Friends of Big Bend National Park
Big Bend Conservancy

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.

+-Calendar for sale

2020 Big Bend Chat Calendar

 2020 BigBendChat Calendar on sale now!


Marugo Vega

  • 12 Replies
  • 4507 Views
*

Offline brownsarefunny

  • Kangaroo Rat
  • *
  • 5
Marugo Vega
« on: February 12, 2012, 10:25:52 AM »
So I'll be in Big Bend last week in Feb/ first week in March.  My two buddies and I want to do 5-6 days of backpacking/camping in the park.  I think we are planning on doing a 2-3 day trip up into the Chisos to the South Rim.  I was looking for another cool trip to do as well.

As I looked through trip reports, I thought that Marufo Vega looked really cool.  I was wondering if this is a good fit for us?  We are all in our late twenties and in shape.  We're familiar with hiking NPs but haven't done many long backpacking trips.  My friend will have a GPS if that factors in as well.

Is Marufo Vega a trail worth doing? 

Thanks!

*

Offline catz

  • Golden Eagle
  • Mountain Lion
  • *
  • 1044
  • Old enough to know better, but...
Re: Marugo Vega
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2012, 10:42:08 AM »
Most definitely worth doing.  The Dead Horse Mountains are, I think, greatly underappreiated.  There is also a campsite--"split rock", on the south fork of the trail--that provides a stunning view of the Sierra del Carmens.  If you want to do the entire loop, I suggest going up via the south fork and back via the north fork.
Wake me when it's time to go.

*

Offline sleepy

  • Black Bear
  • *
  • 696
  • i'm not a terrorist
Re: Marugo Vega
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2012, 12:40:38 PM »
much of the South Rim will be closed for peregrine falcon nesting, if I'm not mistaken.
It's never too late to be what you might have been-Geroge Elliot

*

Offline TexasAggieHiker

  • Mountain Lion
  • *
  • 1229
  • The road goes on forever & the party never ends...
Re: Marugo Vega
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2012, 10:05:33 PM »
The Marufo Vega will be perfect for you.  Great overnight trip.  The split rock camp, while an amazing view, is kinda small.  Only enough room for one tent.  Lots of room to camp on the river off the south fork.  Not much room to camp where the north fork hits the river.

Only the Northeast trail in the Chisos will be closed for the peregrines.  All the other trails will be open.

*

Offline paisano

  • Kangaroo Rat
  • *
  • 18
Re: Marugo Vega
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2012, 06:12:49 AM »
•The Window Trail is closed until further notice due to recent lion attack.
•The Lost Mine Trail is closed until further notice due to recent lion attack.
•The Southeast Rim Trail and a portion of the Northeast Rim Trail from the Boot Canyon/Southeast Rim Trail junction to a point just north of campsite NE-4 is closed for peregrine falcon nesting.

http://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/parkalerts.htm

Only the Northeast trail in the Chisos will be closed for the peregrines.  All the other trails will be open.

*

Offline fartymarty

  • Golden Eagle
  • Mountain Lion
  • *
  • 1166
  • Lovin' BiBe for 50 years.
Re: Marugo Vega
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2012, 10:14:10 AM »
•The Window Trail is closed until further notice due to recent lion attack.
•The Lost Mine Trail is closed until further notice due to recent lion attack.
•The Southeast Rim Trail and a portion of the Northeast Rim Trail from the Boot Canyon/Southeast Rim Trail junction to a point just north of campsite NE-4 is closed for peregrine falcon nesting.

http://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/parkalerts.htm



I'm fairly certain from recent news that the information there is current, however the date is not confidence inspiring.

Quote from: www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/parkalerts.htm
Updated Wednesday(sic), February 12, 2011
....by the way, last year's Feb 12 was a Saturday.
Fort Worth

*

Offline brownsarefunny

  • Kangaroo Rat
  • *
  • 5
Re: Marugo Vega
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2012, 11:05:52 PM »
How do I deal with food or toiletries on Marufo Vega seeing as there is no bear box???

*

Offline Al

  • Dog Face Moth
  • Mountain Lion
  • *
  • 4112
Re: Marugo Vega
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2012, 11:09:34 PM »
How do I deal with food or toiletries on Marufo Vega seeing as there is no bear box???

You should be far far away from any bears.  They have more sense than man.  Not to worry!

Al

*

Offline Al

  • Dog Face Moth
  • Mountain Lion
  • *
  • 4112
Re: Marugo Vega
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2012, 11:34:03 PM »
This guy would love to eat your lunch!



Keep your food zipped up in your pack or separate in a closed bag and you should be alright.

Al

*

Offline kevint

  • Black Bear
  • *
  • 648
    • Pictures
Re: Marugo Vega
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2012, 05:34:43 AM »

This guy would love to eat your lunch!



Keep your food zipped up in your pack or separate in a closed bag and you should be alright.

Al





This reminds me of when my wife and I were having lunch while sitting on some rocks at the top of Vernal Fall in Yosemite.  There were tons of little rodents running around so I stuck my little bag of grapes in my pants pocktet while I ate my sandwich.  Suddenly I felt something weird.  The little sucker had crawled into my pants pocket to steal my grapes. :shock:
-- Kevin (W5KLT)

"It's not an adventure until something goes wrong."  --Yvon Chouinard

*

Offline sleepy

  • Black Bear
  • *
  • 696
  • i'm not a terrorist
Re: Marugo Vega
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2012, 11:04:12 AM »

This guy would love to eat your lunch!



Keep your food zipped up in your pack or separate in a closed bag and you should be alright.

Al





This reminds me of when my wife and I were having lunch while sitting on some rocks at the top of Vernal Fall in Yosemite.  There were tons of little rodents running around so I stuck my little bag of grapes in my pants pocktet while I ate my sandwich.  Suddenly I felt something weird.  The little sucker had crawled into my pants pocket to steal my grapes. :shock:
better than your plums
It's never too late to be what you might have been-Geroge Elliot

*

Offline Homer67

  • Passionate Backpacker
  • Black Bear
  • *
  • 827
  • Be Amazing.
Re: Marugo Vega
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2012, 11:51:17 AM »
I have been considering a quick trip and doing MV.  This time I am thinking taking the first turn in and to the river via the North fork, out the south.  We avoided the steep climb of the first turn in when we hiked part of this trail last January and took the south trail to near the river.

Here's a rough pano from the south fork --- in two parts, from left to right:


MV Pano 1 by Superhomer670, on Flickr


MV Pano 2 by Superhomer670, on Flickr

Here is a photo along the trail; it's not all like this, I just like this photo:

MV trail photo  Jan 2011 by Superhomer670, on Flickr

Here is one from the South Fork, with the Rio Grande far below:

Rio Bravo far below, MV S Fork  Jan 2011 by Superhomer670, on Flickr

Man!  I got BiBe fever right now!
« Last Edit: February 17, 2012, 11:59:28 AM by Homer67 »
Ah Big Bend, we will soon return to reacquaint ourselves in our ritual of blood, exhaustion and dehydration. How can we resist the temptation to strip ourselves of the maladies of civilization?

*

Offline VivaTerlingua

  • Coyote
  • *
  • 165
Re: Marugo Vega
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2012, 04:27:32 PM »
I recommend hiking poles for the descent down to the river.  It's pretty steep with a lot of loose rock.  Great hike with a great campsite down at the river.

 


©COPYRIGHT NOTICE

All photographs and content posted by members are to be considered copyrighted by their respective owners and may not be used for any purposes, commercial or otherwise, without permission.

+-Calendar For Sale

2020 Big Bend Chat Calendar

 2020 BigBendChat Calendar on sale now!

Powered by EzPortal

Facebook Comments