The Tejas Trail is a 11.2 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Carlsbad, Texas that offers scenic views. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking.

DISTANCE
11.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,854 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

camping

hiking

trail running

views

no dogs

backpacking
4 months ago

Started in the pretty Dog Canyon campground and went up to Mescalero campground for one night. Very challenging hike. But it’s easier than from pine springs as dog canyon base is 500 feet higher elevation than pine springs.

Make sure you go to the top of lost peak that you pass along the trail. Drop your pack and climb the last 100 feet for fantastic 360 views.

Mescalero campground had a beautiful site facing east that overlooked the canyon and could see Carlsbad city lights in the distance.

We went Labor Day weekend and were the only people at dog canyon campground on Friday night and the only people at the 8 site Mescalero backcountry campground on Saturday night. It was like we reserved the entire park for Labor Day weekend. We finally saw another pair of backpackers on our way down.

It rained both nights on us but after midnight on night one and 10pm on night 2. The lighting display of the storms near the park were spectacular. Clouds Covered the stars for all but about an hour. That hour we spent staring at the Milky Way.

This hike is hard, but doable if you take your time and stop and enjoy the views along the way. About 1/3 of the hike was in the trees/ shade. Temps were comfortable. Chilly at night up top. Tons of wildflowers. Part of the hike is through the remnants of forest fire from 2 years ago. Sad and beautiful at the same time. As for wildlife, we saw a jackrabbit, 3 horny toads, about 5 mule deer and a couple white tail deer.

backpacking
6 months ago

It’s necessary to pack all of your water, which makes the initial ascent quite challenging. Nice trail once you’re on top of the mountain. In spring or fall, I’d recommend planning for a variety of temperatures due to the elevation differences. Climbing the mountain was boiling hot, however when camping at Tejas that night, our gallon water bottles froze solid.

backpacking
7 months ago

Backpacking this trail is made much more difficult by the water requirements. This is a fairly steep trail, whichever side you start it from and there's also very little shade, regardless of which side you start from.

The best way to do this trail is to start early in the morning (during the warm season at least), so as to avoid the sun when doing your ascent up the mountains into the forest. If you start early enough, you can be through the incline before the sun comes up over the mountains.

I'd also recommend staying at Tejas. The sites there are not exposed to the strong winds that regularly hit GMNP.

My wife and I did the trail in three days, starting from Pine Springs. We went to Tejas the first day, then walked to Dog Canyon and back on the second day to get more water, finally we descended back to Pine Springs on the third day. This was a fairly difficult itinerary and I wouldn't recommend it to others, unless one really wanted a challenge.

Monday, August 14, 2017

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!!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Very very challenging but rewarding hike. Be sure to take plenty of water and proper gear to stay over night. Check weather before, periodically if you have range and after you set up camp so you don't get caught in a snow/sleet/rain storm coming back down the mountain like I did. Lesson learned!

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
Sunday, November 05, 2017