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August 11th trip

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Offline The Scorpion

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« on: July 19, 2007, 02:17:07 PM »
I will be meeting some out of town friends in BIBE in the next few weeks. They are first timers to the bend and I wanted to show them some highlights to the park. they are hikers, but moderate hikers like me.

I have a few things planned and wanted to see if anyone can come up with a few ideas on top of what I have planned.

Arrive in BIBE -  Sat Aug 11th (noon time)
Take 1 car to oak spring/cattail falls parking area.
drive back to the basin and hike the Window/oak springs then over to cattail falls.
go back to the basin and check into room.

Sunday Aug 12th
Drive down to Santa Elena Canyon, hike the canyon
What else is good in this area.

then up to Tuff Canyon

then over to The hot springs

anything else near the hot springs or RGV area?

Monday Aug 13th
Maybe head north and do either Dog Canyon or go out by Study Butte and do Indian Head Springs.


I will be there another 3 or 4 days after they leave Monday afternoon.

I will be solo hiking so any easy suggestions would be great.

I have done most of the published (easy) trails (under 5 miles round trip)

James
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Offline jeffblaylock

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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2007, 02:41:39 PM »
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then up to Tuff Canyon

then over to The hot springs


That is a looooong drive. RGV area is going be very, very HOT in August, as will all possible dayhikes in that area.

August 11 is the day before the full moon. I'd suggest an evening hike to the Chimneys -- about 2.5 miles of easy, level walking from the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. From there, you can watch the nearly full moon rise over the lower Chisos or Sierra Quemada. We did the hike in December 2002 (when it was much, much cooler) and saw the moon as it rose over the Chisos (when the moon rose much, much further north):



You could also spend the heat of the day at Cottonwood campground -- very shady and usually much cooler than surrounding area.

There is a small store at Castolon, but it would be better if you took a lunch to go from the Basin since edible food availability is limited on the west side (unless you drove up Old Maverick Road and went to Study Butte/Terlingua, where you could spend the heat of the day kickin' back and drinkin' cervezas, if that is something y'all do). You could do Indian Head if you ended up that direction.

Grapevine Hills is another nice trail, best saved for the morning or evening, as all points not in the mountains will be HOT.

Lost Mine Trail is a MUST-DO in my book. I like it best in the morning, since the ascent is shaded by the peak, and the light on the Chisos is best.



Still, I like the summer in the Bend -- very few people, lots of chances to soak up the desert scenery in solitude. But take lots of cold water and even an umbrella (instant shade).
Jeff Blaylock
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splendor and the complicated grandeur of Big Bend will still be here. Waiting for us."--Ed Abbey

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Re: August 11th trip
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2007, 04:28:25 PM »
Quote from: "jamesb"
Drive down to Santa Elena Canyon, hike the canyon
What else is good in this area.

Stop off and scramble up the hill to check out the Dorgan House on the road to Santa Elena Canyon.

Quote from: "jamesb"
then up to Tuff Canyon

then over to The hot springs

Long drive....not that there's anything necessarily wrong with that. :)

Quote from: "jamesb"
anything else near the hot springs or RGV area?

Definitely do the RGV nature trail if you're in the area.  It gives you views of Boquillas, the river, and the Chisos in the distance, among other sights.  If you're ok with the heat, hike into Boquillas Canyon and do the sand slide.

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Monday Aug 13th
Maybe head north and do either Dog Canyon or go out by Study Butte and do Indian Head Springs.

Indian Head Springs is cool but will be hot if during the day.  Of course, that can be said about most of the park in August.  :?

I could probably come up with tons of other ideas, but I'll let others chime in for now.

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Offline TheWildWestGuy

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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2007, 05:43:21 PM »
I might skip the Hot Springs and RGV all together with especially if the hot springs are under water (ask at PJ or the Basin before you head out).
I would probably stick to the Mtn's as much as possible but other idea's might be:
- Terlingua Abaja - the creek runs through there and has several shallow pools near the gauging station. :idea:  :?:
 - Mule Ears Spring - has shade and water once you get there, short and easy hike even when it's 100 degree's.
- Bring some air mattresses and float around inside Santa Elena Canyon near the trail.  Don't go very far from the safety of the trail though.
- Hire a raft trip for a day.
- Go to the Starlight and hang out on the front porch.

Of course after your friends leave you will have a lot more freedom and flexibility but it might ruin your relationship with your buddies if you haul them out in the low desert when it's over 100 and no shade.  You might even consider doing Cattail Canyon from the parking area below Oak Springs instead of making the trek up and over the Window.  Just kind of depends how strong and heat-tolerant your friends are.. TWWG

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Offline The Scorpion

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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2007, 10:06:05 PM »
thanks for the replies.

I may try for Mule Ears this go around. I have never done that one.

I will put the Dorgan House on the list as well and maybe also the RGV nature trail.

I can take the heat some. I need to show my buddies just how hot it can get here  :twisted:  :twisted: . I visited them around Super Bowl time in Indy and it was like -19 when I was there..  WAY WAY too cold for me.

Im gonna show them the typical stuff and stop at some of the exibits along the road that I like. I just wish they could stay longer so they could see more.

I was thinking about pine canyon, but thats gonna eat up a lot of time just getting back there

I did the sand slide once before and im not gonna do it again, well maybe

James
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Offline Al

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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2007, 10:23:38 PM »
I'd think about driving down River Road from the east, Old Ore Road from the south end or Glenn Springs,  if your vehicle is good to go.  It may be hot but you can always do short hikes just to get a feel for the desert and dart back to your vehicle with the A/C on kill.  That way they'll get a better feel for the remoteness of it all.

Al

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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2007, 07:41:22 AM »
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I did the sand slide once before and im not gonna do it again, well maybe

So let them do it while you "volunteer" to stay at the bottom and take pictures. :)

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Offline dave2

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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2007, 08:27:56 AM »
I would not recommend the Dog Canyon hike in August, might be better to stay up in the mountains.

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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2007, 08:45:24 AM »
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Lost Mine Trail is a MUST-DO in my book.

Ditto.  And if they like that one, take 'em up Emory, then down into Boot Canyon and around the Colima Trail and back down Laguna Meadows.  Or, heck, why not go on out to the South Rim while you're in the neighborhood. :)

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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2007, 03:36:49 PM »
My last visit to BIBE was in August of 2005.   It was actually mild for summer with a couple of very nice thunderstorms to cool things off.  RGV was very hot, indeed, but LMT, Window, and other basin hikes were very nice.   The T-storms were a BB first for me....most excellent.
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Offline The Scorpion

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« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2007, 12:33:07 PM »
im still thinking about all these options. Maybe I lessen the amount to show them in their 2 days in the park. They will have to leave early Monday as they have changed their flights to arrive and depart out of El Paso (its saving them $300 each in airfare).

I cant wait to get there, can someone make August 11th be here already!!!

James
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« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2007, 01:18:03 PM »
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Maybe I lessen the amount to show them in their 2 days in the park.


Slow and easy.  No way you can cram it all in in 2 days or even 2 Brazillion life times.  Might as well pick out just a very few things and concentrate on those.

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August 11th trip
« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2007, 09:47:15 PM »
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 - Go to the Starlight and hang out on the front porch.TWWG


Good suggestion.  Did that last year on a Monday night (two for one burgers there on Monday) and they are GOOD.


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