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Mule Ears

Intermediate
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Trail

5.8 mile 9.4 kilometer out and back
97% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 566' 172 m
Descent: -566' -173 m
High: 3,204' 977 m
Low: 2,820' 859 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (8°)

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A beautiful trail alongside the picturesque Mule Ears Peaks.

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Features Spring · Views

Overview

Roam along the scenic Mule Ears Trail for a wonderful experience amidst a stunning desert landscape further enhanced by the majestic pinnacles atop Mule Ears Peaks.

Description

Starting from the Mule Ears Trail Parking Area, head southeast along the trail through rolling desert terrain before beginning a moderate climb past Trap Spring, Mule Ears Spring, and numerous mountain valleys. Along your journey, take time to stop and get out your camera, as Mule Ears Peaks provides new and equally beautiful photo opportunities the farther you travel.

If you're continuing to the trail's end, be prepared for a steep but doable descent of a hillside to the broad plain below. If you go this far, gaze back to the southwest and enjoy a stunning view of the eastern aspect of Mule Ears Peaks. Otherwise, turn around before the descent for a six mile round trip run.

Be sure to bring plenty of water on your journey, as Big Bend's arid climate coupled with increased exertion can spell trouble for even the most seasoned runner. The National Park Service recommends at least 1 gallon per person per day in this area.

Flora & Fauna

Ferns and cattails have been known to grow near Mule Ears Spring.

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Follow the trail stone blazes
Jul 14, 2016 near Big Ben…, TX
Overlook at the start of the trial near Mule Ears Peak.
Feb 26, 2019 near Big Ben…, TX
Mule Ears Peak
Feb 26, 2019 near Big Ben…, TX
Mule Ears on another side
Jul 14, 2016 near Big Ben…, TX
Mule Ears Peak.
Feb 26, 2019 near Big Ben…, TX
Mule Ear Peaks and Trail.
Jul 26, 2016 near Big Ben…, TX

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