Ore Terminal Trail

HARD 5 reviews
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Ore Terminal Trail is a 8.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bend National Park, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
8.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1289 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

Directions from Boquillas Canyon road:

hiking
18 days ago

Even though it’s the busiest time of year here in BBNP, my sister and I snagged a campsite for the night at the Chisos Basin Campground but decided to drive over to this part of the park to explore for the afternoon. After we settled in, we chose this trail as a day hike before we hit the trails backpacking in Chisos Basin for a few days tomorrow morning. It was a great little warmup, and the trail came recommended by a ranger as a very lightly trafficked route that is lovely but not frequently visited.
Her recommendation was spot on; we only saw one other group on the trail as we were going in and they were coming out. We didn’t quite finish the hike, stopping about 3.5 miles in on a gorgeous, panoramic ridgeline. We really wanted to continue, as this was the most beautiful part of the hike—and we were super curious to see the mysterious and famed terminal—but we were running out of daylight quickly. Pro-tip: Start this hike before 1430 (LOL). We watched the sun set on the ridge line as we turned back, and we began our descent as the light faded. By the time we hit the wash, we put our headlamps on so we could continue to safely gauge the uneven, loose terrain.

This trail offers gorgeous views, and the southern features really come into view a couple miles into the hike. They are certainly stunning at Golden Hour, but be prepared to hike the wash out in the dark, if you stay up on the trail for the beautiful colors. We read that this hike requires long pants, and I would only say that is true about 2.5 miles in and onward. The first couple miles have plenty of cacti and other prickly things, but they are easily avoided if you stay on the trail. Once you climb up and get about 2.5 miles in, though, you’ll be glad for the protection around your legs. The trail is marked with delightful, “Leave No Trace” cairns, and it winds its way up the hill somewhat along a steel cable from the old railway. The steel cable is a helpful guide, but the cairns (rock stacks) mark the trail, so don’t fuck with them unless you’re making them more noticeable. (:

All in all, 8/10. Would definitely recommend and return to see the actual terminal. Haha This would be great as a backcountry primitive overnight, in conjunction with the Marufo Vega Loop!

1 month ago

Went during Thanksgiving break and had great weather in the low 80’s. Pack plenty of water, pants for brushy plants, and stable shoes for rocky terrain. Some great views of canyons and the Chisos mountains off in the distance.

hiking
Sunday, January 03, 2016

Nice canyon views. Not as well maintained as some of the other trails in the park. Need to wear long pants, there are a lot of cactus that rub against your legs. Need good shoes the trail is rocky. Look for cairns that mark the trail.

hiking
Friday, December 16, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, November 23, 2016