Friends of Big Bend National Park
Big Bend Conservancy

Over-estimating your experience or under-estimating the terrain in a place like Big Bend can result in serious injury or death. Use the information and advice found here wisely. Climb/Hike/Camp/Drive at your own risk.

+-Calendar for sale

 2019 BigBendChat Calendar on sale now!


Twisted Shoe

  • 11 Replies
  • 6822 Views
*

Offline RichardM

  • Admin/Moderator
  • Global Moderator
  • Mountain Lion
  • *
  • 7590
Twisted Shoe
« on: February 04, 2013, 04:46:45 PM »
TS1

The Twisted Shoe primitive roadside campsite is located near the end of the Juniper Canyon Road.

Site Name    TS-1
Vehicles    1
Persons    4
Horses    no
 

How to Get There
Via the Glenn Spring Road, 7.1 miles from the junction of the Glenn Spring Road and the main paved park road to Rio Grande Village, along the west side of the road. The Juniper Canyon Road is 5.5 miles in length and ends at the Dodson/Juniper Canyon trailhead.

Usual Road Conditions
The Glenn Spring and Juniper Canyon Roads are recommended for high clearance vehicles only. Road conditions can deteriorate quickly after heavy rains. Ruts are the norm on this road. There are many arroyos to cross. The section of road before the Juniper Canyon Road is very rough and needs to be driven slowly and with great caution. This is not a good place to break down! Ask a Park Ranger for the latest road conditions.
Current road conditions...

Ground Cover/Shade
Minimal shade. Moderate ground cover.

Views
Good views of the Chisos Mountains (South Rim) to the west. Elephant Tusk and Backbone Ridge are also visible to the south.

River Access
None.

Cautionary Notes
The road can deteriorate rapidly after rain. High clearance vehicles are highly recommended at all times, and 4-wheel drive may sometimes be necessary, especially after rain. The portion of the Glenn Springs Road before the Juniper Canyon Road is very rough.

Remarks
Hikers using the Dodson/Juniper Canyon Trails will park their vehicles at the end of the road (above TS-1). Lock and secure your vehicle and valuables while you are away from your campsite.

The Twisted Shoe campsite is named in honor of Mescalero Apache chief Zapato Tuerto (Twisted Shoe), who led Apache warriors in a battle against Spanish soldiers in this vicinity in April 1787. This campsite was designated Juniper Canyon 1 until November of 2006; the former Juniper Canyon 2 campsite was relocated to Robber's Roost at the same time.

A backcountry use permit is required (available at visitor centers). Campers are responsible for regulations listed on the permit. Camping is in designated sites for minimal impact on the surrounding vegetation.
« Last Edit: February 04, 2013, 09:46:42 PM by RichardM »

*

Offline kevint

  • Golden Eagle
  • Black Bear
  • *
  • 646
    • Pictures
Re: Twisted Shoe
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2013, 10:17:21 AM »

Good info from a trip report


. . .Loved Twisted Shoe!  Great site.  Nice views of the South Rim and Del Carmens.  There are some large boulders just behind the tent pad that are perfect for climbing up on and setting up a chair, tripod and your favorite beverage and watching the sunset on the Del Carmens.  I only saw one vehicle go by while I was there (Thursday late afternoon).  . . .
-- Kevin (W5KLT)

"It's not an adventure until something goes wrong."  --Yvon Chouinard

*

Offline rking

  • Coyote
  • *
  • 109
Re: Twisted Shoe
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2013, 10:39:13 AM »
I just stayed at Twisted Shoe 3 nights last week.  Plenty of pics on my trip report.  All of the sunrise/sunset pics in the trip report were taken from on top of the rocks behind the campsite.  Here are a few more of the site itself.  Glenn Springs road from the main paved road to Pine Canyon is in real good shape.  The part from Pine Canyon to Dodson TH is rougher and rockier but I managed it with no problems in my 2WD Nissan Frontier.  It took me an hour fifteen minutes to go the 12 miles from the paved road to the campsite.
« Last Edit: April 11, 2013, 10:51:12 AM by RichardM »

*

Offline Mr. Shoe

  • Kangaroo Rat
  • *
  • 2
Re: Twisted Shoe
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2016, 10:49:14 PM »
I stayed four nights at Twisted Shoe last week (October 17-22)—my first trip to Big Bend. This site is pretty special. Desert environment, but you're at about 3700 feet, so it's already transitioning to alpine.

The road in is rough, as has already been reported. It took me 60-85 minutes to drive in from the paved road, depending on how distracted I was along the way, or if I stopped to talk to folks. And "Horse with No Name" came on the radio during the ice run, which sped me considerably.

360 degrees of amazing views. You're in the foothills of the Chisos, looking up at the Southeast Rim and the Crown Ridge, then behind you all the way down to Boquillas Canyon. At least that's what I think I was looking at. I couldn't stop spinning around the whole time I was there, trying to take it all in at once. Makes it hard to read the map.

Very isolated. I only saw people when I traveled far away from camp. But you are right on the road. In busier times, you'd see some folks I suppose. Doesn't seem too bad a deal to me right now, at home.

I didn't see many animals, or signs of animals, while I was there. Some jackrabbits. Some birds and bugs. I very quickly learned to be very careful with the water—keep it away from camp, just like you might do with your food. The wasps, bees, and biting flies are legion and they can smell your water from a mile away. The wasps and bees are not aggressive, just thirsty; but the flies are fucking mean little flies.

Very little shade or windbreak. You can't really get up against the rocks, except in one place. Which seems a shame, because that's what people have done here for thousands of years.

On that note: I'm no archaeologist, but it's plain that people have camped here for a really long time. And I can see why. You could sit on that dike all day and grind beans and palm hearts while you watched the intersecting valleys and creeks below for game. There are dozens of mortar holes on the rocks where people did just that. In slightly wetter times, there was a spring less than 100 yards to the ESE; a significant creek not much farther down valley. Plus the same creek is just beyond the road, across from the campsite— I'm guessing 40 yards away from the rocks. It must have been something. I felt privileged to camp there for a short time.

And the odd mini Devil's Tower-looking butte a few hundred yards away. I found it spooky and cool. Too small to have a name on the maps I have, but it's mighty impressive up close. I think if you did hard drugs out there you would end up worshipping the butte and asking it for advice until you came down. Not recommended. In fact, I can't believe people even drink alcohol out there, or anywhere in the park for that matter. The whole place is already super duper dangerous already, right?


*

Online House Made of Dawn

  • www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2YJduDyFA4
  • Golden Eagle
  • Mountain Lion
  • *
  • 2851
  • Backpacking since '78, Big Bend since '95.
Re: Twisted Shoe
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2016, 11:15:04 PM »
Thumbs up, Mr. Shoe.  :great:
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

*

Offline alan in shreveport

  • Golden Eagle
  • Black Bear
  • *
  • 783
  • Guinness is Good for You
Re: Twisted Shoe
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2016, 07:25:23 AM »
" I can't believe people even drink alcohol out there, or anywhere in the park for that matter. The whole place is already super duper dangerous already, right?"

everything in moderation - especially outside your lodge room after a good day of hiking

*

Offline Buck

  • Black Bear
  • *
  • 781
  • Jose' is Lonely
Re: Twisted Shoe
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2016, 01:45:31 PM »
"I can't believe people even drink alcohol out there, or anywhere in the park for that matter. The whole place is already super duper dangerous already, right?"

Jose' is lonely.
"Hey, how 'bout a Fandango..?"

*

Offline Talusman

  • Black Bear
  • *
  • 531
Re: Twisted Shoe
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2016, 01:58:46 PM »
"I can't believe people even drink alcohol out there, or anywhere in the park for that matter. The whole place is already super duper dangerous already, right?"

Jose' is lonely.

Not only can you drink out there, some friends even keep a stocked liqueur cabinet for you! If not, we always tote a few flasks around and carry ice chests with cold craft brews! Danger requires one to relax and not panic!
"To Think is easy. To Act is difficult. To Act as one Thinks is the most difficult!"

*

Offline Cookie

  • Golden Eagle
  • Diamondback
  • *
  • 365
  • "you never slow down, you never grow old" T.P.
Re: Twisted Shoe
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2016, 07:10:17 AM »
"I can't believe people even drink alcohol out there, or anywhere in the park for that matter. The whole place is already super duper dangerous already, right?"

Jose' is lonely.

Not only can you drink out there, some friends even keep a stocked liqueur cabinet for you! If not, we always tote a few flasks around and carry ice chests with cold craft brews! Danger requires one to relax and not panic!

...and if you are really lucky some friends may even leave you something in the beer box....err....bear box    :kaos-cactus06:

~Cookie

*

Offline mr.bean5150

  • Coyote
  • *
  • 151
Re: Twisted Shoe
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2016, 09:31:32 AM »
 

 

 

I didn't see many animals, or signs of animals, while I was there. Some jackrabbits. Some birds and bugs. 

 

 My first stay there I wandered around the area a little ways and came over a small hill and there lay a big ol' buck under a small bush for shade, his lady friend standing guard near him, the big animals are never really far away.....
"Do or Do Not, There Is No Try"
                                  "Yoda"

*

Offline dprather

  • Mountain Lion
  • *
  • 2369
Re: Twisted Shoe
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2016, 10:13:36 AM »
"I can't believe people even drink alcohol out there, or anywhere in the park for that matter. The whole place is already super duper dangerous already, right?"

Jose' is lonely.

Say - they aren't going to replace those Canada-made bear boxes with fancy new YETI-built models that keep our water cool, are they?

Not only can you drink out there, some friends even keep a stocked liqueur cabinet for you! If not, we always tote a few flasks around and carry ice chests with cold craft brews! Danger requires one to relax and not panic!

...and if you are really lucky some friends may even leave you something in the beer box....err....bear box    :kaos-cactus06:

~Cookie
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

*

Offline Mr. Shoe

  • Kangaroo Rat
  • *
  • 2
Re: Twisted Shoe
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2016, 05:56:46 PM »
I guess my pictures are too big to be posted here. Your loss, as one is of a UFO failing to abduct my tent.


Quote
"I can't believe people even drink alcohol out there, or anywhere in the park for that matter. The whole place is already super duper dangerous already, right?"

Jose' is lonely.

Say - they aren't going to replace those Canada-made bear boxes with fancy new YETI-built models that keep our water cool, are they?

Not only can you drink out there, some friends even keep a stocked liqueur cabinet for you! If not, we always tote a few flasks around and carry ice chests with cold craft brews! Danger requires one to relax and not panic!

...and if you are really lucky some friends may even leave you something in the beer box....err....bear box    :kaos-cactus06:

~Cookie

Y'all are funny.
I left some cans of fizzy water for the next folks, whom I actually met on my way out.
I can totally see some folks having a beer or whatever to relax at the end of a long day, and not dying. I never drank like that, though. I was more the guy on hard drugs worshipping the butte, then panicking.


« Last Edit: January 05, 2018, 03:06:25 PM by RichardM »

 


©COPYRIGHT NOTICE

All photographs and content posted by members are to be considered copyrighted by their respective owners and may not be used for any purposes, commercial or otherwise, without permission.

+-Calendar For Sale

 2019 BigBendChat Calendar on sale now!

Powered by EzPortal

Facebook Comments