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 think the expected time frame to finish is for people who don't hike much, so if you're a hiker that's used to climbs, expect it to be a much shorter trip. It took me 2 hours to summit, and that was with 50 mph wind gusts. There were very few sections that were steep aside from the switchbacks at the very base, and the ones near the top. The hike takes you across both sides of a couple of ridges, so you get to see great views in all directions not only at the top, but along the way. Start early to avoid the crowds.
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.