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Guadalupe Peak Trail

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4.2 Miles 6.7 Kilometers

2,923' 891 m


-33' -10 m



Avg Grade (8°)


Max Grade (24°)

8,744' 2,665 m


5,853' 1,784 m


Shared By Robert McDonald


Minor Issues 54 days ago
Some Mud, Icy - icy on the north face before the summit. careful on the way down History

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Difficult but well-worth it!

Robert McDonald

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Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife

Visitors must obtain a hiking permit at the visitor center or self registration satiation. The cost is $5 USD per permit and is good for one week. Annual permits are a available at visitor center for $20 USD.


The Guadalupe Peak Trail is 4.2 linear miles each way. Actual trail mileage is approximately 15 miles round trip. 3 - 5 liters of water are recommended for the trail. Be sure to bring a snack and flashlight/headlamp as it is easy to be caught on the trail after dark. Shoes with good ankle support and a sturdy hiking stick are highly recommended. Loose and slick rocks as well as large steps up & down are along the trail. There is no cell phone service except at the peak itself. Be aware that this trail/park is extremely busy during peak times such as spring break.

A backcountry campsite is available on the trail approximately 1 mile from the peak. No water is available on the trail.

High winds are common and can be dangerous!

Flora & Fauna

Mountaintop forests are home to animals such as elk, black bear, gray foxes, striped and hog-nosed skunks, porcupine, mule deer, mountain lions, and mountain short-horned lizards.

Nocturnal desert animals include the kit fox, coyote, mountain lion, bobcat, badger, Texas banded gecko, and about 16 species of bats. Mule deer, javelinas, and black-tailed jackrabbits are seen early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler.

Beware of poisonous snakes.


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Feb 14, 2019
Federica Budoni
Jan 25, 2019
Guy Buffalo
Jan 20, 2019
Jasmine Henderson
Jan 19, 2019
Dheepak AR
It was beautiful trail! The views were good thought out. There were different types of vegetation on the top and high winds! 4.2mi
Jan 5, 2019
Peter Reddoch
Jan 1, 2019
Carina Hinojosa
Dec 26, 2018
Nick Vallatini
Hiked out and back through windy and snowy conditions. 8.4mi
Dec 23, 2018
Jansen Ivie

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How are the actual trail miles ~twice the linear distance? That doesn't make any sense unless I'm misunderstanding those terms. Feb 28, 2018
The liner is measured from gps point of trailhead straight line to gps point of peak....actual distance was measured by gps tracker... due roaming and looking around exact mileage unknown estimate of 14-15 miles.... gps tracker measured 16.44 from tent camp grounds to peak and back Feb 28, 2018
Everywhere else I've looked shows the distance as 4.2 each way, including from the NPS. This also matches with mapping sites like Strava. Linear distance generally isn't used to report trail distances. The 15 miles shown by your gps could be an issue with the tracker itself. These are not always accurate, especially if reporting distances isn't the main purpose. Just my thoughts, as that's a pretty huge discrepancy Sep 9, 2018

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