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help with itinerary please

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Offline leigh

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help with itinerary please
« on: December 03, 2009, 07:15:43 PM »
Well I just want to say thanks to everyone's input for my upcoming trip.
I have gotten so much info from the NPS and here, I'm a little overwhelmed ;-)
I have a rough idea, and would welcome any input.
I have 4 full days.
Arr Sun afternoon.  13.5 hr drive leave 4 am, hopefully get some sunset shots on the way to RGV where I have reservations. (I see now the advantage of staying at the Basin for it's centrality.) I will check for avail camping there and try to cancel my res. for RGV.
Day 1 Mon. Hike  RGV nature tr., Boquillos Canyon Tr., *Hot Springs Canyon Tr.
Day 2 Tues. *Windows Tr, GV Hills?, Basin Loop?
Day 3 Wed.*Lost Mine Tr. Sites along the Ross Maxwell Rd. Burro Mesa P/o, Sotol Vista
Day 4 Thurs. *Mule Ears Spr., Santa Elena
Day 5 Fri. up early to head home.
Please feel free to critique as I know it's impossible for me to comprehend the vastness of the park, and I may be trying to do too much.....and I can always come back ;-)
*I've tried to space out the longer hikes to one a day, my longest hike to date has been 8 miles at Pedernales, just to give you some idea, and again I'm not trying to race through.
Are any of these not recommended?  Are all of these clearly marked trails?
I am hoping to get some great shots while I'm there as well.
Finally, is there any reason for me to venture outside the park this trip, like to Terlinqua or Study Butte.  I'm certainly not interested in food,or night life, and if I do need a break from camp food, there's always the Basin.
Thank you again,


Offline TexasAggieHiker

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Re: help with itinerary please
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2009, 08:21:01 PM »
Sounds like a great itinerary.  Very doable every day.  You should have plenty of time each day.  All the trails you selected are very well marked.  Terlingua has some history, but food and the locals are the main reason for going.  For a first trip to the park, I'd skip it if you weren't interested in the food, and spent as much time as possible in the park.


Offline badknees

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Re: help with itinerary please
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2009, 10:52:22 PM »
Not sure how you feel about being clean, but a shower is a pretty good thing. If you end up staying in RGV, there is a shower behind the store, but if you end up moving to the Basin you might catch the shower in Study Butte while you are exploring the west side of the park on day 3 or 4.
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Offline The Scorpion

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Re: help with itinerary please
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2009, 11:40:21 PM »
the only suggestion I have is for your

Day 2 Tues. *Windows Tr, GV Hills?, Basin Loop?

im not sure what order you want to do these in, but maybe you head out early Tue morning to hit Grapevine hills in the early morning/sunrise time.

then go back to the basin do the basin loop trail, then do the window trail closer to sunset. Many people like the window trail in the evening for sunset, take a flashlight to find you way back.

everything is better with bacon!!!



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