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    Christopher Philbrick reviewed South Rim Trail - Boot Springs Trail

    11 days ago

    Beautiful, beautiful hike! My favorite in the park. Fairly strenuous for those not in the good shape. I’m 43 and in reasonably good shape, and my feet and knees were on fire. Well worth the discomfort though! Cold beer and ice packs back at camp.
    Don’t forget the west rim- it’s not marked. After the south rim, instead of immediately following the path to the right to Laguna Meadows trail, head straight up for another stunning vista to the west. Adds about .25 miles to the hike.

    Christopher Philbrick reviewed Emory Peak Trail

    11 days ago

    This hike is simply a must if you’re in Big Bend. Pinnacle trail on the way up is a real bruiser with its elevation gain, however the trail up to the peak is moderate. Some folks won’t want to climb up the rocks to summit the peak but it’s really not too bad and very well worth it. If you do, look to the west and enjoy the sun illuminating the north wall of Santa Elena canyon on the park’s western border. Stunning views.

    Christopher Philbrick reviewed River Place Nature Trail Upper Section

    25 days ago

    While in Austin (I live in San Antonio), I make it a point to get to this upper-moderate level trail, especially when it has recently rained so the creeks are flowing nicely. Just hiked it for the fifth time on 11/11. Beautiful trail, great workout, lots of stairs. A solid liter of water will do you just fine unless it’s summer. It’s short but you can squeeze 3-4 miles out of the whole trail system. A true gem just 25 minutes from downtown ATX.