Grundy Canyon Trail

Quitaque, Texas

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This hike is part of the Caprock Canyons Trailway. The Grundy Canyon Trail crosses deeply eroded arroyos via an assortment of small bridges that provide excellent opportunities for bird’s-eye views of the area’s red rock landscape and 250-million-year-old Permian geology. The region served as the edge of an ancient inland sea with its prime beachside real estate occupied by Dimetrodon and Cotylorhynchus, two dinosaur types that would not have been much fun as hiking partners. The red sandstone layering is courtesy of thousands of years of erosion as water from rain- and snow-storms etched gullies into the landscape on its way toward the Red River. The color, a rich brick red, is a pleasing complement to the viridian plant life that takes root beyond the farmer’s plow.

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"This hike is part of the Caprock Canyons Trailway. The Grundy Canyon Trail crosses deeply eroded arroyos via an assortment of small bridges that provide excellent opportunities for bird’s-eye views of the area’s red rock landscape and 250-million-year-old Permian geology.

The region served as the edge of an ancient inland sea with its prime beachside real estate occupied by Dimetrodon and Cotylorhynchus, two dinosaur types that would not have been much fun as hiking partners. The red sandstone layering is courtesy of thousands of years of erosion as water from rain- and snow-storms etched gullies into the landscape on its way toward the Red River. The color, a rich brick red, is a pleasing complement to the viridian plant life that takes root beyond the farmer’s plow."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Quitaque
Distance: 12
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 7 hours
Season: Best in Spring
Trailhead Elevation: 1,990 feet
Top Elevation: 2,250 feet
Local Contacts: Caprock Canyons State Park
Local Maps: USGS Parnell, Plaska, Blue Tank Canyon
Driving Directions: Directions to Grundy Canyon Trail

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May 2018