After a few hours underground in the Big Room of Carlsbad Caverns, Zak and I needed some fresh air. So we headed half an hour south and crossed the state border to Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas. After chowing down on some Fluffernutters and filling our water bottles, we hit the Devil's Hall Trail for a good old-fashioned outdoor hike.
Clif Bar break and began to head back.
The hike covered about five miles counting our little extension at the end. We covered it in a fairly leisurely three hours. Even though you're technically ascending the whole way, there's only about 750 feet of elevation gain. Navigating the boulders in the canyon is the only strenuous part, and that's still relative. The manageable distance and interesting mix of landscapes make it easily one of the more enjoyable National Park hikes I've ever done.
El Capitan that the ranger at the visitor center had recommended. Turned out to be a good decision, as the late afternoon sun soon dipped below the clouds and lit up the peak nicely.