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Over-estimating your experience or under-estimating the terrain in a place like Big Bend can result in serious injury or death. Use the information and advice found here wisely. Climb/Hike/Camp/Drive at your own risk.

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Itin Review Request

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Offline Keepa

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Re: Itin Review Request
« Reply #15 on: November 17, 2019, 10:11:55 PM »
It is 11 miles round trip to the south rim. You are looking at 9 hours of hiking. After you come back you will not want to do anything else :)

The trails are well marked, but carry a map and headlights just in case, and carry enough clothing to survive the night in case you get stranded.


Offline Jalco

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Re: Itin Review Request
« Reply #16 on: November 17, 2019, 10:13:48 PM »
My last hike to the Rim was during a Christmas break several years ago.  I didn't start particularly early in the day (I certainly didn't start at 7:00), but I made it back with daylight to spare.  The trails are pretty well burned in, so route finding is easy.  If I thought I would be caught out after dark, though, I would take my headlamp, if only to see better where I'm placing my feet.

There's a nice spot just as you top LM trail (just before you drop down into Laguna Meadows proper) where you can rest and get a great view of the Basin below.


Offline Gustafson

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Re: Itin Review Request
« Reply #17 on: November 18, 2019, 09:49:03 AM »
Thanks for the additional info on the South Rim trail. Very reassuring that its a well-marked trail that can be negotiated after sundown. Thanks for the tip about carrying warm clothing, in a pinch. Will run this by my daughter and hope that she's as captivated by the idea as I am. *fingers crossed* :D



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