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CCC Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Canyon, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.7 mi Elevation gain 541 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

No shade

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Getting There

Park at the Palo Duro Canyon Amphitheatre off of State Highway Park Road 5 and walk to the Western most point of the parking lot away from the theatre to find the trailhead.

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Reviews (123)
Photos (94)
Recordings (89)
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Lizzy C
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HikingNo shade

just like the rest of PD there’s no shade and it’s hot as heck but there are some nice views along the way. A little too close to the roads for my taste.

Scott Hanlon
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Hiking

View Factor: Not bad for this part of the country. GPS Factor: Trails are mostly easy to follow, but a few times I ventures off course. With line of site, not an issue. Crowd Factor: Too hot for crowds, but passed a few people. Wildlife Factor: Horse flys and a deer. Challenge Factor: Some parts are steepish, but really nothing more than sneakers are needed. I didn’t bother completing the trail since it just ends at the parking lot and it was 100 degrees.

David Green
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HikingRocky

Great trail, great views, but novice hikers beware. While this app shows this trail as being ‘easy’, the state park guide lists it as ‘difficult’. There are a lot of small rocks and the path is uneven, if you have bad knees or ankles I would suggest a different trail. The descent is amazing, turning around to go back up will get your heart beating.

Chris Canal
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HikingOver grown

Medium difficulty, amazing views, a little overgrown and confusing in a couple spots.

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Chandra Dumas
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Hiking

Took this trail with are grown boys and friends. It was pretty easy, but got off trail so it got a little sketchy so we had to do a little scrambling but then we got back on trail finished it up. Nice hike! Pretty hot.

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Ashley Ausbrooks
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HikingRocky

This trail is the only other trail besides Rock Garden that takes you from the floor of the canyon up to the rim. If you are a geology fan, this trail is great as you can see the different layers of the canyon up close. Taking the Goodnight Peak scenic loop is a nice viewpoint off this trail as well. Many people have issues staying on this trail because so many people have made their own paths, but just keep looking for the trail markers and you will be fine!

Ulises Martin
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Hiking

Elevation gain is a good workout, decent to great views the entire trail. Paths are well built for the most part.

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Ashley Ozan
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HikingNo shade

Great views! Easy for kids.

chris m.
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Hiking

Good views at start and end. Best views are in the decent.

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Natalie Smith
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Hiking

Google maps takes you to a different trailhead. Start at the visitor center or the amphitheater for correct trailhead. Very easy. Really nice hike with views.

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Chloe Power
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Hiking

Loved the views, the dogs had a great time too! we only brought 1 bottle of water cause it was cooler when we started at 11 am, and found we were very thirsty when we got back to our vehicle. So dont forget water! otherwise, it is a beautiful and easy hike!

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Larry Hartzog
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Hiking

Great trail. We also hiked the Goodnight Peak Loop near the end of the trail (close to the amphitheater). Great scenery!

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Ann Skaehill
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HikingOff trailRocky

Some of this trail is clearly marked and in other spots it is quite difficult to know which trail is the actual trail. My husband and I got off trail and while it was treacherous in spots it was well worn so we didn’t feel like we were about to perish (wink). The views are incredible but the drop off is quite steep in many places. Our son is 17 and a bit of a button pusher, we won’t be bringing him to this trail anytime soon. But if you’re a safe hiker with sure footing/balance you will do fine. It’s a short trail. We went in late winter (early March) and layered up because the wind was cold on a cloudy day.

Amy Maxey
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HikingRocky
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Cindy Reason
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HikingRocky

Great hike! It was marked every 0.1-0.2 miles. We hiked from the scenic outlook down to the amphitheater and back up, hoping to catch the sunset going up. It was a 3 mile hike and took us 1.5 hours. Pretty views! Wear shoes with some good tread!

Neil Veggeberg
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Hiking

I hiked it on January 4, 2020. Oddly enough I like it better to start at the top and go down and then come back up. Due to the steepness of some of the steps they were easier to traverse going up than down. As someone commented earlier about the trail. If you start at the top and go down. Somewhere around .2 and .3 there is a fork in the trail. The trail continues down to the right and not up to the left. You will know you made the right decision when you hike further and see the marker for the .4 mile mark. If you don't see it, you are on the wrong fork. The last .4 miles of the trail to the amphitheater are a little rough and you have to step over numerous rocks. When you hike back up it climbs about 300 ft in the first 1/2 mile which is a little exhausting.

Kate Redding
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Hiking

Great trail! Awesome elevation changes and tons of views of all different areas of the canyon. The trail isn’t always the easiest to find, but it’s only a few short minutes before you’re able to jump back on it again. Would recommend!

Emma Coakley
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Running

great place to catch the sunrise and burn up your legs

Chase Boyer
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Hiking

Took a quick hike up the CCC Trail this evening. Great little trail 1.5 miles (one way). Trail is easy to follow and offers a wide range of terrain. Loved the views all the way up! Weather was perfect. 535ft elevation gain was a bonus, as we are planning to hike Pikes Peak in October. We took the road back down, to the amphitheater parking lot.

Chad Feenstra
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Hiking

great trail that takes you from the rim of the canyon to the valley in a couple miles!

Twigs McGee User
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Amazing views! Can be hot so bring water.

Thomas Cadier
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HikingRocky
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Erika Michelle
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HikingNo shadeRocky

No bikers, which is nice. It was pretty quiet on a Saturday morning. Wear good shoes because there are tons of loose rock to slip on. But it’s worth it for the great views about .5 miles in.

Christopher White
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HikingNo shadeRocky
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TheHikingStarks !
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HikingNo shadeRocky
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