Mule Ears Spring Trail

Mule Ears Spring Trail, Big Bend National Park

Mule Ears Spring Trail - Big Bend National Park

Mule Ears Spring Trail - Big Bend National Park
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Bromfield5
Frederick, MD14 contribuições
jan de 2022
Most of the reviews here say this is an Easy Flat trail.......I disagree. Of course, I am close to 60 yrs old.........but to me, I would categorize the trail as Moderate, and I would say that it is rolling up and down....with some flat parts. You need to watch your feet on this trail as much of it is gravel and larger rocks. There are many places where there are stone steps....so if you have knee issues or are unsure of you balance/footing....you may want to consider a different trail. The day we went was perfect weather, sunny, 70 degrees, light breeze. I would not want to walk this trail on a day any warmer than maybe 75 degrees. There was shade at the Spring, and there was a good bit of water in the spring....we heard a frog splash into the water when we arrived. We had a picnic at the spring....we were lucky to be the only folks at the spring when we arrived. Very quiet/peaceful. We saw about 4 folks walking towards the spring as we were walking back to our car. I thought the return trip was going to be difficult, but it was not.....for some reason, I found the return trip easier than the trip heading to the spring. Beautiful views throughout the walk. Really neat stone corral by the spring. Lots of variety in plants/cactus along the trail.....we did see one small snake...I think it was a Rat Snake.
Feita em 14 de janeiro de 2022
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Rachel P
Collinsville, IL769 contribuições
jan de 2022 • Família
The “mule ears” can be seen from the road. We did several hikes in the park, this was my least favorite. Just my personal opinion. It was beautiful, and I loved the trail itself and feeling like I was in the middle of no where. I just did not like that the mountains were so far away. We did not finish the trail because I was “bored” and needed a trail among the tall mountains. Again just my opinion.
Feita em 9 de janeiro de 2022
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DutchTX
The Woodlands, TX639 contribuições
mar de 2021
Great hike; more up and down then you would expect; have water with you, no shade; total of 7+ miles in and out up to smokey trail. Nice to see the mule ears from the other side.
Feita em 23 de abril de 2021
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Grover R
Pensacola, Flórida15.275 contribuições
mar de 2021
The Mule Ears are a set of twin volcanic dikes that were left as pointed projections into the sky. They can be seen from most any location in the eastern half of the park and are a good spatial reference. We saw them from Ross Maxwell, Terlingua, Santa Elena and even the mountains of the South Rim. At dawn returning from Santa Elena around Cerro Castellan the sky gave the appearance from Mordor in Lord of the Rings. They are a signature feature for Big Bend.
Feita em 4 de abril de 2021
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RetiredTXTraveler
Texas188 contribuições
fev de 2020
Pretty drive through here and this particular site makes a great picture. Lots of colorful cactus and we saw lots of bird species and even bluebonnets.
Feita em 26 de fevereiro de 2020
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Keith B
Alamogordo, NM214 contribuições
abr de 2019 • Casais
Beautiful diverse hike...little bit of everything. Rocky at times, meadows, lots of flowers in bloom, open areas, narrow areas . . . as I said, diverse. It was one of our favorite hikes in the park.
Feita em 9 de maio de 2019
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Holly Poulsen
Kenosha, WI149 contribuições
jun de 2018 • Casais
The first hike we selected in Big Bend was Mule Ears Peak, a 3.5 mile one way, 7 mile round trip trek. From Terlingua, it took us about an hour to drive to the trailhead, which is located just off the main road--Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive.

The trailhead had plenty of parking considering there was only one other car there. While we prepared our things, we did see a couple other cars stop at the trailhead as there is a pretty overlook even though the Mule Ears aren't visible from it.

From the scenic overlook, we meandered our way up and down a rough-hewn staircase. The first section of the trail skirts the south side of Trap Mountain, which formed from a lava flow over 35 million years ago.

The net elevation for the hike was about 20 feet but there was actually a gain and loss of about 400 feet total on the hike.

Because the trail was relatively flat, it gave us time to get used to our trekking poles and settle into a rhythm of hiking. We learned how to navigate through the scree as we took in the beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert.

After several minutes, the trail leveled out. On our walk, lizards darted out in front of us, playing along the bushes and grass along the dirt trail.

We continued on through the desert and past Trap Springs. Because it was not yet the dry season, there were many plants growing near the spring, making the area surprisingly lush.

As we continued across gradual inclines and declines, it seemed as though the ground was glittering under our feet. Upon closer inspection, there were thousands of pieces of quartz embedded into rock on the trail.

After exploring the spring, we kept going towards the Mule Ears. After some time, the Mule Ears finally came into view. Created by the erosion of the lava beds, the cap of each peak was formed from lava that is considerably harder than the surrounding lava. The peaks are part of the Chisos Mountain range and were named by Anglo-American settlers in the early 1800s. At an elevation of 3,881 above sea level, the Mule Ears rise 1,040 feet above Smoky Creek to the east.

Jim thought that the peaks could use a name update and kept calling them "Evil Ears Peak."

After taking some photographs and making sure to drink some water, we returned back the same way we came. On our return, we encountered one group of hikers--the only ones we crossed paths with on the whole trail.

Heading back to the car, the wind picked up as we approached the primitive staircase leading back to the parking area. We definitely had to make sure to hold on to our hats, which was not a problem during the the parts of the hike. The trail was a great first hike to experience in Big Bend and a great beginner trail to kick start our desert hiking trip.
Feita em 22 de abril de 2019
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Beth S
Salado, TX60 contribuições
nov de 2018 • Casais
Some of the views are pretty, but the hike itself not very interesting. You gotta look for the spring and it’s just some water, and getting closer to the rocks that make up Mule Ears, the less they look like that, which is disappointing. There are better hikes to do
Feita em 9 de janeiro de 2019
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seekingrainydays
109 contribuições
jan de 2019 • Família
I went in January, and it was a very pleasant trail in the cool weather. In the summer, this would be trail I would only hike very early in the day because there are long stretches with no shade. It isn't too hard, but there are elevation gains that lead to great views of the desert and mountains. If I had limited time in the Park, I don't think I would prioritize this trail. That being said, the view is beautiful and unique to this trail.
Feita em 6 de janeiro de 2019
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LoBommer
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK1.492 contribuições
out de 2018 • Casais
Nice short trail, fairly level, hot, little shade. Great scenery. Cotton trees at Spring not a lot else. Watch out for rattlesnakes!
We did this trail in the morning on our way to Sant Elena Canyon.
Feita em 28 de novembro de 2018
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