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Thoughts on a 4 day/three night itinerary

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Offline bitter_melon

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Thoughts on a 4 day/three night itinerary
« on: March 09, 2018, 04:46:21 PM »
I'm planning to do the OML, but I'm concerned about the possibility of not being able to get permits, so I'm creating a plan B just in case. We're three people, all in good shape. None of us have ever been to BBNP, but two of us have quite a bit of hiking and backpacking experience, the third will have plenty of learning to do. I'm assuming that pretty much everything that we do in BBNP will be magical, but I just want some quick suggestions.

Day 1: We should be able to get to the Chisos Basin visitor lodge before it opens at 8:30am. This will be the moment of truth. If we can get permits to do the OML, then the rest of this post is irrelevant. If not, then it's time to kick into plan B. My Plan B thought for day 1 is to spend some time in the western end of the park, doing either the Chimneys trail or the Mules Ears/Smoky creek trail. Either way, the plan would be to hike in like 5 miles, set up base camp, hike a little further, and come back to camp.

Day 2: Exit to the car and drive back to the Chisos Basin visitor center, and hike into and along the rim to whatever camp site we can get a permit for that night. Maybe do emory peak and some rim exploration, depending on our time.

Day 3, get back to the car, refill water, and drive down to the eastern end of the park to do the Marfuro Vega trail.

Day 4: finish MV at a leisurely pace, then finish BBNP with a soak in the hot springs and a shower at the Rio Grande Village.

Thoughts?

*edited because I mixed up my easts and wests*
« Last Edit: March 09, 2018, 05:32:38 PM by bitter_melon »

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Re: Thoughts on a 4 day/three night itinerary
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2018, 05:30:09 PM »
I'm not the most experienced person on here but I think you have your map upside down.  I'm guessing you mistakenly got your "east side of the park" and "west side" mixed up. 




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Re: Thoughts on a 4 day/three night itinerary
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2018, 05:31:05 PM »
I'm not the most experienced person on here but I think you have your map upside down.  I'm guessing you mistakenly got your "east side of the park" and "west side" mixed up.

HAHAHA my mistake

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Re: Thoughts on a 4 day/three night itinerary
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2018, 11:46:25 PM »
I'm not the most experienced person on here but I think you have your map upside down.  I'm guessing you mistakenly got your "east side of the park" and "west side" mixed up.

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Re: Thoughts on a 4 day/three night itinerary
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2018, 09:13:02 AM »
In the past, the Mule Ears zone has filled up, just like the blue creek zone and Dodson zone  So your Plan B is good, but you are going to need Plan C and D too.  Keep looking at the map for places to park , and hike into for the night.  If you are talking about doing Marufo towards the end of Spring break, the highs are in the upper 80's and it is going to be HOT down there.

The one spring break we made it down there, Elephant Tusk zone was a good choice.  Don't park in the Elephant Tusk campsite.  Park up the road a 100 yards in a pullout.  Also, we had to get all permits from Panther Junction.  I can only expect the same is true with the return of the old "one book, one pencil" paper system now.


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Re: Thoughts on a 4 day/three night itinerary
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2018, 11:47:08 AM »
You can't get permits at Chisos Basin?

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Re: Thoughts on a 4 day/three night itinerary
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2018, 12:26:56 PM »
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temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Re: Thoughts on a 4 day/three night itinerary
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2018, 12:27:35 PM »
You can't get permits at Chisos Basin?

You can but sometimes it is faster to get it done at PJ
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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