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Window Trail - 1 member in 4 triplogs has rated this an average 4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Feb 16 2021
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 Joined Feb 02 2020
 Shallowater,Texa
Window TrailBig Bend, TX
Big Bend, TX
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mamakatt22Triplogs 119
Hiking5.25 Miles 766 AEG
Hiking5.25 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   2.10 mph
766 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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Feb 16 2021
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 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Window Trail, TX 
Window Trail, TX
 
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markthurman53Triplogs 662
Hiking5.25 Miles 766 AEG
Hiking5.25 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   1.97 mph
766 ft AEG
 
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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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May 10 2019
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69 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Window Trail, TX 
Window Trail, TX
 
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markthurman53Triplogs 662
Hiking5.57 Miles 987 AEG
Hiking5.57 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   2.61 mph
987 ft AEG      21 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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I had plans to hike in the Guadalupe Mountains but when I got there it was raining and foggy. I decided to head down to the Big Bend area and do some hiking down there. I had never been there before so I drove the short 250 miles to the park (nothing in Texas is close). The weather was much better there. After checking out the park and doing the usual tourist stuff I still had time for a short hike. The Window Trail was a good choice for the couple of hours I had left in the day. The Window trail follows a creek down to Window Spring along a very well maintained trail. At Window Spring the trail ends because there is no place else to go except back the way you came. The creek drops over a falls just past the spring. I have no idea how far down the falls go, could not get close enough to the edge to look over, the rock was way too slick for me. There were a few others on the trail but overall it was fairly empty, this doesn't surprise me given the remoteness of this Park. This was a good starter hike for me. Tomorrow I will do the loop trail that covers most of the other trails in the Park.
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 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Window TrailBig Bend, TX
Big Bend, TX
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Sun_RayTriplogs 1,187
Hiking4.60 Miles 884 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   2 Hrs   47 Mns   2.19 mph
884 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
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This hike is in the Basin area of Big Bend National Park. An out and back to a 'window' in the rock mountains. All downhill out and uphill back. Starts in open desert area and makes its way to a spring fed creek with trees along the trail. Would recommend.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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