McKittrick Ridge, 3 day 2 night winter backpack, Guadalupe Mountains NP

Jornada Hiking & Outdoors Club
Jornada Hiking & Outdoors Club
Public group

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

400 Pine Canyon Drive · Salt Flat, TX

How to find us

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.

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This 3 day 2 night backpack showcases all of the diversity of the park with its limestone bluffs overlooking sheer-sided cliffs, vast panoramic vistas, enormous multi-fingered canyons, semi-arid desert plants, and forests of ponderosa pine, pinyon pine, and Douglas fir.

Class: Strenuous

Length: 20 miles

Elevation Gain/Loss: 2000 feet. Our high point will be at the McKittrick Ridge campsite at 7716 feet.

This backpack requires a car shuttle between our entry point at Pine Springs and our exit at the McKittrick Canyon Visitor Center.

We will camp at the Tejas and McKittrick Ridge backcountry campsites utilizing the Tejas and McKittrick Canyon trails.

All water must be carried for this backpack. A minimum of 1.5 gal. per person for the outing. That's 12 pounds of water. Two gallons (16 pounds) is recommended. There is no water source along the route. You do not want to run short on water.

Freezing temperatures, high winds, rain, and accumulations of snow in the high country can and do occur at this time of year.

Permit and fees will be shared among participants. Pets, firearms, and ground fires are prohibited within the national park.

This outing is limited to 6 experienced well-equipped backpackers in good physical condition prepared for winter camping conditions and the possibility of extreme weather. If you are interested in this outing call me,[masked].

Meet-up at the east side Lowe's parking lot at 7am.