It is closed due to the covid-19 over reaction I did it anyway by adding several miles to the hike. Due to the altitude and not bringing enough water i was stopping quite frequently near the top to catch my breath. I am in pretty good condition and I don't know how a person without any conditioning could make this climb. I ended up going over 14 miles total so maybe that hurt more than I thought. Also saw 2 pairs of goats 1 set crashing down near the bridge and the other set running up after I got on the final side for the decent.

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rocky
28 days ago

Hiked with my dad on his 60th birthday. Not a technically difficult hike, but strenuous at times; as others have commented, you gain quite a lot of altitude quickly in the first quarter or so of this trail. I strongly recommend planning your trip with an extra day or two available so that your hiking day can be flexible due to weather. Our intended hiking day got cancelled due to high wind warnings on the mountain, so we happily substituted Carlsbad cavern (a short drive!) the first day and hiked the next. What a gorgeous trail!! Being in the southern edge of the range, you're rewarded with great views for during most of the hike, getting to see yourself climb higher and higher off the desert floor. Pack for versatility. It was cold in the shade (in November), but plenty warm in the sun. The views were wonderful due to low tree density, but at times shade was scarce, so be prepared for lots of sun. The wind was fierce at times even on our day with great weather; do NOT challenge this mountain during a high wind advisory, you will be miserable. The hike was incredibly enjoyable all the way up and down, and the views from the top highly rewarding. Pay respect to the weather and you'll have a great time!

This trail was so rewarding! Definitely not for the faint of heart, but the views all the way up and the reward of the trip are second to none. According to my Watch workout, we climbed 3000 ft elevation from the campground to the peak and went a total distance of 9.3 miles. The weather turned on us at the peak, so I didn’t get the high point views; I guess I’ll have to go again! But don’t miss this trail!!

First part is pretty steep lost a few toenails. Great hike over all loved the bridge!

I like how they incorporated the wash out as part of the trail.

Loved this hike. Every challenging for me (51). But did it in 7 hours. Trails well marked and I did not see one piece of trash. I would do it again.

It was awesome! definitely bring a windbreaker with a cinch-able hood because the wind was strong. Bring hiking boots with good socks too. I am out of shape so the ascent was difficult. The descent was hard on my knees but much easier than the ascent. Beautiful views throughout the trail. I loved it!

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1 month ago

Extremely difficult. No dogs allowed.

awesome trail, our first was a good challenge for a first trail !

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Easy to follow, few hikers. Winds gusts weren't bad, occasional. Great time to do it. I had to start from the visitor center adding about 0.66mi (on paved flat road)ea way due to campground closed. Switchbacks were not bad at all, definitely not tight and steep as somewhere like Lassen Peak, just gentle, gradual, and decent distance between. looks worse from the view going down but did not feel it on the way up. Saw a wild hog in the campground parking lot on the way back. Took my time (2.5 excluding extra walk)and spent quite a bit of time at the top.

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1 month ago

This trail was nice! Nice little day trip. Lots of area to roam off the trail. Great family hike with our kids, you do climb over boulders but we did it without a problem. We felt it was Much easier on the way back then it was getting to Devils hall.

Great hike, take breaks as needed but very rewarding once you’re on top of Texas!

Epic hike! This one has been on my list for a while and was so happy I finally get to check it off. Lots of uphill switchbacks for the first mile or so, but after that it’s a fairly easy incline until the top.

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2 months ago

Did this one 3/20/20 One of my favorite hikes I have done to date. You go through a couple micro climates which makes the hike super fun and very intersting.

The whole trail is pure switchbacks, but the views are incredible and for warm blooded northerners like myself the cool wind is a blessing. Had to stop around every 15 minutes for a breather cause the elevation is steep, but touching the top is so rewarding. Bring extra socks, band aids for blisters, an extra layer for the wind at the top, lots of water and sunscreen.

Wow! Breathtaking views from the highest natural point in Texas. Well worth the hike and intense incline in the first 3 miles.

The parking lot by the trailhead was full so we had to park down by the visitor center which added .8 miles to the hike. We reached the top in about 2 hours and 45 minutes only taking a few quick 5 minutes breaks and hardly spending any time at the summit because it was raining. Then it took us about 2 hours to get down not stopping at all.

Definitely recommend doing this! Strenuous but worth it. The first 1.5 miles are the steepest but it doesn’t get too much easier. Took us 3 hours at a moderate pace to summit and another 2 to hike down. I suggest enjoying the summit and having lunch up there. Be prepared for wind! Gloves came in very handy. Trekking poles were very helpful on the way up and down.

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Great trail! Lots of switchbacks, beginning is hard but it levels out. Beautiful views every second of the hike. Took us about 4 hours total, not including a stop at the peak for lunch.

Loved this hike! This is a fantastic hike for the whole family. A great "go half as far as you want and turn around" kind of trail. The first 3.5 miles are basically flat with just a few gradual slopes, gravely, very well maintained trail, winding along the canyon and crossing a small stream here and there. Eventually you get to the pines and after the grotto, the trail will go up the ridge. Having hiked Guadalupe Peak the day before I didn't think my knees would handle another climb so I turned around at the grotto. Would love to go back home more. Saw lots of wildlife, including a fox! Highly recommend this trail! Note: they do lock the gate at 6pm so be sure you know what time zone you are in and get back to your car on time!

Heavily trafficked, well maintained trail. The first mile and a half is tough! Steadily steep switchbacks had me quickly out of breath and wondering what I gotten myself into. After that it levels out and is just a fantastic hike. Beautiful views as you climb. Bring a windbreaker and/or a warm hat as it gets chilly and very windy as you near the top. There is no water along the trail and the Texas sun gets hot, so bring plenty of water. Took me 4:45 including a long lunch break on the way down. Hiked on 3/10/20. I will add that if you have bad knees or plan to do another strenuous hike and need to save your knees, take the stock trail on the way back down. It adds about a mile to the hike but will save your knees!

Awesome trail. It’s challenging going up at first, but levels out here and there as you near the peak. Take layers for later on near the peak, you’ll need them if you plan to stay up there for a bit. Overall this trail is extremely rewarding and a great experience.

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Great trail, very rocky with many boulders. I wouldn’t recommend this trail for those who aren’t somewhat agile. The trail is more difficult on the way to Devil’s Hall than it is coming back.

My wife and I did this hike with our eight month old (strapped to my wife) and our 2 1/2-year-old (in a carrier on my back). It was tough, but we enjoyed it very much. The first 1.5mi was the most brutal, followed by the last 1.5mi. Sharp elevation with big, rugged “stairs.”

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