The Lighthouse Trail

MODERATE 108 reviews

The Lighthouse Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Canyon, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
603 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

washed out

hiking
2 days ago

Good trail. No shade so wear a hate and sunscreen and bring plenty of water.

hiking
9 days ago

11 days ago

Would have been nice to be able to hike to the very top. Trail just ends so a little disappointing. But the views of all the rocks was great!

16 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

20 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

It's nice to go early in the morning. Beautiful views on this trail. If you go in the summer make sure to bring big spray, especially if you go early in the morning, and also wear light clothes that protect you from the sun. Go to the left when you get to the point that says you've reached the end of the trail and you will hike uphill to Lighthouse Rock and that's where the amazing views are!

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This isn't my favorite trail in Texas-not sure why everyone loves it so much-there is basically no shade, no water and it takes a lot of work to get to the top. My sister was getting bitten by horseflies constantly, legit bad welp bites. They go for blood-caution to any ladies out there hiking around "that time of the month".

We started at 8am with a group of 6-half the group turned back at the 1.5 mile mark, the other half went all the way to the top, past the "end of trail" marker. Stopping at the point we were supposed to would've been hugely disappointing! Finished just before noon-one of us was hiking slow and the heat was awful! 101 degrees, it was only 90 at the top of the canyon. All of us drank every last drop of the recommended gallon of water we each had. And, I am a regular hiker from South Texas, I'm accustomed to heat but this was unbearable. Maybe the worst idea I've ever had.

Yes, it's pretty, but nothing you need to hike 5+ miles to see. Big Bend, anywhere in the Hill Country or Guadalupe Mountains makes for a much better hike any day!

hiking
1 month ago

Mostly easy trail until you get up to the lighthouse then you have to do a little bouldering to get there. Felt great afterwards!

hiking
1 month ago

trail running
1 month ago

Lighthouse trail was a nice lightly moderate trail. About 5.5 miles out and back with a few ups and downs. The worse part was the horse flies. They are no joke!

hiking
2 months ago

About as good as it is going to get in the Palo Duro. The lighthouse is in a really cool secluded part of the canyon and has some great views. Make sure you try and climb to the top of the rock next to the lighthouse!

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Good trail, awesome views

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

This is by far the most popular trail in Palo Duro Canyon. Expect large crowds on the weekends, and pretty much anytime during the summer. It is a great hike and pretty easy; although there is a short, very steep climb at the end in order to reach the lighthouse formation. Bring plenty of water, there are no water sources on this trail and heat injuries are common during the summer.