Explore the most popular hiking trails near Carlsbad with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful trail we awesome views. Also hike the Tejas trail to look down on Devil's Hall for a truly great site.

This is my favorite place in Texas! Best hike with an actual oasis!

A great short-ish jaunt. You will see parts of the park not seen from peaks of El Capitan or Guadalupe. Worth it if you have a few hours to kill. Can be done much faster than avg hike time if needed

Most beautiful place yet. did this hike along with Smith Spring last year and cant wait to return.

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2 months ago

I really enjoyed this trail. It had a number of interesting views, before you get to the spectacular Devils Hall. Note: many of the rocks along the trail, particularly in the wash, are rather new rocks that afford you good traction. But be very careful getting overly confident with your foot placement, because a large number of the rocks have been there a long time and are as smooth as polished rock. This is especially true when you get to the ledge section of the river bed, before getting to the Devils Hall. There are lots of good hand holds and footholds at that section, but the rock surface has been worn smooth from all the times water has rushed down through it.

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2 months ago

Went up and back Tejas Trail. Not too hard I would say moderate on hiking level. Some some mule and a small lizard. Great hike. 4-14-18.

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2 months ago

Kristen and I were first on the trail after gates opened at 8 am. Lots of scat. When you get to canyon the trees are amazing. Some water although looks like this may have been more in the past. Loved the Pratt cabin and the hunter cabin. Magic place.

Loved this hike. Beautiful scenery and the Grotto is a nice rest area. Be aware, after the Grotto, the hike gets tougher-not hazardous, just tough. Most of the elevation gain starts then. If you're planning on camping at the site at the top, you'll need to take water, which makes the hike a bit tougher. We went in late October. After the Notch, only saw 2 people.

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3 months ago

The views along the way are good. I went around sunset and it was really nice to see the sun setting along the mountains. The last half of the trail is very Rocky and unfriendly though and easy to get lost so keep your hiking boots ready.

Great trail no services, restrooms at trailhead but very good moderate hiking trail

This trail is an amazing contrast to the trek up the mountain. I went in November and the colors were outstanding.

Great views with wild life deer and aoudad

View was breathtaking ❤️

Excellent hike. Outstanding scenery and would rate as moderate.

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4 months ago

Essentially flat walking along a river bed. Wind was howling through the canyon. scenery is spectacular.

on Devil's Hall Trail

4 months ago

It’s a pretty and pretty easy hike. The second half is follow the wash and make your own path. Just before the Hall there is a amphitheater like formation. Keep going just a bit longer.

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5 months ago

Great long hike. The Tejas Trail is gorgeous and the switchbacks are exposed on the mountainside. Got slightly lost: when you take the Bush Trail, you want to veer towards the Pine-something campground, if you don’t, then you’ll end up somewhere back on the Tejas Trail. You do hike four little peaks before Bush, but the incline is not intense. Great long hike.

Just beautiful and so well maintained

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6 months ago

Great hike!! Went up via Bear Canyon steep climb but well worth the effort!!! Saw a herd of Bighorns. The view at the peak is breathtaking. The views coming down were just as beautiful coming down via the Tejas trail. I have done Guadalupe Peak as well and I’d have to say that Hunter was just as challenging and the views were better!! We went in December and just be prepared for cold weather towards the top

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6 months ago

Very nice trail with many wildflowers in season and good views of the mountains.

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6 months ago

SO BEAUTIFUL, people said the trail was very over grown, they haven't been to slaughter canyon or the back end of guadalupe ridge trail, those are hard trails. This trail if you're in shape and hike an average of once every 4-6 weeks this trail is moderate and we managed to finish in 7 hours and that was with breaks and taking a lunch. So many great views and pics, if you're worried about safety we actually had some cell reception most of this hike which is unusual for this area. We saw lots of deer and we happened to have some really great over cast with slight breeze. We also saw a HUGE road runner, like probably successfully take out a jack russell if given the chance. You can't beat the views, when people were slightly unimpressed with this hike they clearly didn't spend anytime looking around or have no idea how to appreciate desert beauty.

Gorgeous red maples in the fall. First part of trail is really easy. Getting to the grotto a little more work but doable. Nice picnic spot.

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7 months ago

Hard for old fat people like me but I did it. Very pretty climax

Trail starts by Frijole Ranch buildings. Nice views of the surrounding flatter areas. Trail covered in loose rock. I met a couple of Javelina on the trail. I went mid November, but would not have enjoyed this in warm weather as the trail is mostly non shaded.

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7 months ago

Shorter hike with year round pond and stream another gem of the Guadalupes

good hike for senior citizens. seems to longer than 2.5 miles. enjoyable in cool weather.

Paired with Devils hall. Loved the spring.

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8 months ago

Awesome view, could stay all day.

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8 months ago

This hike is harder than Guadalupe Peak trail and Hunter Peak trail in my opinion. The first portion, on the Tejas trail is awesome. Once you get to the top, you take the left fork which is Bush Mountain trail. At this point, you are only half way to Bush Mountain peak. From this point on, the trail becomes very rocky with lots of loose rocks. At certain points, I got lost because the trail was overgrown with vegetation and it was hard to follow. The hardest part of this section of the trail was mental as you have to crest FOUR mountain tops before reaching Bush Mountain Peak. So four ups and downs and knowing that you have to do it again going back to base camp was a little tough . Still, well worth the effort. Starting out early is highly recommended. It took me 7 hours 15 minutes before I got back to Pine Springs base camp.

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9 months ago

Had a great time, planned a group hike, four adults, four kiddos they loved seeing the water definitely a great trip!

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