The Guadalupe Mountains rise from the west Texas salt flats like a limestone shiv. Reach the top of Texas (8,751-foot Guadalupe Peak) on an 8-miler with long-distance views of scrubland stretching to Mexico and New Mexico. Camp at the site a mile from the summit to extend your stay.
SEASON: Fall to winter
PERMIT: Overnight camping in Guadalupe Mountains National Park requires a free backcountry permit. Get more trip planning details at nps.gov/gumo/planyourvisit/backpacking.htm.
MORE INFO: Guadalupe Mountains National Park, (915) 828-3251; nps.gov/gumo.
-Mapped by Steven Smith, mylifeoutdoors.com
- Distance: 12.9
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Hike west from the Pine Springs Campground.
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Bear left, heading northwest.
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The trail swings left, heading south.
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The switchback climb starts here. In the next mile, you'll gain nearly 1,000 feet of elevation.
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The trail wraps around the northern slopes of Guadalupe Peak.
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Turn right to spend the night at Guadalupe Peak Backcountry Campground.
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Guadalupe Peak Backcountry Campground: Be prepared for wind at this campground There's minimal protection from high winds.
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Cross the highest bridge in Texas at 8,093 feet.
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More switchbacks ahead.
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Guadalupe Peak: Crest the highest peak in Texas.
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Looking east from the campground
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Views to the east
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Looking northeast from the campground.
Looking west from the campground
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The highest bridge in Texas
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Looking south from the peak.
American Airlines Monument and El Capitan
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View of the campground
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Looking east from the peak.
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View to the northwest from the summit.