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Offline kevint

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Madrid Falls
« on: November 18, 2014, 08:22:52 PM »
Just curious about the drive and hike to Madrid Falls.  How rugged is the drive?  On the BBRSP discovery map the road is listed as 4WD but not as unmaintained.  I understand the hike is about 2 miles.  How strenuous?  Is it mostly flat?  Any scrambling?
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Offline Jalco

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Re: Madrid Falls
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2014, 09:07:12 PM »
Kevin,

This might provide the info you are looking for:

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_br_p4507_1437_2014.pdf

If you can't link to it from here, look for the El Solitario newsletter link on BBRSP's main page (right hand side, under Maps & Publications).

This is the loop I would like to do as well.

Not sure when you are planning on going, but you may want to check the main website for park closure dates Nov-Jan.  I was bummed to learn the park will be closed over Thanksgiving weekend.  Guess that will have to be a Christmas visit  ;D


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Re: Madrid Falls
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2014, 10:21:47 AM »
The road up to that plateau is pretty rough. It's not horrible, but the steep climb up the escarpment will require 4wd, or a heavy foot. but a heavy foot will tear up the loose rocks in the road.

The trail itself is a fairly short hike, should be less than 20 minutes from the Chorro Vista TH to the viewpoint. There is one short section that is steep, but the rest is pretty flat.

but the views are worth the effort getting up there.



flat mesa top hiking on the way to the falls.



the only view i really have of Chorro Canyon




You'll only get a glimpse of the falls from above, to really see the falls you'll have to come from below. You can either get there from Fresno Canyon or the Pila de los hermanos campsite.



falls from below






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Re: Madrid Falls
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2014, 07:29:33 PM »
Thanks Viper.


Kevint
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