Summary: The trail starts at the sign at the north end of the parking lot. Follow the signs for Guadalupe Peak. The trail is well marked with signs and rock cairns all along the route, and is clear to see for the entire route. The trail is in good condition, but is steep much of the way. At about the 3 mile point you will see a peak that you think is it. It is not, you have farther go go yet. There is a 6 ft steel marker on the peak. Return via reverse route. It is nearly impossible to get lost if you remain alert. NOTE: there is a separate section of trail that is not as steep for horses. There is no water on the trail, so bring enough. Summertime temperatures are likely to be high.
Trailhead: From El Paso, follow Montana Avenue (US-62/180) east about 110 miles to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park Headquarters. From the entrance to the park HQ, follow the road left to the parking lot for Pine Springs. Pay the park fee at the pay station and put the reciept in the windshield of your vehicle. The trailhead is at the pay station. (Lat:31.89665 Lon:-104.82822)
Trail Guides for Guadalupe Mountains National Park Guadalupe Peak:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Park HQ - Rangers. (915) 828-3251
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Michael P. Olbrisch, who has posted 71 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by sg on 5/3/2010
Went up last weekend of march 2010. 90 mnute drive from El Paso. Started the hike at 8AM. It is a sternous hike, but trail is well marked. Absolutely stunning scenry. There was quite a bit of snow on the trail, at some places almost foot deep, werent prepared for that and it kind of slowed us down. Reached the peak at 11:30 and spent an hour up there enjoying the vistas. Descent was tough as the snow was meting and making the trailslushy. Got a lot of blisters on the foot. The website for the park says watch out for mountain lions, unfortunately (or fortunately) didnt see any wild life. We had caried bear spray and a golf club (was using it as a hiking stick) in case we came across any kitties.
Reviewed by Richard on 10/5/2008
Returned for my third time to guide my son, daughter and son-in-law. Trail was in great shape and weather was pleasant. View at top was awesome as usual. Daughter took dozens of pictures. Met other hikers and spent an hour talking to one gentleman about hikes all over the U.S.
Reviewed by jon on 4/18/2006
this was a very nice hike...i wouldn't say that the trail was poorly maintained- it wasn't dangerous in any areas, but you do need some energy in order to navigate with ease. great views. and watch your hat! i lost my hat here. it can get very windy. the hike also doesn't take nearly as long as the rangers say. excellent way to spend the afternoon.
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