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DeAnna Zacherl reviewed The Window Trail
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Hilary Farr reviewed Emory Peak Trail
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 18, 2020
HikingGreat!Rocky

The premier hike at perhaps America's most underrated national park. I've had the pleasure of doing this twice - once as a day hike in February of 2018 and another as an overnight backpacking trip in February 2020. Very different experiences! The day hike had pristine weather with the legendary "miles and miles" Big Bend visibility. On the backpacking trip, I was subjected to the worst weather I've encountered camping! Originally, I was training for the full Outer Mountain Loop trail, but backed out due to usual concerns for that trip (water caching, high drop out rate after the Dodson Trail, dehydration, etc). That's for the best since a winter warning advisory swept through the region and overnight temperatures dipped into the 30s. I was driving back to El Paso in snowy/icy conditions. I wanted to camp on the site adjacent to the South Rim (#13, I believe), but you have to arrive pretty early to get that particular site. An online reservation system was being implemented for the entire park, but was not yet ready when I arrived. There's a wide choice of other camping locations and most seem readily available. Water availability is limited to tinaja pools in Boot Canyon with about the most unappealing water I've seen in my life. I packed in all my water (about 5 Liters), but there was plenty available in the pools. The journey to the South Rim is actually a combination of separate trails (Pinnacles-Boot Canyon-South Rim). You'll start the Pinnacles Trail by kind of meandering behind a few of the lodge cabins before beginning your ascent. Most day hikers will begin at Pinnacles and descend on the western trail of the loop; you're looking at roughly 13 miles and 3000 feet elevation gain. If you add in Emory Peak, that's about 900 extra feet and roughly 5 miles round trip. When I set off on my overnight trip, the weather was surprisingly cool and overcast. I kept bumping into a gentleman who was a regular visitor and we had a really good running conversation about the Outer Loop Trail and his adventures doing it over the years. The Emory Peak trail originates at the junction of the Pinnacles-Boot Canyon trails. A handy bear box is present for those looking to drop their gear before ascending. The Emory Peak trail is far more exposed than other any portion of the trail. The views are good and allow you to soak in your entire surroundings, but IMO, the South Rim views are far more impressive. If you plan on doing the rock scramble at the end of the trail, I would recommend checking out a YouTube video to actually locate where the rock scramble begins. I just couldn't find it despite circling around the area a few times and gave up due to time constraints. Once you hit Boot Canyon, amazing views to the East begin to gradually open up. If you stay overnight in the Chisos, I recommend coming back down Boot Canyon/Pinnacles to witness it in the early morning sunshine. Amazing. At this point, rain started to fall. I noticed few other hikers on the trail with me. Eventually, I arrived at the side trail leading to the Boot Canyon campsites. I had settled for site # 3, but it's a LONG way from the main trail junction. All four campsites are excellent with ample space, clean tent clearings, and spacious bear boxes. However, stick to sites #1 and #2, if possible. Not only are the #3/4 all the way at the end of the trail, but you'll be exposed to the whipping winds that may hit the canyon. When I arrived at the South Rim overlook, it was completely overcast and very windy. Definitely a different view from what I saw 2 years earlier, but still memorable in its own way. I headed down the western portion of the trail before cutting back to Boot Canyon via the Colima. As I passed other campsites, I noticed a conspicuous lack of other people. By the time I reached my campsite, a steady rain was falling. After finally setting up camp and cooking dinner, I settled into my tent at 7:00 PM. A whole 12 hours until daylight. After finally dozing off to sleep after a bit, I was awoken to loud clashes of thunder and lightning. A torrential downpour was now hitting the canyon. A few hours later, the rain ceased, only to be followed by vicious winds. We're talking the kind of winds that kick up every few minutes and make you wonder if this will be the one that leaves your tent flying off into the distant wilderness! After several hours of this, things calmed down and the moon shone brightly, though temperatures had dropped significantly. Suffice to say, I didn't get much rest that night! Daylight finally arrived and it was hard to believe the previous night's events had occurred. Crisp, clear, and beautiful. On the way back to the Basin, I chatted with several other hikers who remarked on the extremely high winds they experienced at the Lodge. People were surprised to hear that I stuck it out camping. At that point, I realized I was probably the only person in the back country the previous night! Overall, not the most...

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John Byington reviewed The Window Trail
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Great canyon views. Worth the out and back.

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Laurie Byington reviewed Lost Mine Trail
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HikingGreat!No shade

Great hike. Amazing views. If your not use to uphill climbs be prepared first 1/2 is 100% uphill. Plenty of places to stop, test and take in the views. Allow yourself time to enjoy the summit. Gorgeous! Worth the uphill work !!!!

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John Byington reviewed Lost Mine Trail
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Megali Epitychia reviewed Emory Peak Trail
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Nice trail- we skipped the peak and just did the south rim. Please note that part of the pinnacle trail portion was rerouted by the park in 2019 so there is part of our recording that is different than the all trails map and also we walked back on the road to the visitor center where we parked. Saw 1 bear about half a mile before the rim and a group of 3 bears right beside the trail after the rim portion. You’ll see lots of zig zags on our recording as we were trying to figure out the best way around the bears- we got around no problem as they were not interested in us. Nice views at the rim.

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Kimberly Reiff reviewed Lost Mine Trail
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HikingGreat!

Nice trail, well maintained, good amount of traffic, good views, but bring lots of water!

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Nicolas Forge reviewed The Window Trail
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Very good

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Brandon Kallus reviewed Laguna Meadow Trail
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Pilar Sosa reviewed Lost Mine Trail
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Easy up and down the hill, with a great view!

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Pristine trails. I bet it was a lot of work to build these trails

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Brandon Kallus reviewed Emory Peak Trail
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Emma Lehnhardt reviewed Lost Mine Trail
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HikingRocky

Lovely vistas, very well maintained trail.

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Gary Klein reviewed The Window Trail
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Ibrahim Madera reviewed Emory Peak Trail
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HikingGreat!
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Brandon Kallus reviewed The Window Trail
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Nicolas Forge reviewed Mule Ears - Smoky Creek Trail
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We tried to go further. But the trail vanished

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Brandon Kallus reviewed Lost Mine Trail
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Daisy Hollender reviewed Window View Trail
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WalkingGreat!

Is no necessary a hiking trail but has a beautiful spot to watch the sunset.

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Peter Gross reviewed Laguna Meadow Trail
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Lightly traveled trail that was in good shape. Excellent variety of flora and interesting geology

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James Manzano reviewed Emory Peak Trail
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HikingGreat!Scramble

The trail was very well marked, and it was never too steep for a long time. You had great views pretty much once you got past the first 1/2 mile. The most difficult part was .2-.3 from the summit. It slightly steepens and there is a 15-20 foot wall right near the summit that requires good footing but if you fall, it would only be the 15-20 feet. Once you climb that, as long as you are not drunk you should be able to easily navigate the last 100-200 feet of light scrambling. Once you make it up that wall, you are basically home free. I am terribly afraid of heights and managed to push through to get to the summit, but it was not easy for me. Great trail! Once the lodge opens up I will make a return trip.

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Jen O reviewed The Window Trail
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HikingGreat!

It was great. To skip what was described as a dangerous mile incline on the return, we started the trail from the Chisos campground (near campsite 51). Saw stunning velvety blue birds

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Ryan Allen reviewed The Window Trail
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