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Window Professional Review and Guide
"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).
Nice warm-up hike for your first day at Big Bend. The hike is a slow decent to a great view. Waterproof shoes are a great option as some parts of the trail may have puddles or even flowing water.
Hike leads down through the chisos mountains basin to a slippery creek bed. The view out the window is worth the hike. If you take the trail head that starts from the campsites its about 1/2 mile shorter each way.
The first 1/2 of the trail on the way out is ok. Nothing to special. Make sure to start at the actual trail entrance (not the one at the visitor center--5 spots at the real entrance so get there early) but once you get to the Window it is pretty cool. Don't get too close to the edge though..
An essential for all Big Bend hikers, and within the capabilities of nearly all, despite the uphill return. It is a beautiful desert walk flanked by moutainous walls, down the incresingly close walled canyon. The water fall filled ending and the dramatic exit of the basin's water through the window is simply fantastic.
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