Always a Good Hike

Craig Clotfelter has not uploaded any photos with this log entry.
User: Craig Clotfelter - 5/26/2008

Location: Palo Duro - Givens, Spicer & Lowry Running Trail

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: 3stars  Solitude: 2stars
Miles Hiked: 8.50 Miles  Elapsed Time: 3 hours, 57 minutes


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.

Area around Palo Duro - Givens, Spicer & Lowry Running Trail