Ascent of Guadalupe Peak on 2017-10-09

Climber: Eric Davidson

Date:Monday, October 9, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Guadalupe Peak
    Elevation:8749 ft / 2666 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had driven to Guadalupe Mountains National Park early on the 7th from El Paso with the intent to reach the highest point in Texas.I had originally planned to camp at the campground at the entrance of the park for both of the nights that I'd be in Guadalupe. When I arrived, however, I was told that the camping sites were filled, but there was free camping about 20 minutes away. After going on a short hike at the Gypsum Sand Dunes, I worked out a plan to hike up Hunters Peak the following day via the Frijoles and Bear Canyon trails, then camp at Pine Top, then head down in the morning, then hike up Guadalupe Peak.

I started from the visitor's center with a 20-something pound pack and essentially followed the plan I had made. the ascent of Hunters Peak with a large pack on certainly got my heart pumping. The view on the top of Hunters Peak was awesome, and I got a good glimpse of Guadalupe Peak as well. When I got to Pine Top it was still pretty early in the day so I spent a lot of time watching the birds and listening to music. There was a family with two small children that I saw at Pine Top, but I was alone other than them. It got cool and very windy in the night, but I slept well enough. I woke up the next morning early and started descending the Tejas trail towards the parking lot, but the wind had persisted gusted quite strongly. At one point almost knocking me down. I met the family who had also stayed at Pine Top on the way down. Apparently they had not gotten much sleep due to the wind. I eventually got to the Guadalupe Peak trail trailhead where one could see the parking lot only a few hundred feet away. I was tempted to go to my car and swap my big pack for my lighter day pack, but I had wanted to get some more practice with my big pack so I avoided the temptation. From there, the hike up to the top of Guadalupe was steep and tiring, but otherwise uneventful. I spoke with a few other hikers, one of whom was a very in shape 60 year old who gave me some beef jerky. I was pretty tired and thirsty (like, not dehydrated or anything, but it's pretty difficult to carry enough water out there) when I got back to the car, but the drive to Las Cruces wasn't as bad as I'd thought it would be.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3015 ft / 918 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.5 mi / 13.7 km
    Route:Guadalupe Peak Trail
    Trailhead:5734 ft / 1747 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Very Windy
Clear and windy
Ascent Part of Trip: Guadalupe Sequence (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Hunter Peak2017-10-082634 ft / 803 m
2Guadalupe Peak2017-10-093015 ft / 919 m
Total Trip Gain: 5649 ft / 1722 m    Total Trip Loss: 5649 ft / 1722 m

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