I started hiking the CCC trail by parking my car at the top of the hill in the parking lot near the Visitor's Center. I then hiked the CCC trail down to the Amphitheater, then crossed the street to hike the Pioneer Nature Trail loop. I then hiked the CCC trail back (uphill) to my car, which provided a good cardio workout.
I found the CCC trail to be very scenic. The views from the ridge are very impressive. It is a short hike that I would definitely recommend.
By contrast, I found the Pioneer Nature Trail to be disappointing. It really didn't impress me in any way. It's just a short dirt trail to walk on and not a trail I would recommend.
Hiked this with our Scout troop. It is essentially three miles from the parking lot on the ridge to the parking lot at the ampitheater. This direction it is mostly downhill and drops roughly 600 vertical feet over 1.5 miles. The return to the rim parking lot is a decent climb with several switch backs. If you are not in shape plan on the ascent taking a bit longer than normal. We were there in winter and the bathrooms at the ampitheater were closed, so we had to pack in water for the trek. Make sure you hit the restroom before you head out because there are none along the way except for at the ridge parking lot. This is a great morning trail to take if you are camping in the canyon and want to a good warm up for your day. Not sure any other trail in the park covers as much vertical feet in such short a distance.
This trail has been renamed the CCC trail. It has some great views of the canyon. Don't let the crowd at the parking area discourage you. Most just get out take a look then get back in their cars and leave.
Trail descends rapidly and hugs the canyon wall. Lots of road noise on the entire trip. Encountered lots of spiders along the way. Also saw numerous deer. Nice touches on the trail such as resting benches and bridges. Came to a fork, left basically ends shortly at the road with no where to go, right fork (marked amphitheater) is the way to go. Mid way is fairly easy going with nice views, then you reach another fork in the trail. Left goes down to the Amphitheater (I did not take this trail, It apeared to be very steep and I was hurting still from the previous days hike at Caprock Canyon) the right fork takes you out to the point. Spectacular views and if you are brave enough you can venture all they way out to the point (not me!)
I saw no one else the entire trip. Overall, this was a very enjoyable early morning hike.
This trail is not on the map that they pass out at headquaters. Found it on this website. It is a very enjoyable hike with some of the best scenery in the park. We went to Table Rock and then worked our way down to the Amphitheater before we headed back. There was very little traffic on the day that we went. There is a bench along the way that is fun to sit and watch the cyclist climb the steep grade back out of the canyon.