Day #11: Scouting the Palo Duro Canyon Run

I’m set up for tomorrow’s training run: an 5.5 mile out-and-back along a trail I’m told is amazingly beautiful, ending out the “Lighthouse” rock. I expect to bring back pictures.

The Givens, Spicer, and Lowery Trail is 1/2 of the Palo Duro Trail Run ultra-marathon that takes place here in October. I’m planning on coming back next year to do the 50K so this is a warm up of sorts. I’ll have more on the day after I’ve run, but this is the the Canyon.

When I first entered the park, I was snapping pictures from the car window.

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Then I saw the overlook where I could more rationally take pictures:

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The trail I’m running is just about 1/3 of a mile from my camp site, which will make getting there in the morning much easier than any of my other runs:

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This is important because the temperatures within the Canyon during the day are outrageous. There’s a heat index sign next to this that warns any physical activity done when it’s more than 90 degrees will likely lead to some form of heat stroke, and possible brain damage or death. This was 4:15 p.m.:

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