Guadalupe Mountains National Park features the highest peak in Texas, remote wilderness and an astonishingly wide diversity of plant habitats- from the Chihuahuan Desert to the mountain top forests of oak and pine. The geology of the Guadalupe Mountains is also fascinating- they were formed from a 265-million years fossil reef.
|On top of Guadalupe Peak (8751 feet), highest point in Texas.|
On the first day, my parents dropped us off near the visitor's center, and while they went off for shorter dayhikes, Renee and I followed well-designed switchbacks up the 3000 foot climb to Guadalupe Peak, highest point in Texas. Several dayhikers, but only two other backpackers, were also on this popular trail.
|The water I’m carrying weights more than everything else in my pack combined.|
|Marveling how these mountains were made by corals and other marine organisms.|
|First night at Guadalupe Campsite. Hanging with a view.|
|Renee tries out cowboy camping.|
|My parents met us with delicious fresh oranges.|
|Umbrellas provided needed shade.|
|View across the valley of Guadalupe Peak where we'd hiked that morning.|
|Lots of fossils and neat rocks everywhere. Maybe next time I'll find a trilobite.|
|Taller and taller trees.|
|Hanging from gambrel oak at Tejas Campsite.|
Mark “SlowBro” for the trail and campsite recommendation!
Also, check out Renee's trip report on her blog, Pathfinder on the PCT.
-Stop at the Pine Springs Visitors Center to pick up your backcountry permit, which are issued on a first come first served basis. We did have a ranger check our permit on the first night. Campsites had no water, but did have tent pads. Winds can be severe so check the forecast.
-If you go to Guadalupe, don’t miss Carlsbad Caverns National Park, only an hour away, which is part of the same ancient reef formation. We went during the week, and got to wander around the mile-long loop through the large cavern all on our own, enjoying the quiet and listening to occasional water drops splashing into pools.