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Guadalupe Mountains Backpack! ★★★+

Difficulty ★★★☆☆ (3+ Out of 5)

Itinerary:

We'll take the traditional Autumn route: Up McKittrick Canyon, past Pratt Cabin and the Grotto and climb the canyon wall to McKittrick Ridge Campground and camp. Saturday - Hike to Tejas Campground, set up camp. Optional Dayhike 1 - around Blue Ridge Trail to Bush Mountain Trail and back to Tejas Campground. Optional Dayhike 2 (Preferred) - Down Tejas to the Bowl Trail, bag Hunter Peak, continue around the bowl to Juniper Trail and back to Tejas. Sunday - Take Juniper to the unfinished part of the Bowl trail, hike down Bear Canyon and out. We will need to leave one vehicle at Pine Springs to drive everyone back to McKittrick Canyon. Optional one day extension if anyone wants to bag Guad Peak on Sunday afternoon or Monday morning.

Fees: Camping Fees at Pine Springs are $8 per site, backcountry camping is also $8 per night per site. Entrance Fees are $5 per person for the entire trip.

Tips:

* Sudden weather changes are common.

  • High winds are prevalent.
  • Thunderstorms and lightning are frequent in the summer.
  • Avoid exposed open areas during storms.
  • Hikers should carry one gallon of water per person per day.
  • Stay on trails.
  • Watch for cacti, rattlesnakes, scorpions, and desert centipedes.
  • All park features are protected. Do not deface or remove any natural or historical objects.
  • Do not pick wildflowers or other plants or feed or molest(? seriously) wildlife.
  • Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited. Camp stoves are allowed.
  • Pets must be leashed at all times. They are not allowed on trails.
  • Protect your food from wildlife. Guadalupe Mountains National Park does have black bears, mountain lions, mule deer, skunks and others that may be interested in your goodies! Yum!

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  • Rachel

    Thanks for organizing this! I had an awesome time! Nice people and a great park! :-)

    October 30, 2012

  • Tom

    Nice park and enjoyed everyone's company! Weather was warm but the fall color in Dog Canyon was exceptional.

    October 24, 2012

  • Jeff

    Great Trip.

    Thanks for organizing Tom and Tom

    And thanks everone for help with the H2o

    October 22, 2012

  • Tom D.

    Thanks for coming everyone! Great group of folks and an enjoyable backpack!

    October 21, 2012

  • Joe

    Any future trips to Wichita Mountains in OK?

    October 19, 2012

  • Tom D.

    If anyone else would like to go on this trip, there is still room. You'll need gear, 9L water, and be able tomeet at Ranger's Station Fri. at 10am, near Pine Springs Campground. :)

    October 17, 2012

  • Tom

    I'd say 9 quarts or liters would be enough water. If you don't have enough containers, try empty 2 liter soda bottles. They are stronger than regular water jugs.

    October 16, 2012

  • Jim T.

    I like anything with water on the route. Let me know when decided on the route. will impact how I pack. are we all going together now?

    October 14, 2012

    • Tom

      Hi, Jim. You'll be following the itinerary that Tom D. wrote in his Event description above. Friday hike to McKittrick Ridge camp, Saturday hike to Tejas camp, Sunday hike out by around noon or shortly thereafter. There isn't any water at all in the backcountry at the Guadalupes, only at the trailheads.

      October 14, 2012

    • Tom

      I spoke with Tom D., and he said he thought everyone needed 2.5 gallons of water.

      October 14, 2012

  • Tom

    ANYONE ELSE in our group want to join this backpack? We have room for 7 more people. Send me an email if interested.

    October 14, 2012

  • Tom

    RSVP Update: I moved anyone who didn't confirm with me that they would be attending to the Waiting List. If you were one of those I moved and are going to this event, please let me know and I'll add you back to the "yes" column.

    October 14, 2012

  • Tom D.

    Weather forecast : Friday 75/54 Sat 80/54 Sun 75/54 Mon 74/51 Windy

    October 13, 2012

  • Tom

    RSVP Update: we only have 8 confimed from the "yes" list, so I sent an email asking those Waiting if they would like to go. If you're a "yes" RSVP and haven't confirmed with me, I need to know as soon as possible that you will be there.

    October 11, 2012

  • Jeff

    If anyone wants to carpool, Rachel and I are driving from my house in North Ft Worth Thursday after work. Room for two more. I’ve fit 3 packs in the trunk and one in the back before.

    October 8, 2012

  • Tom D.

    Thanks for all of the RSVP updates everyone. I am still in Colorado ( be back soon), but it looks like Tom Tassin has done a great job getting a better confirmed number for the trip. Thanks Tom T! Looks like 12 will be a close number. ;)

    October 5, 2012

  • Janice

    I was really looking forward to this but work has been really busy lately and can't take any days off :-(. But please keep posting backpacking trips in the calendar, especially since the weather is getting cooler!

    October 5, 2012

  • Kevin

    I do not think I'm gonna be able to make it. Bummmed about it.

    October 5, 2012

  • Jeff

    I did
    What is the header/title on the email?

    Did you send directly yourself or through meetup app? If direct, maybe you have error in address?

    October 5, 2012

  • Tanya

    I will confirm on Sunday.

    October 5, 2012

  • Jeff

    Tom

    I did not receive an email to confirm(?) but am planning on attending.

    October 5, 2012

    • Tom

      Thanks, Jeff. Got it. Could you check your junk email folder?

      October 5, 2012

  • Vicky R.

    Hi, can you give us an updated list of who is going on this trip?
    Thank you,
    Vicky

    October 3, 2012

    • Tom

      This is a complicated issue and all I can say is that until the yes RSVPs drop below 15, no one from the waiting list will be able to move up. Due to so many no shows in the past, and I'm sure we are going to have some no shows at this event, Tom D. overbooked it because he wanted to have a large group. I'm waiting for responses to an email that I sent to all the "yes" RSVPs from 12 out of the 17 signed up at the moment. That's all I can do, is keep sending an email out every few days with no guarantee that I will get responses. I can't remove people at random because they may be away from access to their email.

      October 4, 2012

  • Tom

    Although I won't be hiking with Tom's group, I added myself as a Host to this event. I'm trying to help plan if the group size goes over 12. I will, however, be camping at Tejas with everyone on Saturday.

    October 3, 2012

  • Tom D.

    Tom T. and I are getting together on the 13th to discuss splitting the group if more than 12 actually show. History says prob not. Will post an update after we meet. If you can not attend for any reason, please update your RSVP so I can get an accurate head count. This will be a tough trip so please consider your abilities when updating your status. I will be out of cell range on another trip until the 8th. I will respond to any new emails then. Cheers!

    October 2, 2012

  • Tom

    I'll be at the park, too. I plan on camping at Tejas on Saturday night in order to meetup with Tom D.'s group.
    Also, I'll be driving, leaving early Thursday morning and returning on Monday. Sunday night I'll be camping at Guadalupe Peak campsite. I have a 2010 Altima now so let me know if you'd like to ride with me.

    September 29, 2012

  • Jim T.

    thanks, Tom. To clarify, meet at Rangers Station at 10 am on Friday?

    September 27, 2012

  • Tom D.

    Meet at Rangers Station by 10am. Most folks are camping at Pine Springs Thr. night. We'll need about an hr to stage cars and shuttle to trail head. You will need to pack ALL water for this trip. There is no reliable water in the backcountry mountains at Guadalupe.

    September 27, 2012

  • Jim T.

    What are the logistics for this trip? Is the start time and day above from the trail or Dallas? when and where is everbody leaving from? I will be coming from El Paso. where can I meet the group? also, is there water on the trail or do we have to carry all of our water? thank you.

    September 27, 2012

  • Tom D.

    A month away! I hope everyone is getting ready. It's going to be a fun weekend!

    September 21, 2012

  • Kevin

    I have done this route all three times I've been to Guadalupe with the exception of McKittrick campgrounds. It is awesome. I agree with Tom, this is a solid intermediate trail. I have not camped at McKittrick campground yet so this will be a new treat.

    September 12, 2012

  • Tom D.

    Hmmm. Solid intermediate trip. On a scale of 1-5 I'd give it a 3+ for distance, climb, and remoteness. Packs will be quite heavy as there is no reliable water source in the backcountry.

    July 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Tom, can you give us an idea as the difficulty level? Not sure NTO has a rating system.

    July 23, 2012

  • Tom D.

    I wouldn't recommend this for a first time backpack. It has large distances, one big climb, and heavier packs. May not be enjoyable for a first timer. :)

    July 19, 2012

  • Angela

    How did I miss the email about this hike? On waiting list. Hope to make the peak this time!!

    June 19, 2012

  • George G.

    Is it Pine Canyon Rd or Dr :)

    June 2, 2012

  • Ben

    It is on my calendar!!

    May 17, 2012

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