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2017-04-18  
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Bush MountainBig Bend, TX
Big Bend, TX
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2017
fricknaley
Hiking16.77 Miles 4,052 AEG
Hiking16.77 Miles   6 Hrs   55 Mns   2.51 mph
4,052 ft AEG      14 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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did a big loop up into the guadalupe mountain high country and it was spectacular. my route started at the main Pine Spring Canyon trailhead. I went up the Tejas trail to the top out point and trail intersection, then hiked the Bush Mountain trail to and past the summit of Bush mountain to the Blue Ridge trail, hiked entirety of that to the Tejas trail back to top out point, then back down the canyon on the Tejas. Big loop taking in a lot of the unique piney high country.

Tejas Trail: the hike up the canyon on this trail is probably my favorite part of the hike. pretty big ascent along the east canyon wall with spectacular views. gets you up into the pines

Bush Mountain trail: more rugged with ups and downs. still offers views west to the high peaks on the west side of the canyon uncluding guadalupe peak. before the summit of bush mountain you pass two small campgrounds (Pine Top and Bush Mountain). Bush Mountain is the 2nd highest peak in texas. Unlike guadalupe peak, Bush peak has a large, broad and partly forested summit but still offers prettyawesome views to the west. continuing north past the summit the trail is obiously less traveled but still easy enough to follow. it goes through some small burned areas and small ups and downs.

Blue Ridge trail: takes off from signed intersection with Bush mountain and is mostly downhill. early on you pass another small Blue Ridge Campground. Farther out on Blue Ridge are views of the surprisingly forested high country summits. Shortly after passing signed juntion for the Marcus trail, the Blue Ridge ends at signed intersection with Tejas trail

Tejas: drops you down to dry canyon bottom then begins gradual climb back to the trail intersection at the top of pine springs canyon. this section of Tejas trail is also fantastic as you ascend the small dry canyon through very nice pines with some ample shade.

I absolutely loved this hike and it takes in a lot of cool stuff in the park. aside from a young couple at the bottom of the Tejas trail at the very beginning of my hike, I had this whole entire thing to myself :y:
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