Blue Ridge Trail

Salt Flat, Texas

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This trail is for the adventurous hiker only. It goes through the most remote and rugged part of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. This trip could be done in one very long day of strenuous walking, but this would be too much for most hikers. Instead, take it more slowly and enjoy it by making this an overnighter. For an even more relaxed pace, spend three nights out, each at a different backcountry campsite. To save the steepest and most rugged parts of the loop for the end of the trip, take the clockwise route as described here. Shortly after leaving Dog Canyon trailhead, you’ll see the Bush Mountain Trail coming in from the right (west). You’ll be dragging down this trail on your way out. Turn left (south) on the Tejas Trail, which follows a burnt, but still beautiful, riparian zone along Dog Canyon for about 1.5 miles to Dog Canyon Springs. Here the trail takes a sharp right and starts to switchback up toward Lost Peak. After another 1.5 miles you go by Lost Peak on your right. This is a good spot to drop your pack and scramble up to the top for a great view and a needed rest.

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"This trail is for the adventurous hiker only. It goes through the most remote and rugged part of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. This trip could be done in one very long day of strenuous walking, but this would be too much for most hikers. Instead, take it more slowly and enjoy it by making this an overnighter. For an even more relaxed pace, spend three nights out, each at a different backcountry campsite.

To save the steepest and most rugged parts of the loop for the end of the trip, take the clockwise route as described here. Shortly after leaving Dog Canyon trailhead, you’ll see the Bush Mountain Trail coming in from the right (west). You’ll be dragging down this trail on your way out. Turn left (south) on the Tejas Trail, which follows a burnt, but still beautiful, riparian zone along Dog Canyon for about 1.5 miles to Dog Canyon Springs. Here the trail takes a sharp right and starts to switchback up toward Lost Peak. After another 1.5 miles you go by Lost Peak on your right. This is a good spot to drop your pack and scramble up to the top for a great view and a needed rest."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Salt Flat
Distance: 14.8
Elevation Gain: 1,960 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Two full days
Trailhead Elevation: 6,400 feet
Top Elevation: 7,650 feet
Local Contacts: Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Guadalupe Mountains Map and USGS Guadalupe Peak and PX Flat
Driving Directions: Directions to Blue Ridge Trail

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May 2018