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The South Rim Loop

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Address: Big Bend National Park, TX
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This trail gives a great hike with amazing views.

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Probably the best hike in the park

Excellent trail, well maintained, easy to navigate and very scenic at the South Rim part. We started from the car park beside the visitor center (which was a painfully steep... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Dartmouth, United Kingdom
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Dartmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent trail, well maintained, easy to navigate and very scenic at the South Rim part. We started from the car park beside the visitor center (which was a painfully steep drive up) and took about 6 hours to complete the ~12 mile hike, though you can spread it out over more days if you want to take it slower. I... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Start early & watch your step at some of the views... steep drop-offs in a couple of parts! Save your energy for a frothy beverage at the Chisos Mountain Lodge after the hike.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My favorite hike from my trip to BBNP. Allow a whole day. Leave early in the morning, before sunrise even. Pack plenty of water, food, snacks. Ascent to the South Rim of the Chisos Mountains is strenuous either way you go, but is less strenuous via Laguna Meadows than Pinnacles trail. Laguna Meadows has switchbacks and a consistent gentle climb,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2016

I hiked the South Rim Loop, starting at 6:15 a.m. on 12/19/16--very cold 25 degrees at the start and maybe 38 degrees at the windy (N winds, 20-45 mph) edge of the South Rim at 10:45 a.m. Beautiful day, though there was a lot of haze due to dust/drought or our lovely pollution. I started on Laguna Meadows, took the... More 

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Lake Jackson, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

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 

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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.

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California
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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 

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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!

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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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