Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Top of Texas

The highest point in Texas, Guadalupe Peak, is one of only four state highpoints to be located within a national park. Denali, Mount Rainier and Clingmans Dome are the other three. However, since Clingmans Dome is an easy walk of about a hundred yards, and Denali and Mount Rainier are probably out of the league of at least 99% of all park visitors, Guadalupe Peak is really the only state high point in a national park that most people can hike up to. From its 8749-foot summit you can see for at least a 100 miles in all directions. For more information on this excellent and surprisingly scenic hike, please click here.

Hiking in the Smokies


Anonymous said...

What about Mt. Whitney in California? Is it not located in Sequoia Nat'l Park?

The Smoky Mountain Hiker said...

Anon - great question on Mount Whitney. The west slope is in Sequoia National Park, and the east slope is in the Inyo National Forest. It's unclear where the border of the two gov't properties lies - I couldn't find anything indicating if the summit is in the forest or the Nat'l Park. If you know of anything definitive on this question please feel free to share - especially a link!!