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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!

nature trips
3 days ago

Pets allowed?

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.

Wonderful hike! Just enough water to make the crossings interesting and challenging.

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!

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!

Cool place with great views. Main trails are very wide and easy, but there are spots where the trail crosses wide swaths of granite where the trail isn't well marked. Due to recent flooding, we were unable to hike one segment of the loop, and had to take a trail through a canyon. This trail was quite rocky and rough.

Good hike inside the city. Great for swimming when we get enough rain.

Eisenhower is a great place to hike. Scenery is very pretty along the way with several lake views along the trail. There are restrooms at multiple points near the trail. Also picnic tables. On 11/4/18, much of the trail was very muddy due to recent rains.

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.

I love it it was the most beautiful thing, but there were leaves eating at my ankles

Love this trail. There are paved options as well as natural sections of the trail. Trail is clearly marked, well kept and great for most fitness levels (in my opinion). More traffic on weekends, but I've never considered it excessive ; I hike Eisenhower Park regularly. Would certainly recommend!

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!

Go at dusk. The sunset is majestic. Hiking back in the dark is good fun!

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
23 days ago

Loved the view of fall colors throughout the hike!

Very good hike. Stream running enough to make getting to end both wet and enjoyable.

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful trail, however...late October is not an ideal time. Too many nasty serpents.

trail running
28 days ago

I'm writing this mainly to warn anyone wanting to run it soon (October 23, 2018 today) that the trail from Trail Marker 1 to TM 2 goes into the Lake right now. You can go from TM 3 to the north. These markers are on the map the person in the fee both will give you. Most of the trail is muddy, now, but would be pretty runnable if we had not had so much rain lately. Roots and rocks, but runnable. The northernmost part of the trail, the loop, is in and out of campgrounds and I didn't care for it too much but I still enjoyed myself and got a decent run in by hitting the mostly deserted park road for the last 1.5 miles I did back to my car.

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.

starts flat mostly dirt but soon turns into a rocky and interesting ascend. would strongly recommend that you were Trail runners and if you have weak ankles or knees definitely hiking boots. The Descent along the back of the trail is moderate. if the rocks are damp they tend to be slippery and most of the hike is a rocky terrain with loose gravel. hiking poles would be recommended for the Ascend and descend part of the trail. the trail is moderately traveled and expect a good workout.

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.

Interesting when getting close to the Window, but the first few (and last few) miles can get really hot and feel pretty long.

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.

Amazing trail for walking or running!

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