Glenn Spring Loop

Marathon, Texas

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This long, lonely trek through the eastern foothills of the Chisos Mountains is a good way to cover a lot of miles in the park without too rough a ride. The loop stays on good roads and is exposed at all times to breathtaking scenery. The ruins of the Mariscal Mine, a small cemetery, and a few backcountry campsites are landmarks and provide rest stops along the way. With only a few exceptions—one of them being a veritable wall of rock that would take Hans Rey with very sticky tires to get up—the surface is a decent one, improved gravel road wide enough for two cars to pass each other. There are washboarded sections, of course, and some deep and sandy gravel parts that take some huffing and puffing to get through. But mostly it’s pleasant going on gradual grades. And the scenery is nothing short of majestic and spectacular, the Chisos looming to the northwest, Talley Mountain the near-constant center of your loop, and lots of ridges and creekbeds and other distant ranges along the way. Bring a camera. Tread: Jeep road, some improved and some not so improved.
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by Christopher Hess (Falcon Guides)

This long, lonely trek through the eastern foothills of the Chisos Mountains is a good way to cover a lot of miles in the park without too rough a ride. The loop stays on good roads and is exposed at all times to breathtaking scenery. The ruins of the Mariscal Mine, a small cemetery, and a few backcountry campsites are landmarks and provide rest stops along the way. With only a few exceptions—one of them being a veritable wall of rock that would take Hans Rey with very sticky tires to get up—the surface is a decent one, improved gravel road wide enough for two cars to pass each other.

There are washboarded sections, of course, and some deep and sandy gravel parts that take some huffing and puffing to get through. But mostly it’s pleasant going on gradual grades. And the scenery is nothing short of majestic and spectacular, the Chisos looming to the northwest, Talley Mountain the near-constant center of your loop, and lots of ridges and creekbeds and other distant ranges along the way. Bring a camera. Tread: Jeep road, some improved and some not so improved.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Marathon
Distance: 28
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round, local conditions permitting
Local Contacts: Big Bend National Park
Local Maps: USGS Glenn Spring, San Vicente, and Solis
Driving Directions: Directions to Glenn Spring Loop

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May 2018