All the water levels were low as Big Bend had not had rain since July 2010, so there was no creek crossing for Terlingua Creek. We met an interesting native in the parking lot though-- a javelina. Also the fish were jumping above water in the Rio Grande. We got there around dusk too, so the fading sunlight on the distant Chisos Mountains was sublime. It was a great experience for sure.
Got the boots nice and muddy. Hiked down the trail as far as possible. Very scenic.
My husband and I hiked in this canyon over Memorial Day weekend 2006. The creek crossing wasn't a very big deal, but then again, May is a drier time of year. It was very hot, even by mid-morning, but there is plenty of shade.
My wife and I chanced crossing Terilingua Creek as it was rising from a storm. The three strands of the creek were very wide but very fast. We made it across and had the canyon to ourselves, though parts were very muddy and ankle deep in water. After exploring the beautiful canyon, we found the creek one single flow, thigh deep and swift. We were glad to make it back over.
We had been trying for three days to hike this trail. We also had hoped to paddle into it. But, heavy flooding just before our arrival had closed all access. After paddling in Big Bend Ranch State Park this day, we were driving past the Old Maxwell Road turn-off and saw the gate had finally been opened. So, we made a quick jaunt down the bumpy dirt road and took the hike. Very muddy and very slippery. But a gorgeous canyon--well worth it! --mark .d