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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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Spectacular hike in Big Bend

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

3 Thank axisdeer
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 

Thank Tim W
Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars 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 

Thank csprau88
San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 

Thank travelinjep
Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars 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 

2 Thank MilesMereV
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

Take plenty of water - 4L should be enough per person Sunscreen! - Boot Canyon and Laguna Meadows have lots of full sun exposure Good hiking boots - this is Texas so expect rocky trails Expect 8-9 hours round trip: Pinnacles-Boot-South Rim-Laguna or visa versa It's dusty and a hot sun (a desert) with no water sources Pinnacles - strenuous... More 

1 Thank Clayton C
Pembroke, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

solo hiked April 3. Expected more trouble with this hike being 64 yo and an east coast flatlander. Took me exactly 8 hrs with a 9am start. Headed up Pinnacles in the shade, made plenty of stops to catch breath. Bring a gallon of water...it's needed, really. It's a little shorter distance on the hike up than the return down... More 

3 Thank BOSB6
San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

The premier hike in Texas. Take the Laguna Meadow Trail up and the Pinnacles Trail down to make it a loop hike. Wonderful views from the South Rim.

2 Thank Stuart Y

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