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We started at Upper Canyon Trail then hiked to Haynes and came out at Lower Canyon trail and walked back to our car at the South Prong camping Area. Started the video a bit late but it took about 2.25 hours. After an easy and beautiful walk you will have a climb, its a bit rough but that was the only challenging section aside from duration. We didn’t detour to the cavern because we were afraid it would get dark on us. But its only a .20 hike off trail. Weather was perfect. We packed only 2qt and it sustained my daughter and I pretty well. Our overall hike was about 5 miles. View is spectacular and the trail is very well marked!

This was a great trail for our family. It is moderate level, but really nothing to difficult until the final ascent to the lighthouse itself. The trail and scenery continuously change, so it does not get repetitive or boring. Definitely bring lots of fluids and snacks for everyone.

11 days ago

Easy trail, fast walking able to finish in right under 2 hours. Must go past the end to climb up to structure. Trail is good for dogs, minus climbing at the end. Recommend March/April and late fall for hiking to avoid blazing heat.

This trail provides a good challenge for those who are looking for a change from the flat terrain many Texas trails offer. We got there around 10am on the last Saturday of February. It was pretty chilly when we started (mid 30s) but got up to the higher 50s by he time we finished. We didn’t run into many other people which was a nice surprise. It took us 4 hours to get through the entire hike, but we stopped many times to take pictures. Without those distractions we probably could have finished in 3 hours. We decided to start with the Haynes Ridge Overview Trail and loop back by going on the North Prong of the Upper Canyon Trail. One of the reasons why we decided to go that direction is the steep and rocky portion right at the beginning of the Haynes Ridge Overview Trail from the Canyon Ridge Trail. If you don’t like strep descends you may want to consider going clockwise so that you won’t have to end with finishing up your hike having to worry too much about your steps. There are many stops along the way that provide a great photo op. Make sure to bring some all purpose shoes as you’re going to walk on rocks, sand, mud, and in our case a small section with shallow water. Per weather reports, it didn’t rain for a few days, but it left enough water along a small portion of the trail that runs along the water drainage. Don’t forget to check the weather before heading out. On windy days, the gusts can be really strong at higher elevations. Fern Cave is a short detour from the trail and about halfway through the hike regardless of which way you decide to go. It’s a great place to rest or eat lunch under the shade of the fern covered rocks. All in all, this hike had a lot of variety that will provide a nice challenge for the average person.

great views on the way, but a very disappointing ending.

Must continue on past the end of the trail and go up to the lighthouse. It is a short steep climb but very worth it.

1 month ago

Went on 2/9 and the weather was high 60s. Was hot on my way up, but cold at the top and on my way down. Pack a jacket! Quick, easy, fun trail with some scrambling towards the summit which was fun. No shade whatsoever so I can see this being a miserable summer hike. Finished about 2L of water throughout entire hike. Took me about 2h 40m with a 20 min break at the top and no other breaks.

Clean trail lots of different trails to chose from. The longest is 7.5 miles. Not to challenging but a good walk. I grew up in west Texas and the terrain is much like home. I liked the walk in primitive camping areas. Very private getaway.

Love this trail! Always a favorite to do at PDC

A trail with an end point that makes it all worth it. Get to the top and see where you've hiked from and much more. Beautiful piece of PDC

This is a fantastic hike! Definitely recommend.

1 month ago

When you get to the end follow the path behind the bike rack that’s when it gets a little challenging but well worth the climb to get to the lighthouse.

1 month ago

When you get to the end make sure you go to the top. It’s worth it, and probably the only hard part about the hike. The rest is pretty flat.

Loved this hike. We went in November very beautiful!

2 months ago

I went to the day use area on the east side of the park. From there, we went down the river and up the east side of the gorge. The hike up was steep. Once on top, you crest and remain there for 30 mins of hiking. You then hike down, and there are lots of loose rocks. When you get to the opposite side gorge where the river is deeper (camping area C), it’s gorgeous.

I recommend you do the east loop trail, and then take a hard right and conquer the west loop. You will need 6-8 hours of daylight.

The gorges are beautiful and well shaded by the maple trees.

2 months ago

Easy trail until you get to the lighthouse to climb up. Beautiful views from the top of you can climb!

Beautifully maintained trail! Kudos to the team at Canyon Lake.....Follows river - can fish easily- very very pretty!

This trail is pretty flat until you climb at the end off trail so I'm not sure why it's marked as moderate. If you can, definately try the climb up as the views are outstanding. Wouldn't try if it was over 80°- there's absolutely no shade. Took about 3 hrs but we hung out at the top for a while.

Great short hike with history and isn’t heavily used. Good to get away from heavily trafficked trails.


Awesome hike! Definitely gets a little intense and steep. The whole way is pretty rocky but overall it’s a pretty moderate. I really enjoyed it!

Great hike especially in the spring with the flowers blooming.

Slow going and not much going on until last mile or so climbing up rocks. Pretty good connects to GSL.

Nice views. Quiet.

was just there yesterday... beautiful. kind of strayed off the path a bit and discovered some really beautiful areas

Fun for kids, most of the tracks are in the water though so plan to go when it's warmer. Water is surprisingly clean/clear, suitable for kids to play in without fear that they will grow a third arm or something.

Good hike and dog friendly.

Beautiful trail,

good. but inside civilization enough that it was kind of drag

Loved hiking the canyon rim to the Rio Grande!
Saw 5 deer towards the evening and a perfect sunset, the sky was on fire with the colors of red.
Nice view of Panther Cave too.

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