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Mule Ears Peaks Professional Review and Guide
"The Mule Ears Trail showcases the unusual beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert. Various cacti and other desert plants border the trail as it winds through dry washes and across rolling desert terrain. During years of plentiful rain, springs and seeps stand out as verdant patches of lush vegetation, where cottonwoods, cattails, and willow trees shade pools inhabited by leopard frogs."
--Laurence Parent, Hiking Big Bend National Park (Falcon Guides).
Yes - beautiful trail, fairly easy too! Spring time with the cactus blooming was just amazing!!
The hike began knowing we would walk the 2 mi.s to Mule Ear Spring and the corral. About 1 mi. in looking back to the SW Santa Elena Canyon is in view. Having hiked the initial desert terrain the tree covered spring was a nice change but did not give us an indication of the beauty to come. We decided to hike from the spring up to where we had a better view of the Mule Ears. All along this part of the trail quartz(all shades - rose, crystal, white, etc.)is found everywhere! Then we topped out above Smoky Creek. It is an unbelievable view; you can see Dominguez Mtn. and Backbone Ridge to the east. We couldn't resist descending the .5 mi. or so to the junction of the Mule Ears and Smoky Creek trails. A very enjoyable hike; it has more beautiful vistas than I can describe here. We highly recommend this hike.
This hike was done with my wife and a friend of ours. The trail is easy to follow although there is little shade untill you get closer to the springs. I agree with Debi & Jimmy that the views from this trail are incredible. It was quite warm when we did the trail (about 90)but well worth the effort. The springs are well shaded and make a great place to relax enjoy the cool of shade and the aromas of the desert.
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