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4 day combination backpack - dayhike itinerary

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Offline engstrombri

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4 day combination backpack - dayhike itinerary
« on: January 21, 2016, 09:54:42 AM »
So me and a buddy will be going down to Big Bend for a Wednesday through Sunday trip in February with a little bit of backpacking as well as day hiking and wanted to get some expert opinions. Just to give some background we both have been a number of times but always just did day hikes. I have done, the window, lost mine, Emory peak, cattail falls, lower burro mesa, and the beginning of Santa Alena(I wimped out due to shin deep mud).

So as of now this is how my rough plan looks:
Wednesday: Arrive to the basin by noon and do either the Window again or summit Casa Grande
Thursday: Possibility of a small hike in the morning then head out and do the first half of the Marufo Vega Trail.
Friday: Finish the Marufo Vega and head into Boquillas for a late lunch and lots of beer.
Saturday: Hike up to the Rim and camp at a site like SW3 or similar
Sunday: Hike Out and drive home

However, I am wondering if there is something else I should be doing, given the parts of the park I have yet to see. Initially we were thinking about doing the consolidated OML starting at HWR in 3 days, but I wanted to make sure we were actually able to slow down and enjoy the park. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Re: 4 day combination backpack - dayhike itinerary
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2016, 10:20:14 AM »
I'd say you definitely have a doable plan.  I would do Casa Grande instead of the Window, but that's just me.  SW3 is a good site with an excellent sunset view over Bluecreek Canyon visible from the top of the ridge just a hop, skip and a jump from the site.  A lot of people like SW4 due to it being close to the Southwest Rim.  Either one would work, but I like a site with a great view, and that would be 3 out of the two sites.


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Re: 4 day combination backpack - dayhike itinerary
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2016, 10:13:53 PM »
Not clear if you already know but there's not a marked trail for ascent of Casa Grande, once you get off the  Lost Mine Trail. There are lots of detailed accounts on this site by people who have summited Casa Grande. Look them over carefully as some have come to grief in the attempt.

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Re: 4 day combination backpack - dayhike itinerary
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2016, 09:25:05 AM »
Thanks for the replies. Geezer as to your point, yes I am aware and have read several accounts so far of the hike for once you get off LMT at marker 10. However, I don't want too much info because for me the route finding can be a ton of fun too. I was more looking at things to avoid when you follow the path up to the summit.

BTW I have read a lot of Marufo Vega trip reports but it is hard to discern where you can camp besides right after the Y on the South fork. Is there anywhere to camp around halfway in or a little farther along? Thanks.

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Re: 4 day combination backpack - dayhike itinerary
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2016, 10:12:13 AM »
Regarding the CG hike, when in doubt, choose the right and you'll be fine.

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Re: 4 day combination backpack - dayhike itinerary
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2016, 11:10:51 AM »

BTW I have read a lot of Marufo Vega trip reports but it is hard to discern where you can camp besides right after the Y on the South fork. Is there anywhere to camp around halfway in or a little farther along? Thanks.

There's a great camping spot (called "Split Rock") on the South Fork that overlooks the Rio Grande and the Sierra Del Carmens.  It's located where the trail itself starts to descend to the river.
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Re: 4 day combination backpack - dayhike itinerary
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2016, 12:14:45 PM »
You can also camp down by the river, more/better spots down the south fork than the north.

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Re: 4 day combination backpack - dayhike itinerary
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2016, 12:26:46 PM »

BTW I have read a lot of Marufo Vega trip reports but it is hard to discern where you can camp besides right after the Y on the South fork. Is there anywhere to camp around halfway in or a little farther along? Thanks.

There's a great camping spot (called "Split Rock") on the South Fork that overlooks the Rio Grande and the Sierra Del Carmens.  It's located where the trail itself starts to descend to the river.

The exact physical middle of Marufo Vega is probably somewhere right along the River in the stretch between the ends of the North and South forks as they approach the River. 

They are not any really nice places to camp along the River (unless you get right on the sand right by the River "beach") but there are a couple of nice places near where the South Fork meets the River.

Split Rock is deservedly famous for being almost half-way and for having an awesome panoramic view.

I'd guess that SplitRock could get windy.  The areas just a few hundred yards past the Y to the left out of the South Fork seem to be to be a bit more protected from the wind.

Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: 4 day combination backpack - dayhike itinerary
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2016, 05:49:33 PM »
The coordinates mark the spot where I camped once upon a time...  N29.24420  W102.88668





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Re: 4 day combination backpack - dayhike itinerary
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2016, 10:28:42 AM »
This is some awesome information everyone, thanks! My buddy is a bit concerned about the route and how well defined it is out there. He has a Garmin etrex 20, does anybody have any idea about the best way to get the route way points for him to enter in his GPS? I have looked around but cant find any files or routes that could be downloaded. Also, is Randell's Overlook worth the extra effort? If so any coordinates for that would be appreciated as well.

Thanks again, hopefully this wild land fire dies soon so we don't have to worry about it next week! :icon_smile:

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Re: 4 day combination backpack - dayhike itinerary
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2016, 10:49:51 AM »
Next week as in the 10th or the 17th?  If the 17th, I might see you out there!

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Re: 4 day combination backpack - dayhike itinerary
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2016, 10:55:59 AM »
Next week as in the 10th or the 17th?  If the 17th, I might see you out there!

My buddy and I will be out there the 10th-14th

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Re: 4 day combination backpack - dayhike itinerary
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2016, 04:21:11 PM »
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