Lone Mountain Trailhead

A sign and path mark the beginning of the loop trail.
Lone Mountain Trailhead

A Gilliland, NPS

Quick Facts

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Trail Information

Roundtrip Distance: 2.7 miles (4.8 km) 
Elevation change: 200 feet (61 m)
Average hiking time: 1-2 hours

The Lone Mountain trail leaves from here. This is a moderately challenging 2.7-mile loop with approximately 200 feet of elevation gain. It features wide open views into the desert, diverse desert plants, and a close look at a volcanic mountain. 

Dogs and other pets are not allowed on any trails in the park.

There is no shade along this desert trail.



While this trail is generally flat, there are a few sections with gradual climbs and descents. Most of the trail is rocky or covered with loose pebbles. Please be aware of your footing.

Hike Smart

Bring plenty of water!
Carry 1 liter of water per person per hour that you plan to hike. The importance of carrying enough water in this hot, dry climate cannot be overstated!

Your body needs food for energy and salts and electrolytes to replace what it's losing from perspiration. The dry climate at Big Bend means that sweat often evaporates almost instantly; your body is likely losing lots of moisture and salts without you even realizing it. Eat plenty of salty snacks to keep your body's salt-to-water ratio in balance.

Sun protection
Carry sunscreen and use it liberally. Hats are also strongly recommended. It may seem strange to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants in hot weather, but many hikers choose lightweight, breathable clothing which covers their arms and legs to protect themselves from the sun. 

Don't leave people behind
If you're hiking in a group, make sure the person in the back always has someone to help.

Be aware of wildlife
Keep an eye out for snakes, and remember to maintain a safe distance between yourself and all wildlife. Animals in the park are wild and should never be approached, harassed, or fed.

Don't stack rocks
Cairns are stacks of rocks which are sometimes used to mark trails in areas where they are hard to follow. Randomly stacked rocks can lure hikers off the correct trail.

Big Bend National Park

Last updated: September 16, 2022