Guadalupe Peak

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Guadalupe Peak is the highest point in Texas at 8,749 feet. It is located in Guadalupe Mountains National Park and offers some of the best views around, especially the unique view of the top of nearby El Capitan. The trail is well established and has a roundtrip of 8.4 miles with approximately 3,000 feet in elevation gain. The mountains are an old limestone fossil reef that rises from the nearby Chihauhuan Desert. Guadalupe Peak is acknowledged as an excellent winter climb due to its year round warm weather, although there may be some snow in winter.

Elevation (feet): 8,749
Elevation (meters): 2,667
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Southwest Basins and Ranges
State: Texas
Latitude: 31.8833
Longitude: -104.867
Difficulty: Walk Up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Year first climbed: Pre-Written History
First successful climber(s): Probably Native American
Nearest major airport: El Paso, Texas
Convenient Center: Carlsbad, New Mexico

Thanks to Daniel Schelp for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 56 trip reports for Guadalupe Peak.

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  • Log #22535 - by Sweetwater Red on June 13, 2016
    Outstanding first highpoint for a novice hiker.  It starts out a bit strenuous for about the first third of the route but once you're passed that point it becomes somewhat easier. The views...
  • Log #22473 - by Charlie Russell on Aug 07, 2014
    Standard route. First state high point. Climbed with wife Kim. Clear hot weather brisk but manageable winds.
  • Log #22165 - by Steve Gruhn on Apr 14, 2011
    Climbed early in the morning to avoid the heat of hte day.
  • Log #22162 - by Caj E Svensson on Apr 14, 2011
    An alpine start with head lamps from the campground due to the hot weather. We measured above 90F the day before. Followed the normal trail to the top. Saw few other people on the trail.
  • Log #22078 - by R.W. (Bob) Schwaninger on Sep 15, 2010
    This was a rather easy climb, but under difficult conditions. It was 99-degrees when we left with full packs. We camped at about 200' below the summit (not much level, smooth ground). Ascended the...
  • Log #22024 - by julielilienkamp on July 25, 2010
    HOTTEST DAMN CLIMB EVER!!! THOUGHT MY FEET WERE GOING TO BLISTER FROM THE HEAT, THROUGH MY WOOL SOCKS AND BOOTS. CLIMB THIS ONE IN LATE FALL OR EARLY SPRING.
  • Log #21833 - by Beth Shelton on Nov 27, 2009
    Began around 9 am after visiting the ranger station and shop. Perfectly beautiful day! My co-hiker was very out of shape and we are middle-aged women, so hiking was agonizingly slow. The steepness...
  • Log #21518 - by John Little on Nov 23, 2008
    An Early Start We’d arrived at Guadalupe Mountains National Park at dawn the following morning, hiked to Devil’s Hall and back (with no sleep whatsoever), and crashed out in our tents by 4 PM...
  • Log #21243 - by TJ on Apr 04, 2008
    What an awesome peak... smack dab in the middle of NOWHERE. Spent the first night @ the campground in the park @ 5300' elevation. I was very surprised that I felt the elevation immediately.
  • Log #21236 - by Keith Ramey on Apr 02, 2008
    Good time. A group of us escaped Iraq training and had a nice day off on this hike.
  • Log #21158 - by Fabian Quintana on Jan 24, 2008
    This climb is awesome. I am from Carlsbad New Mexico but now reside in San Antonio and have climbed Guadalupe several times. Probably around 12 times. Never gets old.
  • Log #21017 - by Stephanie D on Sep 08, 2007
    It was SOOO cold. Pictures the group and I took together we look so happy and warm because it was shining, but we were freezing! Great view and climb. We went early in the day.
  • Log #20744 - by Richard Lowe on Apr 15, 2007
    Climbed Guadalupe for the second time in two hours up, an hour on top, and another hour to get down with my day off from work in Fort Sumner, NM. Met some great people on the top, especially another...
  • Log #19789 - by Jeremy G. on Sep 27, 2006
    My wife and I climed Guadalupe in the summer of '03. It was a wonderful climb. It was not too difficult to do in one day. We left camp about 8:00 in the morning and returned to camp at about 4:00 PM.
  • Log #18822 - by Jonathan Althaus on Feb 14, 2006
    Cold and windy in the spring but well worth the view
  • Log #18783 - by BajaTexas on Oct 16, 2005
    Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas, is a remote peak in a mostly undeveloped national park on the Texas-New Mexico line in far west Texas. We climbed this peak in mid-October, hoping to avoid...
  • Log #18980 - by Steve Ochoa on June 11, 2005
    I lead a group of 1st time summitteers. They had a great hike! The winds were not as brutal. The temperature was a nice 80 all the way up. I had a tough time convincing them to descend.
  • Log #17520 - by Dan and Karen Carpenter on Oct 23, 2004
    We walked right up this trail. Took us 2 hours and 36 minutes. A 20's something couple passed us near the top. But we 40's were pleased to walk by about 5 other groups on our way to the top.
  • Log #17521 - by Richard Lowe on Sep 29, 2004
    I went on a road trip with one of my best buddies, David Roderick and his brother. Started the climb up in the late afternoon after about 7 hours on the road from the Fort Worth area. Hot on the way...
  • Log #17522 - by Frank and Michelle Lanter on Sep 19, 2004
    A wonderful hike with a wonderful view at the end! The pine canyon is beautiful. The exposed trail as you approach the top can be very windy, so be careful.
  • Log #17523 - by Josh Human on Sep 18, 2004
    Wear wool sox, they cut down on blisters. And be carefull when you are running down the mountain in a thunder and lighting and hail storms. Hazardous!!
  • Log #17524 - by Gordon and Clint Nixon on Aug 18, 2004
    Spectacular experience from the top of Texas. It was a great father and son experience with a day of perfect weather and companionship. I love my son very much despite the fact he complained when he...
  • Log #17525 - by Richard Bath on July 01, 2004
    I grew up in El Paso and never summited Guadalupe Peak. I live in Dallas now and went out to hike the mountain in Oct of 2003. Boy was it windy!! But the view atop Texas is AMAZING!! Every Texan...
  • Log #17526 - by Mike Kueht on June 16, 2004
    I am thinking of planning a Christmas trip to the Guadalupes and I have to climb the highest mountain in Texas, of course. Has anyone else ever gone in winter and if so, would you please e-mail me...
  • Log #17527 - by Lianna Brawley on May 11, 2004
    I first climbed Guadalupe Peak in March of this year. Didn't get all the way to the top the first time because of very dense fog and my friend was having a hard time. I went back May 7, and climbed 4...
  • Log #17528 - by Steve adn Jessica Ochoa on May 05, 2004
    Every bit as challenging as any hike I have been on. This includes 14ers in Colorado.The views are spectacular from the 3rd leg of the trail.If you have vertigo, this hike is not for you.
  • Log #17529 - by Raymond Martin on Mar 03, 2004
    Look at the walls on the way up. Guadalupe Peak is the subject of a long-standing geological argument involving its origin - reef or bioherm; nonetheless, there are loads of fossils in the formation...
  • Log #17530 - by Barry on Jan 18, 2004
    This is the 4th time I have summited Guadalupe Peak. It was a nice way to bring in the new year. The winds were very high, especially after leaving Guadalupe Peak in route to El Capitan. I was able...
  • Log #17531 - by Steve Hufford on Oct 21, 2003
    I flew into El Paso from Alaska on Sunday, the 19th. Drove into Guadalupe Park Monday morning at 8am just as the visitor center was opening. Clear skies and the air was just beginning to warm up....
  • Log #17532 - by Bill, J, Will, and Phil Enderlein on Sep 28, 2003
    The view from the summit was spectacular! It was the first climb for me, my wife, and two sons; Will, age 13 and Phil age 10. We were prepared with enough water and snacks, had good hiking boots and...
  • Log #17533 - by Peter Millett on Sep 08, 2003
    Awesome day for a climb. Great views... windy... didn't see any rattlesnakes !! (thank God)
  • Log #17534 - by Chris Kain on Aug 28, 2003
    Well worth the trip from Florida! I decided to take my time and spend a night at the Guadalupe backcountry camp site. The views from my tent more than justified carrying the extra weight up the...
  • Log #17535 - by Stu Frink on Aug 18, 2003
    Climbed in Honor of all those officers who gave their life in the line of duty. May we never forget. www.copsontop.com
  • Log #17536 - by Michael Gorton on July 28, 2003
    I have climbed many mountains around the world and this is the only one I have done three times. This last was the most special, as I did it with my 8 year old daughter Alaina. It was her first...
  • Log #17537 - by john benton on July 23, 2003
    A excellent cilmb, especially for us flatlander Texans. This was my third trip to the top and they were all great. Although this climb won't rival the Sierra Nevadas or Rockies, it is certainly...
  • Log #17538 - by Chip Belka on May 14, 2003
    Fantastic, beautful 3-4 hour climb. I recommend doing it in the morning...even in the heart of summer it is still somewhat cool.
  • Log #17539 - by Erik Benner on May 13, 2003
    Having never been, and never talked to anyone who had been, we didn't allow enough time to stay there. Need at bare minimum at least 2-3 days. The summit was gorgeous. Will be going back soon!!!!
  • Log #17540 - by Cookie Wallace on Mar 17, 2003
    It was a beautiful clear day. The view was worth it. Can't wait to go back!
  • Log #17541 - by James Stephens on Mar 09, 2003
    Great Hike, First for my 12 year old, first state high point for me. I've hiked from Alaska to California and all over the west. One of the best and most enjoyable hikes I've been on. Be sure and...
  • Log #17542 - by Joe Sulak on Jan 06, 2003
    Roundtrip time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Log #17543 - by wanda long on Oct 13, 2002
    This was a hard climb for a 63 year old lady!~~but well worth the trip when you reach the summit. What fantastic views. The weather was perfect. Take plenty of water.
  • Log #17544 - by Andy George on July 25, 2002
    I found as a beginning that this was a fairly easy mountain to climb. Yet while being an easy one it was a long haul in a dry enviroment where it wasn't very easy to find water. It was my 11th...
  • Log #17545 - by Larry Shailer and Katelyn Shailer on July 15, 2002
    My daughter and I made the climb in about 6 hours. Nice climb, good trail.
  • Log #17546 - by Zhong Deng on Mar 17, 2002
    Pretty much an uneventful hike with a friend of mine and his son. We started shortly after 9:00. It took me 2 hours 50 minutes to get to the top (quite a bit disappointing for me). After staying...
  • Log #17547 - by Darryl J. Padilla on Feb 16, 2002
    I love climbing this peak....My family and I climbed it in November and 100 feet from the top, or less, my family, they decided it was too cold and windy to summit, so they decended...I summitted and...
  • Log #17549 - by John Paul Hinds on Apr 23, 2001
    The trail is truly treacherous, littered with rocks of all sizes. What is amazing is, there is a trail. A friend (Tom Loper) spent three summers in his college days helping build this trail. I...
  • Log #17550 - by Travis Sutton Byrd on Oct 27, 2000
    Fine desert hike. One of my favorite state highpoints.
  • Log #17551 - by Scott Kelley on Oct 08, 2000
    Who can say that they RAN to the Top of Texas. Well, okay, I'm sure someone's done it before, but it was still fun. The views were incredibly awesome, once I caught my breath on the way down.
  • Log #17552 - by Lynn Ford on Sep 26, 2000
    On June 2, 1988 my step-son, Jeremy Boswell and two of his friends, John and Paul Loyless, made this wonderful hike. When we reached the summit the boys noticed the ammo box which contains the log...
  • Log #17553 - by John and Stephen Robb on Apr 20, 2000
    This is an awe inspiring hike with open breathtaking views that would convince even an almost native Texan that our fair state really has mountains. Well worth the drive! My fourteen your old and I...
  • Log #17554 - by Cody Wilson on Apr 19, 2000
    My first mountain peak and first state highpoint. I'll be adding at least 3 more(elbert, wheeler, & humphry's) before my eighth birthday. POKEMON RULES!
  • Log #17555 - by Cody Wilson on Apr 19, 2000
    My first mountain peak and first state highpoint. I'll be adding at least 3 more before my eighth birthday. POKEMON RULES!
  • Log #17556 - by Tyler McKee on Feb 22, 2000
    I brought along my 7 year old nephew. He loved it, I think there will be many mountains in his future.
  • Log #17557 - by CHARLES & JEAN KELLEY on Feb 21, 2000
    WONDERFUL VIEW SOUTH TO THE RIO GRANDE, WATCH FOR HIGH WINDS. WE TURNED CORNERS INTO 50-60MPH GUSTS THAT LEAVE YOU FEELING UNSTABLE.
  • Log #17558 - by Peter Gram on Jan 06, 2000
    A really nice hike. It could be miserable at the wrong time of year because it starts in the desert. My 26th state highpoint.
  • Log #17559 - by Daniel Schelp on May 24, 1999
    I was looking for a warm weather winter hike, and Guadalupe Peak was perfect. I hiked this on New Year's Eve, and I was surprised to find that this is a popular trail at this time of year. There was...