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hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful trail. Not too hard of a hike. Lots of switchbacks. Normally coming down hurts my knees pretty bad, but this trail wasn’t too hard on them!

Very nice trail with great views along the way. Deer spotted. Parking can be an issue, found a pull off about a 1/4 mi south of the trail head.

hiking
4 days ago

It’s a moderately difficult hike for us older folks, but once you get past the switchbacks the views are easy to get to and amazing.

Great views, especially if you go past the balanced rock and scramble up the other side. Super easy.

hiking
11 days ago

We recommend getting out as early as possible as we were the only ones on the trail the entire way down and the trail got more crowded on the return. We are novice hikers and had no problems completing in under 2.5 hours with plenty of time for viewing the window and taking pictures along the way. The last mile back to the lodge is the hardest for those that are less experienced.

We thoroughly enjoyed this hike. It’s almost all downhill for the first 1.5-2mi down into the valley (which means uphill coming back). Starts at the Chisos mountain campgrounds. Once you get into the canyon at the bottom it is incredible. My partner found the exact spot where the water originates and starts to flow down stream. The rocks were easy to cross and the trail is so very well maintained. The rocks directly near the actual window itself are very slippery however. My recommendation would be to not get cute and try to see how far out into the window you can go before it drops off. We loved this hike and did it on an off day to recover after climbing Emory the day before. Highly highly recommend.

Amazing hike. It was hard. 10.6mi round trip. Starts at the bottom near the Chisos Basin camping grounds. It’s a difficult hike with such a rewarding 360° view from the top. The last bit up to the actual summit is basically a little rock climb. Very nerve racking. Takes some flexibility and coordination for that last little climb up to the tip top. We did this on 1/4/19 and it was cold up there! Definitely wear layers and pack lots of water and fuel around this time of year.

hiking
13 days ago

Amazing trail, but the parking lot fills up fast. Plan to get their shortly after sunrise if you want a spot!! The trail can get pretty crowded too.

hiking
13 days ago

Started this hike at 630am came back down by 330pm. Stopped alot along the way enjoyed the view ate a small lunch at the peak near the satellite. I climbed up the left wall. it was alot easier. The right wall I would say is for more advanced climbers. for me I just didn't want to risk the fall. but it is definitely a beautiful view! you won't be missing out by much if you climb the left wall. TAKE PLENTY OF WATER OR GATORADE! I'm from South Texas I went during August. I'm used to the Texas sun but that day the Texas sun had no Mercy! I don't know how I would have made it without my 6 water bottles and 3 Gatorades. I used an offline map I downloaded from Google maps to keep track of the hike.

Very pretty with a fun reward of a swim! Nice place to meet fellow explorers.

hiking
14 days ago

After the first half, this trail is basically a staircase up to the top. The view from the top is fantastic! You can see all around. To be honest it was a little difficult to tell where the trail ended. It was a little cold and windy at the top, but that’s to be expected in January.

Really fun hike. You get a lot of “bang for your buck” with this hike because it is not as remote or long as other hikes in the area, but you get to see great views and lots of flora and and some fauna (if you’re lucky!)

Don’t miss this one if you come to Big Bend!

hiking
16 days ago

This was a tough hike that was worth it. We got started at sunrise and it took us around 6 hours with many breaks and chances to absorb the scenery. I recommend lots of layers especially in the winter months. When we got close to the top, the trees were covered in frost!

Do not let other commenters scare you away from trying out the scramble. My husband is afraid of heights and he did it, and the results were worth it for him. Just trust your gut and don’t do anything you think will be too dangerous, but my suggestion is to make the decision when you see the scramble in person and don’t let reviews on the internet scare you!

Just a note - this trail is really 10.6 miles round trip, as other reviewers have noted..

It got pretty crowded and slippery towards the end, but the views were awesome the entire way

The entire road closes 8 miles before the canyon due to the government shutdown. tuff canyon is open.

Well worth the drive down and the hike. Easy hike; just a bit of a climb, but the views are more than worth it.

Was closed for government shutdown.

hiking
19 days ago

Awesome hike......I had been by this trailhead once before in 2017 after camping out on the South Rim...I got there but I was so tired and dirty I decided to hook it back down to the basin. I regretted that so I went back and hiked Emory Peak on Dec 21. View was awesome and worth the hike. I can now add that to my list.

This trail is.wonderful very low traffic, it's like you have the whole thing to yourself.

Love this trail! This is the second time doing it and it was just as amazing as the first time!

Easy, can get to balanced rock off grapevine hill road. Great views

Easy hike, stunning views

hiking
20 days ago

Stunning views, easy hike. Well worth the effort / payoff ratio. We went right before sunset for some magical colors and walked back with the sun setting. At the bottom we drank a Big Bend beer we bought from the store at the top of the trailhead

hiking
20 days ago

We hiked this trail Dec 8, 2018. Despite the rainy cold weather, we went ahead and did this hike anyway. Glad we did.
Easy hike till the last .25 mil mark. That’s where it’ll start to get steep and rocky. On the way down it was slippery and somewhat difficulty to go down but as long as you’re going slow and use common sense you’d be fine!

hiking
20 days ago

PLEASE READ!
We hiked this Dec 9, 2018. Beautiful hike. Moderately hard throughout most of it, we took 5 min breaks every 45-50 min, helped us a lot. Towards the top of the peak, expect steep, slippery, extremely uneven surface rocks. Just watch your step and take a moment to check the view. The actual peak, you’ll see two peaks with their own separate antennas/solar panels. DON’T GO TO THE LEFT PEAK, GO TO THE RIGHT! Finally, (IF YOU’RE SCARED OF HEIGHTS BE CAUTIOUS AND USE COMMON SENSE!) YOU LITERALLY HAVE TO ROCK CLIMB/SCRAMBLE YOURSELF TO THE TOP. It’s also difficult and scary to rock climb back down due to random gust of wind. The top however...worth every effort. do it.

hiking
20 days ago

We hiked this trail Dec 10, 2018.
Easy in the beginning, gets harder towards the end. Step, very uneven surface rocks. The top, it’s almost a plateau, you can safely walk on top of the trail and view different angles of the mountains. Definitely worth another visit later on!

Definitely a must.One of our highlights.

hiking
22 days ago

Just like everything in BBNP, this is just magnificent. The views of the surrounding mountains and then, out the 'window' into the desert are awe-inspiring.

Spectacular views! The trail is fairly easy until you reach the last 1/4 mile to the waterfall. You will have to scramble across some slick rocks but the view it totally worth it, Highly recommended!

Amazing views!! Nice, easy hike. You will have to cross some wet muddy areas to get across to the trail but nothing too deep.

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