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This park has Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas, the scenic McKittrick Canyon full of Bigtooth Maples, part of the Chihuahuan Desert, and a fossilized reef from the Permian.

This is a fun out and back trail that leaves from the main trailhead at Pine Springs Campground. Half the trail is through a boulder-strewn wash where you pick your own path. The goal is a narrow canyon with outstanding and unusual rock formations. You access the canyon by climbing a beautiful natural staircase. This trail is a great half day adventure at a little over 4 miles roundtrip. Not much elevation change. Very little shade. Rough and shifting footing in the wash.

Our family of four (ages 12 to 43) did this hike on a clear July day with some storms in the area and no wind. The first 1.5 miles is very steep, hotter than blazes, and not much fun (except for watching our tent quickly shrink to a tiny point of red far below us). After cresting the first ridgeline, there are breaks in the steep switchbacks and some trees to use as shade. The view from the top is outstanding. There is nothing in Texas to compete with it on sheer scale of view. The trail is rough with lots of loose rocks under foot. We carried lunch and 4 gallons of water. We spent almost an hour on top because of the perfect conditions. Less than 10 people made it to the top on the day we went, so there was no concern about overcrowding. You can make this hike even if moderately out of shape, but only if you come prepared for the conditions and start early. The people we saw that turned back had too little water, poor shoes, joint issues, or small children.

A great hike especially if you add in Devils Hall. A full day of great hiking. The view from the top is breathtaking and the history behind it is awesome as well.

Fun hike with great views. 2 hours up and 1 1/2 down.

Easy hike with a very beautiful end! Easy for kids and carriers! The whole way has rocked stacked. Double check the signs when you start! You should be following the cannon the whole way!

4 hours up and 2.5 down on 20 June 15. There were ladybugs, at the top that were eating us up. We had a blast.

This is a challenging hike with great views from the top. We did this hike yesterday and took 2 hours and fifty minutes hiking up and 2 hours and 25 minutes coming down. We started at 7:45am with cloudy 65 degree weather. When we returned to the parking lot at 1:00pm, it was sunny and 90 degrees. Be sure to start early in the summer! There is not a flat spot on the trail. It is entirely lose and jagged rock. Be sure to bring bandages for your feet because the descent over the rocks will tear your feet up.

The ranger at the park said allow 6-8 hours for this hike, but my dad (age = 60) and I did the hike in 3 hours and 48 minutes. We walk/jogged the way down. The hike has numerous switchbacks and not much cover. Very rewarding 360-degree views at the summit.

This is a mean trail that will tease you all the way until the end! You will be tricked by the countless switchbacks and multiple false summits. It's a very strenuous hike and you'll legs will be hating you by the end, but it's worth it. Make sure you bring at least a gallon of water per person. I am not a fit person, but am healthy and completed the hike in seven hours. The hardest part is the first and last mile. Incredibly hike that's worth the exhaustion. Lastly, start early, bring extra water, and wear sunscreen and hiking shoes!

My time at Guadalupe Mountains National park was very limited, so I chose this trail instead of the Peak hike. Sadly, I probably would have been better just taking a pass. The trail just isn't that interesting and the views are kinda meh. I chalked it up as a chance to stretch my legs after a long car ride.

1 month ago

Best trail ever!

We were here in March. Started about 7am and had almost no traffic on the way up. 38 degrees and super windy on the summit. We actually felt the decent back was the tougher part of the hike. Be sure your toenails are clipped for this one. Highly recommended hike. One of our favorites.