McKittrick Canyon Trail
ElevationAscent: 3,200' 975 m
Descent: -572' -174 m
High: 7,813' 2,381 m
Low: 5,011' 1,527 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 51% (27°)
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“A long and semi-technical canyon ascent that has some of the best views in west Texas!”— cade michael
At the same time, all of the effort expended to reach the ridgeline couldn't be more worth it, as the entire trail offers unparalleled views of the canyon! Just make sure to bring plenty of snacks, water, and cover from the sun as you'll be constantly working in little to no shade after you leave the stream behind.
If you're looking for the perfect short overnight backpack, the McKittrick Ridge Campground is a great spot at the edge of the canyon wall. It's located at the top of the main climb around 7.5 miles into the hike. Note that backpacking requires a permit which can be purchased from the park's headquarters. Learn more about backpacking at Guadalupe Mountains National Park, here.
Beyond the campsite, the trail continues to follow the dramatic ridgeline for several miles of rolling terrain until it concludes at the Tejas Trail.
Land Manager: NPS - Guadalupe Mountains National Park