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Short Hike destinations ?

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Offline Moose

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Short Hike destinations ?
« on: June 30, 2019, 05:14:05 PM »
NOOB here.  in the introduction forum The Scorpion advised that there are many interesting places within 1/2 mile of parking to visit.
I cannot hike too far,  my hips won't allow it.   Any suggestions on short excursions?   Tuff Canyon, Homer Wilson Ranch, Lower Burro Mesa Pour off Trail
and Boquillas Canyon are some I spotted but very main stream.   Maybe these are best anyways.

Also,  how about Terlingua Abajo backcountry site.   Would it be infringing on campers for me to drive there and park and explore the creek some?




Offline Imre

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Re: Short Hike destinations ?
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2019, 05:39:52 PM »
Don't know anything about Terlingua Abajo but I can recommend Sam Nail ranch. It's a short hike. The well still pumps water. You can sit in the shade of a pecan tree in the Chihuahuan desert and wait to see what comes for a drink. Not sure about Lower Burro Mesa pour off -- to get to the pour off itself, you have to hike along the arroyo which means gravel. Will that give you trouble?
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Offline dprather

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Re: Short Hike destinations ?
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2019, 07:35:22 PM »
Grapevine Hills
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.


Offline The Scorpion

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Re: Short Hike destinations ?
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2019, 11:26:31 PM »
At Terlingua Abajo, there is a parking area away from the camp sites, if you cross the creek there are some ruins and a cemetery.
Fossil bone exhibit is very nice. The pond at Rio grande village nature trail.

Tomorrow evening I will send you a pm with a few other places, while public knowledge and have been discussed I don't like position in the open

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Offline TxGypsyGal

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Re: Short Hike destinations ?
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2019, 10:22:17 AM »
Did you make your trip yet? How did it go?

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Offline Roy1

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Re: Short Hike destinations ?
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2019, 02:59:13 PM »
If you're looking for a nice desert hike I'd highly recommend Dog Canyon.  About 4 miles round trip, flat, easy cross country walk, The trail head is just a ways south of the Persimmon Gap entrance, next to the Nine Point Draw camp site.  There's a historical marker there with some info about the canyon.
The first part of the trail across the desert is marked by rock cairns;  the kids probably have fun spotting them along the way.   Then you drop into Nine Points Draw itself  for the last part down where the stream has cut the canyon through the Santiago Mountains.   Nothing as impressive as the big river canyons, but still pretty nice with some wildly eroded rock.  During the spring the canyon walls should be alive with cave and cliff swallows nesting.  I've seen quail and pyrrhuloxia in there as well.  If there has been some rain you might get lucky with wild flowers along the desert, or at least the creosote bush should be blooming .  If there's some water in pools in the draw you've got a fair chance of deer or javelina especially early in the AM (and the kids are quiet enough).
Note - don't go down the draw or into the canyon if there's been rain anywhere in the vicinity;  flash floods are no joke out there.



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