Guadalupe Peak is the highest point in Texas. Located in Guadalupe Mounatins National Park, this hike will take you to marvelous views of Texas and all of Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
Trail Length: 8.5 miles
Elevation: 3,000 feet
Average time: 6 – 8 hours
Our time: 6 hours
Ages of our group members: 26, 27, mid-70s
The Guadalupe Peak trailhead is located in the Pine Springs RV Campground in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. At this trailhead, there is parking, a clean bathroom, and many other trailheads. The trail has clear signage from beginning to end so make sure you find the signs before you start hiking.
The trail is a series of rocky switchbacks the entire way. Some parts are stairs made of rock and wood, some parts are gravel, some parts are well-situated boulders. Even though the elevation is 3,000 feet, it is spread out over the switchbacks in a way that makes it not very difficult. The challenge is navigating all those stairs and boulders! It is a butt, thigh, and cardio workout. The beginning and end are the most difficult and the middle evens out to give you a little bit of a break.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park is in a sunny, hot desert. This summit trail is the same. It is in direct sunlight for most of the hike. If you are hiking in the morning there is some shade on the backside of the mountain about one-third of the way into the hike. This is a great spot to take a break and refuel!
Summitting takes you next to some steep drop-offs, but the trail remains wide enough to feel secure. When you finally reach the top, there is plenty of space to sit down, relax, and enjoy the view!
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Places to Camp:
You can backpack to the peak and camp overnight on the trail. There is a designated camping section in a shady knoll just a mile from the peak. Visit nps.gov to learn more about backpacking opportunities.
1. Start early! Located in the desert, this hike gets hot fast! There are a few cool, windy parts when you get to the back side of the mountain but this is brief. Start at first light to avoid the hottest part of the day.
2. Bring plenty of water for the same reason as Tip 1. The trail gets hot, and there is entirely no water sources on the path.
Gear of the Trip:
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews and Honey Stinger Organic Waffle – which also come in a Gluten free option! The energy chews are all gluten free. We tried these for the first time on this hike. They taste AMAZING. It is like getting dessert in the middle of a hike, without the sugar crash. They are full of vitamins and nutrients, making them a fantastic pick-me-up for any activity! And did I mention how delicious they are?