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Date Thursday  5/1/2014
End Date Monday  5/5/2014
Group Denver
Event Title TX State Highpoint - Guadalupe Peak (8749') and Carlsbad Caverns (Road Trip!)
Start Time 12:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Jonathan Dunder
Member Price Free
Available Participants 3
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate C
Trail Mileage 8.5
Elevation Gain 3000
Driving Distance

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I wanted to make my way down to this area to see the remote Carlsbad Caverns and try hiking to the summit of Guadalupe Peak (8749'), the highest point in Texas (apparently not everything is bigger in Texas).  Since I didn't see it in the CMC calendar, I figured I would invite anyone else to come along with me as a club trip.

 

Itinerary:
We would do Guadalupe Peak on either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, depending on which day has better weather forecasted.  The next best day would be used for a hike of nearby Hunter Peak (8368').  The final day would be spent visiting the caverns and doing the ranger and self-guided tours!  Both of these are within 1 hour of Carlsbad, New Mexico, which is where we would be staying.  At this point I am planning on staying at the Super 8  in Carlsbad, where trip members can book their own rooms or share.  I considered camping at the park, but the area is prone to high winds and dust storms that would make for a potentially miserable camping experience.  Plus, the hotel has a pool!  :)

http://www.super8.com/hotels/new-mexico/carlsbad/super-8-carlsbad/hotel-overview

 

Getting There:
Currently planning to road trip down to Carlsbad from Denver (about 9 hr drive) on Thursday and drive back on Monday.  I can fit 4 people in my vehicle (including me), so that is why I only created 3 tickets for this trip.  However, if someone is willing to drive another car I can gladly create more tickets, just email me and tell me that you are interested.

 

Difficulty:
In early may the trail should be dry with fairly mild temperatures in the 70s during the day.  There may be wind or storms so we would start early in typical Colorado fashion.  Guadalupe Peak appears to be a class I hike with a trail the whole way, rising 3000 feet in 4 miles.  Hunter Peak is of similar difficulty.  If you can handle the peak, you should be able to handle the caverns.

 

Guadalupe Peak: http://www.nps.gov/gumo/planyourvisit/upload/Guadalupe%20Peak%20Hike.pdf

 

Carlsbad Caverns: http://www.nps.gov/cave/planyourvisit/cave_tours.htm



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