One of the classic hikes in Big Bend National Park is the loop from Chisos Basin to the South Rim, where one has a spectacular view south over Mexico. I was fortunate to be able to do this hike in 2014. This time the 12 plus miles it entailed was deemed too much for my still recovering body. But I wanted The LovedOne to experience the diverse forest (including Douglas fir, Aspen, Arizona cypress, Maple, Ponderosa pine, and Madrone) found high in the Chisos Mountains. So calling on my ever reliable tough and stupid ethos, I sketched out a shorter loop (only 9 miles with 2,000 feet of gain 🙄 ) up the Pinnacles Trail, along the Boot Canyon Trail, over the Colima Trail, and down the Laguna Meadow Trail.
I realized that this loop was stretching the hiking is good for your recovery thing to its limits (and possibly beyond) but I figured I could ask for forgiveness (and more pain meds) later. Fortunately, this hike went off without any issues for me and it was immensely enjoyable for The LovedOne – so win, win! We didn’t get the big southern view but we did enjoy the forest and encountered several Carmen white-tailed deer, a colorful rock squirrel, a roadrunner, and two black bears (a mother and yearling) on our journey. It proved the perfect (and unexpectedly exciting) way to wrap-up our visit to Big Bend. 🙂RETURN TO FRONT PAGE