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Guadalupe Ridge Trail (GRT): Carlsbad Segment

Intermediate
 4.0 (2)

A long, backcountry trail that runs along the northern edge of the park ending in Lincoln National Forest.


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21.7

Miles

34.9

KM

Point to Point

6,383' 1,946 m

High

3,651' 1,113 m

Low

3,771' 1,149 m

Up

1,055' 322 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs No Dogs

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A free backcountry permit is required for any overnight stays.

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Need to Know

This trail is mostly used to make loop hikes with the Upper Rattlesnake Canyon, North Slaughter Canyon Trail or Yucca Canyon Trail T225 trails. There are no reliable water sources along its length so be sure to pack plenty of water.

Description

The Guadalupe Ridge Trail is a long trail that starts from Walnut Canyon Desert Drive and runs along the northern edge of the park before exiting the western side of the park onto USFS land. The trail used to be a 4-wheel drive road, and the former road climbs from Walnut Canyon Desert Drive to the park's west boundary. For most of it's length the trail is rolling with some small climbs and descents. There are some great views into canyons to the north and south.

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Kristen Arendt

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  4.0 from 2 votes

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A texas horned lizard, camouflaged against the desert rocks, sits along the side of the trail. Be careful where you step, as lizards and snakes can be found throughout the day.
Apr 17, 2017 near Whites…, NM
Natural Entrance to Carlsbad Caverns.... only 750" under ground
Mar 9, 2018 near Whites…, NM
Natural Entrance to Carlsbad Caverns.
Mar 9, 2018 near Whites…, NM
Natural Entrance to Carlsbad Caverns.... 750 feet under ground
Mar 9, 2018 near Whites…, NM
Namesake of the Rattlesnake Canyon Trail: crotalus atrox.
Sep 1, 2019 near Whites…, NM
Old Guano Road Trail looking southbound toward Guadalupe Peak.
Nov 27, 2021 near Whites…, NM

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Mar 14, 2021
Lily Adams
Apr 15, 2017
Kelsey Nelson
Hot. Could do a quicker pace than other trails in the area. 2mi