Because this is a loop it can be done in either direction. Start from either the first or second river crossing. When I did this route I started from the first river crossing and then used the Paseo del Rio trail to get to the first River crossing. and then took the Lighthouse Trail.
From the trailhead the lighthouse trail gently traverses up and down across gullies before flattening out on the plateau below Capitol Peak's huge cliffs. The trail then traverses around the northeast flank of Capitol Peak from which you get a spectacular of the rock walls and formations of Sunday Flats. The trail then drops down into Sunday Flats and heads up Sunday Canyon towards The Lighthouse. At the base of the Lighthouse the trail climbs steeply up a flight steps out of the canyon and up onto base of The Lighthouse. From the pedestal at the base of the formation you can climb up onto the narrow rock fin directly behind it. From here admire the spectacular view.
After having taken in the spectacular view and taken all your pictures, carefully climb back down to the canyon floor and return the way you came. After a mile there will be a sign pointing you towards the Cottonwood Flats trail off to the left. Follow the Cottonwood Falts Trail for just over one mile. From here you can take either the Little Fox Canyon trail or the Givens, Spicer, Lowry trail. The Little Fox Canyon trail is a short two mail side trail that explores, surprisingly enough, Little Fox Canyon. The Givens, Spicer Lowry Trail explores the northwestern edge of Sunday Flats and the area around the Devil's Tombstone. It climbs up and through gullies and over small ridges. It is more rugged than the other trails but very scenic. It is approximately two and a half miles from the intersection of the Little Fox Canyon trail back to the first river crossing trailhead. The total roundtrip distance for this loop is a little under twelve miles.
In summer it can be very hot and there is no water. Bring lots of water and sun protection gear. Also be careful not to step on a rattlesnake.
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