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Gems in West Texas - 13

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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 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 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 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 Guadalupe Mountains, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas, USA

Frijole Ranch

(4) Pine Sp…, TX

Recommended Routes in West Texas - 31

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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 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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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.
Difficult Difficult

Ron Coleman Trail

3.7 mi 6.0 km 1,697' Up 517.32 m Up 1,416' Down 431.66 m Down

El Paso, TX
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West Texas Running

  • 743 Miles 1,196 Kilometers of Trail
  • 31 Recommended Routes
  • 13 Gems Gems
  • 102 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 251 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 71 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in West Texas - 393

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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 
2.1 mi 3.4 km #3Southwest Rim Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Big Bend National Park, TX
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Big Bend National Park, TX
3.4 mi 5.5 km #4Pinnacles Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
Intermediate Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX 21 
2.5 mi 4.0 km #5Boot Canyon Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
Intermediate Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX 17 
11.0 mi 17.7 km #6McKittrick Canyon Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Pine Springs, TX
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Pine Springs, TX 12 
1.4 mi 2.2 km #7Lower Straw House Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
Intermediate Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
0.9 mi 1.4 km #8Closed Canyon
Intermediate Intermediate
unknown, unknown
Intermediate Intermediate
unknown, unknown
26.3 mi 42.3 km #9Guadalupe Ridge Trail (GRT): Guadalupe NP Segment
Intermediate Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX
Intermediate Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX
3.0 mi 4.9 km #10The Root Route Trail-South (aka Sport Course)
Intermediate Intermediate
Lajitas, TX
Intermediate Intermediate
Lajitas, TX

Photos of West Texas - 946

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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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