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primitive car camp near trail?

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Offline Wilkinsonus

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primitive car camp near trail?
« on: July 23, 2015, 02:41:31 AM »
So I may be heading to Big Bend in late January. The drive from New Orleans is at least 15 hours, so I imagine we would want to just park and camp first. So the real question is, is there a secluded primitive car camp site with great views that is near an awesome trail? Probably two nights on a trail, then another car night for rest before driving.
What are the best three day trails?
Water situation?
How's the weather?
what kind of critters are there? snakes? scorpions? evil fuzzy bunnies?

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Offline Geezer

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Re: primitive car camp near trail?
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2015, 10:07:32 PM »
How much experience do you have hiking in desert?

If quite a bit, there are some awesome roadside campsites very near the Juniper Canyon Trailhead. From there you could hike over to Fresno Spring on the Dodson Trail, filter water, spend a night, then day hike down Fresno Creek, spend a second night at Fresno and then hike back to your vehicle. (Will need high clearance vehicle/4 wheel drive.)

Awesome mountain scenery, cool clear desert spring water, beautiful desert canyon with water running down it, sleeping out under stars (it ain't gonna rain). Probably won't see any other hikers. How much better could it be?

Geezer

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Offline Wilkinsonus

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Re: primitive car camp near trail?
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2015, 10:20:00 PM »
Geezer,
thanks for the reply! That sounds pretty damned nice. We're more used to mountains, or Arkansas and Alabama, but we have hiked some drier places. I did Philmont with the boyscouts, a while ago albeit. But we always research and go prepared, especially if we have a vehicle. A 4WD vehicle.

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Re: primitive car camp near trail?
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2015, 06:30:25 AM »
So you may have already discovered that most trails in Big Bend are not loops but many folks will combine trails and some cross country together to make multiday trips.  The two longest trails are the Outer Mountain Loop, which can be done in 3 days or Marufo Vega which is really a 2 day but could be stretched out.  Look a the trip reports indexes and you can get an idea.

Get a copy of Hiking Big Bend which describes all the maintained trails too.  If it is your first trip you might want to split things up and check out different sections of the park to get a feel for the place.

Let us know further how we can help.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Re: primitive car camp near trail?
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2015, 10:13:00 PM »
And get a copy of National Geographic's Trails Illustrated Map of BBNP. After you study it awhile, you may want to buy some of the USGS quadrangles for more detail, but it's a good place to start -- and good to use in connection with Parent's book.

T.I. maps available on N.G. web site or good outdoor stores.

Geezer

 


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