Strawhouse

Ernst Valley, Texas

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The Strawhouse Trail, named for a house made of river cane and candelilla stems that once stood at the river near the southern end of the trail, is one of Big Bend’s most remote routes. This 14-mile primitive use trail (really more a route than a developed trail) runs from its junction with the Telephone Canyon Trail to the Boquillas Canyon road. The route follows a broad north?south drainage. Hiking consists largely of rocky or sandy wash walking, with the exception of the northernmost 1.25 miles, which require careful route-finding through dense vegetation. The 7.5-minute USGS topographic maps listed above are important tools, very necessary for this hike. There is no water to be found along this route; all water must be carried with you. Because this hike is usually very hot from mid-April to mid-October, it is best done during the cooler months of the year.

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"The Strawhouse Trail, named for a house made of river cane and candelilla stems that once stood at the river near the southern end of the trail, is one of Big Bend’s most remote routes. This 14-mile primitive use trail (really more a route than a developed trail) runs from its junction with the Telephone Canyon Trail to the Boquillas Canyon road. The route follows a broad north?south drainage.

Hiking consists largely of rocky or sandy wash walking, with the exception of the northernmost 1.25 miles, which require careful route-finding through dense vegetation. The 7.5-minute USGS topographic maps listed above are important tools, very necessary for this hike. There is no water to be found along this route; all water must be carried with you. Because this hike is usually very hot from mid-April to mid-October, it is best done during the cooler months of the year."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ernst Valley
Distance: 14
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7-8 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Big Bend National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Strawhouse

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May 2018