Linda and I hiked the Guadalupe trail to the summit under overcast skies and at time strong winds, but otherwise was a very fun hike with interesting views of this very distinctive mountain range.
March 17 2010
There wasn’t much wind this morning, so it was time to climb Guadalupe Peak, the highest mountain in Texas! Shaylee, Kessler, Kimberly and I left in the morning and made our way steadily up the peak. About 2/3 of the way up there was quite a bit of snow and ice along the trail. The snowfields near the summit were the hardest part of the climb and I wished I had brought and ice axe or crampons for the peak in order to help the kids up.
After enjoying the summit and chatting with a few fellow climbers we headed down the mountain. All of us had a good time and it was great to climb the mountain in perfect weather.
Beautiful hike, started shortly after sunrise. 2 hrs up, 2 hrs down. I'd love to come back.
Climbed this in the morning, two hours up, one and a half down. Fun enough, This isn't much of a campground here at the Park.....
Best high point climb so far. I arrived about 4:30 pm with clouds over the mountains. The ranger told me I was starting a little late and to turn around if I saw lightning. I reached the top with high winds and black clouds above me, but sun shining in the valleys around the mountain. Incredible site. Fortunately the clouds never let loose, but on the descent there was quite a light show of cloud to cloud lightning.
Was up on top just as three Black Hawk helicopters flew over El Capitan - below me. Also saw one of the biggest rattlesnakes slowly making his way across the trail in the woods near the top.
Very windy and cold. Snow level was down to about 5500 feet from a storm the day before. It was suppose to be clear but clouds hung around until sunset...well after leaving the summit. Nothing to see at the top besides some rime and clouds. Spent about 15 minutes at the top hoping for a clearing but nothing of the sort came and it's not exactly comfortable either with the winds (and that pyramid doesn't make too good for a wind break!). Passed one group on the way up and no one on the way down.
It was pleasant enough to reach this summit, though the real prize of the day was El Capitan. After some photos and a snack on the summit of Guad, we began the steep descent to the saddle with El Cap. My heart goes out to those who sit on Guad's summit and only admire El Capitan from a distance.
I was hanging onto the pyramid for dear life in 70mph gusts
We had perfect weather for the hike up Guadalupe Peak. It was breezy but not too windy. I had planned a trip to the Guadalupe Mountains and Big Bend for a while. Finally had the opportunity to go and thought this was a great hike.
In the spring of 2008 I hiked up Guadalupe Peak every weekend with 40 - 50 lbs, training for Mt Rainier... it worked! I had a great time on that mountain.
There is an old saying that "everything is big in Texas", so I guess it is appropriate this was the site of my 40th State Highpoint reached. Gorgeous scenery and great weather (minus the wind!) at the summit. I was the first one on the summit that day, but passed MANY people on the way down. Perhaps the trail should be renamed the "Guadalupe Peak Superhighway".
This was my first high point, great hike, beautiful views.
...that I'll ever do. But a fun one nevertheless. I hiked up solo when I was in the area working on the Lonely Planet Texas guide. Texas is an odd place...much of it doesn't appeal to me at all, but a few select places are some of my favorites on earth. This is one.
Nice hike with great views and weather. Met a former major league baseball player on the trail and some other fun people. Went to Carlsbad Caverns in the evening and watched the bats leave the cave. Toured the caverns the next day and then drove on to Wheeler Peak. HP #38
A beautiful hike to the top of Texas! Looking down on the west Texas plains on the top is unforgettable, especially with El Capitan jutting out on the southeast. Big Bend is my favorite spot in TX but I need to get back and explore a little more in the Guadalupes!
My first high peak in the USA...left me with positive attitude toward the Lone Star state...
Finally did a Quad... Now, shooting for six loops in one day for November 2009...if all goes well. My way of celebrating my 60th year.
First climb time: 1 hour 50 minutes
loop time: 3 hours 6 minutes
2nd climb time: 1 hour 53 minutes
loop time: 3 hours 16 minutes
3rd climb time: 1 hour 56 minutes
loop time: 3 hours 22 minutes
4th climb time: 2 hours 2 minutes
loop time: 3 hours 39 minutes
Quad time: 13 hours 23 minutes
total net time out on the trail and food breaks, start to finish: 3:45am 'till 6:38pm: 14 hours and 53 minutes
34 miles, 12,000 feet of up... 12,000 feet of down