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Pine Canyon Trail

MODERATE 54 reviews
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Pine Canyon Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bend National Park, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 4.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

The road leading to the trailhead may be difficult for 2WD vehicles.

hiking
6 days ago

Stayed at the primitive roadside camp site #5, and decided to do this hike in the morning after waking up. Turned out to be by far my favorite hike in Big Bend! A beautiful wash area with trees and plentiful bird life. Came in November and it was 38 degrees, but I’m sure summer this is a delightful escape from the sun.

hiking
bugs
over grown
scramble
washed out
1 month ago

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful drive out to the trailhead, 4x4 NOT required but a car might have problems. First 2/3 of the trail is a bit exposed through the Sotol grasslands but I started at 2:00 on a July afternoon and it was fine. Once you’re in the pines it’s cool and beautiful ending with some steep climb to the waterfall and nice cool spot to relax. I will caution saw one big black bear up just in the pines so keep your ears up. One of the best trails in the park!

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Hot. Beautiful. Bears!!! 66 years old. Only person on the trail. Open exposure until you get to the lost pines. Sow and 2 cubs. Little nervous. They weren’t. Great hike. June 8th 2019.

hiking
5 months ago

The trial is a steady incline and very moderate with fantastic views all the way up to the waterfalls. It was dry that day but had two good rains the next two days that we were there. The whole canyon floor was in bloom! A “must hike” for the beauty and serenity of this mountains. Don’t miss hike! From pinyon Pine to all the different cactus.

hiking
6 months ago

The road in is always entertaining, the last mile or so can be interesting if you have oncoming traffic. In the warmer months be aware of no cover for the first mile or so until you enter the pines and oak. On this trip, saw the usual Sierra del Carmen White-tailed Deer, many species of bird and lots of bear sign, but sadly no bears.

hiking
6 months ago

one of the best trails in the park. be sure to go all the way up. last half mile is slow but worth it. water in the falls today. leaves on the ground from bad hail storm last week are very slick.

hiking
7 months ago

Gorgeous wide-open views while hiking the first 2/3 of this trail, then it transitions into the forest and eventually to where the waterfall is. No water was flowing when I hiked this trail, but the large wall of rock makes you feel so small. I would highly recommend taking trekking poles or finding a nice (fallen) walking stick for when you go back down the trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Fun Hike to a pretty canyon. The first 1.5 miles is in the sun, but he last section is in the canyon and has good shade. Pack lots of water. Check with park rangers before you take the high clearance road out there. They will have current road conditions and be able to tell you if your vehicle can make it. We did see bear scat but no bear sightings for us.

hiking
9 months ago

Excellent little morning trip. You do need a high clearance vehicle to get to the trail head. Once there you start off in the desert and end up in mountain pine canyon. The last bit before the waterfall is a bit steep with lose rocks. On the way back down we spotted a black bear in the revive below us foraging for food. Awesome!

hiking
11 months ago

Hike to the waterfall was interesting. As people mentioned the dirt road getting to the hike is okay if you have a high clearance vehicle. We did see a bear both coming and going -he was just off the trail ( about 1/2 mile from the waterfall)

hiking
11 months ago

Great hiking trail. I little more strenuous than I expected but not horrible. The last little bit is steep. Saw a lot of bear scat on the trail and saw two bears.

Mon Sep 24 2018

Waterfall at the end was spectacular!

hiking
Sun May 20 2018

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!

Thu Apr 05 2018

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

Mon Mar 12 2018

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

hiking
Tue Jan 02 2018

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
Wed Jun 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
Sat Jun 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
Fri 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
Sun Nov 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
Fri Jun 24 2016

Pretty scenery. Easy pace!

hiking
Wed Jun 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
Sat Apr 14 2012

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

hiking
Sat Sep 18 2010

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

hiking
4 days ago

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