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.
Beautiful, albeit windy day - 2nd State Summit
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nice little 4 hr hike on my way to Carlsbad. Well worth the stop.
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.
Daniel Smith - Ft. Worth, TX
Beautiful climb. The weather was splendid, temperatures in the low 70s. There was a little ice on the trail, but not too scary.
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.
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.
Nice climb in perfect weather. The kids enjoyed it too!
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.
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.