Big Bend Conservancy
Hey guys!First off, Hey! my name is Justin and I am planning a trip for labor day weekend for myself and 2-3 other friends for one of their 30th birthdays. We will all be in seperate vehicles- Lexus GX470, Jeep LJ, and Chevy Colorado ZR2. All wearing ATs or MT's, everyone has high lifts, we will have an air compressor for airing up/down, the Jeep has a winch, we have traction boards, etc. I am looking to keep our days packed full of wheeling, *some* worthy hiking, and camping. We will be meeting at the Fort Leaton office for our camping license and then starting our trip West ot East. Where I need help is where to plan our day breaks/camp sites, mostly. I'm going to list my idea of order and my ballpark day breaks/camps. Please correct me if there are better camp sites or ordering! I am totally guessing in the dark on timeframes of each trail/travel.Starting from Fort Leaton:FridayCienega MountainsWest Casa piedra trailhead up Alamito Creek.Cat and/or Chupedero Springs (worth it or skip?)Around Cienega Creek Loop (CW or CCW?)Across to Papalote de La sierraDown to Casa Ramon From there, is the wheeling worth going back up to papalote De la Sierra from Casa Ramon or going West back toward the springs? Or should we just head south the the East trail head? Then toward:Bofecillos MountainsAgua adentro Pens to RancheriasRancherias across Javelin Trail*HOLE IN ITENERY* Continue East toward Mexicano Falls Trail for hiking, or elect to skip and head North to head to Solitario?SolitarioLos Almos loopMcGuirks Loopuranium/Molybdenum MinesRoad to nowhereLower Shut up trailCamp somewhere in Solitario or further west in the camp to decrease our travel to BBNP on Sunday MorningSunday (BBNP)Through Terlingua ghost townPanther Junction to pick up our camping licenseThe Window hikeSW to pick up River Road WestAcross River RoadUp Black Gap roadDown River Road EastHot Springs around sunset Sunday Night *schedule pivots around this*camp near hotsprings (suggestions?)Monday MorningUp Old Ore road to Persimmon GapDepart to Tucson/ San AntonioSO, as stated, my main holes/questions are where to break the day Friday/Saturday and where to camp? Do yall have any changes you would make for better time spent or better trails/views/campsites to be experienced? Any foot hikes along/near any of these trails that are worth the stop? I'll keep updating this itenery as changes are suggested/made. Pic for attention Thanks in advance,Justin
Also, if you plan to go into the Cienegas, make sure and bring loppers and a saw to cut the brush that has narrowed this road to a trail.
I am guessing that trip itinerary is more of a menu? I certainly would not try to do everything that you have lined out for BBRSP all in one day. Realistically, any ONE of those sub-headings could take all day at BBRSP. Also, if you plan to go into the Cienegas, make sure and bring loppers and a saw to cut the brush that has narrowed this road to a trail.
Have to read the Roads to Nowhere yet? It may be useful in clearing up some questions that you have. Also, the Campsites of Big Bend Ranch is a useful companion to the map in terms of describing exactly what to expect at the campsites.https://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_bk_p4501_0152k.pdfhttps://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_bk_p4501_2059.pdf
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