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 is primarily used for hiking, running, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length12.2 miElevation gain1,256 ftRoute typeLoop
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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.

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Collin Redwine
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HikingGreat!

Will be back soon. Wide, well maintained trail except for one short section. Lots of bison herds on trail.

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Trever VaughnHuffer
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, secluded and peaceful. Lots of Buffalo! Some of the best mixed terrain I've hiked.

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Shawn Bishop
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Shawn Bishop
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Judy Gorman
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HikingGreat!

A d**n good state park - my favorite canyon and I’ve been to that big one in Arizona.

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Jennifer K
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HikingNo shadeRockyWashed out

We only did the Upper South Prong Trail (light green on the state park map), out and back - total of 2 hours or about 4-miles. We took our two dachshunds, 4.5 years old, who are experienced hikers; we stopped every 15 minutes for a 5 minute water break (don't forget paw care). Open, sunny, beautiful landscape and stunning geography. Bring a hat, lots of water, great shoes, sunblock and bug spray. personally I would not attempt this in the summer as it is rugged and open. We started out unsure which direction because of poor blazing. We asked a tour guide for assistance and they helped us get on our way. From there it's somewhat blazed, but when you're crossing the washes and creek beds, everything looks like it could be a trail. Take time to look for the brown blazes; wish they would have chosen something in a red or gold (Palo Duro is well blazed with distinctive colored markers). There's lots of bison chips but no bisons as they were all at the front of the park. In fact we saw very little wildlife but that's nature. Be weather aware as this trail criss-crosses many washes and dry creek beds. If there's any indication of rain please keep an eye on high ground for escape. Flash flooding can happen even with a small amount of rain because you don't know what's happening upstream.

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Ken Franks
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Hiking

Great loop trail. Some new signage on the east sections. Fern cave is very green right now. Well managed trail.

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L O
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Hiking

Good Texas hike.

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Ken Franks
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Hiking

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.

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Candace Moon
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Backpacking

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!

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Michaela Jansen
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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!

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cathy chen
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Cassie Tremant
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Chris Harp
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Eric Mattingly
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Jim Bennett
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Ken Franks
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Michael Blanton
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Michaela Jansen
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