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Guadalupe Peak Trail



4.2 mile 6.7 kilometer point to point
68% Runnable


Ascent: 2,923' 891 m
Descent: -33' -10 m
High: 8,744' 2,665 m
Low: 5,853' 1,784 m


Avg Grade: 13% (8°)
Max Grade: 44% (24°)


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Difficult but well-worth it!

Robert McDonald

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife

Visitors must obtain a hiking permit at the visitor center or self registration satiation. The cost is $5 USD per permit and is good for one week. Annual permits are a available at visitor center for $20 USD.

Runner Notes

The trail is very rocky with a mix of loose gravel, making for a challenging run. Shoes with rockplates are recommended.


The Guadalupe Peak Trail is approximately 8 miles round trip. 3 - 5 liters of water are recommended for the trail. Be sure to bring a snack and flashlight/headlamp as it is easy to be caught on the trail after dark. Shoes with good ankle support and a sturdy running stick are highly recommended. Loose and slick rocks as well as large steps up & down are along the trail. There is no cell phone service except at the peak itself. Be aware that this trail/park is extremely busy during peak times such as spring break.

A backcountry campsite is available on the trail approximately 1 mile from the peak. No water is available on the trail.

High winds are common and can be dangerous!

Flora & Fauna

Mountaintop forests are home to animals such as elk, black bear, gray foxes, striped and hog-nosed skunks, porcupine, mule deer, mountain lions, and mountain short-horned lizards.

Nocturnal desert animals include the kit fox, coyote, mountain lion, bobcat, badger, Texas banded gecko, and about 16 species of bats. Mule deer, javelinas, and black-tailed jackrabbits are seen early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler.

Beware of poisonous snakes.

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