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.
william b. on Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail
hiked it 3/16/17.. first 1000 ft. strenuous hard. made it up it 3 hrs. great hike.
What a wonderful hike! I started right at sunrise, and I'd advise you to do the same, or even earlier. Going up, I only saw a handful of others, but coming back down I probably passed 40+ who were on their way up. It took me 3:15 from trailhead to summit (with a lot of breaks to take photos), and 1:30 from summit back to trailhead. I'm in decent shape, but cardio has always been my weak point. This could easily be done in 4-5 hours by someone in decent shape, but of course then you wouldn't be taking the time you should to stop and enjoy the views along the way! Also, it was mid-March and the campground was full. Perfect day weather-wise, with a high near 80, and almost no wind.
Was a very challenging trail with unbeatable views. I made it up in a little over 3 hours stayed for at least 45 minutes and descended in 1 hour 45 minutes. First 1.5 mile and last mile were hard for me. Middle wasn't too bad. Next time I will climb more stairs before I go. Quads were burning pretty good the last mile or so. I recorded right at 9 miles round trip which included a little meandering on the trail and time at top.
Really enjoyed this trail. Easy enough that I did it in the afternoon after I finished the Guadalupe Peak trail in the morning.
The first mile is an easy walk along the wash and the second mile is a fun hike/scramble through the wash over limestone boulders and through cobble.
The geology at Devil's Hall is really cool and well worth the trip.
Really enjoyed this trail...not overly difficult and not to hard. Lengthwise, you can hustle and complete it fairly easily in a morning or afternoon or take your time, enjoy the expansive views along the way as well as the summit.
Pay attention to the weather! The winds can and do get very strong along the trail and at the top.
Tallest peak in Texas. Heck to the yasss. I expected the hike to be 8 miles but it was way more. It was about 12 miles for me up and down from visitor center and back. Take a warm jacket. The higher you go the colder! The view is amazing.