Dodson Trail is a hiking trail in Brewster County, Texas. It is within Big Bend National Park. It is 11.2 miles long and begins at 3,969 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 22.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,786 feet.
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"The Dodson Trail crosses the rugged, mountainous terrain of the northern Sierra Quemada (Spanish for “burned mountains”), a southern extension of the Chisos Mountains. Passing below the South Rim of the high Chisos, the trail crosses several major drainages, including Juniper Draw, Fresno Creek, Smoky Creek, and Blue Creek. Hikers must therefore cross the high ridges that divide these drainages, repeatedly gaining then losing elevation. The total elevation gain is thus more than just the difference between the highest and lowest points of the hike. The trail requires a total gain of about 2,000 feet traveling east to west and 1,800 feet traveling west to east."
--Laurence Parent, Hiking Big Bend National Park (Falcon Guides).
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