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Gems in Texas - 29

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gem Favorite Santa Elena Canyon Trail

Santa Elena Canyon Overlook

(63) Lajitas, TX
gem Favorite The Window Trail heading to the main event includes really neat built in steps making this hike fun to crawl over.

The Window

(45) Big Ben…, TX
gem Favorite Sunset from Guadalupe Peak in December, 2022.

Guadalupe Peak Summit (Signal Peak)

(35) Pine Sp…, TX
gem Favorite Balanced Rock is one of the top sunrise hikes! With views to the east the mountains of Sierra del Carmen light up a spectacular purple. Contrasted with the light, bouldered desert landscape it is a sight to behold.

Balanced Rock

(36) Big Ben…, TX
gem Favorite South Rim

South Rim Viewpoint

(23) Big Ben…, TX
gem Favorite Sunset on top of NW Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock

(23) Frederi…, TX
gem Favorite Ernst Tinaja

Ernst Tinaja

(20) Big Ben…, TX
gem Favorite About halfway up to the top of the canyon - you can see the fall colors around the lower portion of the trail below.

The Notch Viewpoint

(10) Pine Sp…, TX
gem Favorite Tornillo Creek Meets the Rio Grande

Langford Hot Springs

(24) Big Ben…, TX
gem Favorite View from Sculpture Falls (wintertime). Barton creek is known for its beautiful blue-green water.

Sculpture Falls

(9) Rolling…, TX
gem Favorite Hamilton Pool

Hamilton Pool

(9) The Hills, TX
gem Favorite Standing in dinosaur footprints at the "ballroom"!

Ballroom Dinosaur Tracks

(2) Glen Rose, TX
gem Favorite Palo Duro Canyon from the rim viewpoint on a sunny February day.

Palo Duro Canyon View

(7) Canyon, TX
gem Favorite This is where you'll be standing if you follow the trail to its end point.

Rough Hollow Cove

(1) Lakeway, TX
gem Favorite Stones of the stone circle

Stone Circle

(1) Glen Rose, TX
gem Favorite About as tough as it gets along a trail, the climbing segments on Ron Coleman are fairly easy by bouldering standards, maybe a v1. There are plenty of good holds and a chain to help out.

The Window

(5) El Paso, TX
gem Favorite View of Colorado River from the riverbank near Gorman Falls

Gorman Falls

(14) Lampasas, TX
gem Favorite Relaxing local outdoor respite.

Prairie Creek Waterfall

(4) Plano, TX
gem Favorite View from Barton Springs out towards the spill out creek finger that heads to the river.  This is a weekday! Weekends are a bit overcrowded (expect to share the space with friendly 4:20 peeps).

Barton Springs

(8) Austin, TX
gem Favorite A bison says "hello" at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge.

Bison Viewing Area

(3) Lakeside, TX
gem Favorite A three-toed (arrows) theropod footprint in the limestone along Government Canyon Creek.

Dinosaur Tracks and Hill Country Overlook

(4) Helotes, TX
gem Favorite Cattail Falls lower pools in December.

Cattail Falls

(5) Big Ben…, TX
gem Favorite View looking north on Anthony Gap Trail before arriving at cave.

Anthony Gap Cave

(4) Anthony, TX
gem Favorite Nearly half of the Ron Coleman Trail's distance is spent descending back into Fusselman Canyon, which it follows all the way from North Franklin Peak. From up here, the hills of the Lost Dog area (upper left) don't look so tall.

Mammoth Rock

(5) El Paso, TX
gem Favorite Historic Old Stone Dam across Cottonwood Creek.

Allen's Old Stone Dam

(1) Allen, TX
gem Favorite The "Long Black" bridge

"Long" Bridge

(1) Floresv…, TX
gem Favorite Down the trail to the lake

Penitentiary Hollow

(4) Mineral…, TX
gem Favorite Where the eastern portion of Riverbottom Trail joins the western portion, enjoy a view of the water and an abundance of waterfowl.

Caprock Trail Lookout

(4) Lakeside, TX
gem Favorite Guadalupe Mountains, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas, USA

Frijole Ranch

(4) Pine Sp…, TX

Recommended Routes in Texas - 90

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Favorite Lost Mine Trail looking south down Pine Canyon
Intermediate Intermediate

Lost Mine Trail

4.6 mi 7.4 km 1,057' Up 322.3 m Up 1,057' Down 322.18 m Down

Big Ben…, TX
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Favorite The Window Trail heading to the main event includes really neat built in steps making this hike fun to crawl over.
Intermediate Intermediate

Window Trail

5.6 mi 9.1 km 914' Up 278.58 m Up 914' Down 278.67 m Down

Big Ben…, TX
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Favorite Santa Elena Canyon
Intermediate Intermediate

Santa Elena Canyon Trail

1.0 mi 1.5 km 167' Up 50.94 m Up 167' Down 50.96 m Down

Lajitas, TX
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Favorite South Rim overlook, Big Bend Nat'l Park
Difficult Difficult

Chisos Mountain Loop

16.8 mi 27.1 km 3,260' Up 993.61 m Up 3,260' Down 993.67 m Down

Big Ben…, TX
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Favorite Nature's stair stepper. It does not disappoint!
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

River Place Nature Trail

5.6 mi 8.9 km 620' Up 189.12 m Up 620' Down 189.11 m Down

Barton…, TX
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Favorite Clouds cleared somewhat for a View of the Window.
Difficult Difficult

Emory Peak

9.8 mi 15.7 km 2,427' Up 739.85 m Up 2,428' Down 740.09 m Down

Big Ben…, TX
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Favorite Balanced Rock is one of the top sunrise hikes! With views to the east the mountains of Sierra del Carmen light up a spectacular purple. Contrasted with the light, bouldered desert landscape it is a sight to behold.
Intermediate Intermediate

Balanced Rock

2.0 mi 3.1 km 236' Up 71.83 m Up 235' Down 71.78 m Down

Big Ben…, TX
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Favorite The pristine Boot Canyon stands with Sierra del Carmen in the background.
Difficult Difficult

Outer Mountain Loop

31.8 mi 51.1 km 6,453' Up 1966.83 m Up 6,453' Down 1966.96 m Down

Big Ben…, TX
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Favorite Looking out of Boquillas Canyon near the end of the trail.
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate

Boquillas Canyon Trail

1.3 mi 2.1 km 121' Up 36.97 m Up 121' Down 36.98 m Down

Big Ben…, TX
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Texas Running

  • 3,343 Miles 5,381 Kilometers of Trail
  • 90 Recommended Routes
  • 29 Gems Gems
  • 1,550 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 951 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 115 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Areas Within Texas

Trails in Texas - 2,526

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4.2 mi 6.7 km #1Guadalupe Peak Trail
Difficult Difficult
Pine Springs, TX
Difficult Difficult
Pine Springs, TX 123 
1.9 mi 3.1 km #2Devil's Hall Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX
Intermediate Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX 48 
26.4 mi 42.5 km #3Goodwater Loop Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Serenada, TX
Intermediate Intermediate
Serenada, TX 32 
0.6 mi 1.0 km #4Summit Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Fredericksburg, TX
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Fredericksburg, TX 22 
14.2 mi 22.8 km #5Cross Timbers Hiking Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Sherwood Shores, TX
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Sherwood Shores, TX 29 
3.2 mi 5.1 km #6Canyon Ridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Lakeside, TX
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Lakeside, TX 14 
2.1 mi 3.4 km #7Southwest Rim Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Big Bend National Park, TX
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Big Bend National Park, TX
2.8 mi 4.6 km #8Hillview Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Shavano Park, TX
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Shavano Park, TX 18 
3.4 mi 5.5 km #9Pinnacles Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
Intermediate Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX 21 
2.5 mi 4.0 km #10Boot Canyon Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
Intermediate Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX 17 

Photos of Texas - 2,458

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South Rim overlook, Big Bend Nat'l Park
Sep 29, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
Ernst Tinaja
Sep 29, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
This gem of a rock formation lies just past the large tinaja.
Feb 17, 2017 near Big Ben…, TX
Lost Mine Trail looking south down Pine Canyon
Nov 21, 2017 near Big Ben…, TX
Balanced Rock is one of the top sunrise hikes! With views to the east the mountains of Sierra del Carmen light up a spectacular purple. Contrasted with the light, bouldered desert landscape it is a sight to behold.
Feb 17, 2018 near Big Ben…, TX
Sunrise cloud inversion, Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
Apr 1, 2020 near Pine Sp…, TX
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Apr 1, 2020 near Pine Sp…, TX
Sunset from Guadalupe Peak in December, 2022.
Jan 9, 2023 near Pine Sp…, TX

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