Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

McKittrick Ridge

Latitude, Longitude: 31.973420, -104.807510

If you have the endurance and the time, take the right fork at the Grotto trail junction and continue toward McKittrick Ridge. This arduous hike takes you up the steepest trail in the park. In a mile or so the trail passes through "The Notch", where there is a spectacular view of the canyon both directions. As you continue, don't be fooled by the false summits that make you think you've nearly reached the top! The hike from the contact station to the ridge and back is 14.8 miles. (7.4 miles one way to McKittrick Ridge Campground).