Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Texas Mountain Trail Classics Week: Hiking the Tallest Peak in Texas!

One of the best adventures in all of Texas is hiking Guadalupe Peak, the tallest in Texas.  Here's what the Guadalupe Mountains National Park's website says about this trail:

"On a clear day, the view from the "Top of Texas" (8,749 feet, or 2,667 meters) is outstanding. The trail is very steep, but is well established. Some areas are exposed to cliff edges. It is rated strenuous, with 3,000 feet of elevation gain. The round trip distance is 8.4 miles, and generally takes 6-8 hours. Avoid the peak hike during high winds and thunderstorms."

We took this hike in November, taking advantage of cooler temperatures, but folks enjoy this hike all through the year.   It is a thrill to see miles and miles of unspoiled desert landscape below the peak, the view is spectacular!  When you get up to the top, be sure to put your name in the journal logbook to record your achievement!

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