Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail

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Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail is a 8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Flat, TX that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

8.0 miles 2854 feet Out & Back

backpacking

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views

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no dogs

The hike up Guadalupe Peak is a rewarding, although very strenuous 8 mile round trip hike with a 3,000 foot elevation gain. It will take from 6 to 8 hours to complete the round trip hike. The hike provides fantastic views from the highest point in the state of Texas (8,749). It also introduces hikers to several of the parks ecosystems including the high desert and the high elevation forests. The trail starts at the RV section of the Pine Springs Campground (1/2 mile from the Pine Springs Visitor Center check in at the visitor center, then turn right out of the visitor center parking lot). Follow the signs for Guadalupe Peak Trail. Follow the hiker trail; the horse trail will add about 1 extra mile to the trip (although it is less steep). You will encounter the steepest part of the hike in the first mile and a half, as the trail switchbacks up the first steep slope. Be sure not to cut across the switchbacks, as this causes accelerated erosion. The views will get better with every switchback you climb. After about a mile and a half, the trail will become less steep as it passes a cliff and then turns around to the north-facing slope. Here, hikers will discover a small forest of pinion pine, south-western white pine, and Douglas fir. The forest exists here since on a north-facing slope there is not as much sunlight. The slightly cooler, shadier climate allows these pines to survive. After nearly three miles the trail will top out at a false summit. It is still a little more than a mile to the actual summit. The trail will flatten out for a short distance as it passes through a sparse forest of ponderosa pine. The backcountry campsite for overnight backpackers is on this summit. After passing the backcountry campsite, the trail descends slightly and crosses a wooden bridge. After the bridge, the trail begins the final climb to the summit. After only a few switchbacks, the top of El Capitan will dominate the view to the south. Eventually you will pass the horse hitching posts and arrive at the summit, where on a clear day you will be rewarded with a tremendous view of the surrounding mountains and desert.


7 days ago

hiking


15 days ago

hiking

Awesome


15 days ago


22 days ago

Great hike!!


24 days ago


28 days ago

Very hard, especially for it being my first hike, but I don't regret it, loved the view and the experience.


1 month ago

hiking

Amazing hike for a morning! Highest point in Texas and it is the most beautiful view. It's hard to believe that this panoramic mountain view can be found in Texas. Moderate pace and some steeper grades but no rock scrambling required. Highly recommend this lovely hike.


1 month ago

It was difficult but not impossible!


1 month ago

Amazing Journey! Awesome Views! Physically Demanding


1 month ago

hiking

Great first hike. Scenic views from start to finish. I would recommend this hike for all ages.


1 month ago

Chose a summer day to make this hike. We got a early start so it wasn't terrible. The nice winds higher up help you cool off. This hike definitely was hard but it was so worth all the different views you get on the way up and at the top. As a Texan it's incredible that this is in our state. Also it wasn't posted very clearly so make sure you stop in the visitors center to get entrance fee's paid.


1 month ago

hiking

My first hike and it was pretty awesome. Definitely an indescribable feeling once on top of it. Can't wait to do it again.


2 months ago

Nothing beats baggin a summit in a national park.


2 months ago


2 months ago

steep and long, cloudy day but view should be awesome on a clear day.


2 months ago

hiking

This is one of the first interesting trails I completed. Was on October, 2012 when we enjoyed this trail, the view, the forest of pines that you do not expect exist. Very exciting all the trail, but when I was at the top of the mountain, at the mark point, It was an indescribable sensation. The view from the summit, amazing!


3 months ago

3000' climb in just over 4 miles to the top. strenuous but worth the view. every good Texan/geologist should make the pilgrimage. very interesting geology along the way looking at the reef structures.


3 months ago

Very difficult, steep be prepare


3 months ago

hiking

Strenuous hike takes you Texas' highest point and incredible views! Wear good boots and don't be afraid to stop and rest. The whole trail switches back again and again as it races uphill, and is especially steep near the beginning.