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McKittrick Ridge Professional Review and Guide
"The first part of this trip follows a trail up to The Grotto. Shortly after The Grotto, the trail changes dramatically. It's no longer the serene walk in the woods of the McKittrick Canyon bottomlands. It's quite the other extreme."
--Bill Schneider, Hiking Carlsbad Caverns & Guadalupe Mountains National Parks (Falcon Guides).
Amazing trail! We started at Pine springs taking the Tejas Trail all the way up to McKittrick Canyon. Total trip was 18.5 miles. Unless you are in great physical condition I recommend starting at Tejas, McKittrick starts out easy for the first 4 miles then there is a 2,600 foot elevation climb and it is pretty much straight up. You will see a range of landscapes, desert, pine forest, canyons, oak and maple forest. Simply beautiful in the fall.
The hike in (and out) through McKittrick Canyon was very pleasant, and easy. the rest of the trail was as tough as any I have hiked, but the rewards were sme of the most spectacular scenery i have ever seen. The eco-systems constantly change, both by elevation and depending on what side of the mountains you are on. absolutely amazing. Saw mule deer as well as Mountain Lion scat. Best hike ever! Also among the toughest I have done! Hard core hiking!
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