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1 day-first time in park in decades---

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Offline GibsonC

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1 day-first time in park in decades---
« on: March 15, 2012, 03:05:07 PM »
Hi all,
  First off, what an awesome site, have been creeping a looong time, finally signed up, and heading to big bend! 
   I need help deciding on the possibility of hiking the lost mine trail, AND visiting St. Elena Canyon in one day? Is this is even feasible?       Will be taking our 7 year old son (kayaking, biking & hiking since he was 3) and 10 year old daughter (loads of energy and stamina, love of outdoors)
   I am guessing most of the day can be spent hiking the lost mine trail, a scenic drive over towards st. elena, then on for a little R&R at lajitas before beginning our 2 day saddle paddle trip Saturday? 

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Re: 1 day-first time in park in decades---
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2012, 04:19:52 PM »
Welcome and sounds perfect!

Al

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Offline RichardM

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Re: 1 day-first time in park in decades---
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2012, 05:33:33 PM »
The Lost Mine Trail only takes a couple of hours (under 5 miles round-trip). Hit it early in the morning and you'll have most of the day left for Santa Elena and exploring up and down Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive.

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Offline GibsonC

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Re: 1 day-first time in park in decades---
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2012, 05:37:26 PM »
Thanks all, great info. so excited about visit!

 


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