Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Guadalupe Mountains National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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rocky
scramble
7 days ago

Very strenuous hike with amazing views. Cried when I reached the top. The temps were only in the 60s, but drank an entire gallon of water. Going down was pretty rough, glad I had trekking poles. I would do again, but not any time soon!

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful fall colors, red, orange and yellow maples. It could not have been more enjoyable!!!

hiking
14 days ago

I'd rate this as easy-moderate, due to the irregular footing and stepping over and around pretty big rocks in the trail. We followed the trail guide, giving descriptions of sites going counter clockwise, so that's the direction we followed. Once you reach the "oasis", it's magical! Cool, with refreshing air, and still gorgeous red and yellow maple leaves on Nov. 3.

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rocky
scramble
washed out
14 days ago

great hike but extremely difficult,! only attempt if you are in great ahape

hiking
rocky
scramble
14 days ago

pretty easy hike for an avid hiker. excellent views.

Fun hike to the "top of Texas." I thought the time flew by on this hike, though the view at the top wasn't my favorite. Great weather.

What a hike! It took us 3:16 to summit. Weather was perfect-upper 40s-lower 50s-causing us to shed layers on the way up and layer back on the way down once we were out of the sun. Trail is in great condition. Packed about 3.5L of water but only drank about 2.5.

About 4.5 hours up and 2 hours down. The peak and a few faces are windy so wind-breakers are helpful, and it is nice to have a sweater just in case. Trekking poles would be useful for the descent if you have bad knees. Despite being in Texas, it was good hiking weather, though sunny and mostly exposed. We also ran into a number of people that had backpacked and camped the previous night, and seemed to have had a good time 2 L water was sufficient. The visitor center is open 8 - 4:30. The trail is not packed, but you will definitely run into other hikers if you are going solo. Great to rest at the top! Beautiful hike! There are a few other trails around that could be fun to explore as well!

A lot of beautiful scenery on this easy to follow trail. Pratt Lodge has a couple of rocking chairs to admire the surrounding nature before your trek back. Beginning and end of trail (in & out) will be in the sun, but most of it has shaded areas to hide from the sun.

Great trail, beautiful views and great temperatures in October to hike this.

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blowdown
rocky
scramble
29 days ago

Great challenging trail, took our time and covered this in 2.5 days/2 nights. Saw a black bear and cub on the Blue Ridge portion of the trail, just past Bush Mountain. Lots of bear scat and tracks along the trail in that area, along with mountain lion tracks. There a a lot of downed trees along the Blue Ridge portion of the trail that have to be circumnavigated. There’s one point prior to Bush Mountain where the trail starts downhill through a section of trees hit by a wildfire that the trail completely disappears. It picks up again but you have to hunt for a single rock cairn and a yellow piece of caution tape tied around a tree. When you come to any rock field, look for rock cairns, they’re the only trail marker out there. Make sure to heed the NPS requirements for amount of water to carry as there are no water sources on this loop.

Cool October mid day hike (2019) from trail head to Pine Top camp site. Trail in good shape. This was a tough hike - due in part to having to carry so much water (10L) and part due to relative steepness of trail. Pack probably weighs 45 lbs (ish) and it was a slug fest (I think I lost). Trail gods showed some pity on me and gave me an overcast day with an intermittent cool breeze. Would not want to do this hike in the heat. Wish I would have done this hike 30 yrs ago when I had the muscle mass to do it more comfortably (I am 60 (ish)). Some beauty views looking east towards the trailhead as you climb. Time for a nap

great trail! took about 5 1/2 hours

we could not have asked for better hiking weather. the hike up we were surrounded but clouds but not where we were hiking. When we hit the peak the clouds cleared and we had a beautiful view. the first 1/2 mile and about the last 1/4 are the toughest. The first because there are a lot of steep stairs. The last because you are mostly on all big rocks. It is a very strenuous hike up. Going down is just as strenuous for different reasons. Very hard on knees. Very rewarding to do but dont think I will do again

It took me 9.8 miles without getting off the trail but it was well worth it. Bear canyon can be pretty tough though and the bowl was very pretty.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

My wife and I completed the trail in 8 hours and 45 min. 6 hours up, 2hrs and 45 min down. We are semi-active and this trail was extremely taxing. The first mile and the last 1/2 mile are the hardest. However you are constantly gaining elevation. Near the top, the trail becomes pretty narrow and sketchy. Going down was ok for about 1 1/2 miles. After that, every part of our bodies were in pain. Make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks. I would recommend the use of trekking poles. The views and sense of accomplishment were well worth the struggle.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy loop trail that has a beautiful shaded grotto with a spring and a flagstone bench about midway through. Saw three deer and a a bunch if javelinas. Peaceful hike, we’ll definitely do this trail again.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Hiked on a Saturday, was very busy for mid September. Get an early start to beat the crowds, met about 40 people on the way down and about 15 on the way up. The views are worth the climb, wear good shoes or boots and bring lots of water, the first mile up and the scramble to the summit are the hardest. One gripe, to those that think it's okay to blast music while hiking, lay off, it's nature not a night club and nobody wants to hear your music, put your earphones in and go about your way. There were some rather inconsiderate people on the trail this weekend.

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