GUMO Offtrail Loop
Dec 12, 2020 at 7:58 am #3688504Will PBPL Member
I’m doing a mostly offtrail loop of Guadalupe Mountains National Park next week hitting Frijole Ridge, the Ridge above Dog Canyon, and the 4 Highest. This will be my first offtrail experience so I chose a loop that I can adjust between 40-56 miles to mitigate risk. I will be carrying 8 days of food to give myself the ability to do the loop twice or just extend my time in the backcountry before I exit back to Pine Springs. I plan on carrying between 1.5-2 gallons of water from each water source and averaging about 1mph offtrail.
I am primarily interested in opinions from those with experience in the area, especially off trail and in the winter. I am using this trip as a building block to give me the experience and confidence to do more trips like this and potentially an even longer offtrail trip with packrafting in Big Bend next Winter.Dec 12, 2020 at 6:56 pm #3688615John S.BPL Member
Make sure your water sources are open or accessible by calling the ranger station. Dog Canyon trailhead was closed at one point. I don’t know if they shut off water in the winter or not.Dec 12, 2020 at 8:05 pm #3688629Will PBPL Member
Will do, I will call pine springs again to confirm, as far as I can tell I can depend on pine springs, mckitrick contact station, black river springs and dog canyon.Dec 13, 2020 at 6:10 am #3688671
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