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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarApril 14, 2021
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This is one hard hike. It’s steep uphill the entire way to the top, there’s no stretches of flat trail. The view at the top is spectacular, it’s pretty amazing to be at 9,000 ft. There’s not much flora or fauna on this trail. Only saw buzzards and pine trees. Took us 5 hours total.

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Gorgeous hike! Get out early before the sun gets too hot!

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Awesome hike. Arrive early for close parking. Took us just under 6 hours.

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Worth the struggle. definitely can do in 6 to 7 hours..not including the time at the top. there is some rock scrambling and being weary of footing choice but generally it is going up where the hardest is at the beginning and at the very end. we started at 715am and the weather during mid april for the hike was tolerable and wasnt searing hot, there are enough shaded areas while you hike up if you start early enough. only drank 2L comfortably so recommend to bring a decent amount of water. you can start later but you will have less shade. note that the parking right at the trail will be full by 730am as the ranger had told us and we confirmed..seeing only one spot left around 715am. you can park further at thr visitor center but after a hike like this one..the extra walking in heat wont be pleasant.

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Jeff McClellan reviewed Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 13, 2021
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Absolutely incredible hike. A bit of a challenge at certain parts, but nothing unreasonable. We kept a quick pace and only took very brief stops other than at the top, so we did the whole thing in 4 hours 45 minutes; but I would recommend leaving at least 6 hours just in case. Enjoy!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 11, 2021
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Scary near the top with some cliffs but really great views. Very rocky and not much shade.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 11, 2021
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Tuff, but rewarding

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David Unsworth reviewed Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail
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Definitely one of the most beautiful state highpoint trails in America...this is not to be missed. I would say it's a bit more challenging than its distance and vertical gain would suggest. This mountain is no joke. I arrived quite late in the day, and endured a lecture from the park ranger who recommended I tackle a nature trail, suggesting it was too late in the day to start Guadalupe Peak. She said it generally took 6-8 hours (which I found out later was not too far off the mark). I told her I planned to do it in 4...and then she informed me that the parking lot by the trailhead was full, so my first challenge would be finding parking. I finally found a spot in a lot about 0.6 or 0.7 miles from the trailhead, which was a bummer. The trail is absolutely beautiful, and the terrain is somewhat challenging...it's a curious mix of dirt, pebbles, flat stones, and large somewhat jagged rocks. None of it is particularly technical or difficult, but be careful around the rocky terrain, especially as you are coming down. The trail was packed, so I'd recommend trying to go on a weekday if you can. The trail can essentially be divided into two parts: first, a long series of rocky switchbacks climbing up to a rocky promontory...from all of this terrain, you can see the parking lot. About halfway into the hike, you will cross around this promontory, and enter a more forested area which looks quite different. After hitting a lot of state highpoints which (frankly) have little to see, there is no similar complaint on this trail. You will love every minute of this hike, and the extraordinary views will power you through the challenging gain and painful switchbacks. Once you get to the top, there is a plaque commemorating a stagecoach mail route, sponsored by American Airlines. Strange...but, it does serve as a nice marker of the state highpoint. To the south you will see a very interesting mesa-type structure, which is forested and sloped on the north side, and features almost-vertical rocky cliff on the south side (which you can't see). I didn't see a trail down there, but that would make for a spectacular addition to a day hike for some intrepid souls. All in all, it took me 5.5 hours on this trail (so the park ranger was not far off the mark). Walking the extra 1.2 or 1.3 miles to and from the overflow lot was brutal. A few other notes. Bring $10 cash per person to leave in an envelope to pay. (If you don't have cash you can also leave your credit card information on the envelope, but that seems kind of sketchy). Also, there is a visitor center open daily from 8am to 4:30pm...this ended up saving my behind, as I was able to buy a couple of bottles of Powerade there to supplement the meager amount of water I brought.

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Vincent Anthony reviewed Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail
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The views from the peak are well worth the trip. Make no mistake, it's a tough climb though.

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Katie Cardenas reviewed Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail
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My friend called this hike "demoralizing" and it's the perfect description . It certainly feels like a never ending trail and you think the peak must be around every corner, only to turn the corner and see it climb even higher. With that being said, it was worth it! Reaching the top feels like such an accomplishment! Beautiful views and even higher than it looks from the road. Very windy, tighten hat and wear a face sock to protect lips from wind burn. We took dozens of breaks along the way up to stop for water and energy snacks. Even with those stops we completed it in 5hrs and 20mins with a lunch break on top. Take lots of snacks/water, steady your pace, take all the breaks you need - slow and steady wins the race! You'll feel like an extreme athlete having completed this feat.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 10, 2021
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It was a challenging, fun and strenuous hike. Saturday 4/10/21 was nearly perfect conditions going up and at the top. The trails are a bit rocky so had sore feet at the end but it was well worth the pain. Saw 2 falls on the way down, so it's not the easiest of descents. Even though it's only 8700' at the top, coming from sea level I could feel some altitude effects on the way up. I highly recommend this trail if you are in the area and want a challenge.

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Great views of the surrounding mountains all along the way. It does get crazy windy though, so tighten your hat and bring a jacket or wear long sleeves. It gets a bit chilly at the top and in the shade depending on the time of year/day. The climb itself isn’t particularly difficult, but beware of the loose rocks and wind on some narrow sections of trail.

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Everywhere hurts after hiking this trail, but I would turn around and do it again (after I soak in a nice bath). Pack some snacks for the top and plenty of water!

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The trail was the steepest we’ve done but worth the climb!

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Seleña García reviewed Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail
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First 1.5 miles were rough and the last 0.5 miles. Otherwise, amazing views!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 3, 2021
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Well maintained trail. Hiked with our 5, 7, 11, and 13 year old boys. Made it to the top in 3 hours. Great views. First 1.5 mile we’re tough and the last 0.5 mile is a bit of scrambling. Love to say we mastered the highest point in Texas! Good trail—not too hard, not too easy. 5.5 hours round trip for us.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 2, 2021
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We have hiked in several states with our kids and this was by far the hardest family hike we have ever done together. The views from the top were spectacular, but the terrain was incredibly technical and it was a 10 mile hike by the time we made it back to the remote lot. Do NOT let the rangers convince you that you can't start it after lunch....they will try to tell you it is an 8 hour hike. We hiked it in just under 5 hours with two 10 year old children.

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Crystal Sigsbey reviewed Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail
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It ain’t easy but it was beautiful.

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Hiked this a month ago - Campground volunteer told me “it’s 1 mile of strenuous uphill” the whole hike is uphill honey... this hike is difficult but I really enjoyed my time at the top. You honestly don’t want to leave and I ended chatting for an hour with others on their trip. A bit of rock scramble right before the top but it’s very manageable and short. I did McKittrick Canyon towards “the Notch” the next day and that was much harder.

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Too hard for us.

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Christian Rodriguez reviewed Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail
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My wife and I really enjoyed this hike. It’s definitely a challenging one. We recommend trekking poles for that extra support. The first mile and a half or so is a steep incline—stairs, etc. it was one of the most difficult parts of the hike. Into mile 2ish or so it gets a little better and less strenuous (but still tough). The views were amazing, especially at the top. It was a very gratifying moment reaching the top. We recommend a sweater/light jacket if the forecast says it’s a windy day.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMarch 28, 2021
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Strenuous in the sense that the trail keeps your heart beat going, but easy in the sense that it is a well established trail.

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The first mile and a half is very strenuous. It becomes less steep but is still uphill the entire the way. The views at the top are worth it though! Took me about 5 and a half hours round trip with 30 minutes at the top.

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