The Bowl

Salt Flat, Texas

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This trip is, in essence, an elongated overnight version of the Hunter Peak Loop. Like the Hunter Peak Loop, this route is described in a clockwise manner. Since you’ll be staying overnight, you must choose your campsite before leaving and get the required backcountry permit from the Pine Springs Visitor Center. The first preference might be the Tejas campsite, which is as close as you can get to the midpoint of the trip. However, you can also stay at Pine Top, which is a short distance to your left once you reach the rim of the escarpment. If you plan on a late start on the first day and don’t mind a long second day, you might prefer Pine Top.
Hiking Carlsbad Caverns & Guadalupe Mountains National Parks

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Hiking Carlsbad Caverns & Guadalupe Mountains National Parks

by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)

This trip is, in essence, an elongated overnight version of the Hunter Peak Loop. Like the Hunter Peak Loop, this route is described in a clockwise manner. Since you’ll be staying overnight, you must choose your campsite before leaving and get the required backcountry permit from the Pine Springs Visitor Center.

The first preference might be the Tejas campsite, which is as close as you can get to the midpoint of the trip. However, you can also stay at Pine Top, which is a short distance to your left once you reach the rim of the escarpment. If you plan on a late start on the first day and don’t mind a long second day, you might prefer Pine Top.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Salt Flat
Distance: 13
Elevation Gain: 2,546 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 8 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 5,900 feet
Top Elevation: 8,400 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 The Bowl

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May 2018