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Great climbing, impressive views. The chains are kinda intense to climb down, not as bad climbing up. If you are scared of heights the chains might stop you in your tracks. The trail markers are few and far between easy to wander off trail in some places. There are some sections with high consequences, be safe.

An incredible hike! Hiked to the top on 1/15 and it was perfect visibility (we got lucky). All ice and snow had melted and it was even comfortable at the summit. With the government shut down, we parked right outside of the gate, and easily hiked the extra .9 miles in. Round trip it was 6 hours, even with a solid 30 minutes at the top. Definitely worth whatever drive you need to make to get here!

Amazing views, the juice is definitely worth the squeeze! This was a game changer for me, my brothers and I completed it in 7 hours

Hard but so wort it!

Such an exhilarating hike. Although government shut down is still in place we were able to access the park. We parked at the parking lot up the road from the national park HQ pinnery parking lot I believe. Its only an extra .9 miles to the trail head. Totally breath taking. Like others have said the first 1.5 miles are really tough and steep, but after that the inclines of the switch backs are quite moderate nothing too bad at all. A lot of false peaks. Winds were not too bad but there is still a bit of snow at the top. Nothing serious just take your time, and watch your feet. Completed 1/10/19 5hrs 15mins from the parking lot.

Probably one of the toughest hikes I’ve done. If you’re looking for a challenge do this hike! Make sure and take plenty of water and electrolytes. Pay attention to temperature!! Take lots of sunscreen.

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful with the snow and ice waterfalls cascading over the crevasses. Icy in areas, about 3/4 of the way up. Currently open even through the government shut down due to the incredibly generous volunteers who are opening the gates each day. Normally 5dollars per car but it’s free right now. Please take your trash out and if you see other trash kindly remove it. Don’t forget to bring water, the fountain at the visitor center was off. ENJOY!

hiking
13 days ago

I enjoyed the hike. .especially as you approach the canyon and then see the tiny waterfall..very relaxing....snow patches all around at this time...

They only allow a certain amount of people in the park at any given time. Therefore, entrance to the park can be delayed and also not guaranteed.

Great place to see views of the valley and a waterfall! Pretty easy and well marked. There’s a well beaten path to the west of the rock house that leads up to a beautiful lookout point. We sat there for quite some time soaking up the sun!!

Great, tough hike! I would also recommend microspikes as the snow/ice is now hard packed in areas. Probably for about a mile. I did it in trailrunners and managed, but luckily I had trekking poles. Take it slow, and you’ll be fine. Cheers.

hiking
14 days ago

Our hiking group,The Ocotillo Hikers, have been visiting this super trail system for over 15 years.
There are many options here that can keep you busy for hours at a time.
The ridges on both sides of the valley are outstanding opportunities to explore areas that few get the chance to see. The views from these ridges look like you are in Utah and other awe inspiring areas.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/Q8hJBGiiGtrZFKyHA

https://photos.app.goo.gl/JTKufwvmtuFoAVZh1

hiking
14 days ago

Our hiking group,The Ocotillo Hikers, have been visiting this super trail system for over 15 years.
There are many options here that can keep you busy for hours at a time.
The ridges on both sides of the valley are outstanding opportunities to explore areas that few get the chance to see. The views from these ridges look like you are in Utah and other awe inspiring areas.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/Q8hJBGiiGtrZFKyHA

https://photos.app.goo.gl/JTKufwvmtuFoAVZh1

Aka The Elephant’s Trunk or Mammoth Rock.

hiking
14 days ago

Dogs are allowed in the beginning of the trail, which gives access to Crawford Trail and Fillmore.

hiking
14 days ago

This trail has some shade from the trees and the mountain in the later part of the day.

Woke up at 4 and hiked to see the sunrise. Stunning photos. Lovely experience.

1 star for today’s hike but five stars in general. Will be back.

Attempted this hike today (01/03/19) during the government shutdown :( I’ve done 39 state high points, hiked in the Whites in NH, and done high elevation stuff in UT and NM... this was by far the scariest, most intense hike I’ve ever done. Please be careful if attempting this in inclement weather or wind!! Turned back 1/2 mile from the summit.

The park had been experiencing a crazy weather system the last couple days that made it unseasonably cold (like daytime temps in the teens). Today was the first day of reasonable weather (forecast for visitor center around 45 with winds 10-20 mph) so we went for it. Got first start on the trail and any previous snow tracks disappeared above 6500 feet.

The trail was full of ice with plenty of exposed sections. Wind chill to the teens to twenties. Gusts of wind to 40-50 mph gave the drop off sections (up to 800 feet) the potential for deadly consequences. We had to crouch to stay planted several times. Even with micro spikes I feared I’d be blown off the mountain in certain parts. The wind never abated no matter how many times we turned a corner onto a new face of the mountain.

Hiked down and saw plenty of people attempting in jeans, sweatshirt, and worn out Nikes. I have no idea how they made it that far. If they reached the summit, good on them lol.

Beautiful scenery with amazing views of the desert floor. I’ll be back in the summer to bag this thing. Knowing my luck with Texas weather, it will probably be hurricaning

Gorgeous hike. If you are going soonish I would take some microspikes as there are icy areas starting at roughly 7000 ft. The ice isn’t everywhere so crampons would be overkill and not recommended. The summit could use a new log book in case anyone wants to take the initiative! I posted a photo of the current, overloaded one.

We hiked only a portion of the Guadalupe Peak Trail this past Saturday (12/29/2018). The views were beautiful everywhere you looked. There was snow, the trails were a bit slippery, and the air is definitely thinner the higher you go. My mom had a heavy cold and was not able to continue to hike due to the freezing air and high elevation. The day was also very foggy and it was a bit hard to see. The peak of the mountain was covered by both clouds and fog. We did also start the trail a bit late around 12pm. If we would have started a few hours earlier and left my beautiful momma at home, I’m confident we would have been able to complete it. We were only able to get about a mile till we decided to turn back. There are lots of sharp rocks and steep areas. It is a little difficult but it is manageable. If you’re headed during snowy days be prepared with snow/hiking boots, jackets/coats, and plenty of water. We can’t wait to go back in warmer weather and when my momma is feeling better.

Please note: We parked outside the gate due to the govt. shutdown so you do have to walk uphill about a mile from the main road to start the trails. Restrooms are closed. Visiting center is also closed. Water refill stations are open.

Beautiful place to hike snow was nice. We will be coming back to hike the other trail there

Ended up on backside of this area by turning left at sign on road but enjoyed it anyways. Then left an hit correct trail

This is a gnarly hike, tough but rewarding and incredibly biologically diverse. Must do if you’re in the area.

hiking
19 days ago

At the trailhead there is a map of this trail and it is named as Bar Canyon. So, I guess same trail is sometimes called Soledad Canyon trail. Been there in snow. Very easy and beautiful view. There was a waterfall at the end of the trail.

No car access to this trailhead during government shutdown of winter 2018.

Hiked this on Christmas day and it was beautiful. A little ice at the top but we managed in just hiking boots. Some sort of spikes would make it easier though.

Awesome views and saw some elk real close to the trail! Took about 6 hours but we easily spent 1.5 hours taking pictures and meeting friendly folks on the mountain. On a clear day it's a beautiful hike.

We hiked this trail, July 22, 2018. Very tough the first 1.5mile to 2miles. After that, it wasn’t easier, but tolerable. We took two 5 min every 30 min then two breaks every 45min to an hr. That really helped us a lot.
Going down wasn’t difficult at all. Only problem was, our legs started to to get tired and weak (possible risk of rolling/twisting ankles).
We did it in the middle of summer. Morning was 77-80 degrees, then reached up to +100 degrees once we arrived to the top. Thankfully we couldn’t feel the scorching heat at the peak, but coming back down..:yeah we started to feel it and we almost experienced heat exhaustion.. BE CAREFUL AND DRINK LOTS OF WATER!

Overall, would I do it again? YES!!! Maybe next time during cooler weather.

hiking
22 days ago

This is a great hike to take if only because it is so unique. The surrounding sand hills are a sight to behold.

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