Juniper Canyon

Emory Peak, Texas

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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.

Juniper Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Emory Peak
Distance: 6.2
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Big Bend National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Juniper Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

7/23/2008
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1/1/2001
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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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