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Other Parks of the Big Bend Region => Big Bend Ranch State Park Q&A => Topic started by: Freeleo1 on December 23, 2018, 08:12:09 PM
I posted a report on the trip report page but I had a question that was probably better asked on this site. Has anyone had a problem with the signage at the Puerto Chilicote trailhead? The picture of the route at the trailhead has the road to the parking lot at the top, but the road is behind you, so it makes more sense if you look at it from the top. Also the actual metal trail sign for Puerto Chilicote is on the right as you look at the sign and the one for Mexicano Falls is on the left. We followed the one on the right even though it seemed wrong and ended up on the Mexicano Falls trail. Has anyone else had this problem? I know it's supposed to be possible to connect on that side with the other trail but never found the connecting trail, so we just retraced our steps after looking around for a while.
All trailhead maps at BBRSP are oriented to the north, but few of them could be installed facing north, so yeah you could say that it is "upside-down". We debated that for a long time, but concluded that the trailead maps were never meant to replace a trail map, but rather to supplement them. Make sure and use a map and, ideally, a compass to navigate all trails at BBRSP.
I know we messed up by not mapping it before we took off. I don't have that much problem with the orientation of the map on the sign, because it should be obvious by how the road comes into the parking lot. I really to think the metal signs next to the trail out of the parking lot might not be right though. We looked at them several times and unless the name of the Puerto Chilicote trail is for the entire loop I think it doesn't indicate the right trail. We were stupid for not keeping our maps out and watching for landmarks. We've done a lot of wilderness trekking and should have known better. In our defense though, the trail is really well marked with cairns so we weren't too worried about being lost. We got out the map and compass when we didn't find any more cairns and figured out we were on the wrong trail.
I'll be out there in the next week and I'll swing through there and give it a look.