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Probably the best hike in the park

Excellent trail, well maintained, easy to navigate and very scenic at the South Rim part. We... read more

Reviewed 19 January 2017
Dartmouth, United Kingdom
South Rim is easier than it sounds and worth every step!

Start early & watch your step at some of the views... steep drop-offs in a couple of parts! Save... read more

Reviewed 17 January 2017
Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

Excellent trail, well maintained, easy to navigate and very scenic at the South Rim part. We started from the car park beside the visitor center (which was a painfully steep drive up) and took about 6 hours to complete the ~12 mile hike, though you...More

3  Thank ss-hao
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Start early & watch your step at some of the views... steep drop-offs in a couple of parts! Save your energy for a frothy beverage at the Chisos Mountain Lodge after the hike.

3  Thank nativetejana2017
Reviewed 17 October 2016

I have hiked the South Rim trail multiple times, in Spring, Summer and Winter. It never ceases to impress. I love the changes of scenery, the spectacular views when you reach the South Rim, the enjoyable relatively level hike around the rim once you've gained...More

2  Thank Robert J
Reviewed 13 September 2016

This hike is well worth it! We started at the trailhead for Emory Peak and then decided to head on around the South Rim. It has been raining there, so we had to traverse a few streams, but I don't think that is the norm....More

1  Thank Whitstro
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Took this hike very recently. The views are phenomenal and rewarding. Ended up walking about 15 miles that day.

1  Thank Tim L
Reviewed 24 June 2016

While staying in the amazing Chisos Mountains, I hiked the South Rim Loop trail. My goal was to get a butt-kicking workout, enjoy some peace and solitude and experience everything Chisos could offer. I was not disappointed. This hike is a must for the experienced...More

2  Thank Snicker D
Reviewed 22 June 2016

This Hike can be intense at times, but the trek is totally worth it! The hike is gorgeous, and when you get to the top of the Rim, the views are un-comparable! We have done it twice, and would do it again! Bring LOTS of...More

1  Thank Morgandalf
Reviewed 9 June 2016

The Loop can be done starting on the steep Pinnacles Trail or the more gradual Laguna Meadow Trail. Total mileage starting on the Pinnacles is about 9.5 miles. Laguna Meadow route is about 14 miles. Both routes take you into the high country of the...More

5  Thank axisdeer
Reviewed 31 May 2016

This hike brings it all, but first, hike elsewhere. This hike isn't an easy one, so get some experience first. Carry at least a gallon of water per day. I'd recommend camping on the west side of the rim to catch the sunsets. with this...More

Thank Tim W
Reviewed 24 May 2016

We only allotted for one night camping in the back country and after beginning the South Rim Loop, I instantly realized the error in my planning. The trails out in this area could take up 2-3 days and the camping is amazing. The diverse landscapes...More

1  Thank csprau88
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Trish E
13 February 2018|
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Response from Trish E | Reviewed this property |
So we ended up doing both and found it quite managable. For us the Emory Peak hike was a lot of fun but many people didn't make the final climb to the top due to the rock climbing involved. I would not say it was difficult... More
Gabriela T
18 July 2015|
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You may have already found out by now but yes. You do have to get a permit from the office and they are primitive. So no running water or toilets.