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Oak Springs Trail and The Window

  4.4 ( 8 ) Favorite


7.8 mile 12.5 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 1,422' 434 m
Descent: -1,422' -433 m
High: 4,760' 1,451 m
Low: 3,649' 1,112 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)


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Trail shared by Nathan Carroll

Follow the lesser-traveled Oak Springs Trail to access The Window from the west side.

Nathan Carroll

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Oak Springs Road is entirely closed to park guest's vehicles.


An out-and-back hike with moderate elevation gains that follows the Oak Springs Trail to about halfway up the west side of the basin before meeting the Window Trail.


The route starts at the Ross Maxwell Road. Park at Sam Nail Ranch Trail off of Ross Maxwell. Oak Springs Road is right across from Sam Neil.

Head down Oak Springs Road for about 2.3 miles until you get to the fork of Oak Springs Trail and Cattail Falls. Roughly, the first third of the trail has mild gains. The second third has more gain and several switchbacks. The west side vista opens up along this portion of the trail.

The trail crests and then drops down into the basin to Window Trail. Follow the Window Trail for a quarter mile to reach the Window itself. Then return back down the Oak Springs Trail and Oak Springs Road to the Same Neil trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

Coyotes and herbaceous flowering plants.

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May 23, 2019
Todd Bowen
Almost finished. — 9h 23m
Nov 25, 2018
Patti B
Took Window trail instead of from Ross Maxwell road. Panoramic views. Can see slit were window-waterfall is. Narrow with steep drop offs
Oct 21, 2018
Erin Andary
May 25, 2018
Mindy Mitchell
Started from intersection with Window trail, down to Oak Spring and back up, making one long out and back from the Basin campground. It was very h… 3.4mi
Jan 17, 2018
Allison Snyder
Dec 23, 2016
Akash Sharma
Apr 18, 2015
Chris Rutan

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  4.4 from 8 votes


  4.4 from 8 votes
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Bask in the views from this overlook along the Oak Springs Trail.
Mar 7, 2017 near Big Ben…, TX
Overlook at "The Window" in Big Bend National Park
May 10, 2016 near Big Ben…, TX
View of the Window. Be careful at the edge, it's a long drop to the bottom of the Chisos Basin!
Dec 15, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
Window Trail.
Jul 11, 2016 near Big Ben…, TX
The Window Trail heading to the main event includes really neat built in steps making this hike fun to crawl over.
Dec 15, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
The Window provides one of the most unique sunset views in the park.
May 17, 2017 near Big Ben…, TX


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