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Not one of my most favorite trails in Big Bend but does have great view at the end. Definately moderate not an easy trail as park trails book says.

20 hours ago

Beautiful hike with interesting things to see along the way. Did not see any bears around noon to 2. Going back up is a killer if you don't like a lot of stair type steps up at the last quarter of a mile.

Just down to the river and back

hiking
3 days ago

An amazing trail! If you're scared of heights the scramble at the top can be uncomfortable but it's 100% worth it! Prepare with lots of water, pack lightly, and give yourself plenty of time to complete it.

hiking
3 days ago

Make sure you get all the way to the end because it's worth it! Follow the ridge!

muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

The trail itself is beautiful and definitely worth the troubles to get to the trailhead. the views from up top are gorgeous and walking through the reeds of the Rio Grande is surreal after being surrounded by desert moments before. Like many others have said, if it has rained recently the entrance is either flooded or knee-deep muddy. Some people choose to traverse the mud, and I even saw one girl doing the hike barefoot with muddy feet since the hike after that point is truly that easy. There is a non-muddy option that requires a lot of climbing up and down very vertical slopes with unsteady shale as the only thing to grab onto. My buddy and I decided to do this option both up and back, but there were some scary moments where we could have easily fallen all the way down to the creek below. The amount of time you save trekking the mud is actually wasted on washing your feet after. Keep that in mind. With that said it was worth it and I'd do that climb again to hike the trail.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
4 days ago

Short trail, mostly flat, last quarter mile scrambling up some boulders. Easily done. We saw parents with small children doing it. View at the top is awesome, balanced rock makes a great frame.

hiking
5 days ago

Shorter trail that gets to the same elevation as Pinnacle. More traffic on trail but good if you don’t have as much time.

My husband and I hiked this trail this afternoon; what a treat. The view at the end is spectacular. As others have said, the trail is downhill until you reach The Window; uphill all the way back. On the way back up we spotted a mama bear and 3 cubs. She and her cubs just sat and watched us and after about 10 minutes wandered off. It took us 4 hours but I take a lot of photos. I am also a little out of shape so probably slower than some.

Definitely the best views in all of Big Bend

Pretty good

hiking
scramble
6 days ago

Fun rock scrambles, interesting grotto

hiking
no shade
rocky
7 days ago

Amazing trail! DO NOT pass up the South Rim. It is a must. We started at Juniper Canyon, hiked to Homer Wilson Ranch, and camped up the wash. We cached water at Homer Wilson before we began the hike. On day two we hiked up to the South Rim after filling our water at Boot Canyon and camped at site 7. We reserved the spot and loved having dinner and breakfast on the rim. Day three we hiked back down to our car at Juniper Canyon which was a great way to end the hike. Easy downhill and beautiful views. Can’t wait to come back!

hiking
7 days ago

We stopped here after a morning hike. Didn’t do the whole trail, just walked to the river. So pretty!

on The Window Trail

hiking
7 days ago

Nice hike. Saw some huge cacti and plants. Saw wildlife, including a black bear minding his business off to the side.

on Lost Mine Trail

hiking
7 days ago

Great trail with beautiful views. Not tons of parking so get there early.

hiking
7 days ago

We added a section of Pinnacles Trail and were rewarded with amazing views and a pretty little meadow.

hiking
no shade
scramble
8 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

Loved this hike. Go to the end for pretty little waterfall and the window view of the desert. We also hiked about a 1/4 mile up the springs trail for expansive views

Incredible hike, down from the Chisos Mountain Lodge area. Change in scenery and topagraphy are fantastic, make sure you hike all the way to the bottom!

hiking
8 days ago

Good introduction hike to Big Bend. My husband and I hiked the Lost Mine Trail in the morning and then did this one in the afternoon. The first section of the trail you descend into the basin and then move towards the towering rock formations that form the window. Keep in mind for about the first mile there is very little shade so bring sunscreen and a hat and a good amount of water. Once you descend the trail is pretty flat until you reach the last quarter mile. There is some scrambling (very little) over some rocks through the river bed but the trail is still well defined. This is also a pretty well traversed trail meaning that there are quite a few people who hike this trail. The views at the end are spectacular so make sure to go all the way!

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