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Madera Canyon Trail

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An easily accessible trail in the Davis Mountains of West Texas with nice views of the high desert.


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2.1

Miles

3.4

KM

Point to Point

6,057' 1,846 m

High

5,820' 1,774 m

Low

277' 84 m

Up

194' 59 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

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Features Birding · Geological Significance · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Open daily sunrise to sunset. Parking on access road off Highway 118.

Need to Know

The closest facilities are at the McIvor Conservation Center at Davis Mountains Preserve (if open). Davis Mountains State Park has the next nearest facilities. There are no restrooms or water at the trailhead.

Description

This trail is part of the Davis Mountains Preserve in the Davis Mountains of West Texas. Unlike the rest of the Davis Mountains Preserve, which has limited days for use/hiking, the Madera Canyon Trail is pretty much always open and available for hiking.

It follows a seasonal dry creek bed for a ways, and then makes slight climb up to a ridge line for views of the surrounding mountains and high desert. There is a seasonal pond as well, that may have water depending on the time of year. A few overlooks and benches can be found along the ridge line.

This is a "lollipop" style loop trail. The trail branches off about a quarter of a mile in, and you can go either direction to make the loop.

Flora & Fauna

Davis Mountains and West Texas flora abound here. The trail winds through a pinyon-oak-juniper habitat; therefore, specimens of Juniperus deppeana (Alligator Juniper), Quercus grisea (Gray Oak), and Pinus cembroides (Pinyon Pine) can all be found here.

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Shared By:

Richard White

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Madera Canyon Trail
Jul 7, 2021 near Fort Davis, TX
Forest View
Jul 7, 2021 near Fort Davis, TX
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Jul 7, 2021 near Fort Davis, TX
High Desert View
Jul 7, 2021 near Fort Davis, TX
Madera Canyon Trail
Jul 7, 2021 near Fort Davis, TX
Madera Canyon Trail
Jul 7, 2021 near Fort Davis, TX

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