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SnowyShasta wrote a review Nov 2020
Portland, Oregon1,449 contributions513 helpful votes
We visited McKittrick Canyon in mid-October, and were there just as the fall color changes were starting; it would probably have been even more impressive a week or two later. We parked at the Visitor Center (mainly just restrooms and some outdoor displays) and took the nearby trailhead up the canyon. The trial stays near the mostly dry creek, winding back and forth across it several times. It took us about an hour each way to hike the 2.4 miles to Pratt Cabin, and we enjoyed the fairly small elevation change and chance to enjoy the variety of trees and colors. We even saw two deer near the cabin.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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edmondite wrote a review Oct 2020
edmond, oklahoma1,098 contributions284 helpful votes
As we entered the park Saturday about 10:30 a.m., we were advised by a ranger that the park was almost full and we might not have a place to park. Thankfully when we got to the parking, there were a couple of spaces left. We (two couples ages 45-60) hiked the McKittrick Canyon trail to the Grotto (approx. 6 miles round trip). Beautiful views, colors and interest along the way. Relatively easy but lots of rocks can be hard on the soles. Saw many families with young children enjoying the shallow stream crossings. Checked out the historic cabin, then walked on to the Grotto where there were picnic tables to eat on. Great day!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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TetonCLT wrote a review Oct 2020
Fort Worth, Texas86 contributions35 helpful votes
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Always wanted to visit McKittrick Canyon for the Fall colors, and this trip did not disappoint. It was spectacular! The canyon hike is almost as long as the summit hike, but less altitude gain. The surrounding mountains are so beautiful, great vistas. This needs to be renamed Kodachrome Canyon! Loved it, can’t wait to return next fall.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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TwinMom1995 wrote a review Apr 2020
Saint Louis, Missouri552 contributions231 helpful votes
The McKittrick Canyon Trail starts at the McKittrick Canyon Contact Station where there are restrooms and a water cooler. This is a very pretty trail in Guadalupe NP that is surprisingly lush considering that it’s located in a desert climate. We hiked to Pratt Cabin with is 2.4 miles and stopped for a snack. The trail to Pratt’s has a gradual incline and is easy to navigate. We continued to The Grotto, another 1.0 mile where there are picnic tables. That portion of the trail was also a gradual incline. Based on the recommendation from another hiker we started toward the Notch. At this point in the trail the incline becomes much steeper increasing more than 1,000 feet in about a mile and also becomes much rockier. We realized that we would not be able to get to the Notch due to time constraints and turned back. The views all along the trail were beautiful, not to be missed. On the way back to the Contact Station we encountered a park volunteer who shared stories of the area with us. He also told us that the gates at the Contact Station are closed/locked and if you miss the deadline that’s a problem. Be sure to bring lots of water, a snack (or two), wear decent shoes and use sunscreen. The trail is well marked and easy to follow.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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NewStart78 wrote a review Mar 2020
Des Moines, Iowa373 contributions376 helpful votes
This is a very pretty out and back trail in Guadalupe NP. It goes through varied terrain and is not difficult for people with decent mobility. You need to be able to walk on larger rock-gravel paths (level), and also to rock-step over very small streams of water, but seniors should have no difficulty--especially if they wear decent shoes and have a trekking pole. Spouse and I (in our later 60's) enjoyed the walk to the cabin and beyond very much. Even in cool weather, I suggest sunscreen, and wearing a hat or visor to keep the ample sun off your face. Everyone should also have some water and a snack. The trail is well marked so long as you pay attention and "read" the rock markers. This would be a stifling hot walk in the summer.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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