"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
"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
"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