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Pam Mooney reviewed Chimneys Trail
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Hot hot even in late Nov

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Jenn Oswald reviewed Chimneys Trail
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Make sure you do this only after you have done Windows and Balanced Rock. Not much to see until the big rock. I enjoyed the hike with family but after doing Windows I felt it was a waste of time.

Very hard. Don't attempt if have little experience. No water along the route, so just painful.. Choose something easier. The views are amazing of course. Wouldn't do it again however.

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Nathan K reviewed Outer Mountain Loop
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BackpackingNo shade

Started at the Chisos Basin Campground and traveled counterclockwise. Backpacked for three days and two nights. Was still very hot, and carried water for the whole trip which made for a heavy pack. Trail was very quiet did not see any hikers the second day. Amazing views looking up at the rim.

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BackpackingGreat!

The biodiversity was exceptional. My friend and I had a great time. We even had company at our campsite by some harmless black bears. The stars are otherworldly.

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The most incredible hike and worth every mile! The elevation and incline for the first ever all miles is brutal, along with the the elevation of the actual Emory peak, but given the opportunity, I’d do it again in a heartbeat. The trail gives you an incredible glimpse at all of the different ecosystems and diverse climates that Big Bend has to offer. If you make the effort to travel all the way out to Big Bend, you should definitely make the effort to complete this hike. ****Do watch out for bears and mountain lions on this trail. We did see one bear, but luckily no mountain lions, en route.

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Wow this is such an amazing hike. Went 2 days ago and conditions were perfect ! We started at the trail head around 10 am, it was very sunny and we were a little concerned how much shade we would be getting during the climb. We were very pleased to find this trail is mostly shaded ! Lots of tree cover and a nice gradual climb to the top with a few areas that are flat, which was a nice break for the legs. There is a scramble at the top which requires some rock climbing but nothing we couldn’t manage as long as you aren’t too afraid of heights and the 360 views are so worth it. We found a little secluded spot to eat lunch out of the wind on the left peak and then climbed to the top of Emory (right peak). We got back to the bottom around 3pm just in time to see two baby black bear cubs playing in the trees right in front of us, a perfect ending to the hike. Enjoy!!

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HikingGreat!
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Jon-Eric Steinbomer reviewed Laguna Meadow Trail
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Tyler Wegner reviewed Ernst Tinaja Trail
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Quick easy short trail with some pretty good views

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Joe Krebsbach reviewed Chimneys Trail
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On the easy side of moderate. Long gentle slope out and back.

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HikingGreat!

The view from the South Rim was spectacular. We are average hikers, decided to take Leguna Meadows trail to the South rim. It’s a slow incline, easy on the knees. Headed back along Pinnacle trail towards Emory peak. Did not have time to hit Emory trail. Started Leguna at 7am and finished at campground at 2:45pm. Beware going down Pinnacle trail is a challenge but saves you time and distance. The scenery is beautiful on this side.

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Fantastic trail. It’s long and arduous but you are rewarded w two incredibly scenic views that are different enough from each other to make trekking the entire loop worthwhile w lots of changing flora and fauna along the way. We had several bear and deer encounters but were able to keep a safe distance w lots of hoot n hollering.

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Lauren Moore reviewed Chimneys Trail
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BackpackingGreat!
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Lauren Moore reviewed Ernst Tinaja Trail
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Jill Hughson reviewed Chimneys Trail
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Flat and well maintained trail. Completely exposed to the sun! Plan accordingly. Rock art was interesting (it’s on the base of the formation that stands alone).

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Michael Brant reviewed Chimneys Trail
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Hot! Even the n November. Full exposure. Brings lots of water

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Tammy King reviewed Basin Drive
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Awesome!

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Annie Gilliland reviewed Chimneys Trail
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Great trail, managed to do the loop in 2 days with one water cache at Homer Ranch. Recommend doing it in three days and trying to get a water cache at both sites. We had done the peak the day previous so skipped the 1.5 miles to Emory. If only using one I recommend at least 5 liters of water per person. Great mix of desert environments and lots of Wildlife! Also recommend having hats and trekking poles.

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Navarre Marshall reviewed Laguna Meadow Trail
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great hike. 2hrs to Emory Peak. 7 hrs total. no water on trail. bring a lot. lots of toilets at the campsite. bring your own tp.

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Daniel Reches reviewed Chimneys Trail
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it's a good trail, but don't start it unless you are fully intending to finish it. the way to the chimneys has some nice and interesting plants, but none of them will give you shade. on a hot day, you're walking through the sweltering desert, so going near the evening or in the morning time is recommended. the chimneys themselves are pretty cool. you can climb the big cluster pretty easily and the lone chimney has some cool petroglyphs and remnants of an old house foundation.

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I did this trail yesterday. Warmly recommended. I am a 32-year-old average fitness male and it took me 8 hours with a half hour break for lunch at the top of Emory and an hour break for second lunch and meditation at the south rim. There are bears on this trail. So come prepared for them with something to make noise. Beyond that, the hardest part is near the beginning. it does get much easier after Emory peak. Nonetheless, this is a difficult hike and you should have no delusions about that going in. it's doable, but give yourself plenty of time and take at least a gallon of water. I went through almost a gallon and a half.

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