Permian Reef Trail and Camp Wilderness Ridge Trail

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Guadalupe Mountains Wilderness

Permian Reef Trail and Camp Wilderness Ridge Trail is a 14.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Flat, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length14.5 miElevation gain3,248 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeOver grownRockyNo dogs
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David Wimsatt
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Toller Pfad mit atemberaubenden Aussichten von McKittrick Canyon und der chihuahuan Wüste! Grob geschätzt erreicht man das Ende des Steigens nach drei Meilen, aber Vorsicht daran, es gibt gar kein Schatten dabei dem Wanderer von der Sonne zu schützen. Geologisch ist die Route einzigartig, also nimm dir gern einen Reiseführer vom Büro, um etwas über die Geschichte der Guadalupian Ära zu lernen. Es würde sich lohnen, denn grundsätzlich liegt der Wert des gesamten Parks an der Geologie von den Bergen - die ganze Strecke war einmal ein Riff, weißt du? Auch zu erwähnen ist, dass man den Lincoln National Wald durchquert, wenn man den ganzen Weg geht. Da kann man überall Camping machen, nicht nur an den offiziellen Plätzen wie beim Nationalpark. Daher stellt dieser Pfad dar, einen sehr passenden Anfangspunkt für eher abenteuerlustige Rucksacktouren. Viel Spaß dabei, und bring mal eine Jacke mit, da es mag sein, dass starken Gewitter im Sommer vorbeikommen:)

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Forrest Jorgensen
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This trail gains elevation very quickly, but you reach the top relatively quickly. Very rocky the whole way, so bring sturdy shoes/boots, but still very easy to follow. There’s almost no shade, and the winds can be insanely strong at certain points along the ascent. Once you reach the top though, you’re walking through and alpine forest far above the arid desert below. The campground looked suitable, though I didn’t camp. I spent time on the edge of the massive cliff taking photos in all directions, and the views from there are unparalleled in that park. You get a fantastic perspective on all of McKittrick Canyon, as well as a vast swath on the Guadalupe Mountain range. Huge deposits of selenite crystals on the way up as well. I made it up to the campground from the McKittrick Canyon visitor center in 2 hours, and then 1.5 hours on the way down. I didn’t go the entire way, as once you reach the cliff the views are pretty much as good as they’re going to get. If you’re short on time I’d recommend doing the same. Overall, comparable in difficulty to Guadalupe Peak Trail, with views that are arguably just as good, though of a different sort.

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Darren Barker
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The AllTrails app says dogs are allowed on this trail but the Guadeloupe Mountains national Park does not allow. Not sure how to suggest an edit on this trail information. The name of this trail is also deceiving as you have to take the Permian Reef trail signs from the trail head to get to it. Because we had our dogs we didn’t get to go in much of this trail so I cannot review the trail other than these comments. Looks like it would have been a good hike though

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Todd Shelley
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Daniel Garcia
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