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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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Robert McDonald with improvements by wankel7

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The views from the trail are unbelievable.
Apr 7, 2016 near Pine Sp…, TX
Guadalupe Peak
Nov 9, 2015 near Pine Sp…, TX
Our first day at Guadalupe Mountain National Park - definitely going back
Oct 18, 2016 near Pine Sp…, TX
Elevation: 6981 feet!
Sep 30, 2015 near Pine Sp…, TX
Guadalupe National Park
Sep 30, 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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Jul 24, 2020
Miranda Partida
8.4mi — 6h 00m
Jul 24, 2020
Jonathan Hernandez
Jul 11, 2020
Jason Jordan
8.2mi — 4h 41m
Jul 4, 2020
Joseph DeLuna
8.9mi — 5h 30m
Jul 1, 2020
Dani Gauch
8.6mi — 4h 57m
Mar 13, 2020
Chris Allcorn
11h 04m
Feb 29, 2020
Kenneth Lickliter
Feb 17, 2020
Jean-Claude Linossi
Only hiked a section of the trail, too hard for me. 1mi — 1h 00m