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Lighthouse Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (26)

The linchpin in the Palo Duro trail system, a must-do to get an amazing view of the Lighthouse.


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Map Key

3.0

Miles

4.8

KM

Singletrack

3,198' 975 m

High

2,828' 862 m

Low

457' 139 m

Up

86' 26 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Leashed

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Description

This is one of the most heavily used trails in Palo Duro. It's frequented by hikers, bikers, and equestrians. It can get quite crowded on a bluebird weekend. You can take the trail to the end to see the famous Lighthouse hoodoo, or you can use it to hook up with the Givens, Spicer & Lowry Trail and the Little Fox Loop. It is a necessity if you are trying to make a loop.

The trail can get pretty sandy in places and it has a few dry creek crossings that can be tricky when loose. This is a wide singletrack, but I would not call it double. For the most part, this trail is relatively easy and beginner friendly, BUT it does have some sections that might need to be walked for a first-timer.

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Shared By:

Glenn Ladehoff

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 26 votes

#788

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  4.0 from 26 votes
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#17

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#788

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Photos

The Icon of Palo Duro, The Lighthouse
Jun 14, 2015 near Canyon, TX
The TrailHead.
Feb 24, 2018 near Canyon, TX
The lighthouse is worth the short climb at the end of the trail.
Aug 6, 2019 near Canyon, TX
One of the many trail users here in The Canyon. The Greater Roadrunner, Geococcyx californianus.
Jun 16, 2016 near Canyon, TX
Lighthouse above the Lighthouse Trail.
Jun 16, 2016 near Canyon, TX

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Mar 7, 2020
Ben McTee
Great ride! Lot of hikers so watch out around the bends. 5.3mi — 15h 30m
Oct 16, 2019
Corey S
Jul 5, 2019
Frank Skimahorn
Too crowded on July 4 weekend. Boring compared to everything else in the park.
Mar 9, 2019
Sumit Kothiyal
With Aaron J, Austin, Eddie and Tommy
Dec 22, 2018
Mike A
Nov 10, 2018
Jansen Ivie
Sep 9, 2018
James Brow
Pretty cool trail.
Aug 5, 2018
Susan Yancey