Permian Reef

Salt Flat, Texas

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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.
Hiking Carlsbad Caverns & Guadalupe Mountains National Parks

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by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)

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.

©  Bill Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Salt Flat
Distance: 8.4
Elevation Gain: 2,202 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 5,050 feet
Top Elevation: 6,950 feet
Local Contacts: Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Guadalupe Mountains Map and USGS Guadalupe Peak and Independence Spring and park brochure
Driving Directions: Directions to Permian Reef

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May 2018