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Guadalupe Peak Trail

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4.2

Miles

6.7

KM

Point to Point

8,744' 2,665 m

High

5,853' 1,784 m

Low

2,923' 891 m

Up

33' 10 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (8°)

44%

Max Grade (24°)

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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.

Description

The Guadalupe Peak Trail is approximately 8 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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Shared By:

Robert McDonald with improvements by wankel7

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Elevation: 6981 feet!
Sep 30, 2015 near Pine Sp…, TX
The views from the trail are unbelievable.
Apr 7, 2016 near Pine Sp…, TX
Guadalupe National Park
Sep 30, 2015 near Pine Sp…, TX
Guadalupe Peak
Nov 9, 2015 near Pine Sp…, TX
At the summit of Guadalupe Peak with my brother after ascending the trail of the same name.
Dec 28, 2015 near Pine Sp…, TX
Pine Spring Canyon from Guadalupe Mountains National Park Guadalupe Peak Trail.
Sep 30, 2015 near Pine Sp…, TX

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Jun 4, 2021
Ashley Dalrymple
3000ft elevation gain. Worth it. First 2 miles inclines a lot, then flattens a bit for about a mile before hitting switch backs and inclining more. 8.4mi — 4h 45m
May 13, 2021
Luke Skywalker
Apr 14, 2021
Caroline Ulczycki
Apr 7, 2021
Nathan Forkner
8.5mi — 6h 44m
Apr 7, 2021
Suzanne Parker
8.5mi — 6h 44m
Apr 1, 2021
Olivia Koster
Felt the elevation in this one! Very steady uphill to the top of the peak, and herd in the feet and knees going down. Sunny & warm at the top for lunc 8.4mi
Feb 26, 2021
Michael Schieferecke
steep all the way up. Extremely windy. 8.4mi — 7h 10m
Feb 23, 2021
Elizabeth Rogers