I flew into El Paso, TX on March 7th and after a fairly uneventful flight (there was a woman on my flight I’m quite sure was Rachel from the Real World Austin) Paul and I hit the Albertson’s to get some backpacking grub. Next we hit a sporting goods store for some stove fuel and a camping pillow and we were off into the wilds of west Texas.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park contains Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in the great state of Texas. We struck out on the 4 mile, 2,500 foot climb to the Pine Top campground at around 4pm and made it up just after 6pm. The campsites in Pine Top are great and as soon as we had our tent up the winds started and continued for the duration of our stay at Guadalupe.
The next morning we decided to leave the tent up and take a day hike around the park. We did a nice 10 mile loop through the interior of the park and had lunch on the trail. After our 4+ hour hike, we settled in for a quick nap before packing down the Bear Canyon trail. As we were laying in the tent it started hailing, quite a surprise since it had been sunny all day. We got a few moments later and packed up camp. The 5 mile hike down the Bear Canyon trail was very steep, I would not recommend climbing this trail. We made it down around 5 or 6pm and headed into the town of Carlsbad for the night.