South Rim Trek via Pinnacles and Boot Canyon Trails -- Hot Springs
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BBNP with Ali, Cesar, and Bruno. August 25-30, 2005.
August is the best and worst time to visit Big Bend, Texas. The pros -- no one is there. You have the place all to yourself. The downfall, as you guessed, is the heat.
My husband Bruno and I, along with our friends from Mexico, Cesar and Ali, decided to spend a week in BBNP. We started our week with a 2 night hike up in the Chisos Mountains. We hiked the South Rim trail via Pinnacles. I recommend going up Pinnacles and coming down Laguna Meadow. Pinnacles is pretty much straight up and down. Laguna Meadow had a ton of switch backs, which helps on the knees when coming down.
The hike is about 6.5 miles up to the rim. You have about a 2,000 ft.
The best camping site on the rim is NE4. You have the most spectacular view of the desert, Santa Elena Cayon and Mule Ears.
The toilets in the Chisos are sawdust composting toilets. Very clean and non smelly.
Other great camping sites include Laguna West (LW1, LW3) and Colima Trail (CO2, CO3). I also recommend these sites.
Coming down Laguna Meadow, you have spectacular views of the Basin. Take your time, don't cut the switchbacks and watch out for snakes.
After 2 nights in the Chisos, our bodies need a little bit of love from the hot springs. The drive on 118 down to the springs and Rio Grand Village is a beautiful one.
I worked as a Natural History Intrepreter at BBNP back in 2002, and it was one of the most awesome experiences of my life. I got to live, work and play in BBNP. I met many great souls. While I worked there, I got to hike pretty much every trail in the park. All but the Ernst Basin Complex and Mesa de Anguila.