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hiking
3 days ago

We loved this hike and highly recommend it. Beautiful sights!! Know your limits and turn around once the drop offs get too much to handle unless you have proper repelling/climbing gear.

3 days ago

An amazing number of ecosystems within a small area.
Don’t miss the Crystal, West Main, and Dome trails.

Nice hike with good shade on a hot day. Perfect afternoon outing after hiking Windows in the am.

hiking
4 days ago

Hot even on a cold day. Absolutely no shade. Ok for interesting flora

Wonderful hike! Just enough water to make the crossings interesting and challenging.

Very cool trail that takes down into the canyon along the Rio Grande. The rock faces are amazing when you get down to the river and into the canyon. Nice hike!

Very nice trail. It is well maintained and beautifully constructed. The views at the top are magnificent!

hiking
17 days ago

Fun trail and beautiful views

Go at dusk. The sunset is majestic. Hiking back in the dark is good fun!

Nice trail, pretty views. We were a little disappointed that it didn't get too close to the actual "ears." You can hear the spring but not see it or splash around, which you'd love to do because it's super hot!

off road driving
17 days ago

We did this trail in February, 2018. It was a blast. Traveled from the south to the north; the big step was a descent. There was a marshy section near a spring @ the end. When you clear this look hard right for a hill to get off of the trail. Completed in a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk.

Very good hike. Stream running enough to make getting to end both wet and enjoyable.

You can string multiple loop variations onto the South Rim - you can't go wrong. This is still one of my favorite hikes out there, gazing hundreds of miles across Texas and Mexico. Be sure to start very early and keep a good pace so you are done before the afternoon heat sets in. Carry at minimum 4-5 litres of water, if not more. Keep in mind, this is the desert. Hydration and sunscreen is key! Watch out for rattlers, too.

Great views!!! Worth it even if it's drizzling and muddy.

Tons of fun and amazing views! I had to wade through the river at the very beginning to get to the incline, and then the canyon itself was so beautiful.

Interesting when getting close to the Window, but the first few (and last few) miles can get really hot and feel pretty long.

Absolutely gorgeous view from the top. Super worth it!

Great fun and actually needed 4 low on two occasions. Beautiful sights.

off road driving
1 month ago

Easy trail.

Short easy trail, beautiful rock formations!

Beautiful hike! Bears are sited!

Moderate difficulty but exquisite views. Backpack in for solitude when the day hikers have returned to the basin.

on Lost Mine Trail

1 month ago

Gorgeous view

on The Window Trail

1 month ago

It’s was a really fun trail to explore. Beautiful scenery.

Careful this hike is very hard but very rewarding. The views at the top are spectacular. Barely saw anyone else on the trail when we went. Little shade and we ran out of water near the end of the trip. Make sure you pack sunblock, hat, water, snacks, lunch.

I really enjoyed this hike. I'm pretty new to hiking, but relatively fit. I live at sea level, so the altitude was a bit of challenge too.

The first leg of this hike is the most difficult. The hike up the Pinacles is steep, full of switchbacks, and long enough to make you work for it. That said, there are some stunning vistas of the rest of the Chisos mountains.

Once you complete the first leg, you get to the splinter off for Emory Peak. This was an easier leg, but still challenging, especially towards the end. I was racing a thunderstorm up the mountain, and wish I had a little more time at the top.

The last 50 feet or so was pretty challenging for me. I have a 'healthy' fear of heights, and it took a lot of nerve for me to actually get up on the mountain. The view is something else though.

After you summit, the remainder of the hike is almost all down hill. The short leg of the Colima trail has a bit of climb, but it's not bad.

I did this hike in Early October, and there was quite a bit of cloud cover. I still went through almost 5L of water. Bring lots of water. I was able to complete the loop in a little under 6 hours, but I was really pushing it on the way up.

Definitely a challenging hike but worth the views at the top! Climb to the very peak if you are brave enough - it’s beautiful! We did this on a rather warm day in September; thankfully it got cooler the further we went up, but the way back we definitely felt the heat. We started at 1030am and we were back around 4 or 430. Total time of actual hiking was about 4 1/2 hours (we are in our 30’s and do CrossFit.. we booked it on the way back..don’t get me wrong though, this was a tough hike!)

Not easy at all, at least moderate. You have to walk at least half a mile if not more to reach the bank then have to walk through the canyon walking over rocks of all shapes and sizes, at one point having to scramble down a group of very large boulder-like rocks. There is no hard ground at all in the canyon, it's either rocks or sand or silt making walking extremely difficult. At the end their is a steep embankment where you can slide down and continue on for a little bit but be warned, you'll have difficulty getting back up, because it's a hill of sand and silt, without help so I recommend not doing it alone. Went when it was overcast and cool and still sweated like it was 100 degrees out. Did not enjoy it at all.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views. Great trail

Nice trail and easy walk close to the river.

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