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Big Bend National Park Q&A => Hiking the Desert => Topic started by: cookch1 on January 10, 2019, 11:01:17 AM
Planning a trip to Dominguez Spring for mid February, all parties are experienced backpackers with moderate off trail experience. We plan to hike in to Dominguez Spring from River Road and use it as our base camp for 3 nights. Looks like there are several options for great day hikes from DS...Fisk Canyon exploration, ridge run from Jack's Pass to pt. 5386, summit pt. 5168, etc. I'm very much looking forward to spending some time in this part of the park.
- It looks like DS is fairly reliable even during dry months. Any recent reports? I would assume it's flowing well right now.
- Is there a preferred campsite near DS that we should look for?
- If you could choose 2 day hikes from this base camp what would they be?
- Concerns about leaving a vehicle at the DS trailhead for 3 nights? We will have 2 vehicles and plan on leaving everything that we're not taking with us in the 2nd vehicle that will be parked on pavement.
As always, thanks for your help and the wealth of information this forum provides.
I would be confident that Dominguez Spring is running and there should be water in Fisk Canyon as a backup. I like to camp in the old corral area next to the old ruins. It's flat and somewhat sheltered from the wind. Good for larger groups too and close to water. For day hikes, I would definitely do Pt 5168 (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/hiking-the-mountains-of-big-bend/climing-pt-5168/), but make your approach from Jack's Pass. Epic views on the summit of 5168. Maybe do Dominguez Mountain on the other day. Check out the Big Bend Google Earth Project in my signature for routes and exploratory options.
I typically don't park at the trailhead but instead park a little down the road but before the actual DS1 campsite. That way your vehicle is somewhat concealed from passersby on the River Road. I've never had any problem parking there for several days, but others have not been so lucky.
Very helpful, thanks.