Hiker found dead near the highest point in Texas

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — The Guadalupe Mountains National Park is reporting the death of a hiker on a trail leading to the highest peak in Texas.

In a release, the agency says the hiker was found non-responsive by other hikers on December 31, 2022. Officials say that despite CPR being administered, the person was pronounced dead.

“Guadalupe Mountains National Park staff are saddened by this loss,” stated Superintendent Eric Leonard, “and our entire park community extends sincere condolences to the hiker’s family and friends.”

Guadalupe Mountain National Park is just over 100 miles east of El Paso and around 170 miles west of Odessa.

The Guadalupe Peak Trail is a very strenuous, 8.4 mile round trip hike with a 3,000 foot elevation gain to the summit of the highest point in the state. 

A High Wind Warning was in effect New Year’s Eve with wind gusts more than 50 miles per hour and wind chills well below freezing.

At nearly 9,000 feet above sea level, Guadalupe Peak is a mountain environment with associated risks not found elsewhere in Texas.

When hiking in a group, stick together. When hiking during high winds, you should always be prepared to turn around. You should prioritize your own safety above all else in windy conditions. Postpone your hike if the weather is bad.