Peaks in Texas

I climbed the state highpoint, Guadalupe Peak, back in 1993. I came back for the 1999-2000 rollover, climbing Franklin Peak nearl El Paso on December 31, 1999, then Emory Peak in the Big Bend on January 1, 2000.

Texas has a few interesting mountain ranges in its far-west panhandle, but most are off limits due to being on private land. I have climbed a few, mainly the county highpoints. Getting permission can be tricky and time consuming.

From 2000 to 2005, I made yearly trips into the state to visit the county highpoints, many with Bob Martin, a venerable climber and hiker from Colorado and Arizona, now in his 80s. We visited many dozens together, his charm winning us permission from the landowners. Our last hike together was Eagle Peak in October 2005. He passed away in 2008.

Beth and I have visited the Big Bend area a couple times, plus one long trip to Houston to visit her brother. However, I have not returned to the state for its county highpoints since 2005, and have no plans to.

Guadalupe Mountain

July 23, 1993
Culberson County
Texas State Highpoint
Guadalupe Mtns N.P.

N. Franklin Mountain

December 31, 1999
El Paso County

Emory Peak

Jan 1, 2000 & Dec 21, 2005
Brewster County
Big Bend Nat. Park

Mount Livermore

August 19, 2000
Jeff Davis County

Eagle Peak

October 1, 2005
Hudspeth County

Christmas Mountain

December 19, 2005

1895 Rand McNally County MapFM-170, the River RoadReturn To the Main Page

My County Highpoints list at