Guadalupe Peak Trail

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

Distance4.0mi
Elevation Gain3,770ft
Trailhead Elevation5,837ft
Top8,756ft
Elevation Min/Max5837/8756ft
Elevation Start/End5837/5837ft

Guadalupe Peak Trail

Guadalupe Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Culberson County, Texas. It is within Guadalupe Mountains National Park. It is 4.0 miles long and begins at 5,837 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,770 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and parking. The trail ends near Guadalupe Peak (elevation 8,717 feet). This trail connects with the following: El Capitan Trail and Devil's Hall Trail.

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Hiking Carlsbad Caverns & Guadalupe Mountains National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"For more than one reason, this trail is the high point of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Guadalupe Peak is not only the highest spot in the park, but also in all of Texas. At 8,749 feet, Guadalupe Peak might pale in comparison to the 14,000-foot summits of California and Colorado, but in terms of relief, elevation gain, and sheer beauty, it can be compared with any mountain in the lower 48 states. Besides being the highest elevation, the trip to Guadalupe Peak is bound to be the "high point" of any visit to the park. In fact, this is one of the most spectacular hikes in the United States. If you only have one day to hike in the Guadalupe Mountains and you're of average or better fitness level, this hike should be top priority." Read more
100 Classic Hikes in Texas (The Mountaineers Books)
E. Dan Klepper
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"At 8749 feet in elevation, Guadalupe Peak marks the highest point in the state. Views from the top are stellar, particularly on a clear, windswept day. The peak also illustrates a remarkable geology, one that began eons ago, and its evidence can be seen all along the trail. The peak’s genesis began with an enormous inland body of water known as the Delaware Sea that once covered parts of Texas and New Mexico, stretching nearly 150 miles north to south and 75 miles wide, an expanse of more than 10,000 square miles." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Stewart M. Green
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"The popular 4.25-mile Guadalupe Peak Trail, climbing to the highest point in Texas, is a spectacular hike with gorgeous scenery, gentle grades, a unique summit pyramid, and expansive views. While the hike is not easy, it should be at the top of your Guadalupe Mountains National Park hike list. Most hikers with average fitness are able to hike to the 8,751-foot summit of Guadalupe Peak. As famed western writer Edward Abbey noted, “The climb by foot trail is difficult but not beyond the ability of any two- legged American, aged eight to eighty, in normal health.”" Read more
"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." Read more

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11/28/2017
Don’t underestimate this day hike. Very rewarding climb to the top. Spotty AT&T cell phone service until reaching the peak.
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6/11/2016
Great hike for a first highpoint. Got delayed by an hour two hundred feet from the summit by a thunderstorm complete with lightening. But, other than that the hike was problem free and very scenic all the way through.
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11/3/2015
Made the round Trip in 6 hours and 35 minutes, was planning on 8 to 9 hours. Strenuous Hike. Beautiful Day for the hike with spectacular views. When hiking this be very careful, Saw 2 people do face plants on the way down, as well as my wife losing her footing once. not necessarily dangerous, just have to pay attention, losing your focus can be very easy after a 3 to 4 hour strenuous hike.
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5/27/2014
I have actually hiked this trail a half-dozen times, with various combinations of friends and family. The hike, even in hot weather, is astounding for its diversity and beauty. If you only have one day, you can't go wrong with this hike. My first trip was at age 40, in 50 degree temperature and 50 mph winds, neither of which measures up as extreme in this locale, so check weather carefully. I would, however, recommend other hikes in the park over the Guadalupe Peak hike for those who want to have majestic GREEN photographs. Because of the peak's southern location, only the southern faces of Hunter, Bush, Bartlett, and Shumard peaks will be seen, and these southern faces are far less photogenic than the northern faces of the range. If you want pictures that resemble the Rockies of Colorado, try the Hunter Peak trail (which will give similar relief vistas, but feature the northern faces of Guadalupe and Shumard), the Lost Peak hike, or McKittrick Canyon beyond the grotto. All of these options will still require substantial elevation gain, in excess of 2000 ft.
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5/29/2010
Excellent hike. The campground at the bottom would be disappointing if you are looking for shade and beauty, but is adequate. The trail affords excellent views and is well maintained. It can get quite warm. Take plenty of water and sunscreen. Well worth the effort. Took 6.5 hours round trip with several rest breaks along the way.
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3/6/2010
Well, just finished hiking this mountain for the 3rd year in a row. This year was a little bit more difficult because the trail had snow on it (some areas of the path had about 2ft of snow). I wasn't as prepared for this as I have been in the past, but still finished. Although the snow made it a little difficult, it was a pleasure and a treat to have completed it this year. This hike never gets old!
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11/12/2009
I have done this twice, once when I was a kid and again on this date. This is an awesome hike that can be done in a day but well worth the effort to make use of the primitive campsite near the peak. Anyone traveling in this part of the country should check it out. One word of caution, take plenty of water as there is none on the trail. A gallon a person a day worked for my wife and I, and we only had a quart left between us after decending. Great trip and plenty of other things to do in the area afterwards.
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11/6/2009
Beautiful and not too strenuous climb. Well maintained trails. Limited campsites available so secure ASAP. Lots of folks on the trail.
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6/1/2009
Me and my other half did this trail on a whim. It was a trek that was worth it. The views from the peak were awesome and make sure to give yourself time to take it in and see what you just hiked. We packed a camel back per person full of water. Some basic snacks to eat on the way. I would say to bring sunscreen in you get red easily. Other than that I think its a pretty easy climb
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3/22/2009
Awesome hike with stunning views at every turn. We hiked this with our 8-year old daughter and it was one of the highlights of our trip. Note: The photo album in the visitor center seems designed to scare away casual hikers, there are only a couple of spots with steep drop-offs and the trail is comfortably wide. OK to do with kids and we saw lots of Boy Scouts.
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Trail Information

Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Nearby City
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Parks
Moderate
Skill Level
Camping, Horseback Riding
Additional Use
Guadalupe Mountains National Park (see appendix).
Local Contacts
Guadalupe Peak USGS Quad; 203 National Geographic/Trails Illustrated Guadalupe Mountains National Park Trail Map; park map.
Local Maps