Capitol Peak / Lighthouse Trail

Canyon, Texas

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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.

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."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Canyon
Distance: 7.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1.25 hours
Season: Year-round, local conditions permitting
Local Contacts: Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Local Maps: USGS Fortress Cliffs
Driving Directions: Directions to Capitol Peak / Lighthouse Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/30/2009
0

The canyon is spectacular, and the main trail to The Lighthouse is well marked and maintained - with bridges, benches and shelters along the way; but other trails in the system lack markers and maintenance.


9/6/2008
0

This is a good day hike. The trail is easy to moderate and well maintained. The various views which appear on your way to Lighthouse Rock and back are beautiful. There are several rock formations of interest and dry beds for exploration. The trail is well maintained and park rangers patrol the trail regularly; taking care of hikers of all skill levels. This trail will serve as an excellent introduction to hiking for the beginning hiker.


5/21/2006
1

Rode from the parking lot to the lighthouse. Very nice scenery. Trails are moderate difficulty with a slight uphill all the way to the lighthouse. Even in May it was very hot and needed more than the two bottles of water on the bike.



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May 2018