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2 days ago

What a beautiful day. Great people to share the awesome amazing hike.

it was a little cold from time to time. We were as prepared as you can get, I believe.

Maybe different gloves but we had layers that came off and on throughout.

it was complete fog all the way up. we could hardly see much going up, some trees with ice, growth and we could see each other.

The top was amazing and was cold. Theres nothing better then seeing different types of rocks, forests and mountains in a trip. Super day especially with seeing some views on the way down since it warmed up a lil.

Pretty steep with lot of switchbacks but it's cool to be on the top of Texas! Took us about 6 hours. Can be very windy on the top!

This was alot of fun and a bit challenging.

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike only seen one other hiker (12/2/18), covered the loop in 5hrs taking only short breaks (rushed it cause getting late start, allow more time!) observed mule deer, Javelina, birds, and amazing views. I definitely recommend it if you want to avoid the crowds of Guadalupe Peak.
Be safe and blessings!

Nice views. Took me 2.5 hours up, but I go at a fast pace when I'm by myself and without an overnight pack.

Amazing view. My friend and I did it in about 5 1/2 hours without any training whatsoever, so it’s doable. Very windy though.

One of Texas’ great hikes. Not as difficult as listed, moderate and can be completed in 4-5 hours

me and my friend camped at big bend for 5 days then on the way back came here just for the purpose of reaching the highest elevation in texas. we were running short on time and were able to go up to the top and back in only 3 hours.

Do the trail fresh, it can be quite strenous at some points.

This is a great day-hike trail. If you don't want to finish it in one day, then you can stay at the peak campground. The park says it is strenous. But it is great for kids too. It is also very windy in winter.

Beautiful views and ecology not typical to the rest of Texas await you on this well-maintained trail. Due to weather/terrain typical of mountain hikes, this hike can be brutal, so take this one seriously.

Fairly rugged trail into pristine wilderness. Many small streams to cross. A tiny bit of snow and some ice in the streams. I ran out of time ( short days in mid Nov) was 1.2 miles from end of trail

Next time!

Did the peak in mid October got pinned down at the top by High Winds and freezing rain! Be sure to get an early start and make it back to camp before dark! We barely made it back down before dark but a very beautiful climb!

This hike was amazing. Gorgeous views, but dont get fooled by the 7.5 mile round trip it's a lot longer than that just one way due to all the switchbacks you traverse. So some trail training is a must before attempt to tackle this trail. When you get to the top it's all worth the effort.

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!

Heavily graveled, easy to follow. Gravel difficult to walk in like sand is.
Scenery and Pratt Lodge Cabin Worth it.

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.

Pretty sweet hiking, steady grind uphill the whole way but nothing STEEP, an easy climb. Things you might like to know, especially if backpacking, when we hiked in Nov, good water all but the last mile or so, no need to carry water. Trail was clear, very few dead falls. Nice campground at the trailhead but the 2018 camp host is a weirdo and pretty racist, talked smack about native Americans to us and didn’t even know us. About 20 creek crossings but most/all you can rock hop and not get wet. Plenty of campsites, though none in the last mile or so, only a few in the last three miles or so. Canyon is shady/cool/ kinda cold in Nov. lots of soaky holes if you want to cool off in summer. The trail that crosses over from Three Rivers to Dry Canyon around mile 6 or 7 doesn’t exist anymore, we hunted it with a GPS and went way up the ridge, it’s gone. A shame too cause it would make a nice loop. Lots of elk sign and a little bear in the upper canyon but nights were quiet. It comes out up top around 10,000 feet, pretty damn windy and open for fall camping, no water up there that I could find. 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.

Hiked on 10/29/18. Fall foliage is at near peak color and absolutely gorgeous!

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved the view of fall colors throughout the hike!

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.

Lots of fun to follow the wash up, and the Hiker's Staircase and Devil's Hall were amazing sights. Spotted a tarantula and a few deer.

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.

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.

1 month ago

Favorite hike in GMNP. Far less busy than Guadalupe Mountain and pretty good views. The forest near the peak is beautiful. Saw many golden eagles on a late afternoon hike. Hot in summer.

*This rating is the trail up to and back from the Notch.*

I originally planned only to go to the Grotto (which is pretty damn cool, btw), which is a pretty easy hike), and then figured I'd go on up to the Notch since I had a couple extra hours. That part of the hike (above the Grotto) is much more difficult, lots of elevation gain in a short distance, but SO worth it for the view of the south canyon, which is much more breathtaking than that of the north canyon.

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