Upper Canyon Trail

Quitaque, Texas

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Caprock Canyons State Park lies along what is known as the Caprock Escarpment, a long, slender formation of rock that demarcates the transition between the western High Plains (also known as the Llano Estacado) and the easterly Rolling Plains. The rocky escarpment is a thousand feet high in places and creates a stunning visual impact as it drops off flat agricultural fields into exposed red beds and arroyos of shales, sandstones, mudstones, and silt. Water from creeks and streams along the Llano Estacado once flowed along an endless expanse of grass before spilling over the Caprock Escarpment and draining into the Red, Brazos, and Colorado rivers. As water drained over the Escarpment it eroded away the soils and rock, revealing the region’s geologic past in exposed layers of varied coloration, each representing eons of Earth’s history.
100 Classic Hikes in Texas

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100 Classic Hikes in Texas

by E. Dan Klepper (The Mountaineers Books)

Caprock Canyons State Park lies along what is known as the Caprock Escarpment, a long, slender formation of rock that demarcates the transition between the western High Plains (also known as the Llano Estacado) and the easterly Rolling Plains. The rocky escarpment is a thousand feet high in places and creates a stunning visual impact as it drops off flat agricultural fields into exposed red beds and arroyos of shales, sandstones, mudstones, and silt.

Water from creeks and streams along the Llano Estacado once flowed along an endless expanse of grass before spilling over the Caprock Escarpment and draining into the Red, Brazos, and Colorado rivers. As water drained over the Escarpment it eroded away the soils and rock, revealing the region’s geologic past in exposed layers of varied coloration, each representing eons of Earth’s history.

©  E. Dan Klepper/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Quitaque
Distance: 7.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Best in Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,475 feet
Top Elevation: 3,000 feet
Local Contacts: Caprock Canyons State Park
Local Maps: USGS Lake Theo
Driving Directions: Directions to Upper Canyon Trail

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May 2018