Salt Basin Overlook Trail is a hiking trail in Culberson County, Texas. It is within Guadalupe Mountains National Park. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 5,794 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,054 feet.
Salt Basin Overlook Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"For those who want a long day hike without much climbing, the Salt Basin Overlook Trail is an excellent choice. Set aside a entire day for this trip, which leaves an hour or two for relaxing along the way. The trail is well-defined all the way with the exception of one short stretch where it dips into Guadalupe Canyon on the lower loop. The trail climbs gradually (460 feet in about 3 miles) toward El Capitan before dropping into beautiful Guadalupe Canyon, where you’ll find the junction with the Salt Basin Overlook Trail.You’ll start getting good looks at El Capitan after about 1.5 miles.The views from the El Capitan Trail equal those from any place on the loop, so if you’re interested in an 8.6-mile hike instead of an 11.5-mile hike, you can make this an out-and-back hike by retracing your steps back to the campground from the second junction and call it a good day. The loop adds 3.6 miles of new terrain to the trip, but from a scenery standpoint it doesn’t add much."
--Bill Schneider, Hiking Carlsbad Caverns & Guadalupe Mountains National Parks (Falcon Guides).
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