This hike I made is actually the running trail, the Little fox canyon trail and the Paseo del Rio trail . I strung all of these trails together to make a loop with the lighthouse trail to create one big loop. It was raining quite heavily the day I made this hike so I had the trails to myself. I never saw anybody until late in the day after the rain had quit. The solitude was very nice. The trail offers a lot of different prospectives of the canyon as you move around from point to point. I plan on making a trip back to spend some more time in the park.
This log covers the Givens, Spicer & Lowry (GSL) Trail and the Fox Canyon Trail loop. These trails are multi-use trails and I encountered numerous mountain bikers and some runners while hiking the trail.
Both trails are very well marked with distance markers placed every 0.1 mile. The GSL trail takes you past some beautiful rock formations and even provides a distant view of the Lighthouse rock formation. It exceeded my expectations. The Fox Canyon Trail is less scenic, in my opinion, is still a nice hike.
Hiked the Givens, Spicer & LowryTrail, Little Fox Canyon trail and part of the Lighthouse trail. Overcast, cool and a bit windy after the first two hours. Overall a very enjoyable hike. Saw a few runners and several bike riders but no other hikers. Highly recommend this trail. It is never as busy as the Lighthouse trail.
OK this is now my favorate hike in Palo Duro Canyon State Park. It was a beautiful day and I only saw a few bicycles and no other hikers. The canyon and hoodoos were amazing.
CCC Trail at the top of the Canyon down into the Canyon & comes out by the Amphitheatre. Difficult but good! 4 miles round trip.
A combination of 3 trails made 12 miles throughout the lower canyon.
The Lighthouse Trail, by far, the highlight of the trip, we climbed all the way to the top of the other rock formation next to the Lighhouse about a 7' wall the scale to get to the very top. (4 miles round).
I've hit this trail several times now. It is always awesome. Although this late in the year it is getting a little hot for the unprepared. As it was Memorial Day weekend, a lot of people were out and about. I always get a chuckle because most folks don't come prepared and/or underappreciate the distance. For those who haven't hiked it before - there is NO WATER ON THE TRAIL. There is a creekbed, but unless you come during the rainy season, it is generally dry much of the time. I always get a chuckle because I always spot folks who bring no water or only one bottle. A good bit of the trail is out in the sun with minimal shade and part of which is also out of the wind. A four+ hour hike in temps over 90 degrees is a little much for most folks. I can't wait until July/August when it gets in the 100s. When you near the outer edge of the loop at the Lighthouse there is a bit of climbing up a steep 'staircase'. Some of the boards are a little loose. For those out of shape, take a breather before ascending. The view from the top is second to none. It is always worth it. Always bring a poncho/windbreaker just in case as well. You never know when a storm will come through and drop temps and add huge winds. I highly recommend this trail to those who haven't been there before, it is awesome. But don't go unprepared.
This trail gives you several options. This trail is very similar in make up of the more popular Lighthouse trail. You can even see the Lighthouse from a distance. You will run into fewer people on this trail and can adjust your route to suite your time and energy level. If you want a shorter trail, you can turn around where the trail intersects with the Cottonwood flats and Little Fox loop. The Little Fox adds an additional couple of miles and is a nice quiet addition. If you take the Cottonwood flats trail you can head on over to the Lighthouse Trail. The last quarter mile approach to the Lighthouse will get your heart pumping. Overall, it is the trail is very enjoyable for an late morning and early afternoon hike with lots of options.
Givens, Spicer & Lowry Running/Lighthouse/Little Fox Canyon Loop 13 miles
I took the GSLRT and combined it with The Lighthouse and Little Fox Canyon Loop Trails for a total of 13 miles. Scenery was spectacular. Lighthouse was definitely worth the trek. Be sure to checkout around the formation itself as there are many places to explore. Little Fox Canyon Loop was an added bonus, all though not as spectacular as the rest, it was an enjoyable hike. All of the trails in PD park are nicely marked and have lots of picnic tables and resting benches placed along the trails. This hike has limited shade so if hiking it in the summer, make it a early or late day hike.
A great hike for both my canine and myself. We both wore packs and carried our supplies.