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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 23, 2020
HikingGreat!Scramble

One of the best hikes in Texas. Tough work since you have to pack in all of your water, but all in all, worth every vista!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 14, 2020
Hiking

fantastic trail. definitely pretty tough at points but generally well-marked and maintained. unfortunately it was cloudy when I went so literally no views the entire time but climbing the peak in the fog was beautiful in its own way. highly recommend if you want either a full day hike or an overnight in Big Bend

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Taylor Fry reviewed Marufo Vega Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 11, 2020
HikingNo shade

Probably the most remote trail I’ve ever hiked. Trail can be difficult to follow at times and you can get lost easily. There’s also no shade so bring plenty of water. The views are incredible. Once you get to Boquillas canyon on the Rio Grande you’re in for a treat. We got lost after we took the spur trail down to the river for an hour after we followed a false cairn and thought we were going to die. We made it back to the correct trail after some backtracking though! Probably my favorite hike ever. I’d say it’s very difficult and should not be taken lightly at all. 10/10.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 4, 2020
Hiking

We hiked this in the spring of 2019 and while there were a number of groups on the trail up Pinnacles we only saw a couple folks on our final jaunt out to the Rim. Strenuous and spectacular. Ravens were flying below us. The view into Mexico is jaw dropping. Portions of the South Rim were closed because the peregrines were nesting. We camped just below the rim under the stars. Important to reserve a spot ahead if you wish to camp. The walk back the next day down Laguna Meadows was like walking through a desert garden. So gorgeous. This trail is not to be missed.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 30, 2020
HikingRockyScramble

Great trail beautiful scenery. Only did a day hike so skipped Emory.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 29, 2020
HikingGreat!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 28, 2020
HikingRockyScramble

Hot and steep but you cannot get a better view in south Texas

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 27, 2020
BackpackingGreat!
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 11, 2020
HikingGreat!

Wild, calm, and wonderful. No needs to say more.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 12, 2020
Hiking

THE hike to do in Big Bend. The South Rim and Emory peak offer incredible views you can't get anywhere else in the park; it's hard to appreciate the rugged terrain without seeing it from above. This is can easily be done as a day hike, but bring plenty of water - you do not want to drink from boot spring, even with a filter. I was here in November and ran into a black bear in Boot Canyon (first time that has happened to me at Big Bend), and it just so happened to be one of the largest I have ever encountered. It was a non-issue, but I'm just mentioning so that others are aware that they are around. if you have time for just one hike in Big Bend, this is the one to do.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 30, 2020
Hiking

We left the Chisos Basin at 9:30a and we’re on the South Rim by 12:30. We did take several breaks for pictures. We also took Laguna Meadows up. It definitely has a more gradual incline than Pinnacles. Pinnacles has more steps, switchbacks and rocky terrain than Laguna. The South Rim and East Rim are worth the hike! The views are incredible. We skipped Emory peak. We took 5 liters of water up each and drank 4 of it. There’s some shade along the way but when the sun comes out it gets pretty warm up there. Have fun!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 28, 2020
Hiking

Amazing summer morning hike. We went counter-clockwise up Lagunas Meadow first, South Rim, down into the Boot and finished the descent on the Pinnacles. Skipped Emory Peak. Brought 3L of water each and lucked out with a cloudy day. We would consider ourselves avid day hikers, considered the summer heat and finished early, in about five and half hours plus 20ish for lunch on the south rim. Views are for miles and miles including the Rio Grande and Santa Elena Canyon.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 27, 2020
Hiking

Beautiful trail that takes you full circle through the chisos basin with amazing views of the desert at the south rim

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 28, 2020
Hiking

Great trail. We started at about 0830 and finished @ 1625, little under 8 hrs with a few breaks and stopping at the rim for pics. We’re in pretty good shape but we’re still gassed by the end. The distance is pretty accurate, the views from the south rim are absolutely amazing as far as the eye can see! We starting on the laguna meadow side and went down the pinnacle trail, it’s a bit more forgiving perhaps but can be a bit tough on the legs! Some may prefer to get the steeper hiking done first on pinnacle and come down on the less steep side laguna not having to descend down the steeper elevation as it can be harder on the knees, whatever you think you’d prefer. We skipped Emory peak, we’d hiked it from the pinnacle last trip and skipped the whole loop as we were short on time. This trail has a little of everything, highly recommend it if you’re looking for a challenging day hike with one of the best views in the USA. Also camp sites for those looking to make a weekend out of it!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 15, 2020
Hiking

Amazing trail with nice coverage! Saved Emory Peak for another time

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Ted Wittman reviewed Outer Mountain Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 13, 2020
Hiking

Outer mountain loop day two.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 11, 2020
Hiking

Great, well maintained trail. 6.5 hours taking Laguna Meadow up and Pinnacle down. Outstanding views! Really nice hike!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 11, 2020
Hiking

We took Laguna Meadows to our first campsite (LM4), then hit the South Rim on our second day. All the other reviews say it, but it bears repeating: the view is astounding. I'm from flat nowhere and being able to see that far at once was an incredible experience. We camped at Colima for our second night and took the Boot Canyon trail to Pinnacles and on home. We skipped Emory peak in favor of spending more time at the South Rim (as someone suggested here...I second that!) All-told, our phones told us we hiked around 18.5 miles with all the extra wandering around. I suggest starting on the Laguna Meadows side and finishing out at Pinnacles. The trail was very well maintained and easy to follow. A hike very worth making!!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMarch 6, 2020
Hiking

Amazing vistas. Late February was a perfect time to backpack in the Big Bend Chicos Mountains.The national park at Chicos Basin also has campgrounds, a restaurant, small store and lodging.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 4, 2020
Hiking

I’ve done this trial twice. Once staring up The Pinnacles side, and the other starting up Laguna Meadows. My advice: start on the Laguna Meadows! It’s much more of a gradual uphill with better scenery. Coming down Pinnacles is much more refreshing than going up. Also, Emory Peak is nice but skip it and spend more time on the South Rim. The views are incredible!! Nothing compares and makes the views from Emory Peak pale in comparison.

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Heidi Faller reviewed Marufo Vega Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 28, 2020
Hiking

This was a great day hike for us. Total time was around 6:15 hours including pictures and a lunch break. We kept a constant quick pace and are in great shape. We went out, took North Rim and then came up South.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 27, 2020

Completed this hike without Emory Peak. It's incredible. One of my top 5 favorite hikes in the United States so far. (the others are Harding Ice Trail AK, Lost Lake Trail AK, Skookum Volcano AK, Fairyland Loop UT)

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Katy Redd reviewed Outer Mountain Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 26, 2020
Hiking

We just finished this hike (adding south rim which, as others have said, really is a must. We did 2.5 days and two overnights. We started at juniper canyon trailhead, went clockwise, camped night one along the Dodson about a mile west of Fresno creek and night two in designated camping that we had reserved online. A couple of things to note: the park treats designated camping differently from primitive camping and the reservation systems are different. Designated camping is reservable online at recreation.gov and primitive camping has to be reserved in person 24 hours in advance at a ranger station. Juniper canyon road is pretty rough, we did in on a Subaru Outback with regular tires and made it, but had we popped a tire, it would have been tough trying to get a tow out. High clearance vehicle is a must, 4 wheel drive probably wasn’t. Finally, check big bend chat online to check on water conditions. Fresno creek, juniper spring and boot spring are all decent sources of water, but unreliable. If you can check ahead of time to see if they’re flowing, you can plan your water consumption around those stops. Finally, I obsessively monitored the weather ahead of time and left rain gear at home to save weight. We had plenty of cloud cover which made the trip a lot easier.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 24, 2020
Hiking

Classic trail. After you finish, head over to hot spring to let your muscles relax. One of the best combos in all of the national parks. This trail directly into a hot spring.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 23, 2020
Hiking

Did this entire loop, but did not climb Emory Peak. One of the best I’ve ever done! The variety of ecosystems you travel through make this feel like multiple hikes in one. The south rim vista is about halfway through and one of the raddest views I have walked up to. I did the loop clockwise, ascending pinnacles first to the south rim and then descending via laguna meadows. I’m in pretty good shape, but I was feeling pretty smoked at the end of it, but that made the accomplishment feel that much better. This hike is a must do!!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 22, 2020
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02222020 thru 02242020 me and 3 buddies decided we wanted to do this trail. We typically go to the mountains of Colorado and New Mexico, but with the snow in the mountains we chose this location. It ended up to be a beautiful spot. We took some time planning the trip, gathered maps and visited blog sites to get additional information. I recommend others planning on the OML compile the same information. I say this because this trip can be under planned or under estimated. Pay special attention to the importance of caching water. We started at the visitor center and spoke with a very helpful ranger who helped us with the permits and logistics of camping zones. She was very helpful and friendly. It took about 4+ hours for us to cache water at both Dodson and Homer locations putting a gallon of water per hiker at each location. **The trail/road to Dodson cache was not too bad via truck, but it is slow moving due to terrain** Our hike started the next morning. We parked at amphitheater parking, gathered our gear and began the hike.(Green Track) Within the first mile we saw 3-4 deer, pretty much the only wildlife we saw on the entire trip. The first day was quite a hike because we chose to see the South Rim. We were lucky and one of the group was not stoked about the view so he decided to stay with the packs so the others could make the hike with no packs. It was worth the view and extra miles. After that we continued to the first camp. The next morning we headed to Dodson where the cache was. Looking at my map you can see I forgot to start my watch for that section of track. It picks up again just prior to Dodson after starting my watch (Red Track). At Dodson we loaded up our water. Dodson Creek Trail is an arduous section. It has a lot of elevation change, was hot for the time of year, and felt like it was twice as long. Picture hiking Mars! This is section has affectionately been nick named “The Dodson Ball Drag.” We should have known this was a difficult hike because the day prior when setting water at the cache at Dodson we came across some weary hikers that needed a ride back to the Ranger Station. They had not even completed “The Dodson Ball Drag” yet!! **Water was in both the Dodson and Fresno but if you need water I think I would pass the Dodson to get the better Fresno Spring water. Rangers and some blogs state NOT to count on neither location to produce water. Keep up with the blogs that have more recent travel updates to verify this** After the Dodson we landed at Homer Wilson and took a bit to collect ourselves. We gather the water we had cached and after some R&R, a coffee and a Nutella laced tortilla we began to plan. Our goal was to take a bite of the trail to eat some of the next day’s hike so we traveled in about 2 more miles till we found camp sites(Purple Track). **I might recommend here that if you can plan for the camp zone that includes Laguna Meadow’s you try and make that area one of your camp sites** On the last day we hiked the remainder of the trail (Blue Track). There is still plenty of up until just after Laguna Meadows so be weary. After Laguna Meadows it is mostly a slight down all the way back to the Ranger Station. We had a great time. My recommendation is do this hike… but know that it is a difficult hike. Not un-bearable, but worthy of respect. I can’t imagine this trail being tackled in any of the summer months and pity anyone who has or plans on doing it during that season. This is a late fall/winter/early spring hike. By late fall/early spring I mean do this in the winter!

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