Big Bend - March 2000

Day 1 -  Old Ore Road, Panther Junction, the Basin, and the South Rim

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Looking northwest on the Old Ore Road, the long shadows of the desert plants fall across the road.
The Rosillos Mountains in the distance.


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Looking southeast, the Chisos Mountains rise out of the high desert.


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As the sun rises higher, the desert turns a golden yellow, 
the northernmost peaks of Sierra del Caballo Muerto are seen in the distance.


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Close up of above.


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The smooth, eroded foothills of the Sierra del Caballo Muerto cast early morning shadows .


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Ocotillo, also called coachwhip, blooms with red flowers.


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Ocotillo


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The road leading from Highway 118 up to the Basin and Panther Junction in the Chisos Mountains.


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again


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again, just cause it is so awesome :-)


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We parked our truck and began hiking the Pinnacles trail from the Basin. 
This view is from the trail as it begins to climb out of the Basin.
The "Window" can be seen in the distance.


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A view of Bailey Mountain from the trail.


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The big square rock formation on the right is named Casa Grande (7325').


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The trail as it reaches the top edge of the Basin. 
I think I figured out why its named the Pinnacles Trail.


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The view in the other direction.


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After we set up camp at the base of Emory Peak. We continued on to the South Rim of the Chisos.
The view along the rim towards the northeast.


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The view from the South Rim at the intersection of Boot Canyon Trail and the Southeast Rim Trail.
On a clear day one can see far into Mexico, 


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Yet another view along the rim. 


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From the campsite we could see Emory Peak.
 

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Boot Rock of Boot Canyon by twilight.


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Close-up of the Boot Rock under a full moon.