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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


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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.


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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Nov 7, 2018
Adventurous Way
2920 ft elevation gain 8.6mi
Oct 29, 2018
Jennifer Funderburg
Oct 27, 2018
Dennis Chan
8.4mi — 5h 00m
Oct 24, 2018
Birgit Moeller
Oct 19, 2018
Reagan Bach
Oct 7, 2018
Christopher Gleason
Fun trail. Lots of switchbacks with fast elevation gain but the trail has a nice flatter park in the pine forest that is a nice mid trail break. 8.5mi
Sep 29, 2018
Julia DeVito
Including a stop for lunch and a stop at the top. 8.4mi
Sep 23, 2018
Madeleine Phillips

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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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