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Don't let North Prong fool you. Be prepared for a fairly challenging hike once you head west off the main trail to the over look, it a a pretty rocky and a little unstable in places but the view from the top is beautiful. The walk across the top is not bad at all with great views of the the green mesquite, cedars and red canyon. Once you start the decent back down the canyon things can get a little sketchy, the trail is not very well marked and some of what you think are trails actually dead end at the edge of the cliff. Once at the bottom Fern cave is a nice cool spot to take a break and enjoy the view. The rest of the trail out isn't bad at all. To sum it up, take lots of water, the canyon heat can be killer(literally),wear good shoes and watch for rattlesnakes they are fairly numerous in the park.

hiking
1 month ago

We stayed at the South Prong Primitive camp.
Was nice place just can't have campfires. That was the only bummer.
Can get pretty crowded during peak times too.
It's close to the Haynes Ridge trail and the Fern Cave.
We hiked to the Fern Cave and had some pretty rough spots but loved it.
Take water.

The upper canyon trail at the beginning is cake! A couple miles in you will be able to view "the last dance" - a pair of hoodos. As you get closer to fern cave the trail starts to gently climb in elevation and you will see some trees, mossy rock and a cooler shaded part of the trail. The trail is well marked with orange painted rods. Fern cave was the perfect spot to cool off and have lunch. The upward climb is slightly difficult from the fern cave. In my opinion the ascent to the ridge is easier from fern cave than from the beginning of canyon trail. With a few breaks my 9 yr old daughter, husband, friend and 3 month old husky were successful. The trail is easy going with magnificent views the next 2 miles. The trail headed down the canyon can be slightly treacherous if you don't watch your step, there are lots of washed and loose parts. The entire hike took about 5 hrs to complete (with a child and pup).

Very nice little trail. Highest point in the Park's canyons is midway through Haynes Ridge I believe. Fern Cave is a must see, which allows the excuse for having to take either Upper Canyon trail or Haynes Ridge back. Neither disappoint.

Fun, but not effortless by any means. Steady incline met with an awesome view as the top. Going back down can be hazardous for anyone (age or fitness level.) The switchbacks towards the end get sketchy. I took the upper canyon trail past the parking lot, then hopped on to Haynes Ridge right after the Fern Cave (Awesome even in January) Love Caprock Canyon.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice and easy trail that often crosses the Little Red River giving lots of glimpses at the layers of gypsum. It's worth the few minutes it takes to get on the Mesa spur trail just to go up to the first ledge and take in the view.

We took the north prong to the fern cave, then took a wrong turn and ended up scrambling our way up a gully hoping we were on the right path. Once at the top of the gully we met up with the trail. Don't know what sign we missed but I was happy to be on the right path again. Once atop the ridge its a nice stroll on top of the world.

Nice easy hike with pleasant views.