Salt Basin Overlook Trail

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

Elevation Gain2,054ft
Trailhead Elevation5,794ft
Elevation Min/Max5351/6297ft
Elevation Start/End5794/5794ft

Salt Basin Overlook Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: El Capitan Trail.

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Hiking Carlsbad Caverns & Guadalupe Mountains National Parks (Falcon Guides)
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"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."

Salt Basin Overlook Trail Trip Reports

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Probably the least popular of all GMNP trails. I was there over the Memorial Day weekend and there was a wildfire fire, that was caused by lightening, that caused all trails to be closed except for this one. I would only recommend this trail for the most avid hikers.
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Terrifically designed trail. I had the good fortune of doing this in the middle of the summer during a tropical storm onslaught. It was a cool 70 degrees and I was actually overtaken by fog! Great amount of fun. Check out the flagstone bench someone put together overlooking a canyon about 2.5 miles in on the left.

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Trail Information

Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Guadalupe Mountains Map and USGS Guadalupe Peak and Guadalupe Pass, and the free park brochure
Local Maps

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