Guadalupe Mountains National Park McKittrick Canyon to Pine Springs

El Paso, Texas

Guadalupe Mountains National Park: McKittrick Canyon to Pine Springs Professional Review and Guide

"Traverse Guadalupe Mountains National Park to the state’s airiest perch.

Alpine adventure in the Lone Star State? You bet. Towering over lowland scrub are the Guadalupe Mountains, a 65-mile-long range with limestone walls that shoot thousands of feet above the Chihuahuan Desert. Trout swim in one of the region’s only perennial streams, and the state’s highest point, Guadalupe Peak (8,749 feet), rises like a pyramid above it all. Hit the loftiest peaks by traversing the park on this point-to-point hike from the McKittrick Canyon visitor center to the Pine Springs visitor center.

You’ll gain and then lose 2,600 feet along the 25.7-mile route, and packing for a hike in this West Texas park is a challenge: Do you prepare for the open desert, rugged canyons, or high mountains? All three, actually, which is why some aficionados call this the best-kept secret in the national park system. Stay overnight in the backcountry, and you’ve found the secret inside the secret."

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Trail Information

El Paso
Nearby City
25.7
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3-7 days
Duration
Guadalupe Mountains National Park, (915) 828-3251; nps.gov/gumo
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Jun 2018