|Climbing Blue Creek Canyon.|
|Wearing all the clothes.|
After checking in with Pathfinder and making a plan to meet up back at the visitors center, I cruised on ahead. My camera was full of pictures of all the unfamiliar plants, and I was on a mission to get them identified.
|What is this?|
|Ah, it's Mexican Buckeye! From "Chisos Vegetation" at the visitors center.|
The outer mountain loop at Big Bend National Park accesses diverse habitats of Texas—from the lovely chihuahuan desert to pine and oak forests. You could complete the loop in a shorter time, but a three day itinerary allows side trails to be explored. The elevation changes were significant for a trail where you have to carry so much water. We met other hikes that overdid it and bailed out on the second day. Overnight hikes up to the rim might be a better fit for a beginning backpacker. But for someone wanting rugged terrain and unparalled scenery, this is a great winter trip.
Big Bend Chat- updated info and planning tips on the Outer Mountain Loop
NPS website about the Outer Mountain Loop
Mary’s excellent trip report (this is what got us inspired to do this trip)