Caprock Canyons Upper Big Loop

MODERATE 8 reviews

Caprock Canyons Upper Big Loop is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Quitaque, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1148 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Amarillo, TX: Take US Highway 27 south. The park is 3.5 miles north of State Highway 86 in Quitaque on FM 1065.

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Took the South Prong following a completion of the North Prong and Hayne Ridge Trails. Loved hiking up but be prepared to do a bit of climbing in spots. Went in the heat of the day and made a lot of stops but worth it for the views.

hiking
2 months ago

I took the South Prong to Fern Cave and back. This route is about 4 miles round-trip but strenuous. You spend much of the hike on the canyon floor then you make your way up the wall. Going up is a steep incline and you do have to scramble up rocks in a few patches. Please come prepared though! It is a challenging hike and the canyon gets hot. I saw so many people starting their hike in tennis shoes holding a single water bottle. You will not be able to make it and it would suck to have to turn back because you were unprepared.

Spent four days backpacking/camping here with a camping group. We also booked the tour for the bats at the mining area. It was very, very dry and dusty until a storm quickly rolled through. The Heavy rain washed several tents away in a matter of minutes. Mine stayed standing possibly because I used 4 steel tent stakes. Next year, I'd like to visit in the fall to enjoy longer hikes.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
Monday, April 04, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, September 04, 2012

25 miles of trails thru impressive canyonland. All are for hiking, most are open to bikes. Trails along the canyon floor are wide and easy, except for sandy crossings thru the creekbeds. Those that go back to the furthest reaches of the park are more steep, narrow, and rough....high difficulty. This is a beautiful park that rarely has big crowds. Busiest time is spring break. As far as the mountain biking goes, most of the trails open to this activity are very sandy. Most difficult trails are the upper and lower canyon trails, where the loose sand can be up to a foot deep. Hint: if you are biking, start from the front of the park. That will put you at the top of the canyon and the trails from there all drop down to the bottom. It is more fun to ride downhill, as the climbing back up the opposite direction are excruciating.