When I went online to check out the hiking trails at Copper Breaks State Park, it is said that Bull Canyon Trail – Short Loop is ideal for visitors with limited time to explore the park. Since we were spending a night there, I added another trail, Juniper Ridge Nature Trail, to our list. Somehow the description about this trail interests me more and I know my son and his friend would enjoy it, too.
Juniper Ridge Nature Trail @ Copper Breaks State Park
We knew that we’re going to hike the rugged trail with steep, rocky terrain along the way once we got to parking. I also saw that the boys couldn’t wait to start the hike after they spotted boys around their age climbing the rocks. (Our son buddy came along with us).
Here are my husband and the boys climbing the stairs not too far from the starting point.
They saw this rock, off the trail, and of course, they couldn’t resist the temptation to climbing it.
We continued and this was the view of the lake from the trail. There were people fishing for catfish, bass, or perch that were easily find there.
We went down to a bushy trail then went up again…
until we found another rocky area that we couldn’t pass before we explored it. We spent about 10 minutes here.
Here we saw Permian Sea Tide Ripples that was left by an ancient sea millions of years ago.
Then we joined my husband at the top where there was a gazebo for people to enjoy the panorama.
From there the hiking trail went down and mostly flat.
At the end of the trail, we could stand on the top of the rock overlooking the Copper Breaks Lake.
Distance: .7 mi
Duration: about an hour
Hiking Bull Canyon Trail – Short Loop @ Copper Breaks State Park
It looked like the trail ahead would be level and easy. Just like the description in the park’s brochure: a family friendly trail.
It’s not too far from the starting point when my son spotted a coyote scat while his friend started to have a headache a.k.a. another hiking? (It was his first hiking trip).
We found more coyote scat and the boys decided they have to change the name of the trail to Coyote Trail. They were everywhere. We had to pay attention to where we walked.
Then we arrived at the fork. Which one was our trail? To the left or to the right?
Yes, it was to the left.
We followed a narrow path on the right of the trail and it took us to the rim of a small canyon.
Besides the mesquite trees, these were a couple of plants we saw along the trail: Yucca Plants and Pencil Cactus.
These were the beautiful yellow birds, and we reached the end of the trail not too far from here.
Distance: .96 mi
Duration: about an hour
At the end, Juniper Ridge Nature Trail is more interesting than Bull Canyon Trail – Short Loop. I would say children will have more fun climbing and exploring the rocks rather than hiking on a flat terrain. It might be a challenging trail, but it’s not that hard. It’s doable. When you plan a quick stop at Copper Breaks State Park, I suggest you hike Juniper Ridge Nature Trail.
Visited: Spring Break 2017, March 13-14.
Accommodation: Camping at Kiowa Camp Area inside Copper Breaks State Park for $10 nightly.
Address: 777 Park Road 62, Quanah, TX 79252-7679. Ph.: (940) 839-4331.
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- Quanah Acme and Pacific Depot Museum.
- Quanah Parker Monument.
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Note: Copper Breaks State Park has been designated an International Dark Sky Park. Check out the park’s website for stargazing opportunities.
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