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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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Matthew Morris reviewed Burro Spring Trail
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HikingRockyScramble

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

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AllTrails User reviewed Pine Canyon Trail
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Hiking

One of our favorite hikes in the park so far. Beautiful views of the mountains on the way up. Very warm the first part of the trail as it is out in the open and a slow gentle incline. Once you take the first downhill the slope becomes greater. There were lots of leaves on this part of the trail so a bit slippery. The waterfall was amazing although not a lot of water coming off it while we were there. Very cool at waterfall. I had to put on a layer. In the summer it would be a nice spot to cool off. Loved how the scenery changed.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 1, 2020
BackpackingRockyScramble

This is the exact loop I did on my backpacking trip through the Chisos Basin and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. I went counter clockwise up so the climb was a little more gradual up Laguna Meadows than pinnacles but it lasted a bit longer. The views are nice up Laguna but you don’t get the scenic views until you get to the South Rim. There are a few vistas on the South Rim the truly take your breath away. And then you get to the East Rim and you have to pick your jaw up off the ground. I kept thinking the views couldn’t get much better and then they did as you look out beyond the basin down to the tons of hills that fill the distance between the basin and Mexico. From there you travel into Boot Canyon which was lush (as much as deserts can be) but you no longer get the incredible vistas and overlooks. As you get closer to the Emory Peak break off, you can easily see The Boot rock and it truly lives up to its name. As you get to the Emory Peak junction, there are two large metal bear lockers to stow your packs should you not want to take them up to the peak. I recommend you use them. The trail up to Emory isn’t that steep but it becomes a scramble towards the top and at the very peak it is a rock climb (no gear needed just definitely hands and feet). The views atop Emory are gorgeous and 360 degrees but I personally think some of the East Rim vistas were better. You see different ones at both and I definitely recommend you include both Emory Peak and the East Rim on any trips around the Chisos. After Emory, I collected my backpack and descended Pinnacles. With a heavy pack and at the end of a long day, it was tough on my knees but I did not split the mileage evenly between day 1 and 2. I did this in late January and was worried it would be too cold at night. It may have dipped down to the high 30s but it only got that cold at about 4 in the morning and once the sun was up, it warmed up quickly to the 50-60s. It stayed warm for a while at night after the sun went down though. Additionally, water is scarce along this route. They said Boot Spring was reported as flowing but I decided to skip it as I had sufficient water. They recommend a gallon a day and I followed that and was glad I did. In the winter, it was a little more than I needed but I imagine if it were hotter like Texas can get outside of winter, I would’ve exhausted my supply and been SOL. For walking time, it took me about 8 hours with a heavy pack to do the entire loop plus Emory. I could’ve done it as a day hike but I enjoyed camping in the backcountry and not feeling rushed to beat the sun. Amazing trip and by far one of the best backpacks I’ve ever done. I heavily recommend, and don’t skip the East Rim!

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HikingRockyScramble

Great hike, was difficult with 40+lbs on the back the first day, but worth the pain and effort. Pinnacles gets steeper as it goes, and the switchbacks become pretty difficult. Some of the steps were like doing a big plyometric box jump. There was tons of water all through boot canyon. Which should be there for the next monthish (Feb 2020) The Rim is everything and more what people tell you. No picture can do justice for the scale and beauty you see. We could clearly see St. Elena canyon in the distance and that was 20miles away. We could see at least 50miles into the mountains from the top of the SW rim. Highly recommend doing the extra elevation and get to the top of the rim, instead of just seeing it along the main trail. Descending via Laguna Meadows was very easy, not tough on the knees at all.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 4, 2020
Hiking

Really wonderful trail! The emery peak offshoot is pretty challenging, especially with a heavy pack, but absolutely worth it. Day 1 up pinnacle to the east rim is all uphill, and certainly a long day so plan accordingly! But day 2 down laguna is all significant downhill. The south rim is wonderfully vast and beautiful! Be sure to watch the subset while you’re up there. No places to filter water, so pack it all in with you.

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Jerri Stephenson reviewed Pine Canyon Trail
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HikingRocky

About a mile uphill on a rocky path at the start of the trail. After that there is a mixture of downhill and uphill and not as much of a rocky path. Trekking poles help a lot. We were startled by a huge buck in the tall grass about a mile and a half in. He wasn’t interested or scared of us at all. We went our separate ways. Was very cold once we got into the pine trees. As it was about dark and we were in the canyon where the mountains would block the sunset much sooner than normal and we didn’t bring headlamps, we decided to turn around and not finish the trail. We probably had about a half mile left to go. Definitely want to do again.

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Millie Sexton reviewed Pine Canyon Trail
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Gary Taylor reviewed Pine Canyon Trail
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Hiking

We enjoyed the drive, the hike, and lunch at the waterfall. I'd recommend not just a 4-wheel drive but a vehicle with ground clearance. I think regular vehicles will run the risk of grounding out in some spots of the drive back to the trail head. There are only a handful of places to park at the trail head. Easy hike with more of the elevation gain on the back half of the trail. The trail ends at a waterfall which was just ice when we were there. Good spot for lunch. Highly recommended.

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Ian Perry reviewed Burro Spring Trail
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Hiking

This is an easy hike. I recommend being down in the spring area for sunset as you will have gorgeous views across the southern half of the park into Mexico and Santa Elena canyon. Bring a flashlight for the hike back.

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Austin Sanders reviewed Pine Canyon Trail
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Hiking

I loved Pine Canyon. The walk into the canyon had great views of mountains all the way up. Once in the canyon you get to go through a wooded area with giant boulders and there's a waterfall at the end. Slightly strenuous elevation gain at some points. I had to stop for several breaks.

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Doni Kalachi reviewed Oak Spring Trail
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HikingNo shade

Did this trail once completed the window lookout because I was already there. Worth the first mile but after that you can just go back. Once you notice yourself going consistently downward turn back. I’d say this was definitely on the low moderate side. Not wildly difficult but there’s no shade and you’re in a desert.

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Katrina Prout reviewed Pine Canyon Trail
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Hiking

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.

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Dennis Warkentin reviewed Burro Spring Trail
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Hiking

Pretty little hike. Did this trail on 11/13/19, under cold, misty, cloudy conditions. If you are a little adventurous, you can continue around to make a complete circle around the hill. Keep the hill to your left and you can cross country it ok. This circular route isn’t marked and easy to lose, which I did, but picked it up on an old abandoned roadway which had some rock cairns. You should hit Javelina Wash, just follow it around til it hits the actual trail.

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Stephanie Steenstrup reviewed Emory Peak - Northeast Rim - South Rim Loop
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Hiking

This trail is pretty great. The views from the rim are truly spectacular and so if you're making the treck up to Emory Peak I strongly recommend going out to the rim. We saw two bears on the way down. They are clearly not afraid of people, nor were they aggressive, but keep kids close. Strongly recommend starting early, we managed to get the first 4 or so miles in the shade of the mountain which was really nice. After that I would say that only about 2-3 miles were shaded, so bring sunscreen and LOTS of water. At the end of October, we were pretty cold in the morning but once the sun hit us we were cooking. Suggest going clockwise and up to Emory Peak first so can you get pretty much all of the elevation out of the way early. We were moving pretty slow as the end as one of us got leg cramps, but full trip took us 8-9 hours.

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Kevin Taylor reviewed Pine Canyon Trail
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Benjamin Lasseter reviewed Pine Canyon Trail
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Hiking

Hiked all the way to the cliff and were lucky to see the waterfalls!

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Dennis Molina reviewed Burro Spring Trail
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HikingRocky

Loved this easy trail. We were on our way to Santa Elena canyon and wanted to knock off a smaller hike on the way there. It basically just goes around a big hill and overlooks a cool little view at the end. In the middle when you’re surrounded by the mountains you’re able to make loud noises and get a cool echo. We were the only ones out there at 6pm so it was like having the whole park to ourselves. This is also on the scenic trail so if you’re looking for smaller hikes to do on it do this one for sure.

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Hiking
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really amazing trail. beautiful views, spotted 3 black bears. did it in november 2018, not to difficult.

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Trevor Bodine reviewed Pine Canyon Trail
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Hiking

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!

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