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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.

Lots of fun to follow the wash up, and the Hiker's Staircase and Devil's Hall were amazing sights. Spotted a tarantula and a few deer.

Well-maintained and not very steep. Spectacular views the entire way up. Super windy around a few corners when I hiked it last week - definitely bring a jacket.

I am an unfit 26 year old who likes to hike occasionally, but otherwise I am inactive. These reviews definitely made me feel ill prepared for this hike, along with the park ranger who advised we not start the hike as late in the afternoon as we did, but we chose not to listen. I’m glad we went ahead!

We started our hike on 10/14 at 2:20pm, reached the summit at 5:07pm, started our trek back down at 5:35pm, and were back at 7:15pm. Lots of stops on the way up, just a couple on the way down. We each took two liters of water. A third probably would have been good to have.

The weather was PERFECT. The wind kept us cool most of the hike. We started in shorts and tank tops. Brought pants and pullovers that we changed into at the summit, but we didn’t need to because it didn’t cool off until after we left the park. It got chilly at times, but the weather was consistent for our hike up and down. The wind wasn’t 50 miles per hour at the summit for us, but barely blowing while we were there. The views were clear, and we could see everything! So amazing!

Passed maybe 25 people who were coming down the mountain on our way up. Passed two people who were going up on our way day. Very peaceful and quiet trail that we had to ourselves most of the hike, so I’m glad we chose that time to go!

It wasn’t as hard as a lot of these reviews make
It seem, but it was hard. Also, our apple devices said we hiked 10 miles total. We did the hikers only trail, not the horse/hiker trail. Something to keep in mind as well. The trail is well marked, so staying on it is easy. There is a lot of loose gravel/rocks, but it didn’t really seem to be an issue. Just wear hiking shoes.

If you’re planning on doing Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains in the same day, like we did, there’s a time change. Guadalupe is an hour behind Carlsbad.

6 days ago

Favorite hike in GMNP. Far less busy than Guadalupe Mountain and pretty good views. The forest near the peak is beautiful. Saw many golden eagles on a late afternoon hike. Hot in summer.

Challenging trail with solitude. Views pretty good. I prefer Hunter Peak and Guadalupe Mountain for a hike and views. Very hot in summer with little shade.

*This rating is the trail up to and back from the Notch.*

I originally planned only to go to the Grotto (which is pretty damn cool, btw), which is a pretty easy hike), and then figured I'd go on up to the Notch since I had a couple extra hours. That part of the hike (above the Grotto) is much more difficult, lots of elevation gain in a short distance, but SO worth it for the view of the south canyon, which is much more breathtaking than that of the north canyon.

My group loved this trail! Be prepared for crazy weather changes! we started off hiking in minimal clothing to bundled up on top and wet! Such an adventure and so much fun!

Not my normal type hiking trail, but after yesterday, I needed something easy. Lots of desert plants, well marked.

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7 days ago

Great little hike with my younger son. Labor Day weekend 2018

Hard to rate it well b/c the top part of the mountain was covered in clouds (and cold wind!) all day when I hiked it. So I got no view AND the hike up was pretty miserable b/c of the weather. I can imagine w/o that issue, it would have been a spectacular, five-star hike. The trail is hard b/c of the elevation gain, but the trail is really well-maintained with plenty of switchbacks, so no scrambling necessary! I would love to do the hike again if I could be sure it was going to be a clear day at elevation. (The weather forecast for today was all sunny. NOT.)

Climbed it on September 15. Weather was fantastic. It was more difficult than I anticipated, but definitely worth it.

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12 days ago

Very interesting hike along the base of the mountain along a washed out river bed. The Devil's hall and the stairs leading to it are quite a sight. Great for those who want a hike without much elevation gain.

You work hard for the summit but it's so worth it. The views from the top are breathtaking. The walk down is a lot easier. Take water.

Outstanding hike, the pictures do not do justice. Myself 22M and my father 54M made this hike Friday night and Saturday morning. The hike up is quite challenging unless you are frequently doing this level of hike. Camping on the mountain is very worth it as it gives you a break between hiking up and down, and starting at 10AM the trail gets heavily trafficked which can be annoying. We summoned at 9am and there was no one else around, it was amazing. Only complaint is that the amount of loose rock on this trail makes for very easy trips and rolled ankles. Happy hiking!

We hiked up the the peak campground on Friday and set up camp and then continued on to the peak. It was an amazing and strenuous hike. It was hard on my knees. The views were amazing. Saturday morning we took one more trip to the peak and broke camp. The hike down may be harder in a way then going up. Sadly it was a highly trafficked trail on the way down. We must have passed at least 50-60 people going up. It was very annoying. It seemed that we couldn’t walk 5 minutes without having to move aside. Overall it was worth it.

Great trail with awesome views along the path!

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18 days ago

Hiked this trail at the end of September. Beautiful views, deer, and interesting plants. Most importantly, a walk through a paleobathymetry which was incredible! Great place for geologists to visit. Was a fairly strenuous hike up and careful coming down with lots of loose rocks. Need lots of water! It was very warm coming down with little breeze.

This trail is pretty hard for me in a sense that its longer than I anticipated, it took us 4 1/2 hours to reach the peak due to high elevation, lots of switchbacks, steep rough terrains. Took us 3 hours to descent due to loose rocks! But I can say it’s so worth it , no pain no gain I guess and I will do it again till the aches and pain resolved lol..the view all the way was awesome and the top view was pretty impressive!.. I highly recommend this hike but suggest to do this early morning , cool weather , bring snacks , maybe some Tylenol lol and lots lots of water !

Awesome hike my daughter n I loved it will be camping out on our next visit

Hardly anyone on the trail on a weekday in early September. Summited early and it was all clouds, but they cleared while hiking down for those views!

on The Pinery

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25 days ago

Nice short after dinner hike, we saw a couple of deer at the stage coach area

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25 days ago

Nice easy trail with some cool sights

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25 days ago

Cool hike with couple of false peaks with a neat monument on top.

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25 days ago

Nice hike on a warm day, interesting rock formations that look stairs.

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27 days ago

This trail isn’t difficult just long so you definitely want to pack a lunch and lots of water. But if you go during spring or fall(my personal favorite) you will fall in love with the view of the changes in color! Very beautiful and so relaxing! I’ve done this trail at least 4 times!

Lovely hike, took my 9 year old nephew and he loves it! Very scenic! We went in fall and the colors along with the nature and wildlife was totally amazing!

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.

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.

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.

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