Rock Garden Trail
ElevationAscent: 687' 209 m
Descent: -78' -24 m
High: 3,409' 1,039 m
Low: 2,800' 854 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)
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“A steady climb with tight switchbacks, broken up with occasional rolling sections.”— Bracken Christensen
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.
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Land Manager: Texas State Parks - Palo Duro Canyon