail. Bring plenty of water. Not fun to have to ration.

hiking
19 days ago

If you choose to go in June, pack a gallon of water and start really early!

Did this as someone super out of shape, it isn't bad. Be prepared to go up steps if you have cranky knees. Like any trail in the park, start early and bring lots of water. Much of the trail isn't in the shade in the morning as that side of the canyon is facing the sun. If there has been recent rain, the trailhead may be muddy and/or flooded so be careful.

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bugs
muddy
no shade
24 days ago

We had a blast on this one! To get to the trail you have to cross some water (came halfway up our shins) so we got pretty muddy. We took our shoes off and waded in the Rio at the end of the hike(water up past our knees) so we could touch the other side of the canyon. Chacos would have been perfect for this little adventure but I didn’t mind getting my hiking boots wet/muddy. Be sure to stop at the look out off the Ross Maxwell Drive before you go down into the canyon for a cool view.

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rocky
scramble
24 days ago

The trail gets hard early and doesn’t let up much. Once you get on the Emory Peak portion you’re pretty exposed so the earlier in the morning you can get there the better. The higher up the rockier it gets until the final scramble up to the top. There are two sides you can go up. The left is easier and we were honestly too intimidated to attempt to climb the right side. Crazy 360 view at the top. Would say it isn’t for the faint of heart but still worth it. Even if you didn’t do the rock climb at the top you wouldn’t be disappointed by the view. Definitely a tough one.

This was easily our favorite hike of the trip. We started out on the Pinnacles Trail and added Emory Peak to the loop. The South Rim hike was beautiful all the way through but when you hit the halfway point and look out... that alone makes the distance worth it. Be sure to start early in the day, bring plenty of water(we brought 4L each and drank it all), and maybe some snacks. The trail was very well marked. Just this trail took us about 7 hours.

hiking
24 days ago

There is a reason this is one of the most popular hikes in the park. Plenty of lookout spots the whole way up and the view from the top makes it worth the effort. Took us 2-3 hours with stops to look out and hanging out at the peak.

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bugs
24 days ago

This was the first trail we did on arriving in Big Bend. It was an easy hike down to The Window. The final view was well worth it. The hike back up was harder but shouldn’t stop anyone. Was about 2.5hrs round trip for us.

This trail was amazing! The views are worth the long hike if you’re concerned about the mileage. Would definitely recommend doing this trail!

This trail was amazing! The views are worth the long hike if you’re concerned about the mileage. Would definitely recommend doing this trail!

This trail was amazing! The views are worth the long hike if you’re concerned about the mileage. Would definitely recommend doing this trail!

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no shade
rocky
1 month ago

The Window Trail is very exposed, so do it early in the morning! We did our hike around 2:00 in the afternoon and were blessed by cloudy skies and a breeze! There is so much to see the entire way that the 4.8 mile round trip went fast! The view at the Window was amazing!!! The rocks are slick, so be satisfied with the view from a few yards away!

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