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Window Trail

Intermediate
 4.5 (85) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A unique 5.6-mile tour that follows the Oak Creek to the overlook called the Window.


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Map Key

5.6

Miles

9.1

KM

Out and Back

5,352' 1,631 m

High

4,452' 1,357 m

Low

914' 279 m

Up

914' 279 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

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Overview

Meander through the grasslands, trees and creek bed to end up at the edge of a cliff where water drains out of the Chisos Basin. The Window views are breathtaking and the hiking is great with the varied terrain.

Description

This is a beautiful and unique trail that takes off from the Chisos Mountain Visitor Center and ends with a spectacular gem. The trail starts in the basin's meadows and progresses down the Oak Creek drainage.

The creekbed is fun to follow, as it provides interesting built in steps that meander from side to side in the canyon. At the end of the creek, you'll find a rewarding view where water has sliced a narrow window in the Chisos Basin. Be careful at the windows ledge! The rock is extremely slippery and the fall would be fatal.

The return is uphill, so make sure that you save some water for the return journey.

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Shared By:

Caleb Joyce

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  4.5 from 85 votes

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  4.5 from 85 votes
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Photos

Overlook at "The Window" in Big Bend National Park
May 10, 2016 near Big Ben…, TX
Sunset from The Window trailhead
Jun 28, 2018 near Big Ben…, TX
hiking Window Trail
Mar 9, 2018 near Big Ben…, TX
Heading down "the window" trail.
Oct 28, 2017 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
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

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Jun 29, 2020
Dani Gauch
5mi — 2h 06m
Jun 19, 2020
Anne Cowles
Mar 19, 2020
Sean Jones
Mar 18, 2020
Adam Williams
Mar 5, 2020
Bridget Bednarz
6mi — 9h 30m
Feb 7, 2020
Clark Limoges
Feb 7, 2020
Dennis Chan
Recommend taking Oak Spring trail (extra ~1/2mi OW) just above the Window to get an open view that is obstructed by the walls at the Window itself. 6.6mi — 3h 00m
Feb 1, 2020
Rosa LeClair
Beautiful!