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Rock Garden Trail

Intermediate
 4.1 (14)

A steady climb with tight switchbacks, broken up with occasional rolling sections.


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Map Key

2.3

Miles

3.7

KM

89%

Runnable

3,409' 1,039 m

High

2,800' 854 m

Low

687' 209 m

Up

78' 24 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Leashed

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Description

Look for the trailhead on the east side of the road shortly south of the Sunflower trailhead. Head up and wind through large boulders, working your way up to the top of the canyon. There are some really nice views along the way and from the top.

At the top, there's a fork in the trail. Go right at this fork to continue on Rock Garden Trail that ends shortly at Rylander Fortress Cliff Trail, a dirt road. Going left at the fork takes one to a second fork. At this second fork, going left dead ends at a great overlook, great place for snacking and lunch. Going right at the second fork (after going left at the first fork) puts one on Rock Garden/Fortress Cliff Connector, a short, narrow singlepath trail that also leads to Rylander Fortress Cliff Trail.

Drop back down from whence you came. The combination of loose trail, tight switchbacks and more climbing than you may expect, could make the way back challenging.

Contacts

Shared By:

Bracken C with improvements by Joan Pendleton

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 14 votes

#7055

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  4.1 from 14 votes
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Photos

Looking Northwest into the canyon from a lookout near the first rim.
Oct 23, 2018 near Canyon, TX
Along the Rock Garden Trail
Feb 22, 2018 near Canyon, TX
Rock growing in the rock garden that Rock Garden Trail goes through.
Feb 17, 2019 near Canyon, TX
Palo Duro Canyon, looking southeast about halfway up Rock Garden Trail.
Feb 17, 2019 near Canyon, TX
Top of Fortress Cliff from high on Rock Garden Trail.
Feb 17, 2019 near Canyon, TX
The Fortress Cliff from the end of the Rock Garden Trail
Feb 22, 2018 near Canyon, TX

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