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Trail

3.6 mile 5.8 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 482' 147 m
Descent: -394' -120 m
High: 3,206' 977 m
Low: 2,817' 859 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 43% (23°)

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A beautiful trail alongside the picturesque Mule Ears Peaks.

Hunter R

Features Spring · Views

Description

Roam along the scenic Mule Ears Trail for a wonderful experience amidst a stunning desert landscape further enhanced by the majestic pinnacles atop Mule Ears Peaks.

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.

Flora & Fauna

Ferns and cattails have been known to grow near Mule Ears Spring.

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May 14, 2019
Angie Junemann
7.8mi — 5h 16m
Apr 25, 2019
Lisa Howe
Feb 26, 2019
Drew Domalakes
Hiked to Spring and drank water from life straw. Ate lunch at Smoky Creek Trail overlook. Christy, Katy & Mike. Saw raven, mini tarantula. Knee brace
Feb 21, 2019
Jason Draper
Dec 23, 2018
Dan Sorensen
Jun 8, 2018
Holly Poulsen
First hike of the year at Big Bend! This was a great hike after travelling from Wisconsin to get acclimated to desert hiking.
Apr 6, 2018
Crystal Burchfield
Mar 15, 2018
Ken Castner

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