Upper Canyon and Lower Canyon Loop

MODERATE 6 reviews

Upper Canyon and Lower Canyon Loop is a 12.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Quitaque, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
12.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,256 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

hiking

trail running

cave

views

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

rocky

A 12 mile loop starting from the Wild Horse Camping Area. First 0.7 mi of Wild Horse Trail. At the first crossing continue north to Lower Canyon Trail, continue on Upper Canyon Trail passing Fern Cave (good stop about halfway for rest), continue on street going east until you can see the south part of the Lower Canyon Trail north of the street. Get on the Lower Canyon Trail until you cross with the Wild Horse Trail again and walk back to the starting point. The ascent after the fern cave is steep and the descent later on is a little tricky to navigate and very steep.

hiking
5 months ago

Long trail for sure. Beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife. One young bison wanted to play chicken on the trail. He won. Didn’t see another soul until 7 miles in Lots of sand early on and little mud. Loose rocks can make it a challenge. A sturdy walking stick helps tho. If you go in the summer start early. I headed out at 0700. 3 liters H2O was just about right even with temps in the mid 90s. Will definitely be back Next time will take Haynes Overlook for the return.

backpacking
5 months ago

One of the most beautiful scenic and challenging trails I’ve ever experienced. Many elevation changes, steep precipices to scramble up, sometimes on your hands and knees, abundant wildlife to observe, and if you go early and spring time, You can comfortably hike all day long on the trail systems caprock has to offer, without feeling like you’re dying. Passionately recommend to those in Moderat shape looking to challenge or just push themselves a little more. If you can at the South prong campsite, you will be in the same parking lot as the upper Canyon trailhead!

7 months ago

Excellent trail - perfect for winter and late fall.

hiking
8 months ago

We did this trail with a group of 15 in early February on a sunny cool day. We loved that it provides access to all the different vistas of the Canyon, low lying riverbed crossings, as well as a 360 degree view from top of the ridge. There is some shade in some sections. In summer this trail will get very hot. There are many river crossings. The group included kids as young as 6. The ascent and descent on top of the Haynes ridge is somewhat washed out and the trail can have loose gravel, loose stones, and very slippery and steep sections. We had a great hike and loved this trail!

7 months ago