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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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Day hike very do-able

My daughter and I did this hike as a day trip (we are ages 24 and 58) I expected it to be more strenuous than it was. We elected to go up the steep Pinnacles first and we were... read more

Reviewed 2 March 2017
Texas Hill Country
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Texas Hill Country
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49 reviews
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

My daughter and I did this hike as a day trip (we are ages 24 and 58) I expected it to be more strenuous than it was. We elected to go up the steep Pinnacles first and we were glad we did so - we would rather climb up steeper areas and traverse down the more gentle path (Laguna Meadows).... More 

Thank LlanoJean
Dartmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

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 

Thank ss-hao
Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

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.

Thank nativetejana2017
Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

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 

1 Thank jeremy5763
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Reviewed 26 December 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 

2 Thank GidgetTexas
Lake Jackson, United States
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Reviewed 18 October 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 

2 Thank Robert J
Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 13 September 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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Reviewed 13 September 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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Reviewed 24 June 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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Reviewed 23 June 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

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