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Re: Guadalupe Peak

Postby MichiganBrian » Sat Oct 12, 2013 12:15 pm

The backpacking up on the other side of the park is incredible too, just tough due to the lack of water. We spent four days up there a few years ago and then climbed guad after. Saw two people the whole time while we were backpacking.

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Re: Guadalupe Peak

Postby Hungry Jack » Sat Oct 12, 2013 4:47 pm

There is some water a ways up in McKittrick Canyon, which is beautiful in the fall. But the rest of that place is bone dry.
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Re: Guadalupe Peak

Postby CorduroyCalves » Sat Oct 12, 2013 4:49 pm

If you have the time, I highly recommend hitting Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands. We did a week-long trip last March and hit all three places. We were stretched for time so we only did a couple short hikes in Guadalupe but didn't see any evidence of snow during that time and would be very doable that time of year if it helps.

As a side note, we utilized the NM state parks on that trip and the ones we stayed at were EXCELLENT. Very clean and well-maintained. ~$10-12 to camp and the $5 entry is waived if you're paying for a campsite. IIRC, you have to pay the entry fee as well as the campsite fee when staying in CO state parks.
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Re: Guadalupe Peak

Postby highpilgrim » Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:43 am

CorduroyCalves wrote:If you have the time, I highly recommend hitting Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands. We did a week-long trip last March and hit all three places. We were stretched for time so we only did a couple short hikes in Guadalupe but didn't see any evidence of snow during that time and would be very doable that time of year if it helps.

As a side note, we utilized the NM state parks on that trip and the ones we stayed at were EXCELLENT. Very clean and well-maintained. ~$10-12 to camp and the $5 entry is waived if you're paying for a campsite. IIRC, you have to pay the entry fee as well as the campsite fee when staying in CO state parks.


A big plus one to this post. Guadalupe is a fun hike, Carlsbad is worth the side trip and White Sands is an incredible place. Make the effort to hike out onto the dune field and camp; it's a short hike and the spectacular solitude is well worth the effort.

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Re: Guadalupe Peak

Postby spiderman » Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:22 am

Guadalupe Peak is one of the nicest parts of all Texas. Definitely the highpoint of that state :lol: . The hike is only 3-4 hours but has good views. Watch out for all of the poisonous critters on the trail. My son and I had descended in the dark and it felt like a Halloween spook house with all of nasty things slithering in front of us. Besides White Sands & Carlsbad, consider Sierra Blanca and Emory Peak if you are heading to that part of the country.

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Re: Guadalupe Peak

Postby Hungry Jack » Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:54 am

Ditto the accolades for NM state parks.

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