The Window Trail is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Terlinguo, Texas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.
The Window Trail begins near the Chisos Basin lodge, descending 800 feet over about two miles through rolling hills and vertical rock walls to a narrow pouroff, which overlooks the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert. The trail is usually dry, but the pouroff area is very dangerous during flash-floods.
Great hike to end the stay at Big Bend. Not at all challenging and ok views.
Evening hike, make sure to bring headlamp!!
We started this trail a little later in the day and wish we would have started earlier. The hike down was easy and the view at the end was amazing although I have a little fear of heights so I enjoyed the window from further in the canyon. We had our 10 year old with us and the heat with little shade along with the uphill climb on the way back was a little strenuous. A young black bear crossed the path very close to us about a mile before the end of the trail.
There are three different access points for the trail, depending on where you enter the trail is what your overall distance will be as it is an out and back trail. We accessed the trail from the Chisos Basin campground and hiked approximately four miles in under two hours. The hike is mostly downhill on dry, rocky terrain. As you near the end of the trail there are areas of stone which can be slippery, especially if wet. The view is phenomenal, but challenging to photograph. We thoroughly enjoyed the hike, I would recommend sun protection as the majority of the trail is not shaded.
The trail back up is all uphill but well worth the hike!
Nice. Not much warning when you get to the window.