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Thank you. Yes, thinking of hitting the roadside camps near dusk and being out of there early morning. The plan is not set in stone, but thought it might be doable during those hours. Is the park too big to conviently use the Basin as Base Camp for the entire trip? We'd like to be away from people too, especially towards the end of the trip as Memorial Day weekend approaches.
At the risk of stunning others, as a first-timer, use the trail guidebook to hit the highlights. Once you get a taste of the "official" things, throw the guide away and strike out on your own in the future.
If you want to see Terlingua, one of the days you are on the west side, drive up and back to your camp via the Old Maverick Road. It's damn near a gravel highway so it's an efficient way to get to Terlingua.
QuoteMaverick can be a gravel highway or a very rough washboard.
Maverick can be a gravel highway or a very rough washboard.
Sounds like you had a great trip. Thanks for posting a report.As regards Emory, I can't speak for others, but I've climbed it once, and that was enough for me. I'd rather spend that time hanging out on the Rim, soaking up those views instead.On my first trip back to the Bend, after a decades-long absence, I found myself sucking wind on the Pinnacles trail as I tried to keep up with my mountain goat son and athletic daughter. The next trip up the mountain a few years later (this time up Laguna Meadows) with the same crew found me in much better condition.
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