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What a thrill to stand at the highest point in Texas! This was my birthday hike, fortunately delayed from August as the temperature was perfect in early November at mid 60s F. According to my GPS, this trail is closer to 9 miles, most of which is quite steep and rocky. The wind was strong and consistent throughout. There are few signs, but only one place near the summit had us tracing the trail visually from above us to find our way. Take extra water - my daughter drank 3 liters and ran out a mile from the trailhead on the descent. Start early to finish before dark as the days are shorter, and bring a headlamp/flashlight in case you don’t. Poles are a big bonus on the way down. Expect a challenging and very rewarding hike!

hiking
2 days ago

I am a 68 year old man who hiked this trail yesterday with my adult daughter. Yes, it was strenuous but it was wonderful. Definitely will do it again.

Memorable hike.

Trip from Houston
Drove from Houston - hiked next day - drove back. Overnight each way. DO NOT TAKE Pecos Highway, 285 or HWY 62 - large potholes and 100 miles of oil drilling trucks, fields, etc.
Stayyed at Super 8 in Sonora - very nicely refurbished and inexpensive.

60 year old ok shape male. Left before dawn at 6:40. Hike for me took about 8 hours plus an hour on top. Glad we left in the morning before it got hot. Had hiking poles - a must if you are not 20-30 something. Had plenty of water and the foul weather gear but the day was beautiful. Day before they had 50 mph winds.

We were going to hike up to the wilderness campsites - but the campsites were full. But we got the last site at the campgrounds at the base - bring ear plugs.
So glad we did not take the 35 pound pack up 2000 feet to the wilderness campsites especially since we would have had a late start.

Brought Nikon D-90 and got some great pics. Picnic on top great.

What is amazing is the perspective - for instance, you will look down on El Capitan and the mini mountains look like dots. So I at once see the immensity of God’s creation and realize how small I am - even yet for one moment when I was the tallest person in Texas. Have fun.

Good trail that is easy to follow. Finished RT right around 4 hours. All levels can do this trail but time will vary. It’s steep in a lot of places and your legs will feel it. It was very windy during certain sections and at the very top.

A view well earned. Trail is is difficult with lots of loose rocks. Start early. Slow and steady will get you there.

We hiked up to where the trail crosses with another, 1.3 Miles then turned around. Have done the whole hike before, and its a great one, but couldn’t make it today. It is a beautiful hike! The creeks are full and splashing. Gorgeous foliage. The hike is not difficult, but you do have 8 water crossings so prepare to get wet feet.

Great hike. The initial switchbacks were challenging, but overall the hike was enjoyable. It took me 5 hours total including a break at the top. The weather was cool and the fog created some great scenes. Unfortunately, the clouds obscured the view at the summit, but there were views along the way.

... One of my all time favorite hikes. There is a lot of variety on this trail, especially if you pay attention to small details.

After doing observation point just 3 weeks earlier, this hike was much tougher than expected. I went in early October and the winds and cold temperatures made it a challenge.

22 days ago

Has a little bit of everything!

hiking
25 days ago

Solid hike that's a great workout. Beautiful scenery that changes as you go up. It was perfect weather and even some ice as we reached the top, but nothing to wear you would need any traction attachments. If you're used to hiking, try this one out. My phone clocked 10 miles total, but it's a little bit of a walk to get to the actual trailhead. Great views of the canyon and of Albuquerque along the way.

25 days ago

4 hours up and 2.25 hours down. Beautiful scenery, nice trail, not for the faint hearted.

Well-maintained and not very steep. Spectacular views the entire way up. Super windy around a few corners when I hiked it last week - definitely bring a jacket.

Just challenging enough, the views were awesome.
Lots of lose rocks that will roll out from under your feet. There was quite the elevation change in a short time, kept my breathing and heart rate up.

I am an unfit 26 year old who likes to hike occasionally, but otherwise I am inactive. These reviews definitely made me feel ill prepared for this hike, along with the park ranger who advised we not start the hike as late in the afternoon as we did, but we chose not to listen. I’m glad we went ahead!

We started our hike on 10/14 at 2:20pm, reached the summit at 5:07pm, started our trek back down at 5:35pm, and were back at 7:15pm. Lots of stops on the way up, just a couple on the way down. We each took two liters of water. A third probably would have been good to have.

The weather was PERFECT. The wind kept us cool most of the hike. We started in shorts and tank tops. Brought pants and pullovers that we changed into at the summit, but we didn’t need to because it didn’t cool off until after we left the park. It got chilly at times, but the weather was consistent for our hike up and down. The wind wasn’t 50 miles per hour at the summit for us, but barely blowing while we were there. The views were clear, and we could see everything! So amazing!

Passed maybe 25 people who were coming down the mountain on our way up. Passed two people who were going up on our way down. Very peaceful and quiet trail that we had to ourselves most of the hike, so I’m glad we chose that time to go!

It wasn’t as hard as a lot of these reviews make
it seem, but it was hard. Also, our Apple devices said we hiked 10 miles total. We did the hikers only trail, not the horse/hiker trail. Something to keep in mind as well. The trail is well marked, so staying on it is easy. There is a lot of loose gravel/rocks, but it didn’t really seem to be an issue. Just wear hiking shoes.

If you’re planning on doing Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains in the same day, like we did, there’s a time change. Guadalupe is an hour behind Carlsbad.

My group loved this trail! Be prepared for crazy weather changes! we started off hiking in minimal clothing to bundled up on top and wet! Such an adventure and so much fun!

Hard to rate it well b/c the top part of the mountain was covered in clouds (and cold wind!) all day when I hiked it. So I got no view AND the hike up was pretty miserable b/c of the weather. I can imagine w/o that issue, it would have been a spectacular, five-star hike. The trail is hard b/c of the elevation gain, but the trail is really well-maintained with plenty of switchbacks, so no scrambling necessary! I would love to do the hike again if I could be sure it was going to be a clear day at elevation. (The weather forecast for today was all sunny. NOT.)

Climbed it on September 15. Weather was fantastic. It was more difficult than I anticipated, but definitely worth it.

You work hard for the summit but it's so worth it. The views from the top are breathtaking. The walk down is a lot easier. Take water.

Outstanding hike, the pictures do not do justice. Myself 22M and my father 54M made this hike Friday night and Saturday morning. The hike up is quite challenging unless you are frequently doing this level of hike. Camping on the mountain is very worth it as it gives you a break between hiking up and down, and starting at 10AM the trail gets heavily trafficked which can be annoying. We summoned at 9am and there was no one else around, it was amazing. Only complaint is that the amount of loose rock on this trail makes for very easy trips and rolled ankles. Happy hiking!

We hiked up the the peak campground on Friday and set up camp and then continued on to the peak. It was an amazing and strenuous hike. It was hard on my knees. The views were amazing. Saturday morning we took one more trip to the peak and broke camp. The hike down may be harder in a way then going up. Sadly it was a highly trafficked trail on the way down. We must have passed at least 50-60 people going up. It was very annoying. It seemed that we couldn’t walk 5 minutes without having to move aside. Overall it was worth it.

Great trail with awesome views along the path!

This trail is pretty hard for me in a sense that its longer than I anticipated, it took us 4 1/2 hours to reach the peak due to high elevation, lots of switchbacks, steep rough terrains. Took us 3 hours to descent due to loose rocks! But I can say it’s so worth it , no pain no gain I guess and I will do it again till the aches and pain resolved lol..the view all the way was awesome and the top view was pretty impressive!.. I highly recommend this hike but suggest to do this early morning , cool weather , bring snacks , maybe some Tylenol lol and lots lots of water !

Awesome hike my daughter n I loved it will be camping out on our next visit

Hardly anyone on the trail on a weekday in early September. Summited early and it was all clouds, but they cleared while hiking down for those views!

hiking
1 month ago

Cool hike with couple of false peaks with a neat monument on top.

Amazing but necessary to be prepared for any weather.

really good day out with a pal

This hike is hard BUT well worth it! The incline is what makes this trail difficult along with steep switchbacks but the view along the way is astounding! Once you hit the bridge, you’re very close to the peak! And once you see the view from up there, you will definitely be breath taken.

1 month ago

Very nice n lots of shade in the early am

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