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The Hike to Guadalupe Peak

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Given a school half term and an urge to travel somewhere, James and I planned a hike up to Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas at 1667 m.

We flew to El Paso, picked up a rental car and drove east towards the Guadalupe Mountains. A short way past the border post (with its banks of cameras and guards with dogs) we saw a group of pronghorns (closest relatives, giraffes and okapis).

After two hours of driving, there was El Capitan's spectacular form, towering above us as the road looped closer.


El Capitan


The track to Guadalupe Peak. Notice the switchbacks up that first wall of limestone.


We stopped at the Pine Springs visitor center to take a look at the starting point for the trail and then turned off to drive along the road to Slaughter Canyon at dusk, often a good place for encountering wildlife. We came across a big group of mule deer and several jackrabbits with enormous ears. There were also red-tailed hawks and northern harriers, a kestrel, a spotted owl, and a comical…