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Upper Comanche Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (6)

This newer trail for hiking and mountain biking is fun, challenging, and beautiful.


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3.2

Miles

5.2

KM

Point to Point

2,930' 893 m

High

2,856' 871 m

Low

207' 63 m

Up

196' 60 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views

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Description

Starting at the north end at the Mac Dick Pavilion Trailhead starts a short, meandering climb that turns into a quick descent before crossing the creek. Then it has short, little climbs and undulations into short descents crossing dry creeks that progress into a contour that hugs the canyon wall with ups and downs. There is nothing that is overly technical, but there are some blind corners that do require attention.

The contours spill out onto a grassy plain that heads down to the creek where you can cross into the Hackberry Campground and hook up with the Kiowa Trail or end up in the Givens, Spicer & Lowry Trail Trailhead.

Or, you can continue on and start some switchbacks that bring you back up to the canyon wall where you'll find more contour hiking with a few short ups and downs. There is another switchback waiting, and then a little more contouring trail and you'll end up at Comanche Trail Mid where you can continue on with a left turn or you can head to the Chinaberry Parking with a right turn.

This is an amazingly fun trail, but yet still challenging. It can be done north to south or south to north and it can be split into two sections depending on where you start and has three access points.

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Shared By:

Glenn Ladehoff with improvements by Joan Pendleton and 1 other

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  4.0 from 6 votes

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Photos

The various colors of the canyon wall layers up close, at the base of Fortress Cliffs on Comanche Trail North.
Feb 16, 2019 near Canyon, TX
Canyon walls across the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River, to the northwest as seen from Comanche Trail North.
Feb 16, 2019 near Canyon, TX
Goodnight Peak, seen looking northwest from Comanche Trail North.
Feb 16, 2019 near Canyon, TX
The red sandstone of the canyon bottom is covered with grasses and junipers.
Feb 16, 2019 near Canyon, TX
Fortress Cliffs to the east, as seen from near the beginning of Kiowa Trail.
Feb 16, 2019 near Canyon, TX

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Jan 23, 2022
Alissa Sotelo
4.2mi
Jul 16, 2021
Jessica Catlin
10mi
Sep 6, 2020
Travis Bartlett
Amazing sights. Bring lots and lots of water if you're hiking during summer. 3.2mi
Oct 9, 2019
Lawton Jung
Favorite trail at the canyon. 3.2mi
Feb 16, 2019
Joan Pendleton
Nov 5, 2017
Aaron States