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Davis Mountains

Hiking & Camping Trip

Trails and Tranquility

We will explore the beautiful trails of Davis Mountains including the ultimate hike up Mt. Livermore, the highest point in the Davis Mountains and fifth highest peak in Texas (elevation 8,378 feet).  The Davis Mountains Preserve has limited open days to the public, which allows us to access Mt. Livermore on Saturday!

Itinerary: 

We will acclimate to the altitude and fire up our hiking legs on progressively difficult trails at both the Davis Mountains State Park and the Davis Mountains Preserve.  This allows us to determine our hiking level individually and as a group.

Tuesday: Recommended Fort Davis arrival day.  It is a 9-10-hour drive from Houston.  You may choose to arrive later, but please allow at least one day of acclimation and hiking before the Saturday summit.

Wednesday: Morning hike Indian Lodge Trail + Montezuma Quail Trail (1.90 miles, moderate); Afternoon hike Madera Canyon Trail on Davis Mountains Preserve (2.4 mile RT, easy).

Thursday: Limpia Creek Trail + Sheep Pen Canyon Loop (11.6 miles, moderate)

Friday: Morning hike Skyline Drive Trail into Fort Davis National Historic Site (3.6 miles, light-moderate) with picnic lunch at the end; Afternoon hike return to Davis Mountain State Park taking the Old CCC Trail down into the park (2.6 miles, moderate)

Saturday: Davis Mountains Preserve Open Day!  Hike Mt. Livermore to the summit of Baldy Peak (6.9 miles RT, 1,800’ elevation, difficult).  This is a challenging hike that requires hikers to be in good physical condition, sturdy hiking boots, and poles, carrying 2-3 liters of water.  The final 150’ involves scrambling up an exposed ridge to the summit – this is an individual choice to complete.  If any hikers prefer easier trails, there are several in the Preserve.

Sunday: Stretch our legs with easy hiking at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens and a swim at the spring-fed pool at Balmorhea State Park.  There are many churches in town if you want to attend for Easter Sunday.  OR return to Houston

Monday: Depart to Houston OR continue to Guadalupe National Park for two more days of hiking/camping, including Guadalupe Peak, the highest peak in Texas (weather permitting).

The evenings are open to many activities!  The McDonald Observatory, a UT research facility, offers educational tours and “Star” parties Friday & Saturday nights. Nearby Marfa is home to an internationally renowned art scene, the mysterious Marfa lights, the fabulous permanent art installation, Prada Marfa, and THE BEST pizza at a little pizza shop outside of Marfa!

Accommodations at Fort Davis State Park – Please reserve as soon as possible since this is Easter weekend and sites/rooms book quickly!

Campsites $20/night (w/electricity/water) split between 2 tents.  Chose from Sites 31, 32, 33, or 30 (one tent + car sleeper) when you reserve, and list in the notes for your BCO registration.  Donna has site 28, and Teresa has site 29 - will share.

OR reserve a room at the Indian Lodge, a historic 39-room motel in the park ($105/night, 2 queen beds, private bathroom & a coffee pot), if you require a proper bed!  There were 9 rooms available as of December 21st.

Transportation

Hopefully, we can carpool, but you can certainly meet everyone there.  It is a 9-10 hour drive with stops from Houston.  We will need two high-clearance vehicles with 2WD to access Mt., Livermore.

 

Meals

BYO meals.  Breakfast and lunch at the camp, dinner out.  Many of us will have camp stoves and coolers that can be shared.  This is a great way to test your camp-cooking skills!

 

Estimated Costs

Your choice for accommodations (see above)

Splitting fuel costs for carpooling

Splitting ice for coolers (if sharing)

$5/pp gas for 2 designated drivers

Entrance fees into the state park, nature center, and any other tours/venues

Pay your own café/restaurants and BYO food and drinks

 

We will have a planning event mid-March.  PLEASE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF BCO TRAINING EVENTS TO BE IN SHAPE!

Co -Event Leader:
Donna Bartlett
Contact Leader
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Event: DONT POST, PENDING (3/26/20) - Davis Mountains Hiking & Camping Trip Event Cost: Free
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Event Summary: We will explore the beautiful trails of Davis Mountains including the ultimate hike up Mt. Livermore, the highest point in the Davis Mountains and fifth highest peak in Texas.
Directions: For Members Only
Members: 17 Max Attendance: 15
Guests: 0 Spots Available: 0
Total Attendance: 17    
Overnight: Yes Kid Friendly: No
Skill Level: Moderate / Difficult Dog Friendly: No

CHECKLIST - Gear Details and Rules
Tent
Sleeping Bag
Hiking Boots
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
 
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