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Big Bend National Park Q&A => Hiking the Desert => Topic started by: curt9988 on November 06, 2006, 10:22:43 AM

Title: Question: Camping near Homer Wilson cabin
Post by: curt9988 on November 06, 2006, 10:22:43 AM
Quick question: Hiking the Outer Mountain Loop clockwise, would I generally find better camping spots before or after reaching the Homer Wilson/water cache area? I'd like to make it to my water before I make camp on night 2, but I don't want to backtrack to a campsite. I'd prefer to make camp after reaching my cache. Any good areas within, say, 1/2 a mile from there?

Thanks in advance!
Title: OML
Post by: okiehiker on November 06, 2006, 11:21:09 AM
Hiking clockwise and reaching Blue Creek Ranch on day 2, I take it you are starting at Juniper Canyon, hiking across the Dodson Trail.  Personally, I like hiking up Blue Creek Canyon.  A half mile up-canyon from the ranch is a confluence with a drainage coming from the north.  

After that confluence the canyon narrows and gets more interesting.  The camping in that area is on a nice broad sandy area.  It will be a problem only if there is rain in the forecast.  The other downside is that you have a late sunrise in the canyon.  The best camping depends a lot on your personal preferences.  

Going back along the Dodson trail east gives you a more open area and a view of the Chisos foothills.  I am like you, however, and don't enjoy the backtracking.  Also, doubling back puts you in the area where there are lots of visitors for more of your hike.  Even along the Dodson Trail and up Blue Creek Canyon there is a splendid isolation in the Chisos.  

You will have a great trip in either case.  Give us a report.
Title: Question: Camping near Homer Wilson cabin
Post by: curt9988 on November 06, 2006, 10:04:27 PM
Thanks, okie. That's what I needed to know.
Title: Question: Camping near Homer Wilson cabin
Post by: RichardM on November 07, 2006, 02:30:12 PM
From what I've heard, a lot of OML hikers going clockwise camp around Cedar Spring (http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat=29.2236&lon=-103.3406) in Blue Creek Canyon.
Title: Question: Camping near Homer Wilson cabin
Post by: curt9988 on November 08, 2006, 06:50:25 AM
Quote from: "RichardM"
From what I've heard, a lot of OML hikers going clockwise camp around Cedar Spring in Blue Creek Canyon.

Thanks, Richard. I saw that on the map, but I figured it may be a bit far for me to hike (from my 1st night's camp just south of Juniper Canyon trailhead) in one day. What is that from JC? 12 - 13 miles? I had planned on only hiking 10 to the Homer Wilson ranch area.

But if I had the energy - and daylight! - it would be nice to knock that much more distance off of my hike out the next morning.
Title: Question: Camping near Homer Wilson cabin
Post by: RichardM on November 08, 2006, 08:33:35 AM
Quote from: "curt9988"
Quote from: "RichardM"
From what I've heard, a lot of OML hikers going clockwise camp around Cedar Spring in Blue Creek Canyon.

Thanks, Richard. I saw that on the map, but I figured it may be a bit far for me to hike (from my 1st night's camp just south of Juniper Canyon trailhead) in one day. What is that from JC? 12 - 13 miles? I had planned on only hiking 10 to the Homer Wilson ranch area.

But if I had the energy - and daylight! - it would be nice to knock that much more distance off of my hike out the next morning.

You should be nice and refreshed after picking up your cache at the bear box just below the Homer Wilson Ranch overlook parking lot.  Assuming you have the daylight you should have plenty of energy to head up the canyon to Cedar Spring.  :)  It's a pretty flat walk in that section.  Besides, I don't know how close to the old ranch house you're allowed to camp.
Title: camp up canyon
Post by: BIBE Webmaster on November 08, 2006, 09:31:05 AM
This page (http://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/bc-zone_camping.htm) provides the basis rules for zone camping. I would strongly discourage camping near the ranch structures, as you have to be at least 100 yard away per regulations, and the whole area is highly visible from the pull-off and the road.

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Title: Re: camp up canyon
Post by: curt9988 on November 08, 2006, 09:40:25 AM
Quote from: "BIBE Webmaster"
This page (http://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/bc-zone_camping.htm) provides the basis rules for zone camping. I would strongly discourage camping near the ranch structures, as you have to be at least 100 yard away per regulations, and the whole area is highly visible from the pull-off and the road.


Yes, thank you. I've read the regulations and fully intend to abide by them.