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Unread 05-19-2013, 10:32 PM   #1
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Padre Island National Seashore question

I'm planning trip to PINS June 1st and 2nd and just wanted to know is it possible to travel the entire 60 miles in a day and a half? We will be getting there around 5-6PM on the 1st and want to be leaving around 4-5PM on the 2nd. This is going to be my first time there and i don't want to just fly up and down the beach.

Thanks for any possible info.

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Unread 05-21-2013, 08:37 AM   #2
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Looking at a minimum of four hours to get to the end of it if all conditions are good 15-20 mph is the limit out there. I would try your best to get there a little earlier so you have some daylight to work with
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Unread 05-21-2013, 09:04 AM   #3
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Cool thanks, I will be there all day on the 2nd so it shouldn't be an issue.
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Unread 05-21-2013, 04:18 PM   #4
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When me and the guys go down, usually I leave at like 6:00 am from San Antonio-south side.. get there like around 9:00.. hit the HEB for shrimp, ice, and cold beer, bev, and whtvr we might need and haven't got yet..there is ice machine in parking lot.. then we head to the last gas station on right to fill up with fuel.. get to the park by usually 10:30-45, say U get there at 11:00-- depending on the conditions of the driving and the grass.. your looking at anywhere from 3 hours to 4 1/2.. I have made it in 2.1/4 been the best and 5 hours being the worse of course.. the conditions have been good lately, so I would think it's only probaly 3 1/2 hour trip..if it's good and you don't stop a lot...
my last trip took 3.45 hours to run all the way down, we stop a few quick peee' stops tho''

PINS report phone line to call and get an idea of conditions and weather etc.... 361-949-8175
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Unread 05-21-2013, 08:47 PM   #5
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Once at the far end do you just turn around and head back up the beach or is there an exit at the other end? And any restrooms/porta-pottys on the beach? The wife has a small bladder and my in-laws may be along for the ride.
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Unread 05-22-2013, 12:08 AM   #6
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Once at the far end do you just turn around and head back up the beach or is there an exit at the other end? And any restrooms/porta-pottys on the beach? The wife has a small bladder and my in-laws may be along for the ride.
There is nothing past the visitors center and yes you turn around and drive back. Bring a chem toilet if you're worried about it.
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Unread 05-23-2013, 04:10 PM   #7
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It's 59 miles.. 4 hours basically.. and with alot of people in the car or cramped or not having what you need to do things it sux...to say the least.. you should probaly just go down 10 miles and enjoy.. you still be close to the park................
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Unread 05-24-2013, 08:14 PM   #8
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Are you planning on camping out there? I might be heading down there next Friday to try to catch some fish.
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Unread 05-24-2013, 08:52 PM   #9
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Yeah. Not going to be fishing though.
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Unread 05-26-2013, 07:44 PM   #10
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We are headed to Port A tomorrow and will be running Big Shell on Tuesday. If anyone is gonna be down there let me know. jmmorgan82@gmail.com.
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Unread 05-29-2013, 04:22 PM   #11
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Had a good trip but only was able to go about 18 miles down because the GF got a little nauseous from the bumpy ride. I was able to run through Yarborough Pass, but take my advice and don't waste your time as there is nothing on the other side other than dead fish and crabs, and a very nasty smell. It would be a good kayak launch but that's about it. If you guys plan on running the whole thing, I might just meet up with you if that would be OK.

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Unread 05-30-2013, 02:21 PM   #12
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I wouldnt mind but the wife wants it to be just the 2 of us. Hoping to run the whole thing, we will see.

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Unread 06-07-2013, 01:47 PM   #13
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I'm glad I found this thread. I'll be down in Port Aransas this summer, and will likely make this trip. jmmorgan82, did you go through Yarborough Pass or stay down on the beach? Sounds like a neat off road drive through the Pass?

From the PINS webpage:

"Yarborough Pass:
To find Yarborough Pass, drive to the 15-mile marker on South Beach and backtrack about 100 yards. Access to this area is only possible through a 4-wheel drive access road from South Beach and by boating in from the Laguna Madre. Be aware that the access road from South Beach, which goes over the dunes, may have exceptionally deep and soft sand in which even 4-wheel drive vehicles get stuck. Flooded areas may be deep, as well. Please call the beach conditions hotline, which is updated daily, at (361)949-8175 for current weather and driving conditions. Camping at Yarborough Pass is free with your park entrance pass, but a free permit is required (available at the entrance to South Beach)."
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Unread 07-07-2013, 11:38 AM   #14
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I just got back from a trip down to the PINS. Went down about 16 miles, and went through the Y Pass. We enjoyed the bay area at the far end of the pass, and had lunch at some picnic tables there. May try to get an earlier start and go further on the next trip down there.





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Unread 07-07-2013, 10:09 PM   #15
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I just got back from a trip down to the PINS. Went down about 16 miles, and went through the Y Pass. We enjoyed the bay area at the far end of the pass, and had lunch at some picnic tables there. May try to get an earlier start and go further on the next trip down there.
We just got back from that area. We were in Part Aransas and ran from the port as far south as it would go. We left today and the waves were getting pretty big washing up onto the drive and washing away tents.
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