Guadalupe Mountains National Park: Guadalupe Peak

Climb to the highest views in Texas on this 8-mile trek to the rocky summit of Guadalupe Peak.
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Climb to the highest views in Texas on this 8-mile trek to the rocky summit of Guadalupe Peak.

The state's highest peaks pepper the southeast reaches of Guadalupe Mountains National Park, a solitary wilderness area in West Texas. Summit the tallest one—8,749-foot Guadalupe Peak—on the 8-mile round-trip trek that skirts juniper-studded hillsides and ragged limestone cliffs. Guadalupe's rocky crown showcases views of shimmering salt flats, sprawling desert, and a chain of neighboring 8,000-footers.
PARK INFO: Guadalupe Mountains National Park, (915) 828-3251; nps.gov/gumo/.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 12.8

Waypoints

GDP001

Location: 31.896633, -104.828185

From the parking area, follow Guadalupe Peak Trail west.

GDP002

Location: 31.895219, -104.834099

Roughly half a mile in, climb a series of switchbacks that lead to Guadalupe's northern slopes.

GDP003

Location: 31.895231, -104.839767

The trail traverses the shadier, north-facing slopes of Guadalupe Peak. Hike through a small forest of pinion pine, south-western white pine, and Douglas fir.

GDP004

Location: 31.891505, -104.851145

At the top of the drainage, the trail climbs 0.2 mile to a false summit.

GDP005

Location: 31.892616, -104.853344

Continue straight at the 3-way junction. The trail on the right leads to a backcountry campground.

GDP006

Location: 31.891457, -104.86074

Guadalupe Peak: The 8,749-foot summit is the highest in the state. Take in expansive views of shimmering salt flats, sprawling desert, and a chain of neighboring 8,000-footers. Follow the same route back to the trailhead.