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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.

5 days ago

Relaxing walk with husband. I agree with the trails needing to be marked better, but will go again.

I did this hike 9/15/18. I workout at a gym regularly and consider myself to be in pretty good shape. I try to hike when I can but ultimately only get to a handful of times a year - so I would consider my skill level as a hiker, average. I stayed in Van Horn the night prior, woke up at 3:30am left at 4:30am and got to the trailhead/campground at 5:30am.The forecast for the day was 80 degrees F clear and sunny. I hit the trail starting at 5:45am, it was still dark and used my headlamp for the first 30-45min. Not even 5min in and I ran into a large deer off to the left of the trail about 10ft. The first 1/4-1/3 of the trail I would say is the most strenuous - lots of dry loose dirt and small rocks - although the top 1/4 is just as steep and unforgiving. As the sun started to come up there was still some patches of clouds. Hoping for clear skies and not worried about the overall weather, I pressed on trying to get to the top as quickly as possible. As I got about halfway the temperature dropped a bit, and the wind picked up, so I put a light fleece on. I kept moving uphill and only stopped to take a few pics, catch my breath and get a quick drink of water. The views are great all the way up, and they only get better. Getting closer to the top the scenery and landscape also continually change. I was probably about 3/4 of the way up and decided to change from my fleece to my wind/waterproof jacket. I also noticed the fog/clouds were lingering. I also hadn't seen anyone on the trail at all yet. Very peaceful and why I like to start early. As I was nearing the top(less than 5min from summit) I ran into 1 girl. She said she was also hoping for clear skies and good views but she hadn't seen them yet. I got to the top in 2hr 45min, only to have cloud coverage and gusty cold winds. I was still excited I made it to the top and was pumped standing on top of Texas! I waited for 45min hoping the fog/clouds would pass so I could see the epic view. Sadly I had an 8hr drive in front of me(plus the hike down) and couldn't wait all day so I got some pictures and videos, signed my name, re-fueled and proceeded to head down. I left the top about 9am and within 45min of coming down I had ran into about 8-10people. Towards the halfway mark I passed 2 large groups of kids, and the rest of the way, passed multiple more groups of 2-4people. I ended up at the bottom about 11:15am(total time 5hr30min). Overall I would say it is a strenuous hike, with very rewarding views and scenery all the way up and down. It's probably not as hard as some people say it is, but nonetheless come prepared and have good footwear. It does get hot early, so start early, bring plenty of water and snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat is recommended. Coming down is an absolute breeze so that is one thing to look forward to when going up.

Not too bad but very crowded. Lots of stopping to let runners go by, lots of dogs off leash, lots of poop bags marking the trail. But a hike that gets the heart pumping and if you’re not getting run over by a runner, lots of pretty sights to see.

mountain biking
11 days ago

This is one of the best urban trails in Texas. The trail map provided on this app is not representative of the trail at all. It continues on for several more miles and the top northern section of this map leaves out all of the features of the “camp” section of the trail. Total trail distance is a little over 10 miles.

Overall, Guadalupe Peak is an excellent hike, especially if you are after state high points, as this one is both challenging and rewarding. The hike is not particularly technical (perhaps some minor scrambling towards the end), but is difficult because it is steep, with few level section. The views are excellent all the way up to the summit, with most of the hike going through pinyon pine forest. I went in early March. The temperatures were cold while camping over night (30s Fahrenheit), and mild during the day (60s Fahrenheit). It was not particularly windy the day I was here, but it can get extremely windy here, especially during the spring, so be prepared.

Reading about this trail, to me sound easy. But now that I’ve hiked the Guadalupe Mountains I’d have to say that it was certainly a hard one. It is a very rocky trail! My feet were killing me by the time we made it back down.

My 6 1/2 year old twins and I enjoyed it this hike, very nice views start to finish.

Good trail but not a lot of scenery. Toughest Austin area trail I’ve completed.

Did this hike on 9/2/18 and it was a beautiful hike. It’s a tough 8 mile round trip hike but not the worst I’ve done. The wind picks up half way up. A windbreaker would have been nice. Also, make sure you bring lots of water because our group ran out of water on the way down.

Did this hike about 2 weeks ago. Spectacular views!!!

Nice and hard. Not 5 stars because the natural slope would be better than stairs.

Great trail with plenty of shady areas! Family friendly even my 69 year old mom who sits behind a desk all day felt good afterwards.
The elevations are an easy ascent. We will definitely go back!

19 days ago

3 hours up. 3 hours down. Still sore. Don’t forget the sunscreen like this guy did. Totally worth it.

Great hike. Spent a night at the campsite near the top on one trip many years ago. Day hiked the summit many times over the years and never get tired of the scenery. One of the better hikes in the Southwest.

I’m a very avid hiker, and this is by far my favorite hike. It’s not the tallest, it’s not the longest, but it is the most beautiful. Views of mountains to the north and east, spectacular views of the Sonoran Desert to the south and west. When I went, the fog was barely touching the top, and it made for the most surreal and breathtaking views. Definitely on my list to do again!

This is an extremely hard but rewarding hike. The views of the desert and of plants are gorgeous. Bring more water than you think you will need.

Unfortunately, no falls or water here in the heat of the Austin summer. Still, a great and challenging hike. Pretty comparable, on %incline, to Hill of Life, which we did yesterday. Time for some time by the pool!!

Awesome trail, about 2746 stairs one way and a good workout. Good elevation variation with lots of trees. It’s not the best trail for summer as in Texas heat you would get thrashed! Make sure you take lots of water and good shoes.

First solo backpacking trip!! Started off around 1pm, made it to the campsite around 2:30pm and took a little break! Set up my tent and sleeping bag (to drop some weight so I could semi-slack pack to the summit!) Hiked up to the summit around 4pm, it took me ~40min to get there from the campsite.

SO AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL! Holy cow! It was the perfect place to just take in the beauty of this world and get a little meditating in! I was originally planning on staying up there to catch sunset, however, a storm was rolling in, in the distance so I went back down to the campsite! Thankfully most of the storm passed by us!

Met some really nice people along the way (up and down), everyone was super friendly and all smiles on the way down haha! There was this one park ranger was one of the sweetest ladies I've ever met - she calls the trails her "office!"

The campsite was really nice! Lots of trees so I was able to hang my hammock!

As far as the trail goes: definitely a quad burner but what better way to work out than in nature!!! I loved that it went from desert landscape, to rocky, to forest! (: There is not a bad view all along the trail so whenever you stop to catch your breath (which I did so many times on the way up) look around and take it all in!

Careful on the way down with all the smaller rocks, I lost my footing a few times - thankfully recovered (hiking poles may have came in handy)! On the way down it took ~30min from summit to campsite and ~1hr from campsite to the trailhead!

Best hike in the park...it’s not easy but not as hard as the reviews make it seem.

I did this hike on March 31, 2018. It was a grueling, but so rewarding. The views on the hike got better and better, and were simply spectacular at the top. There were various parts that were more or less strenuous, but I was rather consistently taxed. I'm glad that I brought lots of water and snacks. I do wish I had brought better footwear, though.

In terms of camping, if you are unlucky enough to not get a spot, which is very easy given the demand, drive slightly north 1 mile into New Mexico and pull off the road into BLM land, which is a free-for-all.

We did the Texas High Point back in May of 2018. Myself (51) and my 2 boys (13 and 15) made it fine but is strenuous going up and hard on the joints on the way back down. Temp was 102 by 2 pm when we got back to trail head. Get started early, take more water than you think you need, and food. We forgot all our food and thank God for fellow Texas A&M Aggie father/son that gave us some protein bars near the the summit. Glad to check this one off the bucket list.

I do wish the park would let you make camp site reservations. We drove all the way from Austin to be turned away and had to camp on BLM land across the state line in New Mexico.

1 month ago

Awesome trail. Really densely wooded, pretty, but hot. Fluctuations in elevation and lots of stairs. Great work out!

trail running
1 month ago

Bring more water than you think, we ran out. Awesome views throughout the hike!

HARD - I do a fair amount of hiking, but this trail was no joke. lots of elevation gain and a pretty relentless climb for the first mile or two. we started early around 6:50AM and were done in a little over 4 hours. bring lots of water, more than you think you’ll need and then some - the heat gets to you pretty quickly. I highly suggest starting early as it both provides some solitude on the trail and a break from the high temperatures that you will experience on the descent. the summit offered some great views and provided a nice place to relax for a bit before heading back down the mountain. I would definitely do this hike again and definitely recommend it if you’re training for any sort of thru-hike. have fun!!!!

Really enjoyed this trail! Pack your water especially if it’s hot!

This is a great trail, full of challenges, both uphill and downhill.... view is awesome!!

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