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I'm a NOLS grad with experience hiking in the Gila Wilderness. Never been to BIBE and never been on a trip alone. Don't get out very often anymore either. Once every 2 or 3 years for maybe a 5 day trip, usually in the Gila.I'm going to Big Bend for Mon - Fri trip a week from now, flying in and out of Austin.Suggestions for a trip of this duration given my situation? Is Outer Mountain Loop the consensus? Any good lowland desert loops as well?Looking for beauty and solitude of course. And making it out alive.ThanksPaul
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The OML is pretty sweet. We started at the Dodson/Juniper Canyon trailhead (Nov 2011) so that we would have to make only one cache below the Homer Wilson Overlook. We wanted to avoid the Basin, so we went around the South Rim and out Boot Canyon/Juniper Canyon back to the truck. It was the best hike we have done so far in Big Bend!
Thanks for the ideas everyone! After I first posted I began to think I may go into the desert instead of the mountains so that I can camp freely instead of at established sites only, and also maybe a bit safer in terms of falls and animals. But everyone's good reviews of the OML have me reconsidering. To be clear, my schedule is Monday drive from austin to big bend. Maybe time for short hike monday afternoon and set camp. Hike tues, wed, thurs, and on Friday back to the car and drive back to austin.
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