Pine Canyon Trail

MODERATE 21 reviews
#15 of 68 trails in

Pine Canyon Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bend National Park, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,000 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

hiking
2 months ago

Pine Canyon Trail head is at the end of a 6 mile primitive road. The park recommends 4X4 drive, however we made the trek in Desmond out Honda CRV without noticeable damage. The trial is a easy-moderate 4 mile in and out. The first 1.6 miles are in the sun. Beware of flies, their presence is overwhelming at times. This is where you encounter first of many ecosystems. Next the trail come to a moderately wooded area, and slowly becomes more dense. This is where we encountered two black bear cubs, and momma bear. We never made it to the waterfall due to the presence of the bears. Despite the bears, the changing of ecosystems were exhilarating. Great hike!

4 months ago

Hot/exposed at first but leads into a wooded area with lots of shade!

5 months ago

Lovely canyon. Green oasis in the desert. Few visitors. Bear present.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike that offers a glimpse into different habitats. If you’re looking for a nice quiet trail with some potential to see wildlife, this might be your ticket. We saw some deer, signs of javelina, and more birds than we could count.

Less traffic than other parts of the park due to challenging road getting there. Fair warning, the road out could be rough or impassable in low clearance vehicles. 4x4 May be required if it rains.

hiking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Pretty trail. As others have stated, the distance and elevation on here are a bit off, it's closer to 4 miles & 1000' r/t.

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

The specs on this were a bit off. The trail header reads 4 miles round trip with 1000' gain.

This was an awesome trail. Starts in the desert and ends in a lush pine area. The road to get to the trailhead is very rough but the waterfall at the end made it so worth it.

hiking
Friday, May 19, 2017

This trail is 4.2 total miles out and back with an elevation around 1000 feet. The trail starts easy with a progressive up hill incline. After about 1.5 miles the trail descends a bit into the wash below then climbs rather steep for about 0.4 miles until you reach the rock wall. The hike through the wash and to the wall is totally in trees and brush. This is definitely a moderate hike based on similar ratings in Big Bend. My mileage represents one direction on record.

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Pretty and easy hike. Nice views of the mountains from the desert and then shade and a variety of trees as you enter the forest. We could tell bears had been there - we saw lots of scratches on the trees!

walking
Friday, June 24, 2016

Pretty scenery. Easy pace!

hiking
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Trail starts on a high desert meadow and winds into the canyon. In an instant you're plunged into a tight forest of juniper and pine. Just beautiful!

hiking
Saturday, April 14, 2012

Nice easy hike into a caldera! The different ecotones are awesome! One may even see a black bear here!

hiking
Saturday, September 18, 2010

Fairly easy hike. The elevation change as you go up into the valley provides several habitat changes. Beautiful to see.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Saturday, May 27, 2017

hiking
Thursday, May 11, 2017

recorded Filler Hike

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Tuesday, April 04, 2017