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The Window Trail, Big Bend National Park, TX

The Window Trail was our introduction to hiking the Chisos Mountains of Big Bend. It did not disappoint. The 5.6 mile out-and-back trail is accessed from the Chisos Basin Trailhead.

The moderate-difficulty trail descends over 800 feet and has a fair amount of traffic. The warm January temperature and clear skies made for a great day. Many hikers report bear sightings along the route, but we weren't so lucky.

Hikers are rewarded with some spectacular panoramic views through the Window pour-off. Oak Creek was flowing during our hike, adding some extra interest to the scenery. There was a small amount of rock-hopping required to avoid getting wet.

The return section of the trail is all gradual ascent. With under a thousand feet of elevation gain, it's a fairly easy hike back to the trailhead.

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