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Guadalupe Peak - Texas Highpoint Professional Review and Guide
"Highpoint rank by height: 14th. The Guadalupe Peak area is subject to sudden and violent weather changes. High winds, rain and lightning can develop faster than you might imagine. Be prepared! The views along the trail are spectacular and surprising as you move through different mini-climates and encounter a variety of vegetation. Allow a little extra time on this one as you will want to stop frequently to take photographs. Upon reaching the highpoint you'll find the highpoint monument which was placed to commemorate the 100th anniversary (1858-1958) of the founding of American Airlines through the efforts of stage drivers and airmen who pioneered the mail services."
--Charlie & Diane Winger, Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
Great hike for my first highpoint. a bit strenuous but scenic from start to finish.
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.
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
This trail starts off with a quite steep climb, unless you take the horsie bypass (which is actually longer). Many switchbacks up and 4 miles later, you get to Guadalupe Peak with amazing views all around. The actual trail is very rocky and in many places steep and cout out of the side of the cliffs, but expertly built and worht the work. the campground (about a mile from the peak) is nice and has excellent views.
From the campground the hike takes about 3 hours to the top. The trail is in excellent condition and has nice switchbacks all the way up to the summit. I have hiked this trail twice, both times in May and didn't encounter any weather issues
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