McKittrick Canyon 2013

Distance: ~5 miles to the notch
Location: Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
Date: November 2, 2013

McKittrick Canyon near Pratt Lodge

As I said in last year's post, McKittrick Canyon is often regarded as the most beautiful place in Texas, especially in fall. So I once again hiked up McKittrick Canyon past the Grotto the the notch during the first weekend of October. What changed this year? Well, the park experienced extreme flooding during September, so parts of the trail had to be reconstructed, and the effects of the flooding were visible elsewhere along the trail as well. But while the foliage was great once again, it wasn't at its peak this year. There were several trees in the canyon that were completely green and many others that just started changing, so perhaps the following weekend would have been better to visit in terms of foliage colors.

Entrance to the canyon

Near Pratt Lodge

Along the first couple miles of the trail

Some of the best trees in the morning light

View northeast from the notch

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