The Lighthouse Trail

MODERATE 131 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
479 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

washed out

hiking
1 day ago

When you get to the end make sure you go to the top. It’s worth it, and probably the only hard part about the hike. The rest is pretty flat.

hiking
12 days ago

Easy trail until you get to the lighthouse to climb up. Beautiful views from the top of you can climb!

This trail is pretty flat until you climb at the end off trail so I'm not sure why it's marked as moderate. If you can, definately try the climb up as the views are outstanding. Wouldn't try if it was over 80°- there's absolutely no shade. Took about 3 hrs but we hung out at the top for a while.

20 days ago

Beautiful

1 month ago

Slow going and not much going on until last mile or so climbing up rocks. Pretty good connects to GSL.

1 month ago

Good hike and dog friendly.

hiking
1 month ago

Great moderate difficulty trail. Not much shade so definitely be sun wear prepared. We encountered heavy winds, glad I packed my gator!

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely stunning views. First time hiker and this trail was the perfect challenge for me. We took the path off the trail to the left of the picnic table at the end and with a little careful rock climbing and advice from other hikers made it right up next to the light house rock itself! Truly unforgettable views. Took us 3 hours out and back and we took our time taking pictures and looking around. Old tennis shoes worked great for us. Highly recommend going early November - for us it was sunny and 65 degrees.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike. Easy until you get to the end of the trail. Trail ends at 2.7 miles. You have to go beyond the trail end markers to reach the top which is totally worth it for the views from the lighthouse rock. Watch out for all the cactus as it's easy to slip on the trail and put your hand on one.

3 months ago

Great trail with beautiful views the entire path! Hiking boots are not needed on this trail as it is not rocky, most of the trail is dirt so a good pair of walking shoes will do just fine. When the trail ends, go left up the hill then stay to the right and it will lead right to the lighthouse structure. Bring bug spray!

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this trail!!! When the trail “ends” go left up the mountain then right at the top, you will see a bench that has a fantastic view of the lighthouse!!! We hiked to the flat “table top” area on the light house and the view was amazing !!!! If we had stopped at the trail end I would have been disappointed .

hiking
4 months ago

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

4 months 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!

4 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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!

trail running
5 months 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
6 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!

6 months ago

Good trail, awesome views

hiking
6 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.

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