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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.

I spent 3.5 hours getting to the peak and 3 hours getting down. The first couple of miles are a bit difficult. It became easier until the last half miles to reach the peak. I guess I was lucky. There was no strong wind at the peak at all.

Hard hike. Awesome views. Hard to see a trail sometimes!

This was my first time doing this trail. This mountain will mess with your emotions. Every time I thought I was close to the peak I would go around a turn and see that there was more trail. Great hike though. Very windy like everyone says. Dress in layers. I'm glad I brought a beanie cap and gloves for the constant temperature fluctuations. I also brought a jacket which you'll want if you want to hang out at the summit for any amount of time. My 3L platypus was the right amount of water for me.

I scouted out the camping area. There are some flat spots for tents and there are a few trees that would work if you prefer hammocks although you may have to clear some space.

Although it was May when I walked this trail, the day was not too hot, and the wind refreshed me a lot. At this time of the year the dessert plants begin to bloom, and this made my trip more interesting. It was not easy to walk on this steep and rocky trail, but once at the top, the trail in the forest and the beautiful views helped me to forget those obstacles. A herd of 6 deer in the forest along with the beautiful dessert flowers was also part of the fascinating landscape. This was a long and somewhat difficult trail but also was a very nice experience.

Definitely not for beginners(unless in shape), but other than that very nice hike. Around 3-4 hours to the top and 2 hours back down. Make sure to pack plenty of water, having too much isn't possible!!

Great little day hike up to a natural spring at the top. We did the loop counter clockwise which was a little steeper right before the springs but we'll worth it. Great picknic area to have lunch at the springs before you head back down

This should be a "bucket-list" trail for every Texan. The drive from east Texas was 11 hours, but the "other side" definitely didn't disappoint. The views are beyond amazing. We camped on the mountain and took our time going up and coming down. An early April hike was a good idea... a bit crowded, but perfect weather! From the top of Guadalupe Peak you can see mountain tops in Big Bend National Park and Mexico off in the distance. The climb with a 40lb. backpack was definitely a challenge, but the descent was a breeze!

Started at the bottom at 7am temp was 55. 1 mile it started sleeting.. 2.5 miles in moderate snow... 3 miles in BLIZZARD!!! 60-70mph winds and snowing like crazy!!!! Needless to say didnt quite make it to the top as we were not quite prepared for the weather. All in all though one hell of an experience.

Great, I'm a chub and I was able to complete it.

Hiking on this trail was a very pleasant experience!. First, because the Bear Canyon Trail, although is steep and some hard to walk, has beautiful views. Second, because of the nice forest at the top that I did not think I was going to to find there. I also climbed the Hunter Peak and walked on the rocks at the top, amazing vista!. I thought going down by the Bear Canyon Trail was going to be very hard, not at all!. Definitely this is a beautiful trek, I enjoyed a lot.

Great hike to the top of Texas! Views get better the whole way up. The hike is very strenuous for the first mile and a half or so and then gets more gradual. It's exposed for 90% of the hike so pack sunscreen.

Great little trail. We did this one in two days. There is a camp site area about 2/3 of the way up and off one flank of the mountain. A great place to hike.

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1 month ago

This is probably one of favorite hikes I've done. Short trail and very easy. I loved the rock scrambling through the wash. The views are amazing. I definitely recommend it for everyone.