Marcus Trail

Salt Flat, Texas

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Whichever way you hike this loop, it's still a long 13.1 miles with a 1,500-foot elevation gain. You can make it a long day hike or take your time and stay overnight at Mescalero Camp. You can get your backcountry permit at the Dog Canyon Ranger Station just north of the trailhead. If you hike this loop counterclockwise (as described here), you can avoid the precipitous 1.5-mile climb up from West Dog Canyon to Manzanita Ridge. If you stay overnight at the Mescalero camp, this makes the first day a rough 8.4-mile hike, but it saves you the pain of climbing this steep pitch with an overnight pack. Whichever way you hike it, however, it’s still a long 13.1 miles with a 1,500-foot elevation gain.You can make it a long day hike or take your time and stay overnight at Mescalero camp. You can get your backcountry permit at the Dog Canyon Ranger Station, just north of the trailhead.

Marcus Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Whichever way you hike this loop, it's still a long 13.1 miles with a 1,500-foot elevation gain. You can make it a long day hike or take your time and stay overnight at Mescalero Camp. You can get your backcountry permit at the Dog Canyon Ranger Station just north of the trailhead. If you hike this loop counterclockwise (as described here), you can avoid the precipitous 1.5-mile climb up from West Dog Canyon to Manzanita Ridge.

If you stay overnight at the Mescalero camp, this makes the first day a rough 8.4-mile hike, but it saves you the pain of climbing this steep pitch with an overnight pack. Whichever way you hike it, however, it’s still a long 13.1 miles with a 1,500-foot elevation gain.You can make it a long day hike or take your time and stay overnight at Mescalero camp. You can get your backcountry permit at the Dog Canyon Ranger Station, just north of the trailhead."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Salt Flat
Distance: 13.1
Elevation Gain: 1,530 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 9 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 6,400 feet
Top Elevation: 7,600 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 Marcus Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

11/4/2010
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Very difficult but beautiful trail. Remote. Route finding at the beginning of the Marcus trail was quite challenging as the grasses were higher than the cairns. We were completely alone on this trail the whole way. The views are unbelievable and the trees in Dog Canyon were amazing.



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May 2018