Guadalupe Peak, TX

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Summary

  • Elevation:  8,749 ft / 2,668 m
  • Distance:  8.4 miles round-trip
  • Time:  ~6 hours
  • Difficulty:  Strenuous
  • Weather:  Good

Getting There

I left the Candlewood Suites in Roswell, NM around 6:00 AM and headed south for Guadalupe Mountains National Park, home to Guadalupe Peak. I had forgotten about the time zone situation…  Although it was a two hour drive, I didn’t arrive until a little after 9. So if you’re planning to drive to Guadalupe Peak from New Mexico or from the west, make sure you schedule for this.  The drive through southeastern New Mexico into western Texas was interesting.  Roswell is on the western edge of the High Plains, and driving south into Texas you can observe the terrain change from plains to desert.
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Black Mesa, OK

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Summary

  • Elevation:  4,973 ft / 1,517 m
  • Distance:  8.4 miles round-trip
  • Time:  ~4.5 hours
  • Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Weather:  Good

Getting There

Just getting there felt somewhat like an adventure. I was traveling south from Lamar, CO to the Black Mesa trailhead in the Oklahoma panhandle. This part of the country is the western section of the High Plains, and there are large, expansive areas of desolate grasslands. I suppose it’s mainly just ranches and not much else. Big, beautiful country nonetheless, dotted with windmills and cattle. I was approaching my destination from the north, and once I left the main road (160) and traveled along county road 8, I was completely alone. It was a long dirt road through cow pastures as far as the eye could see.
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Mount Sunflower, KS

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Summary

  • Elevation:  4,039 ft / 1,232 m
  • Distance:  Drive-up
  • Time:  N/A
  • Difficulty:  Easy
  • Weather:  Overcast

Getting There

I knew that this would be an easy high point to access, so I had planned Mount Sunflower as a “rest day” after climbing Wheeler Peak the day before.  The next day I planned to hike up to Black Mesa (Oklahoma high point) and that was going to be an 8 mile round trip hike.  So Kansas was going to be a rest and recover day.  I got up early in the morning and had some breakfast at hotel, and drove up to Mount Sunflower from Raton, NM.
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Wheeler Peak, NM

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Summary

  • Elevation:  13,161 ft / 4,014 m
  • Distance:  7.9 miles round-trip
  • Time:  ~6 hours
  • Difficulty:  Strenuous
  • Weather:  Good

Getting There

I got up Sunday morning and flew into Albuquerque. Upon arrival at ABQ, I hopped in my Hertz rental car and drove up to Taos Ski Valley.  I had a reservation to stay at Alpine Ski Suites/Cottam Lodge.  Since I was going to be starting early I wanted to stay as close as possible to the trail head.  Staying in the area meant only a few miles drive to the starting point for hiking up Wheeler Peak.  Plus, there’s a nice little village with restaurants at the ski resort.  I stretched my legs for a bit strolling around the village.
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