Peak(s):  Guadalupe Peak - 8,750'
Date Posted:  03/24/2019
Date Climbed:   03/23/2019
Author:  mikefromcraig
 TX highpoint Guadalupe Peak   

This is a very easy class 1 hike. There is maybe a single step that's class 1+. Signage all the way and very well marked trail.

I went on a Saturday and it was busy. Almost as busy as a front-range 14er on a weekend with good weather. Apparently you can ride a horse to the top but I didn't see anyone trying it. It's about 4.25 miles each way and 3,000 feet elevation gain. The ascent is almost 100% uphill so you don't really have to re-gain any elevation on the way down which is nice.

I started out at a good clip and then slowed down a little toward the end. Finished with an ascent time of 1:44. Surprisingly the descent took me exactly 1:44 as well but I've always been slow on descents. I always keep track of my pass ratio on the ascent. I went 42-1 (darn trailrunner passed me!). For reference I generally get about a 10-2 or 10-3 ratio in Colorado.

There is a campground near the summit but I'm not sure why anyone would want to make this a multi-day trip.

You have to pay at the visitor's center, $7 per hiker who is 16 and over. Or, it's free for everyone in your group if someone has a national parks pass (As I understand it). You have to pay to get a sticker for your car.

The trailhead is far away from the only parking lot (for non-campers) at the visitor's center and it's uphill to get there so if you have a weak link in your group it would be worth it to drop that person off at the trailhead, go park, and then meet them at the trailhead.

I wouldn't recommend people from Denver leave all the Colorado mountains to come do this one but if you happen to be anywhere near the area it's definitely worth it. Honestly, the views on the ascent and the summit are better than some 14ers.

Picture taken from the summit looking at El Capitan.

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Comments or Questions
Rick Canter
higher than Lubbock
03/24/2019 20:10
Well, it isn't the Lubbock natural high point, but it will have to do. I daydream about a southwest tour that includes Guadalupe, Truchas, Taylor, Wheeler, Humphreys, Charleston, etc. Someday. Question: how warm/cold was it at the trailhead and up top? Thanks!


Weather forecasts
03/25/2019 06:28
I checked the weather the morning of and it said the high was going to be 44. It was probably 60 at the summit (at about 2pm). I don't know if that's a consistent thing that they are so off and in that direction but it certainly was that day.


03/25/2019 08:14
I was up there Feb 20. With 50 mph wind and temps in the low 30's, it didn't take long to get cold. I imagine summer temps are pretty tough and, with no water on the trail, make it a challenging hike. My son and I ventured to the summit of El Cap which was an adventure. Not difficult but a lot of bushwhacking and it took a lot more time than we expected.

Beautiful views of the Permian Basin and the Delaware Mountains from the summits.


Snow in March
03/25/2019 12:56
I was up there March 17th for St Patrick's Day. Drove in the night before, hiked, and drove back to Colorado Springs. There was a dusting of snow. If you're in the area make sure you visit Carlsbad Caverns as well. In fact, you can hike Guadalupe Peak in the morning and be at the Caverns well before noon.


McKitrick Canyon
03/25/2019 14:21
Check out McKittrick Canyon next time you are up there. Two buddies and myself ran from Pine Spring TH to McKittrick and back and it was phenomenal. Did yall attempt Humboldt on Friday?

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