McKittrick Canyon Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"As you drive up the road toward McKittrick Canyon, you might not believe you're headed for one of most famous and scenic spots in Texas. The topography hides the canyon well. Rest assured that McKittrick Canyon is a truly wonderful place, but don't plan on having it to yourself. This is probably is the most popular hike in the Guadalupe Mountains—and with good reason. The trail meanders through a spectacular forest with a wide variety of conifers and deciduous trees. During autumn, the maples, oaks, and other hardwoods burst into a world-famous kaleidoscopic panorama of fall colors.
The trees are the same species found in other canyons in the park, but here, they're bigger, and the entire forest seems more lush and majestic in the shadow of the steep cliffs on both sides of the canyon. Hikers also get the rare opportunity to walk along a permanent desert stream— with a reproducing trout population. The stream appears and disappears several places along the first 3 miles of this hike."