Guadalupe Peak Climber's Log

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Brian Jenkins

Brian Jenkins - Apr 19, 2004 7:22 pm

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

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!

rmuir

rmuir - Apr 13, 2004 11:15 am

Route 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.

petersbike

petersbike - Mar 13, 2004 9:19 am

Route 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.

vbeckman74

vbeckman74 - Mar 2, 2004 3:36 pm

Route 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.

hgrapid

hgrapid - Feb 27, 2004 10:48 am

Route 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.

bc44caesar

bc44caesar - Feb 16, 2004 12:44 pm

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

Beautiful, albeit windy day - 2nd State Summit

sbkelley

sbkelley - Jan 22, 2004 2:04 pm

Route 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.

grandwazoo

grandwazoo - Dec 30, 2003 8:06 am

Route 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.

Day Hiker

Day Hiker - Dec 28, 2003 2:19 am

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

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.

flechenbones

flechenbones - Aug 25, 2003 11:20 pm

Route 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.

surgent

surgent - Aug 23, 2003 10:31 am

Route 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.

climber46

climber46 - May 26, 2003 8:17 pm

Route 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.

big_g

big_g - Apr 24, 2003 8:01 pm Date Climbed: Apr 18, 2003

Route Climbed: normal route  Sucess!

Nice little 4 hr hike on my way to Carlsbad. Well worth the stop.

txmountaineer

txmountaineer - Mar 6, 2003 1:02 pm

Route Climbed: East Slope Date Climbed: December 29, 2002  Sucess!

My first highpoint hike, and it just happened to be in my home state of Texas. :) Great day, and I was the first on the summit. See trip report.



HP #1

Daniel Smith - Ft. Worth, TX

cruzit

cruzit - Jan 15, 2003 11:11 am

Date Climbed: February 2000  Sucess!

Beautiful climb. The weather was splendid, temperatures in the low 70s. There was a little ice on the trail, but not too scary.

sixsigmafool - Jan 12, 2003 5:59 pm

Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: January 11, 2003  Sucess!

Nothing but sun! Great day with just enough of a breeze to cool you during the climb, and a few gusts to remind you of its reputation. Very little snow and ice on a well-marked trail. Heavy boots are not required until the next snowfall. Visibility was great, and there were few others on the trail. Would like to return often, but it's in the middle on nowhere! Summit in 1hr 53 mins, round trip in 3hrs 54 mins.

dsnell

dsnell - Dec 18, 2002 10:04 pm

Route Climbed: Guadalupe Peak Trail Date Climbed: June 1998  Sucess!

I climbed GP on perhaps the hottest day of the year. Nevertheless, it was actually a pleasant hike, as things cooled down the higher we got. We just made sure to take a lot of gatorade, water, and bananas. I especially enjoyed the amazing contrasts: pine trees and views of the searing sonoran desert landscape below.

Alan Ellis

Alan Ellis - Aug 26, 2002 8:02 am

Route Climbed: Guadelupe Peak Trail Date Climbed: February 2000  Sucess!

Nice climb in perfect weather. The kids enjoyed it too!

tedde1 - Mar 27, 2002 1:23 pm

Route Climbed: standard Date Climbed: March 2000  Sucess!

camped at the base, nice hike carried three year old daughter up. Temp around freezing at the top 30-40 mph wind. Clear great views. An interesting and worthwhile climb.

Paul Burkholder

Paul Burkholder - Jan 8, 2002 3:31 pm

Route Climbed: Pine Springs Trail Date Climbed: 12/2000  Sucess!

Very windy night in the tent at the campground near the trailhead. It was still quite windy at dawn when I left but the wind lessened quickly and was just a nice breeze when I arrived at the top mid-morning. Great views, especially the back side of El Capitan. Neat walk on easy trail. A little ice in shaded areas near the top (It was very close to Christmas). I didn't see another person until I started down. I recommend the drive south from the park. Very few people, big views and some stunning cliffs to the west.

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