We will leave El Paso early Saturday morning to drive to the Pine Springs Campground of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. We will take the Tejas trail to the top of the escarpment, a 3.8 mile 2000 ft. elevation gain. We then follow the Bowl Trail, .7 mile, to Hunter peak, 8,368 ft. the 6th highest peak in Texas, eat lunch and enjoy the spectacular views. Then we will make a steep 5.2 mile descent to, and then down, the Bear Canyon Trail, and Frijole Trail back to the cars. This ten-mile loop asks a lot early on, then amply pays it back. The high-country of the Guadalupe Mountains are as remote today as it was when the Mescalero Apache made these mountains their home.
Trip Date: Saturday, October 22
Length: 10.5 mile loop
Elevation Gain/Loss: 2550 ft.
There is a $5.00 national park fee for this outing, payable at the self-pay kiosk at the trail head. There are restrooms at the trail head parking area.
There are no springs along the route. All water must be carried for this day hike. Come prepared for the possibility of rapidly deteriorating weather conditions, and high winds. Dogs are not allowed on back country trails within the national park. This is a strenuous hike with little shade along the route until we reach the escarpment, and some sections of the trail are very rough and rocky. The fall is an ideal time of year to do this outing, usually hiking with mild temperatures.
El Paso and Las Cruces hikers please meet at 7am to carpool from the Lowe's parking lot in east El Paso, 12100 Montana Ave. or make your own driving arrangements. I will leave at 7:15am. It's an approximate two-hour drive to the Pine Springs Campground and trail head. I am aiming for a 9:30am Mountain Standard Time start to this outing.
Make sure you have enough gas for the round trip to the NP and back. There are no gas stations along 62/180. The only gas is in Dell City, a 26 mile round trip from 62/180.
Contact Mike with your questions or concerns,[masked].
The Bowl with 8368 ft. Hunter Peak on the far upper left.
View towards the Pine Springs Campground from the Tejas Trail. Guadalupe peak is on the far, upper right.
Pine Springs kiosk with 8368 foot Hunter peak in the upper background
The view looking down from Hunter Peak