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Guadalupe Peak (highest point in TX)

Guadalupe Peak, at some 8,751 ft, is the highest point in Texas. Just a few miles from the Central Time Zone, it's the most prominent peak in an escarpment that runs north-south from New Mexico to Texas (the Guadalupe Mountains). When you're at the peak, make sure to look at your feet and notice the seashells and fossils that the escarpment has thrust up from a prehistoric ocean floor.

Perhaps only 30–40% of this hike has cover (trees), so please be prepared for heat and any surprise thunderstorms.

Once you've conquered the highest point in Texas, consider conquering the highest point in New Mexico, Wheeler Peak, and then Mount Elbert, the highest point in Colorado a few days later.

If you are a guest of the United States (i.e. non-citizen), there is a US Customs & Border Patrol checkpoint demarcating passage to/from what the ACLU calls a "Constitution-Free Zone". If this bothers you, donating to the ACLU and harassing your congress critters; otherwise please bring appropriate documentation of your entry into the US (passports, visas, etc—you know better what you need than we do). Group hikes are not the place to make a stand for your civil liberties.

We'll be leaving the trailhead at 8 am.

DISTANCE is 8.4 mi, out and back.

ELEVATION GAIN is ~3000 ft gained.

FEES: $5/person, paid at the trail head. You can also use your federal parks pass (bring your holder). Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!

DURATION: Finish by mid to late afternoon.

PET FRIENDLY? No. Horses are OK, but otherwise dogs, etc are not permitted on any of the trails.

SKILL LEVEL is *NOT* beginner friendly. No whiners!

TERRAIN starts off in high desert, walks up through high mountain forest, and ends up on exposed ridgeline and mountain side. I think there are some 38 switchbacks.

WEATHER may include thunderstorms. It is extremely windy once you're hiking the ridgeline and as you summit Guadalupe Peak. Bring a pancho, just in case, and be careful. You can ask about the weather at the visitor's center. It will be very hot on the way back, please bring lots of water.

AFTERWARDS people will probably go home; Guadalupe Peak is at least 30+ mi from restaurants/etc. We may stop in El Paso on the way back for dinner. Please bring appropriate lunch and supper.

MEET for carpool at:

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  • Samat

    Video I took: clouds rising over El Capitan http://youtu.be/umsz2iV4mg4

    November 11, 2013

  • DeeAnne M.

    I'm new to the group, was wondering if there's still room for me to ride with someone from Las Cruces? I can contribute gas money, of course

    July 26, 2013

    • Samat

      @DeeAnne: We almost always carpool, but wait till when we meet to figure out who's carpooling w/ whom. Just be at the meeting place on time!

      July 26, 2013

    • DeeAnne M.

      I don't think I'll be able to go after all, I thought I'd be done moving in to my apartment by now but still working on it. I'm sure I'll be at another meetup in the very near future though!

      July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Joe Master just hurt his toes and will keep you posted if he's going to make it. Will know tonight if swelling and pain us gone. :(

    July 27, 2013

  • Kelly

    Hi Samat, Kyle and I will meet you at the trail head Sunday morning. Kelly

    1 · July 26, 2013

    • Samat

      Thanks for letting me know!

      July 26, 2013

  • Karen E.

    I will be in El Paso and meet at the Lowe's there.

    1 · July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Samat, is anyone passing by the K-Mart on the north side,, on the way to the college car-pool area? Would save me an hour bike ride to get there. Also, on the hike, if I can't stay with the main group can I proceed at a slower pace and budget time so I'm back at the trail-head before the planned departure time. I would also need to know how to undo plans if I'm required to work Sunday.

    July 24, 2013

    • Samat

      Oh, in Las Cruces… mmm, I live on the far south side of town, so it's a pain for me personally—is anyone else able to pick Larry up and meet us at Milagro?

      July 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Larry, I can pick you up at Kmart. I will email you.

      July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't see any on the map... but just in case... will there be any water crossing?

    July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Meet you guys at the trailhead^^

    July 21, 2013

  • Samat

    Okay, so we're set for Sunday (I've deleted the comments indicating otherwise). I've also changed the event description to indicate the earliest time and place we'll be leaving.

    July 17, 2013

  • Ryan C.

    Horses ok, but dogs no? SNAP! My dog won't leave a big pile of road apples on the trail. I'm going to have to double my efforts to catch up with you on these high points once I'm back! :)

    July 17, 2013

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