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pennibockerRoute Climbed: Guadalupe Peak Trail Date Climbed: March 17, 2001  Sucess!


We got the last available campground permit. The Guadalupe Peak Campground is worth carrying the heavy stuff up the mountain. First group to the top on St. Paddy's Day and then chased off by a winter storm.
Posted Sep 2, 2004 11:41 pm

dunking_deutschmanRoute Climbed: Guadalupe Peak Trail Date Climbed: October 2002  Sucess!


I first climbed this peak 15 years ago as a lad. :) This was my first summit of any mountain and it has a very special place in my heart. A perfect, moderate day hike. I have returned at least half a dozen times. I also highly recommend Hunter Peak via Tejas Trail and The Bowl Trail as an even cooler hike in this park.
Posted Aug 30, 2004 12:54 am

dspalRoute Climbed: Guadalupe Peak trail Date Climbed: January 2002  Sucess!


Many switchbacks, some steep dropoffs and great views, a little snow and quite windy
Posted Jul 31, 2004 4:23 pm

wbassRoute Climbed: Guadalupe Peak Trail Date Climbed: May 2003  Sucess!


May can be a very hot, dry and windy time of year in which to hike this peak (previously hiked in late summer). With that said, the views are still fantastic (in spite of increasingly common air pollution generated across the border).
Posted Jun 29, 2004 7:51 pm

JessicahikerRoute Climbed: Guadalupe peak trail Date Climbed: Spring break 2004  Sucess!


Wow! This hike is spectacular. I loved the ruggedness and the beauty. This is a must for anyone that truly appreciates nature at her finest. The winds can be a real challenge. Can be very hot! However the view from the top of Texas is super.
Posted May 17, 2004 6:11 pm

Rob SalasRoute Climbed: Guadalupe Peak Trail Date Climbed: April 17, 2004  Sucess!

Rob Salas

Great time with my buddy Brian (see below) who came down South from P-town Oregon to nab this one. Overcast and windy..... let me rephrase.... WINDY LIKE A MO'FO'! It was my 2nd highest peak to date (Mt. Scott in southern Oregon is #1). And the steaks back at camp were all my idea.
Posted May 3, 2004 12:01 am

Brian JenkinsRoute Climbed: Guadalupe Peak Trail Date Climbed: April 17, 2004  Sucess!

Brian Jenkins

Hiked up with my friend Rob on an overcast day. Got windier the higher we went. Great views and not too hot. Had a great time on the top of Texas. Went over and nabbed El Capitan afterwards. Had two steaks apiece back at the campsite!
Posted Apr 19, 2004 7:22 pm

rmuirRoute Climbed: Guadalupe Peak Trail Date Climbed: March 8, 2004  Sucess!


Summitted at 5:10 A.M. just in time for the sunrise! We had skipped this peak in the past because it wasn't too high. What a mistake. The Guadalupe National Park is some of the best high desert alpine hiking I've ever experienced. Seeing the top of El Capitan from Guadalupe Peak was great. We also got to make a side trip to the World War II wreck sites of a B-17 and B-24 bomber. We plan on hiking more of this park in the near future plus it has trails that go all the way to Carlsbad Caverns.
Posted Apr 13, 2004 11:15 am

petersbikeRoute Climbed: Guadalupe Peak Trail Date Climbed: March 5 2004  Sucess!


Great hike .Woke up in Pine springs campground to 3 inches of snow on my tent. Energized me even more for the day since I knew less people would be on the trail. I thought I started at 10 am but found out it was 9am due to the change to MTN time. Got to the top 1st, cloud on summit that obstructed my journey next to El Capitan. El Cap became the second summit of the day. Insane winds almost blew me over and made me curse like a sailor even though I am ex Army.
Posted Mar 13, 2004 9:19 am

vbeckman74Route Climbed: Guadalupe Peak Trail Date Climbed: February 29, 2004  Sucess!


It was very cold and very windy. The trail is beautiful. This is high point #9.
Posted Mar 2, 2004 3:36 pm

hgrapidRoute Climbed: Gaudelupe Peak Trail Date Climbed: 10/31/2002  Sucess!


I arrived at the trailhead at 5am on Halloween morning, fog covered the mountain from sight.

I hiked the mountain blind, following the trail, with limited visibility. I passed the bridge, which is only about 10 feet across and comes in a downhill section of the mountain. As I continued up the trail, I felt lost, but only because I couldn't see the mountain, so I never knew how high I was, or how close to the summit, or in what direction was the summit. As I made my way up, I saw a clear view of the top. I had gotten above the clouds, so it looked like I was looking out of an airplane window. I sat at the summit, which was a bit chilly, and quickly made my way down. It took me about 80 minutes to get to the top.

If I ever go back, which I will hopefully do, I will allow myself 2 or 3 days to visit the area to ensure a clear day, and on an unclear day, I could head to Carlsbad Caverns.
Posted Feb 27, 2004 10:48 am

derbillyRoute Climbed: Guadalupe Peak Trail Date Climbed: August 1997  Sucess!


Hiked up the trail on a hot August day. There was a sea of ladybugs at the top.
Posted Feb 24, 2004 4:33 pm

bc44caesarRoute Climbed: Guadalupe Peak Trail Date Climbed: 23 Nov 2003  Sucess!


Beautiful, albeit windy day - 2nd State Summit
Posted Feb 16, 2004 12:44 pm

sbkelleyRoute Climbed: Guadalupe Peak Trail Date Climbed: January 17, 2004  Sucess!


My seventh time up this one happened to also be the snowiest! Unfortunately, that stopped any chance of climbing El Capitan this year, like I did in 2003. The weather did everything this weekend except for blue skies and sunshine, but it was still a great time. Tanya Musgrave was with me, and she summitted this peak for the first time - her first state high point! I swear, this park is like a drug...I just having to come back for more.
Posted Jan 22, 2004 2:04 pm

grandwazooRoute Climbed: GP Trail Date Climbed: June 1990  Sucess!


Was Driving from New York to California and decided to swing by off of Route 10. had perfect weather with great views. Wish I could have spent more time in the area.
Posted Dec 30, 2003 8:06 am

Day HikerRoute Climbed: Guadalupe Peak Trail Date Climbed: 19 and 26 February 2000  Sucess!

Day Hiker

This trail was one good thing about living in Odessa, Texas for a few months. It was nice hiking to 8749 feet in February with light clothing.
Posted Dec 28, 2003 2:19 am

flechenbonesRoute Climbed: GP trail Date Climbed: March 1992  Sucess!


Nice overnight backpack trip with two friends. Very windy near the top. There are a couple of cleared tent sites with stone windbreaks that are most of the way up.

The peak was underwater during the Permian Period (245-286 million years ago) as the Guadalupe Mtns are part of the the largest exposed fossil reef in the world. Foraminifera fossils can be seen on the trail high up.

Carlsbad Caverns and Hueco Tanks are nearby and make the region worth a visit.
Posted Aug 25, 2003 11:20 pm

surgentRoute Climbed: Guad Peak Trail Date Climbed: July 25, 1993  Sucess!


Started up at dawn in July - by the time I got back down (10 am) it was over 100 F. Awesome hike. Saw about 2 dozen deer along the way.
Posted Aug 23, 2003 10:31 am

climber46Route Climbed: Guadalupe Peak Trail Date Climbed: May 10, 2003  Sucess!


My sister and I camped at the campground in a tent the night before. The strong wind kept us awake most of the night. We almost decided not to climb because of the wind. But then we decided to go for it. That was a good decision because the wind was not as bad higher up. I believe that valley is a wind tunnel. My sister and I enjoyed the awesome desert views and the blooming cactuses. I must say this was one of the funnest hikes I have ever done. My sister and I had the summit mostly to ourselves and we ate lunch and took a short snooze. We also saw some interesting rocks (probably gypsum or calcite) and saw six lizards but no rattlesnakes. It was my 14th state highpoint and my sister's second.
Posted May 26, 2003 8:17 pm

big_gRoute Climbed: normal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 18, 2003


Nice little 4 hr hike on my way to Carlsbad. Well worth the stop.
Posted Apr 24, 2003 8:01 pm

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