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Backpacker Magazine – April 2008

Highpoint Texas

Traverse Guadalupe Mountains National Park to the state's airiest perch.

by: Alistair Wearmouth

Guadalupe Peak, Donna Ikenberry
Guadalupe Peak, Donna Ikenberry

photo iconMORE TEXAS HIKES
From Big bend to Dallas, find your perfect trip in the Lone Star state here.
Plan It

Map
Trails Illustrated 203: Guadalupe Mountains NP ($10; shop.nationalgeographic.com

)

Permits
Free at Pine Springs Visitor Center. nps.gov/gamo, (915) 828-3251.

The Way
From El Paso, drive east 110 miles on US 62/180 to the Pine Springs Visitor Center.




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Steve Snyder
Jun 11, 2009

Don't forget the "bowl."

If you really want backcountry, hike over the rim of the Guadalupes into the bowl. You can then hike to the northern boundary at the NM state line and loop back south on a different trail.

Dan Szczesny
May 27, 2009

Be careful here. I spent a long weekend in Guadalupe in April, but was told there is no shuttle running between McKittrick and Pine Springs. Forced me to change my plans and do a bunch of loops instead of through hikes. Wonderful place though, well worth a visit!

Joe Cole
May 17, 2009

I have done Pine Springs to McKittrick numerous times each time is an adventure. Water is a problem. Spring is good time to go, but wind can blow up to 70 mph.

Steve Knowles
Jun 02, 2008

This is a beautiful hike although I hiked it from Pine Springs to McKittrick Canyon. I would have enjoyed it more if there were a water source once you top out. That 3000' of vertical from Pine Springs to the ridge packing water for 4 days is tough. Sounds like the suggested route might be easier!!

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