Juniper Canyon Trail

Big Bend National Park, Texas 79834

Distance6.4mi
Elevation Gain4,484ft
Trailhead Elevation3,969ft
Top7,173ft
Elevation Min/Max3969/7173ft
Elevation Start/End3969/3969ft

Juniper Canyon Trail

Juniper Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Brewster County, Texas. It is within Big Bend National Park. It is 6.4 miles long and begins at 3,969 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,484 feet. Near the end of the trail is an information guidepost. This trail connects with the following: Dodson Trail and Boot Canyon Trail.

Juniper Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Hikers often take the Juniper Canyon Trail as part of the Outer Mountain Loop, but it is worthy of a long day hike as well if hiked from the lower trailhead at the end of Juniper Canyon Road. When hiked as part of the Outer Mountain Loop, backpackers combine it with the Dodson and Blue Creek Trails. When the Juniper Canyon Trail is combined with other trails, it usually requires a multiday backpack. If a shuttle is arranged, the trail can be done as a strenuous one-way day hike between the Basin and the Juniper Canyon Road trailheads.

The upper part of the Juniper Canyon Trail is generally warm but pleasant in summer. The lower parts can get quite hot, however.Although winters are usually temperate, fall and spring are probably the ideal times for the hike. The trail begins in the Chisos Mountains in Boot Canyon, climbs a short distance, then descends fairly steeply through pinyon pine, oak, and juniper to Upper Juniper Spring. The section of trail from Boot Canyon to the spring is closed to camping except in designated sites; campers should look for sites below the short spur trail to the spring. The route up and down Juniper Canyon is used by many animals in addition to hikers, so campers should take precautions to avoid encounters with black bears."

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It seems like you'll be walking in the desert forever when suddenly the trail starts up the side of the mountain. After 2.5 miles of flat desert hiking, suddenly the juniper trees and other large conifers make an abrupt appearance. The trail winds its way up the side of the mountain using multiple switchbacks to gain elevation. The grade is moderate and hiking is pleasant with great views opening up around ever bend. I would suggest hiking 0.5 miles past the trail junction. When you get to this point there are some amazing views of the boot pinnacle. Luckily, I decided to tack on a few extra miles and also went up Emory peak on this day, otherwise I would have missed the close up boot views. After the ~17 mile day I was glad to be done, but extremely happy that I had taken time to complete the hike.
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Oct 2018