Hunter Peak is a 9.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Salt Flat, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking.

Length9.9 miElevation gain2,847 ftRoute typeLoop
BackpackingCampingHikingForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeSnowNo shadeFeeNo dogs
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There is an entrance fee of $10/person. There is also a park-specific annual pass available for $35

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Ricky Adrian Bonilla
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Such an amazing trail. If you go counter-clockwise you may just find it a bit more challenging than clockwise. But it is well worth the challenge. You feel like you’re maneuvering yourself inside the mountain range. Not a strenuous as Guadalupe Peak but certainly longer & more rocky. Once you get to the peak the sights are simply jaw-dropping, from the desert, to the mountains, to the wilderness, to the forest it’s all worth the hike. Please make sure you bring a lot of snacks & water, a knife & hiking sticks. That’s all you need.

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Zach Griffin
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David Johnson
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Hard hike up. Well maintained trail with beautiful and varied views the whole hike.

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Rene Cote
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Nick Murphy
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Frijole - Bear Canyon - Bowl - Hunter Peak - Bowl - Texas I enjoyed this hike very much. Doing it counter clockwise is definitely the route. Challenging up Bear Canyon, but much rewarded amble through the woods, Hunters Peak and down Tejas. The views are great and you can take tour time. Took 4.5hrs of hiking. Do not miss this route while in the area.

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Charlotte Lee
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This trail was absolutely magical. We completed the trail on 2/13/21. We had planned to take the counter-clockwise direction, since it seemed to be the wiser choice. But hubs and I were engrossed in conversation and a mile or two down the trail, we realized we had not paid attention and went clockwise. Turns out this wasn't a bad choice. I still recommend on a normal day going up counter-clockwise because it was a beast on the knees/ankles/toes coming down. The elevation is the same, but it happens in shorter, more intense spurts. Although, there were also benefits to going up clockwise. The day we hiked, the fog was thick at the parking lot but after only a few hundred feet on the trail, it disappeared to a glorious, warm day. We were shedding layers fast. The hike up was so stunning, so magical, so, well perfect, we didn't even notice the 2800 feet elevation gain. That was a HUGE bonus to going that direction. Literally, we reached the top and felt like we had done 700 ft not 2800. The sun was shining, the views were crazy, the whole time we could barely believe our eyes. The bowl was filled with clouds and fog, giving the illusion we were looking at Niagara Falls! I could go on for hours about the beauty! The trip down was harder, my shoes have a wide toe box so I fared better than hubs (he was still fine but his toes hurt a little). Going down this way was a completely different wonderful, it was more "woodsy" and at one point, it feels like you are walking through dinosaur remains. We never encountered a single other human, we wondered why, on such a beautiful day. When we reached mile 8 we think we realized why. The temps dropped 20 degrees, the fog was thick and visibility was limited. Since most people would have done the trail counter-clockwise they may have assumed the whole trip was going to be foggy! Thank heavens for our mistake! Shortly after hitting the fog, the trail became a beautiful winter wonderland. The trees and plants were all coated in a think layer of white frost and it was beyond gorgeous. We never encountered any ice or snow on the trail but we did see a mama deer and her three babies. All four stopped to have breakfast right in front of us! We took hundreds of photos, enjoyed all of the scenery, ate lunch looking over the bowl and our trip lasted 7.5 hours. You will need layers in the winter (including hat and gloves), since the top is colder and windier than the ascent. And you may encounter some weird weather like we did close to the base. I would also pack micro spikes, just in case, if doing in the winter. If you are in the area, do this trail. I would do this trail again tomorrow!

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Lisa Widmer
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Alltrails stopped when my battery died. We did about 10 plus miles

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Richard Willis
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Completed Jan 29, 2021. Bear Canyon is a Bear, but worth every step. Hunter Peak is beautiful. The Tejas Trail never ends. Overall, this is a great hike.

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Sean ONeill
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Letha Smith
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Tough kick butt

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Seth Croxton
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The trail for Hunter Peak (the bowl) was narrow and made me nervous at times. Take a walking stick. Or two. Worth it for the views!

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Katherine Roundy
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Jeffrey Benzick
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Really great trail, completed 12/29. We took the counterclockwise direction, so we got the much steeper ascent done early in the day while we were fresh. That permitted us to “sightsee” on the much gentler back half of the loop. Be sure to take a beanie cap, gloves and a jacket to eat lunch at the top—much cooler and very windy. Worth the hike for the views!

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Robert Romanishin
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Jami Haberl
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Happy Completed 11/28 Loved this hike! Went counter clockwise and the climb to the top is challenging yet rewarding! Recommend layers as the wind was howling and the temp dropped 20 degrees once we reached the top.

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Joshua Warren
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Jorge Mendoza
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A wonderful hike. Went counter-clockwise (Bear Canyon/Hunter Peak/Tejas Trail), as is the fashion for the AllTrails type. If I were training for Upper Yosemite Falls, I'd hike Bear Canyon regularly. It climbs in a similar way; namely, it's steep. If I wanted to enjoy myself, I'd just go out and back via Tejas, since it has the better views and a much more forgiving grade. The views at Hunter Peak are fantastic. I feel like I'll do this hike more often than Guadalupe Peak. Less people, more well-rounded, and more challenging (if ascending via Bear Canyon). GUMO at its best.

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