ElevationAscent: 66' 20 m
Descent: -549' -167 m
High: 3,401' 1,037 m
Low: 2,919' 890 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)
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“Short trail that winds from the Palo Duro Canyon rim to the canyon floor with dramatic views along the way.”— Joan Pendleton
At the 0.1 mile mark, the CCC Trail veers away from the road as it continues along the edge of the canyon rim. Soon a small stream bed is crossed and the trail does a U-turn as it continues to follow the canyon edge, but now it is on a ridge that will eventually lead to Goodnight Peak to the southeast. The drop off into the canyon is still to the right. At the 0.7 mile mark Triassic Trail is passed on the left and CCC Trail bends to the right. There are several dramatic overlooks here.
The ridge leading to Goodnight Peak narrows around the 0.8 mile mark, so narrow that there are steep drop offs and views on both sides of the trail. From here, the trail veers to the other/east side of the ridge and finishes its descent to the canyon floor. As it continues descending, the steep red cliffs of the canyon walls rise above the trail to the west. After a couple sets of switchbacks, the trail ends on the canyon floor at the amphitheater and a parking area.
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Land Manager: Texas State Parks - Palo Duro Canyon