Bagging state high points encourages me to visit places I wouldn't normally visit otherwise. A nice way to spend a half of day in the Lone Star state.
We started hiking around 4pm after paying at the visitor's center and filling up our water containers and using the bathroom. We carried our camping gear up to the campsite on the mountain on Thursday night. We had a rough morning trying to find old charging equipment for an obsolete camera to no avail, so we got a late start and made it to the campgrounds after dark. We spent the night on the cold, windy side, but the view was incredible. We finished the rest of the peak Friday morning, but I had to hold my friend's hand, as she's actually afraid of heights and cliffs. We made it to the top with a dead phone, so a fellow hiker (but stranger, nonetheless) snapped our photo with his camera. I passed him my email address on a small piece of paper torn out of the hiker's log, which he put into his pocket, but I'm quite sure he lost it or forgot, because I never received an email from him. He was very kind - a man on a journey to conquer all 50 states' peaks. I brought a small amount of my mother's ashes in a ziplock bag, which I spread at the peak. I cried, but not for mom. I cried because I knew I made it up my first mountain, and she was with me the whole way. Going back down was rough on the knees, and it seemed endless. It was bittersweet making it back to the parking lot, where civilization already seemed foreign somehow. I am excited to make it a goal in my life to climb as many mountain peaks as possible.
# 5 A nice day on a Peak and don't miss the flying of the Bats at Carlsbad Caverns
I was spending a few days exploring Carlsbad Caverns and saved a day for this high point. The day started out cool, but got hotter as the day went on. I took my time and eventually made it to the top. Lots of ladybugs flying around. Summit register box was a mess, but I found room to sign. If I do this high point again, it will be in the Fall when it is cooler.
Something to do in this part of Texas. I'm glad I bagged it since I don't think I'll go to that part of the country any time soon. For a high point, it's pretty easy. Almost 4 hours round trip, with 45 minutes socializing at the summit. Going up was mostly cloudy and hot. Going down was torching sun. 1.5 liters of water needed.
We didn't know about highpointing then, but we knew this was the highest point in Texas. We celebrated our 11th anniversary with this climb and found many, many others climbing that day as well. Met an older man who had climbed it several dozen times.
Very windy in the campground so we didn't cook much of anything. Made our way to Carlsbad Caverns the next day. A good two-for-one trip and a great way to celebrate.
Summit number 1
Done in a day a long time ago.
Last of the three Memorial Day vacation summits and by far the most enjoyable. As with Black Mesa in OK, we skirted around the weather and arrived after they had had significant rain in the area - the wildflowers and cactus blooms were incredible. Stayed at the Pine Springs campground and took a quick hike to Devil's Hall the evening before. Saw a "small" - 7" giant desert centipede. Apparently they can get to 10" long - pretty creepy looking! Hit the trailhead early and were the second group up . A lot more folks were heading up late morning/midday. Saw 4 Barbary Sheep hanging out near the summit. Probably one of my favorite HP hikes so far. Glad we did this one in spring and not summer as it looks like it could get very hot and dusty on the trail.
Good hike with my wife to the highest point in Texas! Then back home to Albuquerque...
Pretty much the perfect day. Last night there were some scattered showers over the peak and we woke up this morning to a very clean air day. You could see the Franklin Mtns in El Paso over 100 miles away in the distance.
I loved that one entire side of the peak looks out onto vast plains and salt flats, no mountains in sight. A unique vista for a "tallest" mountain.
Very nice trip in the morning... great views :)
Bagged this peak during a cross country road trip. Great peak and National Park!
Attended the BYU vs Texas game in Austin. On the drive home we bagged another state highpoint. Started the hike around 6:30pm after a nice long day in the car. Summitted about 8:20, just as the sun was dipping below the horizon. Snagged some fantastic photos. It was really rainy the whole trip and humid so the dew point had the clouds around the whole mountain, from the trail head up. But we were fortunate to have a break in the clouds at the summit. Descended in 2 hours in the dark with head lamp and full moon. Total hike: 8.4 miles and 3:59:08
Left car at TH around 7:40am. Summited 2 hours later. Mingled, began descent at 10am. In car putting on flip flops by 11:30am. Light wind gusts, plenty of sunshine, and great views! Was greeted by lots of people on their way up. Texas again lives up to its reputation as the Friendly State. Oh, and don't forget to bring an AUX cable or CDs for that rental car - radio stations and cell reception are ify in those parts!
Another highpoint on my cross country road trip with my college buddy Eric. A good climb, but cloudy with no visibility at the top.
Hike up from the visitor's center took about 3 hours. Beautiful region; great views from the trail and the summit. Somewhat windy so took a break below the summit in the sun. Very crowded (weekend) and more clouds/wind, even some rain, rolled in in the late afternoon on the way back to El Paso.
Guadalupe Peak Trail solo.
2013 with Jessie