Capitol Peak / Lighthouse Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The blank plains of the Texas Panhandle, somewhere between Lubbock and Amarillo, open suddenly into one of the most beautiful spots in the whole state. Palo Duro Canyon boasts stunning views of sheer canyon walls and red-rock formations that would seem more at home near Moab, Utah, than on the windy flatlands of far north Texas.
Descending the park road into Palo Duro Canyon, surrounded by vivid red rock and thick groves of mesquite, juniper, and cottonwood, you’ll get the feeling that you’re entering a world very much apart from the endless plains you traversed to get here. And when you put tire to trail and set out on your way to Capitol Peak, your suspicions that you hit some wrinkle in the space-time fabric and ended up on the Slickrock Trail in Moab will be all but confirmed. Though this trail may not be as epic in length, height, or difficulty as that one, there’s plenty to be said for the fast and smooth singletrack that winds its way through the western portion of this gorgeous state park. Tread: Mix of singletrack and wide single path."