The Tejas Trail

HARD 6 reviews

The Tejas Trail is a 11.2 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Cloudcroft, New Mexico that offers scenic views. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2854 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

trail running

views

backpacking
21 days 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.

10 months ago

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
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
7 months ago