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Big Bend National Park Q&A => Hiking the Desert => Topic started by: Repoman73 on October 23, 2018, 01:56:49 PM

Title: Decent trail map for the Banta Shut-in?
Post by: Repoman73 on October 23, 2018, 01:56:49 PM
I'm planning on doing a day hike to the Banta Shut-In in a couple of weeks.  I did it once about 10 years ago and I remember how easy it was to get turned around on the way back.  Does anyone know of a decent map of the trail?  I can't seem to find anything online.

Title: Re: Decent trail map for the Banta Shut-in?
Post by: jim2 on October 23, 2018, 02:40:07 PM
Do you truck camp while BBNP? You can camp at Roys Peak Vista, then next morning follow a drainage down to Tornillo Creek and TC down to Banta. It's pretty straight forward, I did mark the drainage at TC just to make sure I returned the correct way.
Title: Re: Decent trail map for the Banta Shut-in?
Post by: House Made of Dawn on October 23, 2018, 02:53:58 PM
JIm's certainly right - heading in from Roy's Peak campsite would be a lot easier than heading in from the main road. However, if you do head in from the west side, you might want to read this trip report from Flash. He walked in that way and his trip report has some good advice on how to get back to the road from Banta. Scroll down on page 2 of his long report to find the details of the day on which he tackled Banta.

http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/flash-april-22-28-2018-trip/15/
Title: Re: Decent trail map for the Banta Shut-in?
Post by: Repoman73 on October 23, 2018, 08:38:38 PM
I was planning on coming in from K-Bar and going out and back.  I seem to remember the cairns marking the start of the trail being pretty obvious when  I did it the first time but doesn't sound so obvious from that trip report.  I wonder if there is a GPS track I could pull off somewhere.
Title: Re: Decent trail map for the Banta Shut-in?
Post by: presidio on October 23, 2018, 09:13:19 PM
I wonder if there is a GPS track I could pull off somewhere.

Plot your start and destination in the gps and then find your own route out and back. Be an explorer, not a follower of somebody else's recorded track.

For additional benefit, do it with a map and compass, and no gps.

You'll be better for the experience doing either of the above, rather than wanting someone to tell you how to do it.
Title: Re: Decent trail map for the Banta Shut-in?
Post by: Repoman73 on October 24, 2018, 06:22:49 AM
"Plot your start and destination in the gps and then find your own route out and back. Be an explorer, not a follower of somebody else's recorded track."

So you never take any pre-formed trails?  Everything you do is trailblazing?  How amazing.

"You'll be better for the experience doing either of the above, rather than wanting someone to tell you how to do it."

Thanks dad. 

I've done plenty of hiking and bushwacking.  That is not what I want to do in this particular situation.  I'll just ask the rangers when I get to the park if I need to.
Title: Re: Decent trail map for the Banta Shut-in?
Post by: badknees on October 24, 2018, 07:24:00 AM
"Plot your start and destination in the gps and then find your own route out and back. Be an explorer, not a follower of somebody else's recorded track."

So you never take any pre-formed trails?  Everything you do is trailblazing?  How amazing.

"You'll be better for the experience doing either of the above, rather than wanting someone to tell you how to do it."

Thanks dad. 

I've done plenty of hiking and bushwacking.  That is not what I want to do in this particular situation.  I'll just ask the rangers when I get to the park if I need to.

I don't know of any maps so here you go. The route is from K-BAR. The only tricky part is making sure you start up the right wash on the way back. Other than that it's pretty straight forward.
Title: Re: Decent trail map for the Banta Shut-in?
Post by: Repoman73 on October 24, 2018, 07:44:01 AM
Thanks!  It's about 14 miles out and back correct?
Title: Re: Decent trail map for the Banta Shut-in?
Post by: presidio on October 24, 2018, 08:02:21 AM
I'll just ask the rangers when I get to the park if I need to.

Good luck with that.
Title: Re: Decent trail map for the Banta Shut-in?
Post by: badknees on October 24, 2018, 08:07:56 AM
Thanks!  It's about 14 miles out and back correct?

About 13....
Title: Re: Decent trail map for the Banta Shut-in?
Post by: BlindWilly on October 25, 2018, 10:18:25 AM

Thanks dad. 


HAHA!

Title: Re: Decent trail map for the Banta Shut-in?
Post by: Reece on October 25, 2018, 09:06:56 PM
There are two routes to Banta. PM me if you want routes and waypoints for your handheld GPS.


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Title: Re: Decent trail map for the Banta Shut-in?
Post by: Repoman73 on October 28, 2018, 06:38:34 AM
There are two routes to Banta. PM me if you want routes and waypoints for your handheld GPS.


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