Marcus Trail

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

Distance3.6mi
Elevation Gain2,144ft
Trailhead Elevation6,217ft
Top7,944ft
Elevation Min/Max6217/7944ft
Elevation Start/End6217/6217ft

Marcus Trail

Marcus Trail is a hiking trail in Culberson County, Texas. It is within Guadalupe Mountains National Park. It is 3.6 miles long and begins at 6,217 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,144 feet. This trail connects with the following: Blue Ridge Trail and Bush Mountain Trail.

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100 Classic Hikes in Texas (The Mountaineers Books)
E. Dan Klepper
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"Marcus Overlook offers a good morning or afternoon destination for a half-day hike from Dog Canyon Campground via the Bush Mountain Trail. The Woods rose (Rosa woodsii) grows all along the trail and, when in bloom in May and throughout the summer, its gentle fragrance carries hikers up and over Bush Mountain to Marcus Overlook, with a view into West Dog Canyon. The trail follows the northwestern edge of the Guadalupe mountain range where there is very little shade, so prepare for a lot of afternoon sun. The trailhead is found just beyond the campsites and across from the corrals. From the trailhead, a short hike through a meadow leads to a fork in the trail—left for the Tejas Trail, right for Bush Mountain." Read more
Hiking Carlsbad Caverns & Guadalupe Mountains National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"Whichever way you hike this loop, it's still a long 13.1 miles with a 1,500-foot elevation gain. You can make it a long day hike or take your time and stay overnight at Mescalero Camp. You can get your backcountry permit at the Dog Canyon Ranger Station just north of the trailhead. If you hike this loop counterclockwise (as described here), you can avoid the precipitous 1.5-mile climb up from West Dog Canyon to Manzanita Ridge. If you stay overnight at the Mescalero camp, this makes the first day a rough 8.4-mile hike, but it saves you the pain of climbing this steep pitch with an overnight pack. Whichever way you hike it, however, it’s still a long 13.1 miles with a 1,500-foot elevation gain.You can make it a long day hike or take your time and stay overnight at Mescalero camp. You can get your backcountry permit at the Dog Canyon Ranger Station, just north of the trailhead." Read more

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11/4/2010
Very difficult but beautiful trail. Remote. Route finding at the beginning of the Marcus trail was quite challenging as the grasses were higher than the cairns. We were completely alone on this trail the whole way. The views are unbelievable and the trees in Dog Canyon were amazing.
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Dec 2018