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    Andrea Peterson completed Osha Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Andrea Peterson completed Mule Ears Spring Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Andrea Peterson reviewed Mule Ears Spring Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Andrea Peterson reviewed The Window Trail

    about 2 years ago

    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.

    Andrea Peterson completed The Window Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Andrea Peterson reviewed Lost Mine Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Best hike in the entire park; no doubt about it. Get to this hike early enough to get parking. Good news is, this one has a lot more tree shade to beat the heat in, even if you get started a bit later in the morning. We saw a small black bear on this trail, only 15 yards away--amazing!!! It had no interest in us; it just kept moving as we made lots of noise to discourage it from coming our way. The views at the top are amazing, and I recommend taking a snack to enjoy at the top while you take in the view, which is more expansive than I thought it would be. I could've done with a little more water; my 32oz Nalgene was enough, but I would've liked more. My husband did this in hiking sandals, but I wouldn't have done it without boots, myself (plenty of rocks on the trail). Seems like a good trail for older kids.

    Andrea Peterson completed Lost Mine Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Andrea Peterson completed Tower Bridge Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Andrea Peterson completed Rim Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Andrea Peterson completed Fairyland Loop Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Andrea Peterson completed Peekaboo Loop Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Andrea Peterson completed Queens Garden Complex Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Andrea Peterson completed Navajo Loop Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Andrea Peterson reviewed Lost Maples East Trail Loop

    over 2 years ago

    Lost Maples State Park was such a treat to hike, and for us, a hidden gem. Everyone knows that you go to Lost Maples for fall colors. But the purple mountain laurels that grow in springtime are so fragrant that, especially once you reach the highest elevation of the east loop trail, the scent is overwhelming. The waters were also crystal clear, which I guess I didn't expect... though to be honest, we didn't expect any water, so this was a treat!

    Andrea Peterson completed Lost Maples East Trail Loop

    over 2 years ago

    Andrea Peterson reviewed Boogerman Loop Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Andrea Peterson reviewed Boogerman Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Andrea Peterson reviewed Boogerman

    over 2 years ago

    Andrea Peterson reviewed Cataloochee Divide Trail

    over 2 years ago

    We hiked this at the end of March 2016. We had intended to hike the Boogerman or a lower-elevation trail with more greenery, but they were washed out. This was a backup trail that we avoided because it sounded more difficult, and I only got out of the hospital a month earlier and now am no longer used to higher elevations after moving to Houston. HOWEVER!

    It turned out to be a great, doable hike. People are calling it difficult, but aside from the elevation, there are about as many uphill sections as downhill, which made it quite bearable. We didn't have to deal with water crossings or rocky terrain; the trail was soft with dirt and old leaves. The trees weren't even showing any buds yet, so the views of the mountain range were available on all sides through the empty branches. We went about 2.5 miles out and back from the trailhead (we were concerned about getting down to our campsite in time to setup before nightfall). While out, we heard elk calls but didn't see any on this trail, and we managed to come around the corner on three wild turkeys, who promptly dashed away. I wish we hadn't been talking so loudly when we came upon them, so we could've gotten a better look at them (from a safe distance). There appeared to be mosquitos who swarmed if we stood still too long, but they never bit. Couldn't tell if that was a matter of our very light bug spray application or if they just weren't aggressive.

    Anyway, I'd recommend this one to anyone this time of year. I had been hoping for better photographic opportunities, but we still had those big views of the mountain range, and that's pretty hard to argue with.

    Andrea Peterson completed Cataloochee Divide Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Andrea Peterson updated Bayo Canyon Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Andrea Peterson updated Bayo Canyon Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Andrea Peterson updated Bayo Canyon Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Andrea Peterson completed Hermann Park Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Andrea Peterson completed La Cueva Loop Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Andrea Peterson reviewed Clearwater and Snake River National Recreation Trail (Lewiston Levies)

    over 2 years ago

    I agree with Jim Cooper's comment below. Be sure to check out the Hell's Gate State Park website for better info.

    The hiking we did within Hell's Gate State Park took us to some amazing rock formations, and being that I was there with a bunch of geologists, this was a big plus. I think we all expected a bit more of a "hike". Where there was mud alongside the river, things got a bit dicey. Other places, it was quite rocky and seemed more appropriate for adventures on wheels. The water levels were high when we visited, so our hike was cut short. A rattlesnake on the side of the trail at this point also made us feel a bit unwelcome (though that was exciting).

    Andrea Peterson completed Snake River Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Andrea Peterson completed Alcove House Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Andrea Peterson completed Main Ruin Loop Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Andrea Peterson reviewed Bayo canyon trail

    over 2 years ago

    Great spot to wander around for a casual hike. We did this one after a day at Tsankawi Ruin in October and enjoyed smelling the trees (the Douglas Firs here smell like vanilla up close). I don't remember anything about this trail being strenuous, but it was more than just a walk. The locals will talk this one up a fair amount; everyone seems to know this trail, at least a little bit.

    Andrea Peterson completed Bayo Benches Loop

    over 2 years ago

    Andrea Peterson reviewed Black Mountain Trail

    over 2 years ago

    I hiked did this one before I got fit, and it just about killed me. On the other hand, I know relatively fit people who would run it multiple times a week. I highly recommend a hat and lots of water, even in January (it's Arizona, people).

    Andrea Peterson completed Black Mountain Trail

    over 2 years ago