Permian Reef

Salt Flat, Texas 79847

Permian Reef

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Permian Reef is one of the most spectacular trails in the park. Yet, it doesn't receive much use. Most people going to McKittrick Canyon to hike choose the flat route up the beautiful, forested canyon, and who can blame them when the alternative is a 2,000-foot climb to Wilderness Ridge? For somebody who wants more exercise, though, this trail may be just as rewarding— and definitely less crowded.

It can be a wonderful day-long hike or a great overnighter. If you're spending the night at the Wilderness Ridge Camp, be sure to get a permit at the visitor center before leaving. The trail does get heavy use from geology fans. In fact, the University of Texas- El Paso has a cooperative arrangement with the NPS to use the trail as an outdoor classroom."

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Trail Information

Salt Flat
Nearby City
2,202 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
7 hours
5,050 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,950 feet
Top Elevation
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Guadalupe Mountains Map and USGS Guadalupe Peak and Independence Spring and park brochure
Local Maps

Trail Log