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A hiker is found dead on the highest mountain in Texas, on the Guadalupe Peak trail.

A hiker was found dead on New Year’s Eve on Texas’ highest peak in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, the National Park Service said in a press release on Friday, January 6. Tourists at the scene administered artificial respiration and notified park staff.

The press release did not give the official cause of the tourist’s death.

The Guadalupe Peak Trail is an 8.4-mile round-trip hike with a 3,000-foot climb to the top of the highest point in the state of Texas. The National Park Service said a high wind warning was in place for New Year’s Eve, with wind gusts in excess of 50 mph and temperatures well below freezing.


“Guadalupe Mountains National Park staff is saddened by this loss,” Superintendent Eric Leonard said in a statement. “Our entire park community extends its sincere condolences to the tourist’s family and friends.”

At nearly 9,000 feet above sea level, the National Park Service has warned that Guadalupe Peak is a mountainous environment with associated risks not found anywhere else in Texas. There are over 80 miles of hiking trails in the national park, ranging from oriental to challenging. If you go in a group, the staff advises to stick together. Officials also suggested being prepared to turn around if there were strong winds during the hike.

“You must put your own safety first in windy weather,” the National Park Service said.

Postpone the hike if the weather is bad, the officials added.



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