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South Rim Itinerary

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Offline BigBendAg88

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South Rim Itinerary
« on: November 11, 2010, 08:22:16 PM »
I am planning on arriving on Thursday evening, December 2, for a 3 night visit to the park.  I am planning on camping 2 nights along the South Rim Trail and am looking for recommendations for camp sites.

I did this hike about 5 years ago, and aside from carrying waaaayyy to much stuff, I did not have a problem with the hike.  I am bringing a novice backpacker, who has never been to Big Bend before.

Also -- does anyone know how likely it is that Water might be available along the trail during early December?

Thanks -- any suggestions that you can offer will be appreciated, and I will report back!
Bill

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Offline trtlrock

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Re: South Rim Itinerary
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2010, 08:42:03 PM »
I've enjoyed going up the Pinnacles Trail to spend the first night at NE4, then spending the 2nd night at SW3.
John & Tess

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Offline The Scorpion

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Re: South Rim Itinerary
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2010, 08:53:20 PM »
the only place you might find water will be in Boot canyon, on your way up if you go up the Pinnacles trail.

NE4 is a good site, I just stayed there several weeks ago. I have also camped at SW3 which is a good site. Next time I want to check out one of the SE sites

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Offline AlexyE

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Re: South Rim Itinerary
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2010, 09:57:12 AM »
Best view on the Rim is at SE3, also 1,2 or other adjoining sites. There is a huge rock overlooking the canyon 200 feet from SE3 campsite.  It's right on the corner and you can see back into the eastern desert and Mexico from that spot only.

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Offline jeffblaylock

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Re: South Rim Itinerary
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2010, 12:51:32 PM »
Since we are way out of the rainy season, I would assume no water will be available in the mountains. Carry all you'll need, and leave what little you may find for the animals.
Jeff Blaylock
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Offline BigBendAg88

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Re: South Rim Itinerary
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2010, 08:26:22 PM »
Thank you for the comments on the campsites and the likely water conditions.  Much appreciated.
bill

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Offline wcfw

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Re: South Rim Itinerary
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2010, 06:39:53 PM »
I just got back from a similar trip with a newbie backpacker.  We went up Laguna and camped at SW4 the first night. This is the short way to the rim at just under 6miles.  We enjoyed fantastic views of the sunset from the rim and were joined by 10-15 deer for breakfast the next morning. 

The next day we hiked to NE4, another fantastic campsite.  This hike is less than 2.5mi and will give your buddy some recovery time.  NE4 is out by itself - sunrise views are fantastic.  We walked over to the rim by SE3 and were able to see the sunset. 

We then came down Pinnacles - I took the trip up Emory and my buddy decided to wait - Emory is highly recommended.  This is the longest day w/o Emory @ 7-ish miles, but it is primarily downhill and you will be WAY lighter w/o all the water you started with.

I'll try to post a more detailed report later with some photos a bit later.

As to water in boot canyon, we didn't actually look for the spring, but there was standing water in a number of places that might do in a pinch.

 


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