Upper Canyon Loop
ElevationAscent: 698' 213 m
Descent: -691' -211 m
High: 3,113' 949 m
Low: 2,458' 749 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)
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Haynes Ridge - Fern Cave Loop
6.8 mi 10.9 km • Loop • 764 ft Ascent 232.81 m Ascent
Singletrack Silverton, TX( 3 )
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“A relatively moderate day run or even easier overnighter while surrounded by red rock canyons.”— Ryan Klein
Around mile 3 is where almost all of the elevation gain is, and the trail rises about 700 feet in a little over .75 miles. This is the least navigable part of the trail while mostly on slab-esque rock. There are a few signs along the way but make sure and look up to see them as they are small. One specific piece of signage along this portion of the trail has arrows pointing left and right. Going right as this will save you a little bit of time.
Once you're through the rocky switchbacks, you'll be on top of the canyon and have the option to go right to the Haynes Ridge Overlook (which I would recommend). If not, keep heading down the Upper Canyon Loop for a relatively steep and quick descent. A quick .3 mile side trip to the Fern Cave is worth it and then keep heading east along the trail. From here it's mostly flat graded jeep road through the rest of the canyon, back to the trailhead.
If camping overnight, I would highly suggest camping at the North Prong primitive site. It's not very crowded and there are no fires allowed. I would suggest bringing your own water, at least a gallon a day, as water is scarce.
Land Manager: Texas Parks and Wildlife - Caprock Canyons State Park