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Guadalupe Mountains National Park (Fall Colors Hiking Trip)

Hosted by a member of the Houston Explore Texas Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Fri 09 Nov 17:00 - Sun 11 Nov 22:00

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Hey Gang,

This will be a hiking/camping trip focused on a visit to Guadalupe Mountains National Park to catch the Fall Colors.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is in the vast Chihuahuan Desert of western Texas. It’s known for its bright-white Salt Basin Dunes, wildlife-rich grassland and fossilized reef mountains.

You can either take Friday off and head out on Thursday evening or take off Friday and fly into El Paso airport:

Here is the Itinerary:

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Thursday, November 8th

7:30pm - Wine Tasting at Grapevine
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8pm - Dinner at Grist Mill
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9:30 pm - Drive to resort

10:30pm - Check-into resort
(Cost of $38 per night for one bedroom, and $19 for sofabed)
Holiday Inn Club Vacations Hill Country Resort
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Friday, November 9th
7:30am - Breakfast at Granny D's
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8:30am - Continue drive to Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Dell City, TX
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3pm - Setup Camp
We have a Group campsites
(Cost of $3 per person per night - in other words, 2 nights at $6 total)

Campground conveniences include: potable water, accessible flush-toilet restrooms, utility sink, and pay telephones. There are no showers available in the campground.

Wood and charcoal fires are strictly prohibited due to generally dry weather conditions and intermittent high winds.

Containerized fuel camp stoves are permitted. Cooking must be done using only contained propane stoves or grills.

Generators are permitted in designated areas between 8am-8pm.

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Saturday, November 10th

8am - Breakfast at the campsite

9am - HIKING - Guadalupe Peak Trail
The Guadalupe Peak Trail weaves up through a conifer forest to the state’s highest summit, with views of the rocky El Capitan peak to the south. In the north, the McKittrick Canyon Trail is known for its colorful fall foliage.

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Sunday, November 11th

7am - Breakfast & Pack

9am - TWO OPTIONS

OPTION 1:
CLIMBERS CAN:
Head to Hueco Tanks and go climbing there on the North Mountain

"Central Wall":

SPORT:
Malice In Bucketland 5. Protected content stars)
Sea of Holes 5.10a (2 pitches) (3.5 stars)
Alice in Banana Land 5. Protected content
Hueco Syndrome 5. Protected content (3 stars)
Window Pain 5.10 3.5 stars)

TRAD:
Uriah's Heap 5.7+ (Trad 3 pitches) (2.5 stars)
Divine Wind / All the Nasties 5.8+ (Trad 3 pitches) (2.5 stars)
All the Nasties 5.9+ (Trad 2 pitches Protected content
Banana Patch 5. Protected content stars)

"Cakewalk Wall""
ALL TRAD:
Son of Cakewalk 5. Protected content (2 pitches)
Cakewalk 5.6 (2.5 stars Protected content
Return of Cakewalk 5. Protected content (2 pitches)

SPORT:
Cakewalk Direct 5. Protected content stars)

OPTION 2:
HIKERS CAN: Morning/early afternoon Hike Devil's Hall Trail
4.2 miles round trip with moderate difficulty. Parking spot at the campground/trailhead and set out from there. The first part is a fairly normal trail and then it descends into the wash. The first part of the wash is fairly wide and open with smaller rocks but this changes quickly. Many parts of the trail have very large rocks on it that almost completely block the path. It does require some climbing although if you take your time you can scout out the best/easiest route. You can download a map of the area and use it to track your progress on the trail .

Spent time in the wash before finally arrive at the staircase area. Hike to the staircase and then the actual Devils Hall is found a short walk after climbing the staircase.

1pm - Begin Drive back and have lunch somewhere on the way

8pm - Dinner in Canyon Lake area and check into resort at 10pm
(Cost of $38 per night for one bedroom, and $19 for sofabed)

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Monday, November 12th -

5am - Drive back to work

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If you need a room or sofabed on Thursday or Sunday night...let me know (first pay first serve)..I can get a total of 3 bedrooms and 2 sofabeds.

Hope to see you there 8-)

James