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Scenic view of the canyon
User: rodavenport - 9/6/2014  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.50 Miles Duration: N/A

The day I made this hike I had the entire trail to myself. It was raining which made for a nice cool day but made it pretty tough to hike with the red clay of the trail being so slick. I enjoyed the hike very much and plan on going back again when I can spend some more time there.

Family Hike in the Spring time - six of us - beautiful country.
User: BlakeHogue - 4/8/2012  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.50 Miles Duration: N/A

Although we made this hike in early April, it was still pretty warm.  If its going to be a warm day I would recommend beginning the hike at or near day break and finshing the hike by noon.

We thought that we had brought more than enough water with us but I underestimated and brought "just enough".  I you are a hardy person, you may want to carry some extra as there were people on the trail with no water.  Yes, I know that they shouldn't be so foolish but if you see someone in trouble you will end up giving them yours and then you won't have enough.

An employee at the park told me that their busiest month is in July.  The temperatures frequently get above 100 degrees that time of year and water is critical in those temperatures.

The last half mile of the trail before reaching the lighthouse is somewhat challenging.  You may want to bring rope as there are several places where a fall could really hurt you.

I climbed solo almost to the top of the formation next to Lighthouse Rock.  There is a somewhat difficult hop to get to the very top.  Failure to complete the hop can easily result in a 30 foot fall down the side of the formation.  Unless you an experienced climber and able to make a good judgment about the hop I wouldn't recommend it.

Lighthouse trail is beautiful.  I will never forget it.

A Must See in Texas!!
User: krampus - 1/16/2011  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Did this with a scout troop on a very cold weekend. The hike is one of the most scenic in Texas. The hike is pretty easy EXCEPT for that last climb to get to the bLighthouse trail. That is a VERY steep climb on very loose dirt. Not for hikers carrying more than 20 lbs. If you have backcountry packs you want to drop them and make the climb. Day packs are fine for the climb. Make time to spend some time at the top though. The view is AWESOME!!!!

Good hike in Palo Duro.
User: DNC - 9/1/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 15 minutes

I've done this trail twice now, once back in April via the GSL trail, and this time.

I love the views of the canyons and the different layers of rock you see as you hike.

Be wary of the temperature though, at 9:15 pm it was 80º but 3 hours later it was 104º when we made it back to the trailhead, so bring plenty of water.

Beautiful Area
User: Chinacareys - 12/22/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.75 Miles Duration: N/A

It was cloudy and the temperature was in the 40s the day we hiked.  Took my wife and my daughters ages 10 and 12.  We encountered several other hikers and several small groups on bikes.  Even in the winter one should carry water.  The hike from the picknic table (A little over 2 miles down the trail) to the lighthouse is quite steep. Treaking poles were of a great help.  Beautiful area.

Great hike
User: Eveline - 10/10/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.50 Miles Duration: N/A

We started at 8:30 at the Chinaberry Day Usea Area. There were several trail options. We chose to do the Lighthouse Trail and then we came back in on the Cottonwood Flats - Givens, Spicer, Lowery Trail. We did approximately 17K.

User: rowdy - 10/26/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 50 minutes
Lighthouse Trail -- A Happy Ending
User: Lone_Star - 8/22/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours

This review is for the Lighthouse Trail, not the Givens, Spicer & Lowry Running trail.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a very beautiful park and the Lighthouse Trail, in my opinion, is the trail you will want to take if you don't have a lot of time and just want to get to see Lighthouse Peak, Castle Peak and Capitol Peak.

The trail is fairly flat the entire distance out and back, although you have some light climbing at the end of the trail near Lighthouse Peak.  What made this particular hike difficult was the extremely warm weather.  It was over 100 degrees in late September and so warm that I decided not to stay overnight and camp.  Although there are interesting sites along the way, the big attraction is Lighthouse Peak.  You have to ascend some hapzard steps to get there and the ascent is quite steep.  Once you get to the top, however, it is flat again and quite beautiful.  The trail runs out at the peak, although you can go adventuring beyond the peak if you want to brave it.  There are a few inviting canyons in the vicinity.

Aside from hiking, I recommend seeing the park by car as the park has many beautiful sections that can be seen from the road.

Be aware that there are a lot of snakes in this park.  I saw several crossing the paved road and another hiker told me she saw two snakes hiding in the shade beneath the steps.  They weren't aggressive, but you need to take caution regardless as medical help is not nearby in the event you are bitten.

One last advisory -- this park has several low areas that are prone to flash flooding.  In fact, there are 6 river crossings on Park Road with water height markers.  As a result, do not go hiking in inclement weather as dangerous conditions could arise.

Quite busy for a winter weekend.
User: speedbump - 2/23/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Enjoyable Adventure...
User: lordvallsbyrd - 6/17/2007  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.50 Miles Duration: 4 hours
This popular trail at the popular Palo Duro Canyon is not one for solitude but the trail itself is beautiful and can be difficult in spots too. We hiked passed the lighthouse formation into the back canyon for almost a mile before we turned around. There were some interesting "stonehenge" formations that we passed on the way.
Fabulous!
User: ckf - 3/8/2007  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.90 Miles Duration: 4 minutes

A great hike for  both my canine and myself.  We both wore packs and carried our supplies. 

Fabulous!
User: ckf - 3/8/2007  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.90 Miles Duration: 4 minutes

A great hike for  both my canine and myself.  We both wore packs and carried our supplies. 

Lighthouse Trail best in the Texas Panhandle
User: rowdy - 8/6/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.75 Miles Duration: 3 hours

This trail is very enjoyable.  The majority of the trail is not very difficult.  Being a landmark that is featured in many magazines, this trail attracts more attention than any in the park. We have lived within 40 miles of this all my life and hadn't made this trail until a couple of years ago. Since then we hike it two - three times a year.  The last quarter mile is more difficult but the view is worth the climb.  If you only have time for one trail in the canyon, this is the one to take.     

Nice hike, but do it in the morning!
User: uudfourty - 5/20/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Unless you like to see what people look like when they sweat, this trail isnt for you. The Lighthouse is an awesome sight to see, but there is very little seclusion, especially on the weekends. Ive been during the week as well as the weekend during the summer and have always seen more than twenty people. It is near impossible to take dogs unless they are very well mannered as cyclists and horses are more prevalent than foot hikers. Nonetheless, the views are awesome and the trail is pretty easy (except for that last bit). Just remember that once you get to the lighthouse to walk around a little bit-- the views from the rim of the bluff are better than that of the lighthouse itself.
The best destination hike in Palo Duro
User: Austin Explorer - 9/26/2005  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.46 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 56 minutes
This hike leads to the signature rock formation in the park, the Lighthouse. We got an early start and saw only one other person on the trail heading out. The difficulty would be cut way down if you turn around at the base of the Lighthouse. Climbing up the two steps to get to the top contributes to my rating. We encsountered numerous people heading back from the Lighthouse and it is the most popular trail in the park, with good reason.
Good hike
User: Aragorn - 8/14/2005  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: 3 minutes

Took my daughter (14) on this one. She was good for about 1.5 miles until we could see the Lighthouse. From that point on she was ready to turn back. I'll keep working on her and wear down her resistance.

User: Eveline - 10/12/2002  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A
Lighthouse Trail was fantastic. Great hike. Pictures: http://www.angelfire.com/tx5/walktx/PaloDuro/LightHouse.html