Showing posts from February, 2014

Caprock Canyons State Park

Distance: 7 miles round trip on trail
Location: Quitaque, Texas
Date: February 27, 2014

On my third visit to Caprock Canyons State Park I hiked a loop through the very scenic "upper canyon" part of the park. On my previous visit in 2012 I did another loop hike that shared about half its length with this hike, but that hike was along the South Prong. On my two previous visits I didn't see another person on the trails or even cars at the trailheads, and this time was the same. I began my hike at 10:20 from the North Prong trailhead, and after less than a half mile of hiking on Canyon Loop Trail, I turned onto the Haynes Ridge Overlook Trail.

The trail up Haynes Ridge is quite steep and poorly maintained as it gains a few hundred feet in elevation. But once the trail reaches the ridge it much more gently gains elevation for much of its length. However, the most scenic part of the ridge trail is right where the trail ascends the ridge, as well as at the official overlook poi…