Difficulty ★★★☆☆ (3+ Out of 5)
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.
* 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!