A nice hike, but it was hot at the base. In the shade it was nice, and at the summit the wind was great.
I explored Devils Hall and the area beyond the trail terminus before heading up to Guadalupe. Turns out I should've reversed this.
About half-mile below the Guadalupe Peak campsite, weather came in, replete with lightning, thunder, and rain. While I was glad I did not take heed to the ranger's advice to leave my rain gear behind (only 20% chance of rain!), at this point I probably should've doubled back and made for the summit the following day.
This I did not do, and I waited 2 hours until it was safe to proceed (still raining, but the thunder & lightning had passed). My original plan was to make it to summit for sunset. Instead I hiked the last mile by moonlight.
So, I missed all of the epic views, though the lights of El Paso were pretty.
Made it back down by headlamp.
Two hours up, one hour and forty minutes down. Only one older couple on the trail from Virginia but they were close to the top when I saw them. Bring the sunscreen if you go in the summer months in the daytime. The flora was unlike anything I've ever seen in Colorado but between that and the view, this peak was well worth it.
really windy, but great views, well worth it!
not exactly sure of the date. it was in feb towards the end of the month
Got to the trail head at 8. the trees were just starting to change colors so my hiking buddy decided to take a picture of every single yellow or orange tree we came across. Even with that we ended up going to the top and coming back down in 3.5 hrs.
My recent 10-day excursion had this as my third HP stop (#8 total for me) and I guess it's part of what separates a novice hiker like me from more fit climbers. All those switchbacks and the rocky terrain - ouch! Totally worth it though to reach the top of Texas with its great views. Did it in the afternoon heat, which didn't help, and after walking thru Carlsbad Caverns in the morning, which probably didn't help either.
Amazing views, remarkable variety in terrain. Camped at high camp overnight. Sunset brought high winds which continued through the next morning. Summited about 7:20 am and descended in beautiful weather.
Cold, windy, foggy, snow flurries. God bless Texas.
Hiked up Guadalupe Peak with my Dad during a spring weekend in the late 90s.
It was foggy.
So I figured I would climb up to the top. Fairly hot at 8 in the morning though. Pretty nice views of the plains below.
this was the top of my hiking limit. thank goodness for the over cast. it was a climb and it was HOT. we make it !!
Late afternoon/early evening hike on a sick road trip from Boulder. Went to Carlsbad Caverns before this. Perfect temps, no wind, clear views. A great experience.
Afternoon climb. 1 hour and 40 minutes to summit. Side trip to El Capitan. Ran out of water on the way back down. Very dry, good thing it wasn't any hotter.
Stopped off for a quick hike while driving back from Big Bend. Awesome little range down there, definitely gotta go back & explore some more.
left at 4:15 made it to el capitan ridge to see sunset
Hiked to the summit, trail was fairly snow/ice covered. Great views very little wind.
Third ascent. This time scrambled up the SW side, then intersected with and took the trail a few hundred feet from the summit. Climb took about five hours, we walked down in the dark.
Wonderful cool and clear day. At age 66, it took a lot out of me to make the climb, but I did it! Will train more next time.
finally completed six loops in one day... hoping to up that to x7 or x8 in 2011... time will tell!