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The South Rim Loop

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Address: Big Bend National Park, TX

This trail gives a great hike with amazing views.

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My favorite Big Bend hike

I have hiked the South Rim trail multiple times, in Spring, Summer and Winter. It never ceases to impress. I love the changes of scenery, the spectacular views when you reach... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Robert J
Lake Jackson, United States
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Lake Jackson, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I have hiked the South Rim trail multiple times, in Spring, Summer and Winter. It never ceases to impress. I love the changes of scenery, the spectacular views when you reach the South Rim, the enjoyable relatively level hike around the rim once you've gained the elevation, and the delightful drop through Boot Canyon. Lost Mine Trail gives much of... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

This hike is well worth it! We started at the trailhead for Emory Peak and then decided to head on around the South Rim. It has been raining there, so we had to traverse a few streams, but I don't think that is the norm. The first leg of the hike up to the base of Emory is quite steep... More 

1 Thank Whitstro
Crane, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Took this hike very recently. The views are phenomenal and rewarding. Ended up walking about 15 miles that day.

1 Thank Tim L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2016

While staying in the amazing Chisos Mountains, I hiked the South Rim Loop trail. My goal was to get a butt-kicking workout, enjoy some peace and solitude and experience everything Chisos could offer. I was not disappointed. This hike is a must for the experienced hiker. I ascended via the Pinnacles trail and descended via Laguna Meadows trail, which is... More 

2 Thank Snicker D
Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016

This Hike can be intense at times, but the trek is totally worth it! The hike is gorgeous, and when you get to the top of the Rim, the views are un-comparable! We have done it twice, and would do it again! Bring LOTS of water, snacks, and sunscreen!

1 Thank Morgandalf
El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2016

The Loop can be done starting on the steep Pinnacles Trail or the more gradual Laguna Meadow Trail. Total mileage starting on the Pinnacles is about 9.5 miles. Laguna Meadow route is about 14 miles. Both routes take you into the high country of the Chisos Mountains and offer breath-taking scenery. Wildlife includes Black Bear, Carmen Mountain White-tailed Deer, Mountain... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2016

This hike brings it all, but first, hike elsewhere. This hike isn't an easy one, so get some experience first. Carry at least a gallon of water per day. I'd recommend camping on the west side of the rim to catch the sunsets. with this hike, you can experience so much of the park as well as have optional, additional... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2016

We only allotted for one night camping in the back country and after beginning the South Rim Loop, I instantly realized the error in my planning. The trails out in this area could take up 2-3 days and the camping is amazing. The diverse landscapes make you forget that you are in Texas. Having only done Emory Peak the first... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016

A fantastic ~13 mile hike. We went up Laguna Meadows and thought it much prettier than the Pinnacles, coming down. Pinnacles has very steep steps in some areas. Beautiful south Rim view at top. Took us 7 hr 40 min, including a 30 min lunch at top. Don't forget you will be going from 5500 to >7000 feet elevation, so... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2016

We did the South Rim Loop Trail as a day hike the last week of April. This hike, which was approximately 12 miles, was our favorite hike in Big Bend and definitely worth the time. The hike took us about 6 1/2 hours, with a couple of lengthy stops along the way. We hiked up the Laguna Meadow Trail and... More 

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