Upper Canyon and Lower Canyon Loop

MODERATE 4 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
1256 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.

4 days ago

Excellent trail - perfect for winter and late fall.

hiking
16 days 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!

4 days ago