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user-inactivated  ·  1166 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hiking the Pecos Wilderness, NM

    I think my next trip, if not to the Northeast, will be to split the difference between Mount Marcy at 5300' and the Trailriders Wall at 12,000'.

sounds like you didn't exactly fall in love with the arid beauty of the dry southwest, but there are options if you decide to return. the fort davis area is rugged, and big bend at the right time of year is green and wet in a few sheltered canyons





WanderingEng  ·  1166 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That's probably a fair statement. My parents asked about how it compared to my trips to New York, and my answer was that the hiking was of equal quality, but while I could imagine living in New York, I couldn't picture the same for New Mexico.

Texas is a maybe, though. I have a good friend in Austin, and maybe I could work out a trip to see her and do some hiking. Someone else mentioned Big Bend to me recently, and it sounds like it's worth checking out.

user-inactivated  ·  1166 days ago  ·  link  ·  

well

big bend is about ten hours depressing driving down i10 from austin

but

i don't want to discourage you from seeing either

SeanBot  ·  1163 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Hey WanderingEng it sounds like this was an awesome trip. I'd definitely recommend Big Bend for some great desert hiking.

    big bend is about ten hours depressing driving down i10 from austin

In my opinion, the drive is not so depressing. Nothing like the open Texas road. Just don't watch the movie Nocturnal Animals w/ Jake Gyllenhaal before making the drive and I would recommend making the drive early morning so you could arrive in Big Bend with a bit of daylight left. The hikes/desert in Big Bend is remarkable. I camped out in Terlingua, which is a small, very cool ghost town with a population of 58 just outside of the park. My fav part about spending time in Big Bend was being able to cross the border to Mexico via walking across a shallow stream. My brother and I were able to hang out in this little Mexican bar and enjoy a few beers before walking back across the stream to America.