Join the adventure of hiking the highcountry of the Guadalupe Mountains. Delight in grand views, diverse landscapes and small pleasures. Base-camp was set-up at Pine Springs, near the Headquarters Visitor Center. The next morning, I took the Tejas Trail to Pine Top, where I enjoyed the highcountry, hiking the Bush Mountain Trail and the Bowl Trail. Views were spectacular, especially from Hunter Peak (8368 ft). A dense forest of ponderosa pine, southwestern white pine, Douglas fir, and aspen thrive in the highcountry. This conifer forest is a relict of about 15000 years ago when the prevailing climate throughout Texas was cooler and moister. The forest is especially lush in the Bowl, a two-mile-wide depression atop the Guadalupe Mountains. When visiting the wilderness, remember that human beings are guests . Minimize your impact on the environment. Do not disturb the animals, plants and geologic features. Royalty free music by Kevin MacLeod. Photography by Ken Kramm, copyright, May 2010.