Bush Mountain Trail to Blue Ridge Loop

HARD 6 reviews

Bush Mountain Trail to Blue Ridge Loop is a 15.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pine Springs, Texas that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
15.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,242 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
3 months ago

This is an amazing hike. Just did it this weekend. The views are memorable, temperature is pleasant, and the forest is really nice. However, the trail after Bush mountain campground is very hard to follow, we veered off a few times and had to use GPS to pick it back up later on the path. Other than that, this is well worth your time.

hiking
6 months ago

One of my favorite hikes in Texas. I loved it so much I wrote an entire story about it, found here: http://willingnesstowander.com/willingness/posts/Guadalupe/

It is hard, but amazingly worth it. The views are great, the temperature not too bad, and the space is mostly to yourself.

backpacking
7 months ago

Back packed 28-29 April 2018 with Boy Scouts preparing for Philmont. Tougher than any day we will have on our Philmont Trek. We backpacked from Pine Springs camp ground to Pine Top camp ground. Dropped packs and set up camp. We took day packs and completed the Bush Mountain Blue Ridge loop. We hauled in 6 liters each of water and used every bit of it. The map says 3.8 miles from the trail head to the intersection of Tejas and Bush Mountain trail. My Garmin said 4.3 miles when I checked both directions. Not sure that the map accounts for all the switch backs. We took three liters of water on the Bush Mountain to Blue Ridge loop. Definitely needed it for the young 14-year old scouts. The trail was rocky, especially clockwise to Bush Mountain. The trail got easier after we climbed down north side of Bush Mountain. The Tejas trail portion was shaded under pines and scenic.

backpacking
8 months ago

We completed this trail in October 2016. It was very difficult. We packed for a three day hike but ended up doing it in two which means we started with three days of water in our packs (no water sources at the top). The combination of pack weight, steep grade, and rough terrain make this a hike that rivals some of those found in the high Rockies. Don't expect much smooth hard-packed dirt on this trip.

It is usually very windy but we were fortunate to have a calm day on the way up as well as a morning fog that kept us cool. We camped at Tejas and shared the campground with a single mule deer. The campground wasn't spectacular but was well guarded from the wind as a storm rolled in.

The trail was poorly marked toward the north side of the loop and the elevation is a lot of up and down almost all the way to Pine Top. However, the views of the desert are spectacular as you near the cliffs. Ultimately, the trail is a rewarding sufferfest.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

This trail is very beautiful, but hard too. We didn't see anybody for 24 hours or more and the trail is poorly marked.

hiking
Wednesday, November 01, 2017