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

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]-8226. 

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

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  • eric s.

    thank you Mike for another fun adventure. Thank you Frank, Rosario, and Connie for a great time

    February 21

  • Rosario R.

    I love you guys!!! this was a beyond craziness back pack adventure! And I manage to survive ....hehe... see you all on the trials :)

    February 20

  • Connie R.

    Thank you Michael- this was a very challenging backpack- definitely not for beginners. The trail was rough and rugged as were the beautiful mountain vistas. The winter temperature along with the wind made the experience even more challenging! Good times!!! Good friends!!! I ❤️ Hiking!🙂🙂🙂

    1 · February 21

  • Mike E.

    Five backpackers hiked McKittrick Ridge which is considered the best route within Guadalupe National Park over President's Day. It was a 21 mile, 3 day, 2 night backpack with very cold nights, stiff winds, and beautiful sunny days. The views and vistas coming into McKittrick Canyon from atop the escarpment were spectacular. A great outing into the wilderness of our nearby national park that everyone should experience.

    3 · February 20

  • Rosario R.

    Mr. Episcopo. .. Thanks a million for another crazy and wild hike... WOW! OMG! I almost froze my ass ⛺🍸🍺

    1 · February 20

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