North Slaughter Canyon Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,928' 588 m
Descent: -54' -16 m
High: 6,141' 1,872 m
Low: 4,213' 1,284 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)
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“A steady climb from the Slaughter Canyon Cave parking area to the Guadalupe Ridge Trail.”— Kristen Arendt
Hikers will head out into the mouth of Slaughter Canyon. The canyon is very large with several branches including West Slaughter, Middle Slaughter, and North Slaughter. The trail first goes up Middle Slaughter before turning into North Slaughter
and finally ending at the Guadalupe Ridge Trail.
The first 3 miles are seemingly flat, but around mile 3, the trail starts to climb more noticeably. From here, hikers have a steady mile long incline before the trail levels back out around mile 4. The last mile flattens back out for an easy hike to the junction with the Guadalupe Ridge Trail.
Land Manager: NPS - Carlsbad Caverns National Park