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Tuff Canyon Trail Extension

Intermediate

Trail

0.3 mile 0.5 kilometer point to point
98% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 26' 8 m
Descent: -28' -9 m
High: 2,319' 707 m
Low: 2,293' 699 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)

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Trail shared by David McCormick

Enjoy this short trail through Tuff Canyon with overlooks.

David McCormick

Features Views · Wildflowers

Do not attempt this trail if it is raining, or even threatening to rain, as the canyon is narrow and prone to flash flooding.

Description

A nice, easy trail that can be done on the way to Santa Elena Canyon Overlook. The canyon is made of tuff (hence the name), which is a mixture of volcanic ash. Note the interesting contrasts on the way between the relatively soft, white, tuff and the embedded darker basalt.

This trail is recommended in the spring as there are many wildflowers along the trail and if you go after a rainfall you are likely to find cacti blooming as well.

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Tuff Canyon offers an exciting look into the area's volcanic history.
Mar 7, 2017 near Big Ben…, TX
Tuff Canyon.
Feb 26, 2019 near Big Ben…, TX
Tuff Canyon with the volcanic ash "tuff" walls.
May 1, 2017 near Big Ben…, TX
Tuff Canyon
Oct 15, 2019 near Big Ben…, TX
Storm Clouds Brewing
Sep 29, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
Pools of water make little waterfalls at the head of Tuff Canyon.
May 1, 2017 near Big Ben…, TX

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