Mule Ears Trail
ElevationAscent: 482' 147 m
Descent: -394' -120 m
High: 3,206' 977 m
Low: 2,817' 859 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 43% (23°)
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“A beautiful trail alongside the picturesque Mule Ears Peaks.”— Hunter R
Starting from the Mule Ears Trail Parking Area, head southeast along the trail through rolling desert terrain before beginning a moderate climb past Trap Spring, Mule Ears Spring, and numerous mountain valleys. Along your journey, take time to stop and get out your camera, as Mule Ears Peaks provides new and equally beautiful photo opportunities the further you travel.
Near the trail's end, be prepared for a steep but doable descent of a hillside to the broad plain below. At this point, gaze back to the southwest and enjoy a stunning view of the eastern aspect of Mule Ears Peaks.
Be sure to bring plenty of water on your journey, as Big Bend's arid climate coupled with increased exertion can spell trouble for even the most seasoned hiker. The National Park Service recommends at least 1 gallon per person per day in this area.
Land Manager: NPS - Big Bend National Park