Hiking to the "Top of Texas" up Guadalupe Peak

Adventure Spotlight - Backpacker Team Member, Brian T., recently headed back to Guadalupe National Park to conquer Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas!

 

Here is a little Q & A with Brian about his experience and some insights on prepping for a hike like this one! 


Q: Why did you chose this place?

A: On my first trip to Guadalupe National Park last year we did not have time to take on Guadalupe Peak and had to come back to bag the highest point in Texas.

Q: Did you use a website or other resource to help you plan your trip?

A: Yes, AllTrails was very helpful in helping us to find good trails, and it was also helpful when navigating the trail and also to get to the trail head.

Q: Did anything about your adventure surprise you?

A: Yes, the Guadalupe Peak trail was much more difficult than I expected, with lots of hair pin turns.

Q: What gear was absolutely essential to help you love your adventure?

A: Trekking Poles and lots of water. Trekking poles made tackling the loose steep terrain a lot safer and easier as well as keeping a good pace to get up and back down before dark.

Q: What gear do you wish you had brought?

A: More GU Packets. I should have trained more, I did not have the endurance I needed.

Q: What advice would you give to others wanting to hike the Guadalupe Peak Trail?

A: Get an early start so you are not having to hike down in the dark.


Brian's Gear List for Hiking Guadalupe Peak:

- Mystery Ranch In and Out 19 Pack
- Trekking Poles
- Camelbak Crux 2 Liter Reservoir
- Nalgene 32oz. Water Bottle
- Petzel Tactikka + Headlamp
- Hat
- Hoka Kaha Boots
- Kuhl Radikl Pants
- ExOfficio Give-N-Go 2.0 Boxer Briefs
- Free Fly Bamboo Flex Quarter Zip
- Smartwool Hiking Socks
- Nuun Hydration Tabs
- GU Energy Labs Gel Packets
- First Aid Kit
Sunscreen
- Camera
- Water!

Additional information from The National Park Service.
Guadalupe Peak is a rewarding, although very strenuous, 8.5 mile round trip hike with a 3,000 foot elevation gain. It will take from six to eight hours to complete the hike. The peak provides fantastic views from the highest point in the state of Texas (
8,751 feet / 2,667 meters).

This trail guide provides a mileage chart, map, and visual description of the trail.

View of a mountain slope with trail locations marked


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