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Upper Burro Mesa Pour-Off Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (15) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An exciting, rock-strewn descent to the top of the 100-foot tall Burro Pour-off.


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Map Key

3.8

Miles

6.2

KM

Out and Back

3,977' 1,212 m

High

3,527' 1,075 m

Low

557' 170 m

Up

558' 170 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Views

Family Friendly Kids will love to view the pour-off at the trail's end. However, they may need a little help traversing the more technical portions of the rocky canyon.

Overview

Scurry down the Upper Burro Mesa Pour-off Trail for an exciting experience hiking amidst—and occasionally over—large, flash-flood-mobilized boulders and high canyon walls.

Description

Starting at the Upper Burro Mesa Pour-off Trail Parking Area, begin the descent on relatively mellow terrain, following a creek bed as it meanders into the towering walls of a Burro Mesa drainage. In this area, it's very likely for the wash to become inundated with large boulders, as flash floods bring them down from higher ground during times of heavy rain. As such, be sure to watch your footing and move cautiously as you navigate the trail's obstacles.

After carefully making your way through the canyon, enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding area as you peer over the amazing feat of flash-flood-driven erosion before you: the pour-off. This chute is the result of thousands of years of erosion, and almost resembles a slide of sorts. The fantastic sandstone shapes will capture the imagination, and it is a worthwhile sight!

Be sure to bring plenty of water on your journey, as Big Bend's arid climate coupled with inadequate hydration can spell trouble for even the most seasoned hiker.

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Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 15 votes

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  4.0 from 15 votes
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Photos

Blue window in the rocks
Mar 1, 2018 near Big Ben…, TX
Pour Off.
Jun 22, 2016 near Big Ben…, TX
Lower Burro Mesa Pour-off towers overhead at the end of the trail.
Mar 22, 2017 near Big Ben…, TX
Upper Burro Mesa
Oct 28, 2019 near Big Ben…, TX
Upper Burro Mesa
Oct 28, 2019 near Big Ben…, TX
Burro Mesa Pouroff
Oct 28, 2019 near Big Ben…, TX

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Jan 21, 2021
Jon Novak
Cool trail through a canyon, first third is a little technical, rest mostly on gravel. Recommend over the Lower trail. 3.8mi — 2h 00m
Jan 2, 2021
Wayne Daniel
Jan 1, 2021
Joseph DeLuna
4mi — 2h 23m
Feb 23, 2020
Leslie Espino
scramble at the end should be accessible for most people. — 2h 30m
Oct 29, 2019
David Scott
Feb 21, 2019
Jason Draper
Dec 31, 2018
Manuel Moreno
Gorgeous hike. Tricky climb down at the end to the pour off.
Dec 24, 2018
Justin Hill