Better Than Expected

Chimneys
A view of the rock formations with Santa Elena Canyon in the background.
User: Lone_Star - 11/15/2013

Location: Big Bend - Chimneys Trail

Rating: 2point5stars
Difficulty: 1point5stars  Solitude: 2point5stars
Miles Hiked: 15.50 Miles  Elapsed Time: 5 hours, 53 minutes

Comments: I hiked the Chimneys Trail from Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive to the end of the trail near Old Maverick Road. The trail is flat and easy to follow. Trail signs are placed at both ends and rock cairns mark the path along the way.

The Chimneys is a group of rock formations that are approximately 2.5 miles in from Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. It seems this is a destination for most hikers, but you can continue hiking on (as I did). I expected the Chimneys to be nothing more than rock formations, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that one rock formation was an ancient settlement site complete with pictographs and evidence of historical habitation. It really gave me a glimpse into what life and survival must have been like in ancient times.


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