El Capitan, Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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El Capitan is a peak in Culberson County, Texas, United States, within Guadalupe Mountains National Park. It is the eighth highest peak in Texas, and rises abruptly out of the Chihuahuan Desert floor; it is considered the "signature peak" of West Texas.El Capitan is the southern terminus of the Guadalupe escarpment, an ancient limestone reef that forms the present-day Guadalupe Mountains. El Capitan is guarded by cliffs on three sides, and those faces are rarely climbed due to the unstable condition of the rock and the sheer nature of the peak. Hikers can scramble up to the summit by first climbing to near the summit of Guadalupe Peak and scrambling down to the south to the Guadalupe Peak-El Capitan saddle, then up the backside of El Capitan.Used as a signal peak for hundreds of years by travelers in the area, its sheer face is visible when approaching the Headquarters Visitor Center at Guadalupe Mountains National Park from both the south and the northeast.
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  • Saturday Feb. 3,2018 my friend Erik Sheldon and myself hiked El Capitan peak, it was on the bucket list, and now done!!!, we started at Pine Springs and took the Guadalupe peak trail, almost all the w...  more »
  • We were buried in a massive cloud for most of the day. We visited the visitor center. As we were driving away giving up on seeing El Capitan it came up in the clouds right in front of us. It was magni...  more »
  • We saw this on the road to the park-stopped at a covered picnic area for a sandwich lunch - El Capitan was the backdrop of our pictures--  more »
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  • Moving from the southern flatlands ascending the fronting pass provides dramatic change. Expect springtime gusty winds, a great national park, a hike to the top of the adjacent highest point in Texas and camping - paid or boondock just a bit farther down the road.
  • Best part of the drive from Carlsbad to El Paso
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