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Window Trail

Intermediate

Trail

5.6 mile 9.1 kilometer out and back
89% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 914' 279 m
Descent: -914' -279 m
High: 5,352' 1,631 m
Low: 4,452' 1,357 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Trail shared by Caleb Joyce

A unique 5.6-mile tour that follows the Oak Creek to the overlook called the Window.

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Overview

Meander through the grasslands, trees and creek bed to end up at the edge of a cliff where water drains out of the Chisos Basin. The Window views are breathtaking and the running is great with the varied terrain.

Description

This is a beautiful and unique trail that takes off from the Chisos Mountain Visitor Center and ends with a spectacular gem. The trail starts in the basin's meadows and progresses down the Oak Creek drainage.

The creekbed is fun to follow, as it provides interesting built in steps that meander from side to side in the canyon. At the end of the creek, you'll find a rewarding view where water has sliced a narrow window in the Chisos Basin. Be careful at the windows ledge! The rock is extremely slippery and the fall would be fatal.

The return is uphill, so make sure that you save some water for the return journey.

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Photos

Sunset from The Window trailhead
Jun 28, 2018 near Big Ben…, TX
The Window Trail heading to the main event includes really neat built in steps making this hike fun to crawl over.
Dec 15, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
View of the Window. Be careful at the edge, it's a long drop to the bottom of the Chisos Basin!
Dec 15, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
Heading down "the window" trail.
Oct 28, 2017 near Big Ben…, TX
The Chisos Basin on the Window Trail.
Apr 7, 2016 near Big Ben…, TX
On the Window View Trail
Oct 15, 2019 near Big Ben…, TX

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