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McKittrick Canyon Trail



11.0 mile 17.7 kilometer point to point
87% Runnable


Ascent: 3,200' 975 m
Descent: -572' -174 m
High: 7,813' 2,381 m
Low: 5,011' 1,527 m


Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 51% (27°)


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A long and semi-technical canyon ascent that has some of the best views in west Texas!

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Although the lower parts of the canyon are quite gentle and easily accessible, the rest of the trail past Pratt Cabin and The Grotto soon morphs into a full day trek that isn't for the faint of heart or out-of-shape first-time runners. The climbing involves substantial grades, semi-technical terrain, and tons of switchbacks.

At the same time, all of the effort expended to reach the ridgeline couldn't be more worth it, as the entire trail offers unparalleled views of the canyon! Just make sure to bring plenty of snacks, water, and cover from the sun as you'll be constantly working in little to no shade after you leave the stream behind.

If you're looking for the perfect short overnight backpack, the McKittrick Ridge Campground is a great spot at the edge of the canyon wall. It's located at the top of the main climb around 7.5 miles into the run. Note that backpacking requires a permit which can be purchased from the park's headquarters. Learn more about backpacking at Guadalupe Mountains National Park, here.

Beyond the campsite, the trail continues to follow the dramatic ridgeline for several miles of rolling terrain until it concludes at the Tejas Trail.

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About halfway up to the top of the canyon - you can see the fall colors around the lower portion of the trail below.
Nov 7, 2016 near Pine Sp…, TX
McKittrick Canyon Trail
Sep 30, 2015 near Pine Sp…, TX
Eastern ridge of McKittrick Canyon as you enter.
Dec 15, 2016 near Pine Sp…, TX
McKittrick Canyon
Dec 15, 2016 near Pine Sp…, TX
Dry creek bed in the early portions of the McKittrick Canyon Trail.
Dec 15, 2016 near Pine Sp…, TX
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Sep 30, 2015 near Pine Sp…, TX


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