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To The Old Ore Terminal
1 Beginning the Hike
2 The sign at the Trail Head
3 Walking Up the Wash
4 The Last Trail Sign
5 Starting the Trail
6 Looking Back over the Rio Grande Flood Plain

7 First Ore Bucket

8 Walking up and Down Hills
9 Heartbreak Hills
10 The Last Standing Tower
11 View from Last Standing Tower
12 Looking Back Where You Came

13 The View to Boquillas

14 First View of the Old Ore Terminal
15 Old Ore Terminal!
Hiking Back
16 The Last Tower
17 Trail Heading Away
18 Pretty View
19 Water
20 Post Hike
11 - View from Last Standing Tower
11:15 am
810 ft <-- -->

This is the view from the last standing tower, over a desert canyon. The cable trails off the top of the tower, down one side and up the other. If you look closely, you can see a dark line going up the canyon in the middle of the picture. That's the cable. It's thinness gives you an idea of the distance here.

It's this view that just bowled me over when I first saw it during our first hike. I thought to myself, “What the hell were they thinking in 1914 that they could pull a cable across this canyon in this desert, a million miles away from nowhere!” This view has gripped my imagination from the first time I saw it.

The dusty line snaking up the right side of the picture looks like a trail to me. My best guess is that it's the no longer maintained Boquillas Trail; it's only described in one of the guidebooks I have, but does appear on the map you can buy in the park. Because it's close to the cable, I think it's a good candidate to be a continuation of this service trail used by the workers, but I'm not sure. That's a research question….

From here, you'll turn right and go around the canyon. The head of the canyon is the highest point, at around 950 ft. From there, you can look down the valley and see Boquillas Mexico .

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