Guadalupe Peak

Salt Flat, Texas

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For more than one reason, this trail is the high point of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Guadalupe Peak is not only the highest spot in the park, but also in all of Texas. At 8,749 feet, Guadalupe Peak might pale in comparison to the 14,000-foot summits of California and Colorado, but in terms of relief, elevation gain, and sheer beauty, it can be compared with any mountain in the lower 48 states. Besides being the highest elevation, the trip to Guadalupe Peak is bound to be the "high point" of any visit to the park. In fact, this is one of the most spectacular hikes in the United States. If you only have one day to hike in the Guadalupe Mountains and you're of average or better fitness level, this hike should be top priority.

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"For more than one reason, this trail is the high point of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Guadalupe Peak is not only the highest spot in the park, but also in all of Texas. At 8,749 feet, Guadalupe Peak might pale in comparison to the 14,000-foot summits of California and Colorado, but in terms of relief, elevation gain, and sheer beauty, it can be compared with any mountain in the lower 48 states.

Besides being the highest elevation, the trip to Guadalupe Peak is bound to be the "high point" of any visit to the park. In fact, this is one of the most spectacular hikes in the United States. If you only have one day to hike in the Guadalupe Mountains and you're of average or better fitness level, this hike should be top priority."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Salt Flat
Distance: 8.4
Elevation Gain: 2,930 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 5,900 feet
Top Elevation: 8,700 feet
Local Contacts: Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Guadalupe Mountains Map and USGS Guadalupe Peak and the park brochure
Driving Directions: Directions to Guadalupe Peak

Recent Trail Reviews

6/11/2016
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Great hike for a first highpoint. Got delayed by an hour two hundred feet from the summit by a thunderstorm complete with lightening. But, other than that the hike was problem free and very scenic all the way through.


11/3/2015
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Made the round Trip in 6 hours and 35 minutes, was planning on 8 to 9 hours. Strenuous Hike. Beautiful Day for the hike with spectacular views. When hiking this be very careful, Saw 2 people do face plants on the way down, as well as my wife losing her footing once. not necessarily dangerous, just have to pay attention, losing your focus can be very easy after a 3 to 4 hour strenuous hike.


5/27/2014
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I have actually hiked this trail a half-dozen times, with various combinations of friends and family. The hike, even in hot weather, is astounding for its diversity and beauty. If you only have one day, you can't go wrong with this hike. My first trip was at age 40, in 50 degree temperature and 50 mph winds, neither of which measures up as extreme in this locale, so check weather carefully. I would, however, recommend other hikes in the park over the Guadalupe Peak hike for those who want to have majestic GREEN photographs. Because of the peak's southern location, only the southern faces of Hunter, Bush, Bartlett, and Shumard peaks will be seen, and these southern faces are far less photogenic than the northern faces of the range. If you want pictures that resemble the Rockies of Colorado, try the Hunter Peak trail (which will give similar relief vistas, but feature the northern faces of Guadalupe and Shumard), the Lost Peak hike, or McKittrick Canyon beyond the grotto. All of these options will still require substantial elevation gain, in excess of 2000 ft.


3/6/2010
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Well, just finished hiking this mountain for the 3rd year in a row. This year was a little bit more difficult because the trail had snow on it (some areas of the path had about 2ft of snow). I wasn't as prepared for this as I have been in the past, but still finished. Although the snow made it a little difficult, it was a pleasure and a treat to have completed it this year. This hike never gets old!


11/12/2009
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I have done this twice, once when I was a kid and again on this date. This is an awesome hike that can be done in a day but well worth the effort to make use of the primitive campsite near the peak. Anyone traveling in this part of the country should check it out. One word of caution, take plenty of water as there is none on the trail. A gallon a person a day worked for my wife and I, and we only had a quart left between us after decending. Great trip and plenty of other things to do in the area afterwards.



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