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Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Permian Trail, Winter Backpack

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  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park

    McKittrick Canyon Trailhead, Visitor Center, NM (map)

    34.519939 -105.870087

  • Guadalupe National Park is located about 90 miles east of El Paso on highway 62/180. The Mckittrick Canyon trail-head is 7 miles further east of the Pine Springs exit.
  • 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 prepared for freezing temperatures and the possibility of snow.   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. 

    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.

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  • youngja h.

    I am waiting to be open.

    1 · December 4

  • Esther R.

    Hi Mike,

    I notice that this hike event is close.....if you decide to add another hiker, I am interested in going.

    November 29

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  • Mike E.
    Drifter, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host

    Freedom lies in wilderness! Going to the mountains is going home. My... more

  • Yvonne D.

    Love hiking and am enjoying being able to hike with such a great group!

  • Rosario R.

    Hike it if you dare!!! Hiking, Camping, Backpacking,ka­yaker and Music Galore! OH MY!

  • eric s.

    Enjoy hiking, backpacking and motorcycle riding/touring­.

  • mark s.

    Transplanted from Ohio, love all outdoor activities & what the Southwest offers in adventure.... more

  • Connie R.

    I love to explore nature and take pictures. "I believe the world is... more

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