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Other Parks of the Big Bend Region => Big Bend Ranch State Park Q&A => Topic started by: dprather on February 22, 2017, 05:08:28 PM

Title: Rancherias Loop (Feb. 19-21)
Post by: dprather on February 22, 2017, 05:08:28 PM
We checked-in at Barton Warnock on Sunday AM on Feb. 19th and hit the trail at about 11:00 A.M.

We checked-out at Barton Warnock on Tuesday (Feb. 21) after getting off the trail at about 3:30 P.M.

Due to our manic pre-planning and BBRSP's staff's excellent pre-trip support, we pretty much knew what we were getting into.  Even so, we found the RL to be quite difficult.

Regarding difficulty, and comparing the RL to trails in the National Park, we concluded that if you string together the grind of the Dodson leg and the Blue Creek wash of the OML, the Saddle climb and exposed, up-hill grind of Mesa de Anguila, and the rugged ups and downs of Marufo Vega, and then add 20% more difficulty, then you are close to grasping the RL.  The fact is that none of those trails have the boulder hopping, the pour-off climbing, or the rock-fall descent of the RL (not to mention the heart-stopping climb out of Acebushes Canyon - after which I almost stepped on a Black-Tailed Rattler).

We concluded that tough never takes a break along the RL.  Even the jeep road is tough trail.

In other words, IT WAS GREAT.
Title: Re: Rancherias Loop (Feb. 19-21)
Post by: mule ears on February 22, 2017, 07:30:29 PM
Glad you made it, can't wait for the full story. 
Title: Re: Rancherias Loop (Feb. 19-21)
Post by: Ranger Tim on February 23, 2017, 09:31:53 AM
Congratulations and thank you for the trip report!
Title: Re: Rancherias Loop (Feb. 19-21)
Post by: House Made of Dawn on February 23, 2017, 01:20:43 PM

Regarding difficulty, and comparing the RL to trails in the National Park, we concluded that if you string together the grind of the Dodson leg and the Blue Creek wash of the OML, the Saddle climb and exposed, up-hill grind of Mesa de Anguila, and the rugged ups and downs of Marufo Vega, and then add 20% more difficulty, then you are close to grasping the RL.  The fact is that none of those trails have the boulder hopping, the pour-off climbing, or the rock-fall descent of the RL (not to mention the heart-stopping climb out of Acebushes Canyon - after which I almost stepped on a Black-Tailed Rattler).

We concluded that tough never takes a break along the RL.  Even the jeep road is tough trail.

In other words, IT WAS GREAT.

Sounds right.

"And I alone survived" - Ishmael.