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fun somewhat challenging trail. plenty od rock scampering which is my jam. definitely recommend.

on Devil's Hall Trail

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

Jut finished this yester. Very high wind and u got a mix of cold and heat when sun was out. So bring layers in feb!! Started out with easy incline so u may catch yourself out of breath but not so bad but ur view of the mtn on left and right are awesome... finally gets rocky and once u get to wash expect rocky terrain and bigger rocks or boulders to climb over. It is fun. Loved it.I think this trail was easy.. of course it's colder and High wind so no traffic at all.

B E A U T I F U L
Challenging
Majestic Views
...the SWITCHBACKS!
THE RIDGELINES!
THE WINDOW!!!!!!
Can be done in one night. Recommend taking two nights and really taking it all in! Will definitely be back!

Beautiful & Fun! Screw the trail and follow the creekbed... you'll end up climbing your way over boulders the whole way and have a blast! Breathtaking geology! The walls look like they're begging to be free climbed... DON'T! The rocks flake off if you blow on them too hard. Preserve the features here and save the climbing for Hueco Tanks.

1) ICE: Don't be deterred by it... yes, it gets worse/more slippery the higher you go... just step on the rocks or wear traction gear. Trekking poles are a godsend here. Steady goes it!

2) SWITCHBACKS: Be careful cheating them... the terrain is looser/thornier than it appears. Also, they can change direction without warning.

3) SUNRISE: Plan to camp on the mountain and wake up before dawn to complete your hike and reach the summit just in time to watch the sunrise from the highest point in Texas... Enjoy breakfast and coffee at the peak.

Summitted 12/22/18

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rocky
7 days ago

Such an amazing view all throughout the hike. We did this a couple of hours before sunset and it was the perfect weather. Really rocky, some incline, and would recommend wearing boots.

Absolutely beautiful trail, and awesome facilities at the base. The trail is well maintained, and the scenery is stellar every step of the way. Definitely strenuous, but well worth the effort. Ice spikes were unneeded for our hike (2-9-19), but the wind chill dipped to -6F for camping the night before. Seems like it was a fluke, but definitely prep to stay warm! The visitors center near the campground sells hot hands for cheap- definitely recommended for those cold nights.

backpacking
rocky
15 days ago

2/2/19 amazing views past the notch. worth the trip. bring plenty of water. mule deers and javelinas present on trail.

Got to do the Guadeloupe peak again today weather was almost perfect for shorts and a tshirt, it got pretty windy close to the peak and I had to throw on my long sleeve. this is definitely in my top 5 trails, I do wish this trail was a little less rocky for running and ankle friendliness but I was still able to get the round trip done in 3hr 18min

Nice easy hike with great views.

hiking
19 days ago

2/2/19 great 2 hour hike.

2/1/19 Excellent trail. No ice present. Very windy.

hiking
rocky
scramble
19 days ago

Was such a great trail! We wanted to do the main one, Guadalupe Peak, however we still wanted to make Carlsbad Caverns and we only had a day so we decided to do this trail. Was very rocky but hardly any elevation gain so it genuinely was not that challenging. Great views the entire way, took around 2/2.5 hours up and back.

hiking
22 days ago

Loved this hike! It starts out up and down on a regular trail. Then it descends into the wash which means scrambling over some rocks. Loved the variety of flora! When you get to “the stairs”, the character of the trail changes completely and when you finally get to Devil’s Hall, it is well worth the trek!

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closed
rocky
25 days ago

With govt shutdown, we parked in a gravel parking lot off the highway. Added about 1.5-2mi. All was well though - waved at a park ranger who drove by in patrol car once entering the park.

Very rocky! Recommend high quality footwear. Extremely windy/gusty in some places! (50+mph at top easily) Sun setting shadows 85% of the trail because it’s on the east side of mountains. Ice on trail in some of the higher wooded areas. Easy 25 degrees difference (or more) with wind chill and shade.

Come prepared and you’ll have a fantastic experience!!!

Walking this trail and reach the summit is something very exciting, the views in all directions are incredible! This time some parts of the trail with snow and ice, but a pair of good hiking boots and a stick made our trip less difficult in this section.

Even with govt shutdown, all was well! Just had to park a little further away, and add around one mile round trip to hike via a path, and closed road to trail head.

Trail was beautiful most of the way up with incredible views all around. First 1.5 miles were the toughest, but were not horrible. They were calling for 85mph wind gusts, but I never felt unsafe! Almost reconsidered this hike based on other reviews, but it’s very fair, and moderately challenging. I never ever felt unsafe, or like my life was in danger in any way. I would take much less experienced hikers on this trail and not be concerned at all. I could see where one small part had remnants of snow/ice but was easily passable. Top was freezing and windy, wish I had gloves, exposed skin got super cold. Still stayed to have a bite and take in the breath taking views. Be smart, know your limits, and go enjoy the beauty out there!

Parts of the trail had some loose rock, and had some rocky technical sections, but overall, a great trail. The wind gusts on the way down were worse than at the top, a few were kind of scary, but mostly just cold! Only saying that so you may know what to expect, and not go based on other reviews!

This trail is exactly as described. The first 1.5-2 miles captures 2/3 of the elevation change. The most challenging part was actually at the top though. The last climb to the summit was daunting after the rest of the hike, but the views were totally worth it.

An incredible hike! Hiked to the top on 1/15 and it was perfect visibility (we got lucky). All ice and snow had melted and it was even comfortable at the summit. With the government shut down, we parked right outside of the gate, and easily hiked the extra .9 miles in. Round trip it was 6 hours, even with a solid 30 minutes at the top. Definitely worth whatever drive you need to make to get here!

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was very enjoyable. There was a lot of varied foliage, which I found very interesting. We did the hike in late fall, which was perfect with the color changes to some of the trees. We saw a tarantula (almost stepped on it), so be careful. We also saw one of those fire moths? Can’t remember the name, but also supposedly very painful to get stung by. We saw deer all over. The trail was fairly easy to follow, be sure not to walk over the stone barriers that people have made. Devils hall was worth going all the way to the end of the canyon. I also found the wind interesting in this area. The ranger said that the winds and weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared for wind.

Amazing views, the juice is definitely worth the squeeze! This was a game changer for me, my brothers and I completed it in 7 hours

Such an exhilarating hike. Although government shut down is still in place we were able to access the park. We parked at the parking lot up the road from the national park HQ pinnery parking lot I believe. Its only an extra .9 miles to the trail head. Totally breath taking. Like others have said the first 1.5 miles are really tough and steep, but after that the inclines of the switch backs are quite moderate nothing too bad at all. A lot of false peaks. Winds were not too bad but there is still a bit of snow at the top. Nothing serious just take your time, and watch your feet. Completed 1/10/19 5hrs 15mins from the parking lot.

hiking
1 month ago

I did this hike counter clockwise making the assent up Bear Canyon. It was very difficult, mostly due to exposure for 90% of the assent as well as super steep grade for about a mile. Be sure to pack extra water if you’re going this route. Once you hit the bowl trail, I encountered a bit of snow, but not hard packed so it was easy to walk through. Be sure to hike up Hunter Peak. The descent via the Tejas Trail was easily my favorite part of any hike I’ve done in Guadalupe Mountains. Beautiful view. I probably wouldn’t hike up the canyon again, but the view on the way down made it worth it.

Great, tough hike! I would also recommend microspikes as the snow/ice is now hard packed in areas. Probably for about a mile. I did it in trailrunners and managed, but luckily I had trekking poles. Take it slow, and you’ll be fine. Cheers.

hiking
1 month ago

Very pretty hike with great photo ops. We did this on 12/27 during the government shutdown; we had to park in a lot outside the visitor's center and walk up the easy (paved) .3 mile trail to the visitor's center, then to the campground to the trail head. It was VERY cold in the canyon--according to my phone, it was 10 degrees colder than by the visitor's center. I definitely could have used some extra layers.

Woke up at 4 and hiked to see the sunrise. Stunning photos. Lovely experience.

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