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Gems in West Texas - 14

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gem Favorite Santa Elena Canyon Trail

Santa Elena Canyon Overlook

(55) Lajitas, TX
gem Favorite View of the Window. Be careful at the edge, it's a long drop to the bottom of the Chisos Basin!

The Window

(39) Big Ben…, 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

(35) Big Ben…, TX
gem Favorite Guadalupe Peak

Guadalupe Peak Summit (Signal Peak)

(27) Pine Sp…, TX
gem Favorite South Rim

South Rim Viewpoint

(22) Big Ben…, TX
gem Favorite Ernst Tinaja

Ernst Tinaja

(18) Big Ben…, TX

Recommended Routes in West Texas - 31

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Favorite Lost Mine Trail looking south down Pine Canyon
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
Favorite Sunset from The Window trailhead
Intermediate

Window Trail

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

Big Ben…, TX
Favorite South Rim overlook, Big Bend Nat'l Park
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
Favorite Santa Elena Canyon Trail
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
Favorite The pristine Boot Canyon stands with Sierra del Carmen in the background.
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
Favorite Clouds cleared somewhat for a View of the Window.
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
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

Balanced Rock

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

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

Ron Coleman Trail

3.4 mi 5.5 km 1,715' Up 522.82 m Up 1,435' Down 437.31 m Down

El Paso, TX

West Texas Running

  • 972 Miles 1,565 Kilometers of Trail
  • 30 Recommended Routes
  • 14 Gems Gems
  • 69 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 200 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 36 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in West Texas - 275

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4.2 mi 6.7 km #1Guadalupe Peak Trail
Difficult
Pine Springs, TX
Difficult
Pine Springs, TX 100 
1.9 mi 3.1 km #2Devil's Hall Trail
Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX
Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX 40 
11.0 mi 17.7 km #3McKittrick Canyon Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Pine Springs, TX
Intermediate/Difficult
Pine Springs, TX 12 
2.1 mi 3.4 km #4Southwest Rim Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Big Bend National Park, TX
Intermediate/Difficult
Big Bend National Park, TX
2.8 mi 4.5 km #5Window Trail
Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
1.4 mi 2.2 km #6Lower Straw House Trail
Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
3.4 mi 5.5 km #7Pinnacles Trail
Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX
Intermediate
Big Bend National Park, TX 18 
26.3 mi 42.3 km #8Guadalupe Ridge Trail (GRT): Guadalupe NP Segment
Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX
Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX
3.0 mi 4.9 km #9The Root Route Trail-South (aka Sport Course)
Intermediate
Lajitas, TX
Intermediate
Lajitas, TX
20.1 mi 32.3 km #10Guadalupe Ridge Trail (GRT): Lincoln NF Segment
Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX
Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX

Photos of West Texas - 909

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South Rim overlook, Big Bend Nat'l Park
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
Ernst Tinaja
Sep 29, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
Panorama of McKittrick Canyon, viewed from west of Wilderness Ridge Backcountry Camp. My new favorite spot at GUMO.
Sep 17, 2018 near Pine Sp…, TX
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Apr 1, 2020 near Pine Sp…, TX
Sunrise cloud inversion, Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
Apr 1, 2020 near Pine Sp…, 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