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Nice views along the way. Trail keeps going along top ridge, but fewer markers. Keep following for a nice view at the top!

Not bad

2.7 mi in, and 2.7 out. not too hard, just long. veri nice scenery.

Awesome views at the top but plenty of neat, unique scenery along the way.

hiking
16 days ago

Being from Texas, I was a little concerned about the heat warnings; knowing that it can still get hot in October, I kept an eye on my weather app. We went in at 8:30 a.m. when the temp was in the 70s with an overcast sky, but the temps were due to start hitting the 90s after lunch time. We took almost a full four hours - stopping at the "end of trail" sign for snacks at the picnic table and then venturing up the little rock trail to the left and on to the lighthouse rock. I'm not in great shape but feel fine after. The scrambling at the end may not be for everyone! We took snacks, one water bladder each plus small celebratory Gatorades, used bug spray (you'll need it), and wore sunscreen. (Next time, I'll add a walking stick.) I personally would not venture out on this trail May to September. We weren't graced with any creatures other than a few bright green beetles and lizards. Tip: Make sure you get both map sheets at the entry gate; one is trails, one is points of interest. Enjoy and be safe.

pls hike early when sun is not at peak..i learned hard way..almost passed out on this one as we started at 10am on a high 80's finished at around 2pm with temp of 100 not very smart...at the end of the trail theres like 2 ambulance treating hiker for heat stroke....so pls be careful on this one...wear hat,sunscreeen, bring ice cold water like 2 liters each hiker...again start early. but then this I can recommend I will do it again on cooler weather for sure.

Not challenging but definitely beautiful

mountain biking
28 days ago

Fun, fast, and relaxing. Great for hiking, regardless of age. Great for MTB, regardless of age. This trail also offers a nice break from the road if you're heading back from a tough hike or ride.

trail running
1 month ago

Great trail! It was very well marked until the very end when we weren’t sure if we should keep going or turn around. We originally went for a trail run but it turned more into a hike up and trail run down. Overall we loved it!

As another poster mentioned, the trailhead is a little difficult to find, but once on it is well-marked. Bring plenty of water. This is desert hiking, it's very hot!

Easy well marked trail. Once you end the tail, you do have to climb up to the ‘Lighthouse’ - please do! Once your up there (flat rock), take OFF your shoes but be careful to not lose your socks. Water and sunscreen is essential! Be safe, be kind.

P.S.

If you have a mountain bike please bring it! It’s so much better (easier), faster, and fun!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy to moderate out and back with a short climb up loose rock. Continue on and up past the Lighthouse for some amazing views from the top. Be sure to set out early if you're going to hike in summer. The afternoon sun can be brutal, plus the morning light in the canyon is breathtaking. There's very little shade along this well marked and heavily trafficked trail, so bring sunscreen and lots of water.

Great beginner hike. Good scenery, great place to spot roadrunners.

We did this trail a couple of summers ago with my 10 year old grandson. We left mid morning in June and by the time we completed the trail it was 100 degrees. Saw a lot of lizards. We all enjoyed it but really hot!

pls hike early when sun is not at peak..i learned hard way..almost passed out on this one as we started at 10am on a high 80's finished at around 2pm with temp of 100 not very smart...at the end of the trail theres like 2 ambulance treating hiker for heat stroke....so pls be careful on this one...wear hat,sunscreeen, bring ice cold water like 2 liters each hiker...again start early. but then this I can recommend I will do it again on cooler weather for sure.

2 months ago

I would have rated higher if it were marked better. Many of us took the wrong path after the .2 mi marker. Bear right at the next fork and go down. You'll see the CCC laid steps. I'm a 63 year old female 5'2" with no major health issues and pretty active. Parts were challenging but those parts were short. Needed a hand taking some long steps downhill. Worth it though!

The Canyon was cool in the valley with spectacular views that changed as the sun set. There are benches for resting, camp sites, and flushable toilets. Bring plenty of drinking water. It’s only $5 per person and the park stays open until 10pm. It is dog friendly and some trails for horses. We also saw mountain bike trails. I’d recommend this Canyon to families with kids and pets.

on The Lighthouse Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice trail. it is 5.8 miles return. At the trail's end, you can climb up to the lighthouse rock formation. The trail has ups and downs, nice scenary. Well marked.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this trail in the hottest part of day in the hottest time of year. Other than the heat and need for plenty of water was a pretty easy hike. All in all this was a nice trail with easy terrain. Lots of lizards and annoying bugs (not sure what they were) that would not stop biting me! Was quite disappointed when we hit the “end of trail” post to find you couldn’t even see the landmark from this point. We didn’t carry on due to time of day and water supply but I do intend on going back and finishing the hike to the top of the lighthouse.

mostly flat, more vegetation and water (dry in Summer) than rock formations. Lots of trail bikers.

This is a loop trail. We took the loop clockwise and it took us a bit less than two hours to complete even with lots of stops for photos and to climb some rocks. There are some very nice views on the part going away from the beginning of the trail. On the loop back much of the trail is near the road and the red river with no scenic areas really. I would recommend whoever takes this trail to do it in the clockwise direction so that you get to the scenic views earlier than later. My low rating is due entirely to the return leg of the trail. If you do it, you might be better off turning around once you reach the red river and a parking lot with restrooms.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is rated moderate perhaps because of its 5.7 mile distance but it is more of an easy trail. It is well traveled and the trail itself is wide enough for a car at many places. The exception is the last part to the lighthouse which involves some climbing. But that section is not part of the trail proper. If you don’t mind a bit of climbing it is well worth the effort to get up to the lighthouse. The views from there are great. There are a couple of ways to get up from where there is a metallic bench. At first we took the path toward the left. It ended up being a bit difficult and we turned back. We took the one toward the right which was easier so I would definitely recommend that route.

2 months ago

This is a nicely marked Trail with markers every 0.1 miles. It provides some very nice views along the way as well as at the top. It is also used by bikers but not being one I think it is scary at some places where the path is narrow and there is a steep drop off on one side. We also did the lighthouse trail and a couple of other in the park but this one was the best overall, although the lighthouse trail afforded some nice views for those who climbed to it.

2 months ago

I did not take the CCC trail, but took the Goodnight Peak trail (which is not listed, but crosses the CCC at some point) and I HIGHLY recommend it. Goodnight Peak leaves off of the side of the main road going down into the canyon and is a very easy, but beautiful hike that goes out on a ridge line through the canyon. Most of the hike is rocky, but flat. A friend and I had about an hour to burn before dark and decided to take a quick hike out on the trail and we ended up some some amazing sunset pictures. Most of the roads, buildings, and parking lots are only visible for a small portion of the trail and the majority feels very secluded. Goodnight Peak is my favorite trail in PDC and I can’t wait to get back on it again!

hiking
2 months ago

My family set out on this “easy” trail and it was far from it. We started our route from the amphitheater parking lot as we knew the steepest climbs were on that side and it was STEEP. With that said the return trip after making it to the top was a breeze. The hike is beautiful with lots to take in including the canyons unique rock formations, vast rock colors, and plant species. Our 8 and 4 year old were troopers with plenty of encouragement. Definitely recommended starting this trail early!

on Rock Garden Trail

hiking
2 months ago

This is a moderate trail especially at the start. Uphill until you get to rim. very pretty views. Returning is much easier I thought the best view was about 0.5 miles from the top and not the top itself. However, by time I reached to top, it was very hot and I did not explore.....next time

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is probably my least favorite I’ve ever been on at PDC. The first part of it has some great views, then it turned into a view of the road, and everything else touristy. It was a switchback trail down the side of the canyon and the trail was narrow and rocky. I took my two dogs with me and they struggled with how rocky and jagged everything was. There were signs saying that the trail is closed from 5pm-12am. Remember water, not much shade and hot as a firecracker.

one of the nicer trails. Hard to find the start point because road signs are not good. Once on trail, it is well marked. It is in and out, not a loop with very nice views, close ups of rock formations that make up the Canyon . one of my favourites

on CCC Trail

hiking
3 months ago

would not rate it easy. it is easy to get to. close to entrance. Park at viewpoint to the right, hike down about 1.5 miles for part 1. Then it is another 1.5 to 2 miles to the amphitheater. There are nicer hikes in the Canyon , nevertheless this is a good one, not to be missed

Of course it's a great trail, but watch out for rattlesnakes. We passed 2 rattlesnakes on our hike. One was in the middle of the trail and one was toward the side of the trail in the shade. It had just bit a hiker and she was waiting for medical help to arrive. Hike in center of trail (about5-6 feet wide) and be very aware of surroundings.

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