We’d come to Big Bend as part of a Texas holiday and Big Bend itself surpassed our expectations . But the jewel in the crown was the South Rim hike. I’d taken my 14yo Daughter (my other 2 kids wouldn’t have made it) so it was father /daughter bonding time. We got there around 930 and loaded with 3 litres of water each set off. I decided to do the Pinnacles approach which is the steepest approach , and challenging but not impossible. It’s lot’s of switchbacks but you get an amazing view of the Chisos mountains as you climb . As it was april it wasn’t too busy or hot either. We saw groups of people but mostly were on our own. We had lunch at the top which is the part of the route for Emory peak. I’d have added that to our loop but wasn’t sure my 14yo could make it and we had to be at the parking lot for 4pm . The hardest part over we trekked to the south Rim hitting it around 1pm. The views were outstanding . Really peaceful as there was no traffic/plan noise. Well worth the hike. The reutrn walk was also good though not as picturesque as Pinnacles. But it was all downhill and my tired calves were grateful. Would highly recommend. You need to be moderatly fit to do this.
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