The plan is to leave the El Paso/Las Cruces area early Saturday morning for the approximate 2 hour drive to the McKittrick Canyon Visitor Center and trail-head to hike the Permian Reef Trail for a length of 4.8 miles until we reach the Texas/New Mexico border and camp on the New Mexico side for the night. We will be able to build a fire since our camp will be out of the national park. On Sunday we return, using the same trail, back to our cars at the trailhead for the drive home.
Trip rating: Moderate to Strenuous
Length: 10 mile round-trip
Elevation gain/loss: 2000 ft. The trail-head is at 5000 ft. and our primitive campsite will be at 7000 ft.
You should be an experienced backpacker in good physical condition prepared for freezing temperatures and the possibility of snow and high winds. The uphill hike to the top of the escarpment is strenuous and on a rocky and sometimes narrow trail. If you are interested in attending this backpack you will need to text me. [masked] Thanks.
All water must be carried for this backpack. There are no springs along our route or where we will camp. A minimum of 1 gallon of water should be carried for this outing.
As per national park policy, dogs are not allowed on back country trails.
There is a $5.00 entrance fee per person unless you have a national parks pass.
Plan on meeting to carpool at 6:30am at the Lowe's parking lot on Montana Ave. in east El Paso or make your own driving arrangements. I will leave at 7am. Make sure you have enough gas for the trip. There are no gas stations along 62/180.
We will meetup initially at the park headquarters at Pine Springs to get our camping permit and register our vehicles so we can park overnight at the McKittrick Canyon parking lot. From the park headquarters it's another 7 miles to McKittrick Canyon.