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no shade
rocky
scramble
9 days ago

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
10 days ago

The original trail that is on here debatably exists. If it does it's gonna require slightly intense scrambling (loose, dry rock with no grip at a tricky angle) and some long sleeves due to the number of shrubs on the trail. This is not a typical moderate trail, this should be rated as difficult. I'd try one of the recent recordings instead to follow since the original trail is not really there. I also went down a wrong path that was marked with a cairn that led to an even steeper ascent that did not match up exactly with Alltrails. This was attempted the date posted. Probably note I had little trouble with the Marufo Vega trail for comparison.

Another must do in the area. Easy fun hike going into the canyon. Completed December 2016, January 2019

hiking
1 month ago

I thought trail was OK. The hike out to the window was cool the rock was very very slick Albeit dry. But I did have it pretty much all to myself which was nice. Don’t forget you have to hike back up since the trail is pretty much entirely the descending to the window

Walking creek bed. Not sure if this is tied to the trail linked to this review (it was not a “moderate” hike). Tried to take the kids to hike up but the rocks were too loose. Saw lots of fossils in a very dry creek bed. Some of the cactus just blooming.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Nice hike along the river close to some different plants. It’s cool to be so close to Mexico. Lots of people were wading or swimming but we weren’t prepared. Very hot at times with some shady spots later on along the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesomeness!!!

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

This was an EXCELLENT mountain hike. My GPS watch put it at around a 9.5 mile round trip hike with 2500 feet up and 2500 feet down. The elevation change is pretty evenly distributed over the course of the hike, which is both good and bad — good, in that there's no one part of the hike that's devastatingly steep, but the incline doesn't really let up much at any point during the hike. The trail is phenomenally well-maintained and easy to follow; I'd say it would be genuinely difficult to get lost on it. There are built-in steps at points, and a composting toilet about a mile and a half from the summit. The trail honestly strikes a good balance between being well-maintained and a little manicured without feeling too domesticated. The really difficult part of the hike (other than just its length) is the last mile or so to the summit. Probably about a half a mile after the composting toilet, the terrain turns fairly rocky and steepens a little, which isn't too terrible but you'll definitely want to slow down and watch your footing a little. On its own this bit wouldn't be too hard, but the fatigue of having this after a few miles and around 2000 feet of elevation gain makes it a little trickier than you'd expect. A lot of the other reviews here are talking about the rocky scramble at the end, and for good reason: it's a little tough! For those familiar with YDS, I'd peg the scramble at a solid class 4; you'll for sure be using your hands and feet the whole way. That being said, the climb is fairly secure the whole way if you take your time and are patient with it. If you wear good, grippy shoes and take the time to look for good handholds, you'll be able to find a smooth, safe route up. That being said, I would NOT recommend this scramble if you have a fear of heights or of falling. I'm lucky enough that I respond well to exposure, but some folks I was climbing with were less than comfortable with the fact that there was easily a 500-foot drop-off not too far away, despite the fact that the climb itself was pretty safe. Unless you're a fairly experienced climber or know you handle exposure well, I'd highly recommend going with a friend—it makes it feel a lot easier. As far as gear goes, you can honestly do this hike with whatever gear makes you feel most comfortable. I personally took a pair of folding trekking poles (EXTREMELY helpful on the ascent), some grippy trail-running shoes, and a small packed lunch. Really the grippy shoes are the only true must, as they'll come in real handy at the top. I took 2.5 liters of fluid with me and found myself wanting just a liiiiittle bit more, so to be safe I'd recommend probably 4 liters or so, including some electrolytes. All in all, with the right prep this is a solid and doable (though definitely challenging!) mountain hike with a very rewarding summit. For anyone who's able, this is a Big Bend must-hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy dessert hike. Great flora and fauna along the way

Loved this trail and incredible cliffs on each side

Amazing view! Highly recommend going for sunset. Loved the slot canyon

hiking
2 months ago

This trail really showcases the unique micro-environment of the Chisos Basin. As you descend, you walk through thick groves of trees until arriving in a canyon on the approach to the window pour-off. The path to the pour off winds it’s way through a very narrow section of canyon with man made steps to assist. It can be very slick in places. I highly recommend doing this trail in off peak months or hours. The last section of trail does not accommodate large crowds as it is single file only in some spots with very few places to step out of the way of other hikers. The “landing” at the pour off itself is also very small. The proximity of the trailhead to the “tourist capitol” Chisos basin means that many very large groups (i.e. church youth groups) hike this trail, often with a very high impact simply as a result of the group size (we saw a group of at least 20 essentially bulldozing people off the trail). They often have no understanding of hiker etiquette and can definitely interfere with the experience for many people by being loud, not yielding on the trail, clogging up photo ops for extended periods, etc. Like most of Big Bend, this trail simply isn’t able to nicely accommodate massive hordes of people and giant groups. This is still must-do trail for a Big Bend trip, though!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail beautiful views little sketchy rock scramble at the end but soo worth it!!

running
off trail
2 months ago

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Easy walk along the Rio Grande into a narrow section of Santa Elena Canyon. Several vistas give various angles for pictures. Can be very hot with little wind and of course - bugs since the trail runs along the water’s edge.

Must visit when in big bend. Short and easy with a small rigorous section. Allow extra time to wade in the water or climb the rocks

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice hike. Short and easy but you do have to hike up a little. It’s not bad at all. The last part was my favorite

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful! The trail is easier to really appreciate on the way back than the way out. Heading out, you start off high and descend throughout most of the hike, which means the hard part of going back up is on the way back. The best view is at the actual window, so make it to the end. It's worth it! We left from the "18" spot and it was exactly 5 miles from camp to the window and back to camp. We also saw wild goats!

No mud! Great scenery.

Easy hike with a great view, however it is short lived and anti climactic. Make sure you go for one of the most picturesque views in Big Bend.

hiking
3 months ago

Long desert hike to a small overgrown spring. Bring plenty of water. The stone horse corral was amazing

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome view at the window. Water flowing slowly. Parking at campground saves many uphill steps on return hike.

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