Window View Trail is a hiking trail in Brewster County, Texas. It is within Big Bend National Park. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 5,377 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 0 feet.
Window View Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Window Trail leads to the Window, a large rock canyon cutting through the Chisos Mountains rim that allows drainage from the Basin. It frames panoramic desert vistas and enhances spectacular scarlet sunsets. The hike offers good wildlife viewing opportunities and an introduction to the geology and plant life of the Chisos Mountains, along with great mountain scenery. Near the end of the Window Trail, a side trail that goes to Oak Spring leads 0.25 mile to a high perch offering outstanding views of the desert far below. The hike is pleasant most of the year. Summers can be fairly hot, so the hike is usually most comfortable in early morning or late afternoon at that time of year. As with other Big Bend hikes, take water, a hat, and sunscreen."
--Laurence Parent, Hiking Big Bend National Park (Falcon Guides).
"I hiked this trail for the first time as a child, and the second a decade later in the mid-1970s, wearing an Arabic ghutra made of madras cloth and a leather headband. Homeland Security would no doubt have a problem with me should I wear one on the same trail today. However, nothing beats the traditional headdress for staying cool on hot desert hikes. I still fashion one from a large bandanna anchored beneath a wide-brimmed hat whenever I hike the desert today. Hiking the Window Trail is the classic Big Bend National Park experience—a must-do hike, with its fantastic view through the Basin’s infamous Window."
--E. Dan Klepper, 100 Classic Hikes in Texas (The Mountaineers Books).
"This easy, paved walk winds through a mountain grassland to a spectacular view of the Window. The pinyon pine, juniper, and oak passed along the way once extended across the desert and down to the Rio Grande. Climatic changes during the last 15,000 years caused the area to become warmer and drier, leaving forests only at higher elevations, where they can still survive because of additional moisture and cooler temperatures found there."
"I included this hike because it’s a wonderful opportunity for hikers to share the joys of Big Bend’s Chihuahuan Desert with loved ones who are unable to tackle anything but the most accommodating trails. The Window View Trail is special because it sacrifices neither views, nor the opportunity to see wildlife, for a simpler route. This ADA-accessible paved trail takes hikers around a grassland hill to a picture-perfect view of The Window, providing benches along the way."
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