Big Bend “must do” II

Picking up from where we left off last time…

View of the Window

The Window and the Lost Mine trail are almost polar opposites of each other.  The Window trail descends through an ever tightening canyon and you will eventually wind up at a narrow pour off that’s no more than 3-5 yards across.  Watch out on the way down as the rocks that are close to the water in the canyon are very slick!

Slick rocks!

At the end of the trail, you are rewarded with a fantastic view of the desert floor beneath you – but be careful, that first step is a doozy.   The climb back out is a long, constant grade so keep in mind on the way down that everything that is a nice easy hike now is going to be a bit tougher on the way out.

Now the Lost Mine trail is almost a polar opposite of the Window.  Where the Window trail takes you through a lush, narrowing, and in places heavily wooded canyon – the Lost Mine hike will have you climb out of the Basin and expose you to long, wide views of Juniper Canyon and into Mexico.

Halfway up the Lost Mine trail

It’s a long, steady climb up to the top and the trail will wind through heavily wooded sections and then nothing but the sky, rocks and wind at the top.  But the views are absolutely fantastic.  In case the South Rim trail is closed (which it is during certain times of the year due to falcon breeding season), the Lost Mine hike will give you views nearly as spectacular as the popular South Rim.

View from the top

Typically what I have done on both trails is bring something to eat for lunch and eat at the trail’s end before heading back.  The hikes require a bit of effort, so why hurry back after you’ve accomplished so much!?

Next up, the Chimneys!

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~ by Derrick Birdsall on March 7, 2010.

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