• Activities:

    Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    8.5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    3029 Feet

Scenic

Guadalupe Peak is the highest point in Texas. It sits on the New Mexican boarder and rises out of the desert. Its a fun day hike with some pretty good bragging rights to go with it.

It's na 8.5 mile round trip that has an elevation gain of over 3000 ft. The trail is a lot of switch backs which help you gain that 3000 ft very quickly. The first 1.5 miles is the roughest; once you get past that it's not easy, but it's not as steep. After the first mile and half, you will turn and start to go up the north facing slope, where you'll find a forest of Pinion Pine, South-Western White Pine, and Douglas Fir. This might be the only shade you find on the hike, it is Texas after all so expect it to be hot. As you continue to climb you will get an awesome view of El Capitan to the South. The view at the top is worth it. These mountains spring up out of the desert and are the highest points for miles.

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Texas is Hot, with a capital H.

  • Bring plenty of water and, sun screen. Once you start hiking there are no water supplies or much shade.
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Although one of the more popular hikes in the park, Guadalupe Peak demands more out of the hiker. We started well before sunrise and were treated to a beautiful view about mid-way up the mountain. Make sure to bring lots of water, especially if you are hiking during the middle of the day. I drank over 2 liters and most of the hike was in the dark. The views are great from the top. Nothing very technical required to get to the summit; just endurance! Happy hiking!

11 months ago
11 months ago

This is a fun hike that offers some really great views and cool geology (if you're into that kind of thing). Bring plenty of water, especially during the hot months!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Tough hike but well worth it! 4.2 miles one way, over 3,000 ft climb in elevation. There's a false peak, and the beginning is the hardest part of the trail. There's camping at the base of the trail, and another campsite near the top of the trail for those who enjoy backpacking.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This is a beautiful hike that I highly recommend, but be aware of high winds, I nearly lost my tent because I didn't stake it down when it was calm. Then in the middle of the night I had a tent pole break on me due to the winds. It caught me by surprise.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Be sure to check if the park is open. There is currently a wildfire that has closed much of the park.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This is absolutely worth it and a little know gem in Texas - much less busy than Big Bend. I'd suggest doing a hike to the top of the peak to catch sunrise if you can! There is also some primitive campsites on the way up to the top of the peak. Make sure you bring plenty of water.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

I went out here for a long weekend and started my trip off with this hike. Its a rough hike up, you gain over 3000 ft in 4 miles, but the view is outstanding.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Tim Holland

I am based in Houston, TX but I get out every chance I can to get back to my hobbies of backpacking, skiing, and swimming. If you find me in Houston and I am not working to pay for my adventures, you find me running, biking, swimming, and drooling over mountain bikes.

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