Permian Reef Geology Trail
ElevationAscent: 2,165' 660 m
Descent: -195' -59 m
High: 7,046' 2,148 m
Low: 4,994' 1,522 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
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“This is a great trail that represents the unique geologic history of the area.”— Liz
Family Friendly While the full trail might be a bit long to tackle, families can easily choose a shorter out-and-back, and kids will love learning about the geology in the area.
This trail starts at the McKittrick Canyon Visitor Center and heads north crossing a wide wash. Just after the wash, McKittrick Canyon - Permian Reef Connector will connect from the left. As you continue on, the trail begins to head uphill, passing the Geology Loop Trail before long (it's a nice alternative if you're following the guide).
The trail steepens a bit as you climb the ridge. There are a few switchbacks that help make the grade more manageable. After about three miles of climbing, the trail levels off and winds along the ridge top. Enjoy the excellent views of the McKittrick Canyon as you continue on.
You'll pass Camp Wilderness at about mile four and the trail ends at the park boundary. If you continue on from here, you enter the Lincoln National Forest - the trail becomes the Camp Wilderness Ridge #45 trail.
Land Manager: NPS - Guadalupe Mountains National Park