The Lighthouse Trail is a 5.7 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: 5.7 miles Elevation Gain: 492 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

walking

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

washed out

no shade

Texas State Parks are open for day use. Due to COVID-19 parks require reservations. You must reserve and print day passes before you arrive, wear a face mask, practice social distancing in the park, and limit groups to 5 or less. More info can be found here: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/

hiking
no shade
7 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

AMAZING!! Well worth the 6 miles. My husband and I took on this trail with a 2 year old in a hiking carrier, while I carried our 15 lbs backpack with water/food. It's pretty easy up until the last of it where you have to climb to get to the lighthouse. There is a bench at the end of the trail, with 2 ways to go up. We decided to take the "trail" (more like rock climb lol) the right side of that bench. We found it pretty difficult because we were carrying our girl. At one point, we were at the edge and it scared me. But it's probably ok for someone not carrying someone on their back. On the way down, we took the other side. (So basically we came out to the left side of that bench) and we found it to be shorter, and easier! (But yes, a little steeper) We agree that we should've done that one on the way up. We had lunch at the lighthouse and got great pictures. Hardly any people since they are limiting due to covid19. Book ahead online! They sell out very fast. $8 per adult. Over all, BEAUTIFUL place!! When you enter the park, you do not have to park in that first parking lot. Just keep driving until you see a sign "lighthouse" and it'll be a parking spot that will start right at the trail.

hiking
scramble
10 days ago

Really got awesome scenery for very little effort until the very end. Then you have to scramble up a steep trail to get up to the lighthouse formation. It is great fun walking around up there and taking in the views! I’d recommend hiking poles.

hiking
10 days ago

Great, mostly easy trail. Once you get to the end, the hike up to the lighthouse is more difficult but so worth it! Definitely bring plenty of water as there’s very little shade. A girl told us there is a mini slot canyon about 6 miles off this trail, so we will be back to explore that.

Incredible. Quite a few hikers to avoid on the main part of lighthouse and you have to walk your bike at the top. Awesome ride. Combo’d GSL to Little Fox Loop to Lighthouse to Capitol Peak.

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike. Do early, sun is strong.

hiking
off trail
rocky
18 days ago

backpacking
no shade
off trail
scramble
23 days ago

This can easily be made into an all day trail event! Especially if you sit down for a nice lunch and hike off trail. No shade anywhere really unless you some how get under a tree. We did see snakes on and off trail so he cautions none of them were rattle snakes tho. Please bring lots and lots of water it gets super hot on the canyon floor.

hiking
24 days ago

I really enjoyed this trail with a super cool hoodoo at the beginning & end. Parking lot was full when I pulled in at 10:15AM, but it wasn't overcrowded. 90% of the trail is very gradual and easy with lovely views of the colorful badlands (purples, olives, and of course reds). Just the very last portion to get up to the lighthouse has decent elevation - and it's sort of a make your own route with multiple ways to go. It's wild how there is just a perfect path leading to/away from the lighthouse, almost like a boardwalk you'd see out on the water. Stunning views of the canyon from up there. Each .1 of a mile is marked with a blue post, super well maintained. Fee to enter park. Follow my instagram for more adventures @julie_journeys

hiking
25 days ago

Mostly flat. The last quarter mile is where the “scramble” is. There are 2 ways to go. When you reach the picnic table the right side is easier and more gradual to summit. The left is more of a straight incline. If you are an avid hiker, who doesn’t a lot of elevation gain, this will be quit an easy hike for you with a good finish. Make sure to make plenty of water because the sun does wear on you. We hiked the last 4 miles of the hike with a 20 pound dog in a backpack carrier.

hiking
no shade
30 days ago

Not my favourite trail in PDC. This trail has lots of traffic, and very little shade. Definitely bring a gallon of water each plus extra for pets as the ground/surface temps on this trail can reach 180+ F in the summer!!!

hiking
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

a great hike. Very scenic. Beautiful rock structures and various flora. Bring more water than you think you’ll need!

1 month ago

One of the better hikes in the park. "easy" would be the appropriate designation for most areas, but the hikes here are somewhat limited. Very cool rock formations. Not a lot of tree cover, so I would not recommend mid day.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail itself is pretty easy to figure out and is easy going. Once you get to the end it’s all up hill from there (literally). There will be two paths the one on the right is the easiest but can still be a challenge. I had my dog and a hiking backpack but still made it. It was totally worth it!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Nice fairly easy trail to ride for moderate riders with great fews. There’s a lot of sun so make sure to have sunscreen. Once at the light house the other large rock structure is able to climb up on the backside but is quite challenging. Incredible views for the few who make it up there.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Great trail. Winter/early spring is the best time to go to avoid the heat. Scramble towards the end. Great view!

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Great trail would have given it 5 stars if it was better marked. Some parts are easy to mix up between biking and hiking trails. the last mile up to the lighthouse is not easy. Wear shoes with good traction! Also recommend coming early to this one by noon it's packed.

hiking
2 months ago

Completed this hike in Amarillo, turned out to be a wonderful day along with spectaculars views. Great breeze along the route, ensure having water as the route is a rollercoaster. The up climb to the lighthouse is challenging and offers beautiful views to the canyon. Watch out for mountain bikers along the trail as is shared with hikers.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a really great trail! Had our kids 10 and 6 along and they did well. It was a tad on the long side for them (loads of encouragement on the way back for the little one especially) but they made it just fine and slept great that night! For adults and teens though 100% awesome. When you get to lighthouse rock there are 2 ways up. There is a trail left of the picnic table that most folks go up and I would recommend for the less (only slightly) adventurous. It still requires steady feet but much safer. You can follow the path on the right of the table for a more adventurous crew. We went up the right side path and down the left side path. I wouldn't recommend children on the right side path up. Though we made it fine I probably would opt the other path up next time. But either way, be safe, use your sense and you'll have a most excellent hike!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Great trail for hikers, a little tight for biking as you get further down trail. Great views, but maybe save this trail for the early or late ride to avoid foot traffic. There are a lot of other trails dedicated for biking to ride around the area.

hiking
2 months ago

It was a drizzly January afternoon when we visited, so we only made it about a mile in, but even that is enough to get a great view and appreciate the beauty of this place.

Literally so worth going to the lighthouse early. We left before dawn and hiked in the dark which was easy cause the path is good. Very worth it to beat any crowd. We had the whole place to ourselves. Then came back on the givens, spicer, lowery... just wow.. what an amazing home. Different views all the way through. We hitch hiked back to the light house trail because we didn’t want to hike the extra 2 mile trail to it. So we did 8.5 miles doing the light house and coming back the GSL

hiking
fee
rocky
2 months ago

Absolutely stunning!! Some shade here and there. Bring your camera, and lots of water. Reccomend going early before the sun is too intense.

hiking
fee
no shade
scramble
3 months ago

Nice trail, first 2.5 miles easy and mostly flat. Trail is easy to follow with blue markers every tenth of a mile in and is 3-5 wide. The next half mile is pretty vertical and some scrambling is required. Nice views from the top

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