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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 an awesome hike! The weather can change quickly so be prepared. Although bit steep the trail is very well marked and you can do it in 5 hours without rush.

Very rugged trail and sometimes covered with vegetation to where it's hard to find the trail. But, in the end it's all so very worth it!!

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Also known as the prettiest place in Texas always a rewarding hike we make it a loop up the arroyo and back on the trail

Definitely bring a gallon of water, make sure you have your hiking legs on because this is not for the faint of heart. It is hard to get to the top but once there the view is AMAZING! Don't bring the kids or anyone with leg problems or a bad heart.

Devils Hall is totally unique and I highly recommend getting there if you have the time, but I don't feel this hike would capture the essence of Guadalupe Mountains National Park if you only have one day. The trail through the wash is fun and requires a little more than just a stroll through the desert. Did this after Guadalupe Peak and enjoyed it

The first 1.5 miles are the toughest and after it's a steady incline to the peak. Miles 2-3 there is more shade so take advantage of stopping there! Reached the top in 1:45 minutes but didn't take much time to stop and look at the beautiful scenery. Definitely recommend this hike

Starts at Frijole Ranch, follows a canyon for a good while through desert terrain and just when you think you've had enough, you walk into the Spring area. It's a beautiful oasis in the middle of a harsh desert-mountain climate.

Beautiful and amazing in every way! Had the whole trail to myself and just myself and a deer at the Spring for probably over an hour! A must do for Guadalupe Mountains, in my opinion.

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.