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Window Trail, TX 
Window Trail, TX
 
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markthurman53
Hiking5.25 Miles 766 AEG
Hiking5.25 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   1.97 mph
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With the snow and ice in Lubbock with highs around 10 degrees, Ginny and I decided to head down to Big Bend National Park for 4 days. Hopefully the weather will be more civil in Lubbock when we return. It took 6 hours to drive Big Bend on snowy and icy roads but eventually the weather improved until it was around 60 in the afternoon. When we got there we took the Window Trail in Chisos Basin.

I had been on this trail a couple years back and I thought it was worth seeing again. This is an easy 5 mile round trip hike down Oak Canyon, slight downhill on the way in and therefore uphill on the way back. The trail is well maintained with stairs built into the rock when the trail gets down into the narrows of the Oak Canyon. The Window Trail starts in the camping area below the lodge in Chisos Basin and follows the creek westward to the window. There are great views of Emery peak, the highest point in the park, Toll Mountain and Casa Grande Peak to the south and east. To the north is a high ridge with Vernon and Pulliam Peaks. The trail ends where the creek drops over a cliff. Not sure how far a drop because I wouldn’t go too close to the edge because of the super slippery rocks. There is a nice view toward the west of the park although it is a view like looking through a knot in wood because of the narrow canyon walls. This hike is a must do, not for its difficulty rating or breath taking views but for its great views of the surrounding mountains, strange rock formations and very interesting trail. This is a great first day hike because the park is in the middle of nowhere and you will probably arrive in the afternoon, this hike is a good way to end a day of driving.

Oak Creek was dry with the exception of a few frozen pools of water just before the end of the trail. The cacti were pretty healthy looking because of the snows of late last year (18 inches) unlike the parched desserts of Arizona this last year.
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