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South Rim - Overnight Hike

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South Rim - Overnight Hike
« on: January 15, 2018, 03:40:06 PM »
This will be my first time visiting Big Bend. I plan on hiking South Rim in the middle of March. The Chisos Basin Campsites are all full the night before my hike, so I am camping at Big Bend resort and Adventures the night before and then camping on the trail.
1- Normal Temps in March?
2-  So I see you get the hiking permit up to 24 hours in advance. Is this the time I would need to reserve a campsite on the trail also?

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Re: South Rim - Overnight Hike
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2018, 04:01:42 PM »
This will be my first time visiting Big Bend. I plan on hiking South Rim in the middle of March. The Chisos Basin Campsites are all full the night before my hike, so I am camping at Big Bend resort and Adventures the night before and then camping on the trail.
1- Normal Temps in March?
2-  So I see you get the hiking permit up to 24 hours in advance. Is this the time I would need to reserve a campsite on the trail also?

1 - Chisos Average Max and Min Temps for March (The Rim could be a few degrees lower)

Max Avg - 68.7
Min Avg - 44.1

2 - Yes
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Re: South Rim - Overnight Hike
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2018, 04:04:28 PM »
Welcome to the board burriskw!

When in March?  Hopefully not Spring Break.  Camping at Big Bend Resorts is a bit bleak, it is basically a parking lot, you might consider a primitive roadside site or RGV or Cottonwood unless they are all full too.

Yes, when you get your backcountry permit you will need to chose which site in the Chisos to reserve.  Just to note the SE rim sites and NE4 and 5 will be closed due to peregrine falcon nesting.

As to March temps this page shows the averages for Panther Junction so for the rim subtract 5-10 degress.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
http://40yearsofwalking.wordpress.com/

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Re: South Rim - Overnight Hike
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2018, 01:39:47 PM »
Welcome to the board burriskw!

When in March?  Hopefully not Spring Break.  Camping at Big Bend Resorts is a bit bleak, it is basically a parking lot, you might consider a primitive roadside site or RGV or Cottonwood unless they are all full too.

Yes, when you get your backcountry permit you will need to chose which site in the Chisos to reserve.  Just to note the SE rim sites and NE4 and 5 will be closed due to peregrine falcon nesting.

As to March temps this page shows the averages for Panther Junction so for the rim subtract 5-10 degress.
It will me March 11 and 12th. So yes, Spring Break. My wife is a teacher, so that is the only time for us.
Thanks for the information. I can't wait.

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Re: South Rim - Overnight Hike
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2018, 02:23:11 PM »
Welcome to the board burriskw!

When in March?  Hopefully not Spring Break.  Camping at Big Bend Resorts is a bit bleak, it is basically a parking lot, you might consider a primitive roadside site or RGV or Cottonwood unless they are all full too.

Yes, when you get your backcountry permit you will need to chose which site in the Chisos to reserve.  Just to note the SE rim sites and NE4 and 5 will be closed due to peregrine falcon nesting.

As to March temps this page shows the averages for Panther Junction so for the rim subtract 5-10 degress.
It will me March 11 and 12th. So yes, Spring Break. My wife is a teacher, so that is the only time for us.
Thanks for the information. I can't wait.

That is going to be tough as most Texas schools spring breaks start the 10th, the place could be packed by the 11th, and you might not be able to get a site in the Chisos, get to the Visitor center before they open so you can be first or early in the line.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
http://40yearsofwalking.wordpress.com/

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Re: South Rim - Overnight Hike
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2018, 02:28:01 PM »
Welcome to the board burriskw!

When in March?  Hopefully not Spring Break.  Camping at Big Bend Resorts is a bit bleak, it is basically a parking lot, you might consider a primitive roadside site or RGV or Cottonwood unless they are all full too.

Yes, when you get your backcountry permit you will need to chose which site in the Chisos to reserve.  Just to note the SE rim sites and NE4 and 5 will be closed due to peregrine falcon nesting.

As to March temps this page shows the averages for Panther Junction so for the rim subtract 5-10 degress.
It will me March 11 and 12th. So yes, Spring Break. My wife is a teacher, so that is the only time for us.
Thanks for the information. I can't wait.

That is going to be tough as most Texas schools spring breaks start the 10th, the place could be packed by the 11th, and you might not be able to get a site in the Chisos, get to the Visitor center before they open so you can be first or early in the line.
I was sort of worried about not getting a site. If I can't, I'll try to get one for the next night and just explore the area that first day. Worst case, I'll just do day hikes.

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Re: South Rim - Overnight Hike
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2018, 02:06:54 AM »
Welcome to the board burriskw!

When in March?  Hopefully not Spring Break.  Camping at Big Bend Resorts is a bit bleak, it is basically a parking lot, you might consider a primitive roadside site or RGV or Cottonwood unless they are all full too.

Yes, when you get your backcountry permit you will need to chose which site in the Chisos to reserve.  Just to note the SE rim sites and NE4 and 5 will be closed due to peregrine falcon nesting.

As to March temps this page shows the averages for Panther Junction so for the rim subtract 5-10 degress.
It will me March 11 and 12th. So yes, Spring Break. My wife is a teacher, so that is the only time for us.
Thanks for the information. I can't wait.

The 30-year climate normals for the Chisos Basin weather station:

Date, Mean High, Standard Deviation High, Mean Low, Standard Deviation Low, Mean Precipitation (inches)
March 11 65.6 9.1 42.9 8.3 0.017
March 12 65.9 9.0 43.1 8.2 0.016

Subtract about six degrees for the higher elevation of the South Rim.  Keep in mind these are average temperatures recorded on those dates from 1981 to 2010.  There can be much variation, as seen from the standard deviations.  In 2012, I went to the park at the beginning of spring break, and it snowed on March 8.  The good news for you is that March averages the least amount of precipitation of any month of the year in the Basin.

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Re: South Rim - Overnight Hike
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2018, 09:48:50 AM »
Welcome to the board burriskw!

When in March?  Hopefully not Spring Break.  Camping at Big Bend Resorts is a bit bleak, it is basically a parking lot, you might consider a primitive roadside site or RGV or Cottonwood unless they are all full too.

Yes, when you get your backcountry permit you will need to chose which site in the Chisos to reserve.  Just to note the SE rim sites and NE4 and 5 will be closed due to peregrine falcon nesting.

As to March temps this page shows the averages for Panther Junction so for the rim subtract 5-10 degress.
It will me March 11 and 12th. So yes, Spring Break. My wife is a teacher, so that is the only time for us.
Thanks for the information. I can't wait.

The 30-year climate normals for the Chisos Basin weather station:

Date, Mean High, Standard Deviation High, Mean Low, Standard Deviation Low, Mean Precipitation (inches)
March 11 65.6 9.1 42.9 8.3 0.017
March 12 65.9 9.0 43.1 8.2 0.016

Subtract about six degrees for the higher elevation of the South Rim.  Keep in mind these are average temperatures recorded on those dates from 1981 to 2010.  There can be much variation, as seen from the standard deviations.  In 2012, I went to the park at the beginning of spring break, and it snowed on March 8.  The good news for you is that March averages the least amount of precipitation of any month of the year in the Basin.
Thanks for the info....very helpful!

 


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