Ascent of Guadalupe Peak on 2020-10-21

Climber: Scott Sharaga

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Guadalupe Peak
    Elevation:8749 ft / 2666 m

Ascent Trip Report

What a spectacular hike! I camped at Pine Springs Campground for 2 nights just below the trailhead. It was nice to be able to walk from my campsite to the trailhead. The temperature was perfect, as it was only forecasted to be in the 80s. I started just before 9:00 AM and had a mix of sun and shade on the way up. The forested sections on some of the north-facing slopes were a nice surprise. I found the first and last parts of the hike to be the most challenging, but doable. I got to the top at 11:30 AM and had lunch and relaxed on top of the peak for an hour. The views of the surrounding peaks, including looking down on El Capitan, were fantastic. You really feel like you're standing on top of Texas. There was a man at the top celebrating his 84th birthday. Pretty good to still be able to do this hike at that age.

I like the set up of the Pine Springs Campground, with the wide separation of tent spaces and RV spaces, so tent campers don't hear generators. I was extremely lucky in that I grabbed the very last campsite. I was surprised that the place filled up on a Tuesday, but I guess the fall colors and comfortable weather attracted a lot of people to the park. Most of the tent spaces are a short walk from the parking area, and the nearest water spigot is at the trailhead (next to the RV campsites). Great night sky, too.

State high point #4!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2949 ft / 898 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.4 mi / 13.5 km
    Route:Guadalupe Peak Trail
    Trailhead:Pine Springs Campground  5800 ft / 1767 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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