Hunter Peak is located in the romote and beautiful Guadalupe Mountains National Park
(for more information on the park, see the Guadalupe Peak page), located in West Texas just south of Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The Guadalupe Mountain Range is the largest exposed ancient fossil reef in the world. Overshadowed by the other more popular national park in Texas, Big Bend, the Guadalupe Mountains have something that Big Bend doesn't have; bragging rights to the best view in Texas atop Hunter Peak, and the prettiest spot in Texas, McKittrick Canyon
. It is also host to seven of the nine 8,000 ft. peaks in Texas.
Photo by txmountaineer.
Hunter Peak, Texas' sixth highest
summit, dominates the skyline 2600 ft. above the Guadalupe Mountains Headquarters at Pine Springs. It is located on the other side of Pine Springs Canyon from Guadalupe Peak
, the highest peak in Texas. Views from the summit of Hunter Peak are spectacular, reaching 100 miles well into New Mexico and Texas on clear days.
Climbing Hunter Peak is relatively easy, however, since it is not the highest peak in Texas like its neighbor Guadalupe Peak, it is climbed far less frequently. As an added bonus, a hike through the Bowl(see also the Mt. Pratt
page for information on The Bowl) is required in order to summit. The Bowl is a suprisingly dense conifer forest that is a remnant of a time 15,000 years ago when the climate throughout Texas was cooler and moister. The forest was able to survive in the higher and more protected elevations of the Guadalupes.
I don't know this for a fact, but the mountain is probably named after J.C. Hunter Jr. Mr. Hunter sold 70,000 acres of his Guadalupe Mountains Ranch to the park service which became part of the national park.