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Guadalupe Peak Trail



4.2 mile 6.7 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 2,923' 891 m
Descent: -33' -10 m
High: 8,744' 2,665 m
Low: 5,853' 1,784 m


Avg Grade: 13% (8°)
Max Grade: 44% (24°)


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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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Jul 4, 2019
Edgar Shutter
8mi — 11h 10m
Jun 9, 2019
Josh Sears
Jun 1, 2019
Christopher Martinez
May 27, 2019
Jes Karpen
8.4 round trip. Nice cloud coverage going up, which totally saved us since we started the trail at 9:30am. Took about 5 1/2 hours 8mi — 5h 30m
May 18, 2019
Greg Wyman
Apr 29, 2019
Jarod Fleming
many things wrong in the description. Round trip mileage is 8.4 miles, not 15. $5 is only for a Backcountry permit, but you'll need to pay a $7 ent…
Apr 26, 2019
Mark David Basco
3 consecutive summits. 27.9 miles. Measured from visitor center parking area. 9091ft elevation gain 27.9mi
Apr 20, 2019
Scott Johnson
Danielle and Alex 9mi

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