Guadalupe Peak, Texas (8749 ft)
Guadalupe Peak, Texas
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Geology of Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Route: Guadalupe Peak Trail
Pine Springs Campground is located about 1/4 mile west of the Guadalupe Mountains visitor center just east of U.S. Highway 62/180, 55 miles southwest of Carlsbad, New Mexico.
The trail begins at the signed trailhead (5730 ft) on the west side of the parking lot. Take a left fork very near the trailhead and take a middle fork after about another 100 feet. After about a mile take another left at a fork (these forks are all well marked).
Climb switchbacks and through cliffy slopes to pass over a ridgeline. From here you see the trail ahead passes through a forest towards a cleft between two false summits. At about three miles pass a trail on the right leading to campsites. Pass cliffs and cross a footbridge from where you can see the true summit.
From the footbridge, the trail circles around to the south side of the mountain to the summit with good views of El Capitan below. There are hitching posts just below the summit and a metal pyramid at the top. Round-trip is about 8.4 miles and 3019 feet of elevation gain.
Retrace your route on the descent. More photos on Paul's Picasa Web Album.
- Holmes, Don, Highpoints of the United States, Second Edition, University of Utah Press, 2000.